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M-MPAC 2011 : 3rd International Workshop on Middleware for Pervasive Mobile and Embedded Computing


When Dec 12, 2011 - Dec 16, 2011
Where Lisbon, Portugal
Submission Deadline Aug 15, 2011
Notification Due Sep 29, 2011
Final Version Due Oct 10, 2011
Categories    middleware   mobile computing   pervasive computing

Call For Papers

M-MPAC 2011

Third International Workshop on
Middleware for Pervasive Mobile and Embedded Computing

A Workshop of Middleware 2011
Lisbon, Portugal
12-16 December 2011

Workshop Scope & Themes

Building on the success of M-MPAC 2009 and 2010 this event aims to carry on development
of a research roadmap on essential middleware abstractions, platforms and applications
for pervasive mobile and embedded systems.

In recent year, tablet devices and operating systems have gained a prominent spot in
the limelight, while the smart phone landscape continues to change with new offerings
supporting a variety of sensors, higher resolution and bigger size screens, high
definition video recording and playback, and enhanced gaming. Embedded devices like
televisions, TV set top boxes, and game consoles have grown beyond their original
functionality to home multimedia systems supporting enhanced networking (e.g. IP TV
and DNLA), and novel user interaction through 3D displays, and movement detection
based controllers. The pervasiveness of such mobile and embedded devices has given
rise to a variety of novel applications, such as social web applications, enhanced
shopping applications/environments, ad-hoc gaming, context-aware collaborative computing,
participatory sensing, etc. Access to cloud computing infrastructures further enhances
the capabilities of these devices offering additional opportunities for innovative
applications and uses.

Despite these successes, software development for such devices and platforms remains
largely ad hoc, while interoperability among applications, devices and platforms is
largely elusive. Middleware has a key role to play in overcoming these problems.
However, it still unclear what are the appropriate middleware abstractions and supporting
infrastructures necessary for such applications. The resource constrained nature and
mobility of such devices place unique requirements for middleware and necessitate the
exploration of novel programming abstractions, and supporting services, while capabilities
like location and context-awareness open new avenues for radical approaches in their

In this context, the main workshop themes include, but are not limited to the following

* Device platforms
- Virtualization technologies & applications
- Distributed ensembles
- Interaction paradigms and protocols
- Emerging mobile platforms (e.g. Android, IOS)
- Virtual machines

* Data issues
- Data formats and encoding
- Availability and durability of data in personal networks
- Synchronization of personal devices with other consumer electronics (e.g. cameras,
- Data portability

* Networking
- Emerging wireless technologies and platforms
- Experiences or case studies with new technologies (WiMax, WiBree, LTE, etc) and
devices (MIP, UMPC, wearables, etc)
- Multi-link scenarios: WiFi, Bluetooth, cellular network
- Quality of service and network selection

* Security and Privacy
- Privacy preservation and identity management for device-to-device interactions
- Security architectures balancing risk and utility
- Trust management in device ensembles
- Mobile device data security

* Mobile Web
- Web architectures (REST, Ajax) in pervasive computing
- Context adaptation/management in pervasive computing
- Mobile web scalability and reliability in access
- Content adaptation on mobile devices
- Collaborative search

* Adaptability
- Context-awareness, location monitoring
- Resource management, cyber foraging, and energy-awareness
- Using cloud infrastructures for computing-intensive tasks and data storage
- Autonomics and self-* properties

* Applications
- Healthcare, entertainment, games, mobile TV, smart spaces, shopping, street
navigation, etc.
- Mobile phones in sensor and ad hoc networks
- Application development on mobile and embedded devices
- Programming models

* Experiences and case studies
- Lessons from deployments
- User experiences and field-trials
- Performance studies


Submissions must not exceed 6 pages and must be formatted using the ACM proceeding
style (see Submission implies
that at least one of the authors will register and present the paper. Please submit
your paper in PDF at http:/

Papers should present a view of the state of the art in a particular sub-problem area,
identify specific middleware challenges, and suggest potential avenues for exploration
by proposing models, abstractions and infrastructure components addressing these
challenges. Approximately two thirds of the workshop will be devoted to the presentation
and discussion of these papers, while the remaining third of the time will be devoted
to the development of the research roadmap.

Papers will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the program committee. The review
process will be based upon identifying the relevance and potential of the position
statement to contribute to the elaboration of the roadmap and to stimulate discussion.

All accepted papers will appear in a special workshop proceedings volume in the ACM
Digital Library. The publication of the best workshop submissions and the research
roadmap in the style of previous events is under investigation.

Important Dates

* Paper submission deadline: 15 August 2011
* Notification of acceptance: 29 September 2011
* Final camera ready papers due: 10 October 2011
* Workshop date: 12 December 2011

Program Committee

Paolo Bellavista, Università di Bologna, Italy
Renato Cerqueira, PUC-Rio, Brazil
Dan Chalmers, University of Sussex, UK
Domenico Cotroneo, University of Naples, Italy
Didier Donsez, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble I, France
Markus Endler, PUC-Rio, Brazil
Nikolaos Georgantas, INRIA, France
Rene Meier, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Sonia Ben Mokhtar, CNRS Lyon, France
Sougata Mukherjea, IBM Research, India
Tatsuo Nakajima, Waseda University, Japan
Nitya Narasimhan, Motorola Labs, US
Oriana Riva, Microsoft Research, US
Luís Rodrigues, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Romain Rouvoy, Université Lille 1, Fance
François Taiani, Lancaster University, UK
Sotirios Terzis, University of Strathclyde, UK (Workshop Chair)
Venu Vasudevan, Motorola Labs, US
Luis Veiga, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Ian Wakeman, University of Sussex, UK

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