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SASO 2008 : International Conference on Self-adaptive and Self-organizing Systems


Conference Series : Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems
When Oct 20, 2008 - Oct 24, 2008
Where Venice, Italy
Abstract Registration Due May 5, 2008
Submission Deadline May 12, 2008
Notification Due Jun 29, 2008

Call For Papers

2nd International Conference on
Self-adaptive and Self-organizing Systems
(SASO 2008)

Venice, Italy, October 20-24, 2008

Sponsored by IEEE Computer Society, Technical Committee on
Autonomous and Autonomic System (approval pending)

The aim of the SASO conference series is to provide a forum for laying the foundations of a new principled approach to engineering systems, networks and services based on self-adaptation and self-organization.
To this end, the meeting aims to attract participants with different backgrounds, to foster cross-pollination between different research fields, and to expose and discuss innovative theories, frameworks, methodologies, tools, and applications.

The complexity of current and emerging computing systems has led the software engineering, distributed systems and management communities to look for inspiration in diverse fields (e.g., complex systems, artificial intelligence, sociology, and biology) to find new ways of designing and managing networks, systems and services. In this endeavor, self- organization and self-adaptation have emerged as two promising interrelated facets of a paradigm shift. Self-adaptive systems work in a top down manner. They evaluate their own global behavior and change it when the evaluation indicates that they are not accomplishing what they were intended to do, or when better functionality or performance is possible. A challenge is often to identify how to change specific behaviors to achieve the desired improvement. Self-organizing systems work bottom up. They are composed of a large number of components that interact locally according to typically simple rules. The global behavior of the system emerges from these local interactions. Here, a challenge is often to predict and control the resulting global behavior.

This year's edition is specifically focused at improving our understanding of the properties inherent to self-adaptation and self-organization, a necessary requirement for the effective engineering and building of usable self-adaptive and self-organizing systems. Contributions should present novel theoretical or experimental results, or practical approaches and experiences in building or deploying real-world systems, applications, tools, frameworks, etc. Contributions contrasting different approaches for engineering a given family of systems, or demonstrating the applicability of a certain approach for different systems are particularly encouraged.

(Note: SASO's acceptance rate in 2007 was 20%)


The topics of interest to SASO include, but are not limited to:
* Self-organization
* Self-adaptation
* Other self-* properties (self-management, self-monitoring,
self-tuning, self-repair, self-configuration, etc.)
* Theories, frameworks and methods for self-* systems
* Management and control of self-* systems
* Robustness and dependability of self-* systems
* Approaches to engineering self-* systems
* Control of emergent properties in self-* systems
* Biologically, socially, and physically inspired self-* systems
* Applications and experiences with self-* systems

The systems and application areas of interest to SASO include, but are not limited to:
* P2P Systems
* Mobile, pervasive, ad-hoc, and sensor network systems
* Autonomic computing and communication systems
* Robotics systems
* Multiagent systems
* Web and service systems


See the conference website ( for detailed information on how to submit papers.

All submissions should be 10 pages and formatted according to the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide.

The proceedings will be printed and published by IEEE Computer Society Press, and made available on the IEEE digital library.

A separated call for poster submissions will be launched during Spring 2008.


Papers should present novel ideas in the topic domains listed above, clearly motivated by problems from current practice or applied research.
We expect claims to be substantiated by formal analysis, experimental evaluations, comparative studies, and so on. Authors are also encouraged to submit application papers. Application papers are expected to provide an indication of the real world relevance of the problem that is solved, including a description of the deployment domain, and some form of evaluation of performance, usability, or superiority to alternative approaches. If the application is still early work in progress, then the authors are expected to provide strong arguments as to why the proposed approach will work in the chosen domain.


Abstract submission: May 5, 2008
Paper submission: May 12, 2008
Notification: June 29, 2008
Camera Ready Version of Accepted Papers: July 20, 2007


Bob Laddaga (BBN Technologies, USA)
Franco Zambonelli (Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy)

Maarten Van Steen (Vrije Univ. Amsterdam, NL) Sven Brueckner (NewVectors, a Division of TTGSI, USA) Paul Robertson (BBN Technologies, USA)

Salvatore Orlando (University of Venice, Italy)

Alberto Montresor (University of Trento, Italy)

Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo (Birkbeck Univesity London, UK) Marie Pierre Gleizes (IRIT Université de Toulouse, France)

Radhika Nagpal (Harvard University, USA)

Mazin Yousif (Intel, USA)

Umesh Bellur (IIT Bombay, India)

Mark Jelasity (Hungarian Academy of Science, Hungary)

AMERICAS: Bob Laddaga (BBN Technologies, USA)
EMEA: Antonio Manzalini (Telecom Italia) ASIA/PACIFIC RIM: Zheng Zhang (Microsoft Research Asia, China)

EMEA: Kurt Geihs (University of Kassel, Germany) ASIA/PACIFIC RIM: Masayuki Murata (Osaka University, Japan)
AMERICAS: Indranil Gupta (UIUC, USA)

Marco Mamei (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)


* Christiana Amza (University of Toronto, Canada)
* Ozalp Babaoglu (University of Bologna, Italy)
* Leonard Barolli (Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan)
* Alberto Bartoli (University of Trieste, Italy)
* Ken Birman (Cornell University, USA)
* Gautam Biswas (Vanderbilt University, USA)
* Mark Boddy (Adventium Labs, USA)
* Prasanta Bose (Locheed Martin, USA)
* Tibor Bosse (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
* Raouf Boutaba (University of Waterloo, Canada)
* Fabian Bustamante (Northwestern University, USA)
* Chi-Hung Chi (Tsinghua University, China)
* Alexander Clemm (Cisco Systems, USA)
* Michael Cox (BBN Technologies, USA)
* Prithviraj Dasgupta (University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA)
* Jon Doyle (Noth Carolina State University, USA)
* Bruce Edmonds (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
* Kurt Geihs (University of Kassel, Germany)
* Maria Gini (University of Minnesota, USA)
* Marie Pierre Gleizes (IRIT Toulouse, France)
* Cordell Green (Kestrel Institute, USA)
* Rod Grupen (Univeristy of Massachusetts, USA)
* Indranil Gupta (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA)
* Salima Hassas (University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France)
* David Hales (University of Bologna, Italy)
* Manfred Hauswirth (DERI, Ireland)
* Mike Hinchey (Loyola College, USA)
* Tom Holvoet (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)
* James Won-Ki Hong (Postech, Korea)
* Mark Jelasity (Hungarian Academy of Science, Hungary)
* Dag Johansen (University of Tromso, Norway)
* Gabor Karsai (Vanderbilt University, USA)
* Randy Katz (University of California at Berkeley, USA)
* Anne Marie Kermarrec (INRIA, France)
* Mitch Kokar (Northeastern University, USA)
* Ihor Kuz (MICTA, Australia)
* John Mallery (MIT, USA)
* Marco Mamei (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)
* Paul Marrow (British Telecom, UK)
* Jean-Philippe Martin-Flatin (NetExpert, Switzerland)
* Philip McKinley (Michigan State University, USA)
* Alex Meng (MITRE Corporation, USA)
* Alberto Montresor (University of Trento, Italy)
* Masayuki Murata (Osaka University, Japan)
* Andrea Omicini (University of Bologna, Italy)
* Salvatore Orlando (University Cà Foscari of Venice, Italy)
* Van Parunak (NewVectors, USA)
* Dusko Pavlovic (University of Oxford, UK)
* George Pavlou (University of Surrey, UK)
* Omer Rana (Cardiff University, UK)
* Wolfgang Renz (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
* Luis Rodrigues (Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal)
* Fabrice Saffre (British Telecom, UK)
* Hartmut Schmeck (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
* Juergen Schoenwalder (Jacobs University, Germany)
* Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo (Birbeck University London, UK)
* Howie Shrobe (MIT, USA)
* Swami Sivasubramanian (Amazon, USA)
* Mikhail Smirnov (Fraunhofer Institute, Germany)
* Mark Squillante (IBM Watson Centre, USA)
* Rolf Stadler (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
* Roy Sterritt (University of Ulster, UK)
* Burkhard Stiller (University of Zurich / ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
* Jan Sudeikat (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
* Gregory Sullivan (BAE Systems, USA)
* Janos Sztipanovits (Vanderbilt University, USA)
* Paul Valckenaers (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)
* Aad van Moorsel (University of Newcastle, UK)
* Spyros Voulgaris (ETH Zurich, Zwitzerland)
* Craig Wills (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA)
* Liu Xuezeng (Microsoft Research Asia, China)

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