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Middleware 2013 : 14th ACM/IFIP/USENIX International Middleware Conference


Conference Series : International Middleware Conference
When Dec 9, 2013 - Dec 13, 2013
Where Beijing, China
Abstract Registration Due May 24, 2013
Submission Deadline May 31, 2013
Notification Due Aug 6, 2013
Final Version Due Sep 6, 2013
Categories    middleware   distributed   systems   distributed systems

Call For Papers

14th ACM/IFIP/USENIX International Middleware Conference

Beijing, China

9-13 December, 2013


24 May, 2013 - Abstract Submission (HARD DEADLINE)

31 May, 2013 - Paper Submission (HARD DEADLINE)

16 August, 2013 - Notification of Acceptance

6 September, 2013 - Camera-ready paper due



The annual ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware conference is a major forum for the discussion of innovations and recent advances in the design, implementation, experimentation, deployment, and usage of middleware systems. Middleware is the software that resides between applications and the underlying architecture and platforms, often with an emphasis on networked computing. The goal of middleware is to facilitate the development of applications by providing higher-level abstractions for better programmability, performance, scalability, security, and a variety of essential features. It is a rapidly evolving and growing field.

Following the success of past conferences in this series, the 14th International Middleware Conference will be the premier event for middleware research, technology and experimentation in 2013. The scope of the conference is the design, implementation, deployment, and evaluation of system platforms and architectures for current and future computing, storage, and communication environments. Highlights of the conference will include a high quality technical program, invited speakers, an industrial track, panel discussions involving academic and industry leaders, poster and demonstration presentations, a doctoral symposium, and workshops.



Original submissions of research papers on a diversity of topics are sought, particularly those identifying new research directions. The topics of the conference include, but are not limited to (please don’t miss the additional SPECIAL TRACKS listed below):


Middleware for emerging cloud computing, datacenters, and server farms

Middleware for data intensive computing, in the enterprise and high performance domains

Middleware for Internet applications and social networks

Middleware for Web services, Web service composition, and SOA

Event-based, publish/subscribe, and message-oriented middleware

Middleware for high end machines and applications

Middleware for mobile devices, ubiquitous, and mobile computing

Middleware for sensor networks and embedded systems

Middleware support for multimedia and tele-immersion

Reconfigurable, adaptable, and reflective middleware approaches

Middleware solutions for distributed databases

Peer-to-peer middleware solutions

Middleware for social computing, social software, and crowdsourcing


Reliability and fault-tolerance

Scalability and performance

Energy- and power-aware techniques

Virtualization, auto-scaling, provisioning, and scheduling

Security, Privacy, and Information assurance

Storage and file systems

Concurrent software execution on heterogeneous infrastructure

Dynamic configuration and self- or autonomic- management of middleware

Interactions between middleware and systems

Real-time solutions and quality of service

Case studies on the evaluation and deployment of middleware: challenges, techniques, and lessons learned


Programming frameworks, parallel programming, and design methodologies for middleware

Empirical and deployment studies for middleware solutions

Debugging, diagnosis and distributed debugging of middleware

Understanding middleware and application behavior, as via probabilistic techniques

Methodologies and tools for middleware design, implementation, verification, and evaluation

Formal methods, verification, and software engineering for middleware

Security and privacy

Retrospective review of middleware paradigms, e.g., object models, aspect orientation, etc.



Please see the conference website and our EasyChair page for details about submission.

Tracks 1-3 are published in the conference proceedings, track 4 in companion proceedings.


Original research papers are sought on the above topics.


Also of interest are experience papers describing complete systems, platforms, and papers with comprehensive experimental evaluations of alternative designs and solutions to well-known problems. The emphasis during the evaluation of these papers will be less on the novelty and more on the demonstrated usefulness and potential impact of the contributions, the extensive experimentation involved, the comprehensiveness of the approach, and the quality and weight of the lessons learned (including negative results).


We also encourage "big ideas papers"; that is papers that have the potential for opening up new research directions. For such papers, the potential to motivate new research is more important than full experimental evaluation, though some preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of the approach or idea is important. A specific submission category will be available within the main conference for these papers. Such papers should clearly indicate their vision; why the idea is revolutionary and not evolutionary; what the major questions still to be answered are; and possible avenues of attack for the community to pursue towards the development of the idea.


The conference strongly encourages submission of papers by industrial practitioners (with or without academic collaborators) focusing on innovations, approaches or case studies of specific relevance to industrial and commercial practice and concern. These papers (up to 6 pages, ACM style) may be submitted to a special industrial track whose Call for Papers will be issued separately.


The Middleware 2013 conference proceedings will be published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). Papers should not exceed 20 pages in length, including the abstract, all figures, tables, and references. Papers should include a short abstract and up to six keywords. Submitted papers should adhere to the formatting instructions of the Springer LNCS Style. Please note that submissions are single-blind: authors' names should appear. (Note that the process for publication in the Middleware companion proceedings will be explained in the relevant, specific CFP, e.g. Industry short papers, Doctoral workshop, etc.)

Papers should be submitted to:


The Program Committee may, at its discretion, decide to award a Best Student Paper Award and a Best Paper Award to outstanding research contributions. If the primary author of a paper is a student, please identify this in the submission process.


Middleware 2013 authors are encouraged to make their system/library implementations and data sets publicly available for the community's wide benefit as open-source software and their experimental data available as open datasets. This is particularly encouraged for "experimentation and deployment papers". Please discuss your requirements with the conference chairs.



General Chairs:

Gang Huang, Peking University, China

Rick Schantz, BBN Technologies, USA

Program Committee Chairs:

David Eyers, University of Otago, NZ

Karsten Schwan, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Industry Chairs:

Angelo Corsaro, PrismTech, UK

Tiancheng Liu, IBM Research China, China

Workshop and Tutorial Chairs:

Laurent Réveillère, LaBRI, University of Bordeaux, France

Hailong Sun, Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing, China

Demo and Poster Chairs:

Songlin Hu, Institute of Computing of CAS, China

Zibin Zheng, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Doctoral Symposium Chairs:

Anders Andersen, University of Tromsø, Norway

Chang Xu, Nanjing University, China

Sponsorship Chairs:

Xiaojun Ye, Tsinghua University, China

Teng Teng, Kingdee Middleware, China

Publicity Chairs:

Tudor Dumitras, Symantec Research Labs, USA

Jatinder Singh, University of Cambridge, UK

Wenbo Zhang, Institute of Software of CAS, China

Local Arrangements Chair:

Xuanzhe Liu, Peking University, China

Web Chair:

Ying Zhang, Peking University, China

Registration Chair:

Yingfei Xiong, Peking University, China



Lisa Amini, IBM, Ireland
Jean Bacon, University of Cambridge, UK
Ken Birman, Cornell University, USA
Gordon Blair, Lancaster University, UK
Rajkumar Buyya, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Roy Campbell, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Antonio Carzaniga, University of Lugano, Switzerland
António Casimiro, University of Lisboa, Portugal
Abhishek Chandra, University of Minnesota, USA
Lucy Cherkasova, HP Labs, USA
Brian Cooper, Google, USA
Dilma Da Silva, Qualcomm, USA
Sudipto Das, Microsoft Research, USA
Xavier Défago, JAIST, Japan
Tudor Dumitras, Symantec Research Labs, USA
Frank Eliassen, University of Oslo, Norway
Patrick Eugster, Purdue University, USA
Pascal Felber, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
Paulo Ferreira, INESC ID / Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Jose Fortes, University of Florida, USA
Davide Frey, INRIA, France
Chris Gill, Washington University, USA
Xiaohui Gu, North Carolina State University, USA
Rachid Guerraoui, EPFL, Switzerland
Matti Hiltunen, AT&T Labs Research, USA
Kévin Huguenin, EPFL, Switzerland
Valerie Issarny, INRIA, France
Arun Iyengar, IBM Research, USA
Hans-Arno Jacobsen, University of Toronto, Canada
Wouter Joosen, KU Leuven, Belgium
Vana Kalogeraki, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Bettina Kemme, McGill University, Canada
Anne-Marie Kermarrec, INRIA, France
Fabio Kon, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Vibhore Kumar, IBM Research, USA
Ying Li, Peking University, China
Harry Li, Facebook, USA
Joseph Loyall, Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA
Sebastian Michel, Saarland University, Germany
Dejan Milojicic, HP Labs, USA
Elie Najm, Telecom-ParisTech, France
Priya Narasimhan, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Nikos Ntarmos, University of Glasgow, UK
Adam Oliner, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Esther Pacitti, LIRMM and INRIA, University of Montpellier 2, France
Peter Pietzuch, Imperial College London, UK
Padmanabhan Pillai, Intel Labs, USA
Rick Schlichting, AT&T Labs Research, USA
Douglas Schmidt, Vanderbilt University, USA
Swami Sivasubramanian, Amazon, USA
Mike Spreitzer, IBM Research, USA
Peter Triantafillou, University of Glasgow, UK
Luís Veiga, INESC ID / Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Nalini Venkatasubramanian, University of California Irvine, USA
Stratis Viglas, University of Edinburgh, UK
Spyros Voulgaris, VU University, Netherlands
Dave Ward, Amazon, USA
Huaimin Wang, National University of Defense Technology, China
Charles Zhang, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
Xiaoyun Zhu, VMware, USA


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