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eCAS 2019 : 2019 4th eCAS Workshop on Engineering Collective Adaptive Systems


When Jun 16, 2019 - Jun 20, 2019
Where Umeå, Sweden
Submission Deadline Mar 22, 2019
Notification Due Apr 15, 2019
Final Version Due Apr 20, 2019
Categories    software engineering   workshop   distributed systems   pervasive computing

Call For Papers


4th eCAS Workshop on Engineering Collective Adaptive Systems, 2019

In conjunction with the the 13th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO 2019, and the 16th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC 2019,, FAS* (

Location: Umeå, Sweden

Call for Papers

Modern software systems are becoming more and more *collective* and are composed of many distributed and heterogeneous entities. These systems operate under continuous perturbations making manual adjustments infeasible. For a collective system to be resilient, its *adaptation* must also be collective, in the sense that multiple entities must adapt in a way that addresses critical runtime conditions while preserving the benefits of collaborative interdependencies. Decision-making in such systems is distributed and possibly highly dispersed, and interaction between the entities may lead to the emergence of unexpected phenomena.

In such systems, a new approach for adaptation is needed to allow: (i) multiple entities to collectively adapt with (ii) negotiations to decide which collective changes are best. Collective adaptation also raises a second important challenge: Which parts of the system (things, services, people) should be engaged in an adaptation? This is nontrivial, as multiple solutions to the same problem may be generated at different levels. The challenge is to understand these levels and create mechanisms to decide the right scope for an adaptation for a given problem.

This workshop solicits papers that address new methodologies, theories and principles that can be used to develop a better understanding of the fundamental factors underpinning the operation of such systems, so that they can be better designed, built, and analyzed, as well as case studies and applications showing such approaches in action. Interdisciplinary work is particularly welcomed.

Suggested Topics (but not limited to):
* Novel theories relating to operating principles of CAS
* Novel design principles for building CAS systems
* Insights into the short and long-term adaptation of CAS systems
* Insights into emergent properties of CAS
* Insights into general properties of large scale, distributed CAS
* Decision-making approaches in CAS
* Methodologies for studying, analyzing, and building CAS
* Frameworks for analyzing or developing CAS case studies
* Languages, platforms, APIs and other tools for CAS
* Scenarios, case studies, and experience reports of CAS in different contexts (e.g., Smart Mobility, Smart Energy/Smart Grid, Smart Buildings, traffic management, emergency response, etc.)

Important dates

* Extended Abstract Submission (optional): March 15, 2019
* Extended Submission Deadline: March 22, 2019
* Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 2019
* Camera-Ready Version: April 20, 2019
* Workshop: TBD (June 16-20, 2019)

Submission Instructions and Review Criteria

We solicit two types of contributions:

* full papers (max 6 pages, including references), for original research and experience reports;
* short/position papers (max 4 pages, including references), for work-in-progress research, as a basis for discussion.

Papers must follow the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide.
All papers should be submitted in PDF format. You can submit the paper through EasyChair using this link:

By submitting a paper, the authors confirm that in case of acceptance, at least one author will attend the workshop to present the work.
Papers will be peer reviewed on the basis of originality, readability, relevance to themes, soundness, and overall quality. Workshop proceedings will be published on IEEE Xplore in parallel with the main conference proceedings.


Steering Committee

* Jacob Beal, Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA
* Giacomo Cabri, University of Modena And Reggio Emilia, Italy
* Nicola Capodieci, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
* Emma Hart, Edinburgh Napier University, U.K
* Mirko Viroli, University of Bologna, Italy

Workshop Chairs

* Roberto Casadei, Alma Mater Studiorum--Università di Bologna, IT
* Soura Dasgupta, University of Iowa, USA

Program Committee (TBC)

* Franco Bagnoli, University of Firenze, Italy
* Jake Beal, Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA
* Luca Bortolussi, University of Trieste, Italy
* Johann Bourcier, Université de Rennes 1 / IRISA, France
* Antonio Bucchiarone, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy
* Mauro Caporuscio, Linnaeus University, Sweden
* Siobhan Clarke, Trinity College Dublin, UK
* Ferruccio Damiani, Dipartimento di Informatica, Università di Torino, Italy
* Ada Diaconescu, Telecom ParisTech, FR
* Simon Dobson, University of St Andrews, UK
* Martina De Sanctis, Gran Sasso Science Institute, L'Aquila, Italy
* Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo, University of Geneva, Switzerland
* Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
* Lukas Esterle, Aston University, UK
* Francesco Gallo, University of L'Aquila, Italy
* Kurt Geihs, Universitaet Kassel, Germany
* Tom Holvoet, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
* Paola Inverardi, University of L'Aquila, Italy
* Ludovico Iovino, Gran Sasso Science Institute, L'Aquila, Italy
* Verena Klös, TU Berlin, Germany
* Peter Lewis, Aston University, UK
* Michele Loreti, University of Camerino, Italy
* Mieke Massink, CNR-ISTI, Italy
* Hernan Melgratti, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
* Mirco Musolesi, University College London, UK
* Danilo Pianini, University of Bologna, Italy
* Simon Powers, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
* Alexander Schiendorfer, University Augsburg, Germany
* Romina Spalazzese, Malmoe University, Sweden
* Christof Teuscher, Portland State University, Oregon, USA
* Mirko Viroli, University of Bologna, Italy

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