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From Tudor Dumitras <tudor.dumit...@gmail.com>
Subject 3rd CFP: 14th ACM/IFIP/USENIX International Middleware Conference
Date Sun, 05 May 2013 21:45:32 GMT
[Our apologies if you receive multiple copies of this CFP]

14th ACM/IFIP/USENIX International Middleware Conference
Beijing, China
9-13 December, 2013


Research Papers
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
9-13 December, 2013 - Venue

May 22, 2013 - Workshop proposal submission due date
May 29, 2013 - Workshop proposal acceptance notification
June 23, 2013 - Call for Workshop papers available online
August 23, 2013 - Workshop paper submission due date
September 30, 2013 - Workshop paper acceptance notification
October 11, 2013 - Camera-ready workshop papers due date

July 1, 2013 - Tutorial proposals due
July 31, 2013 - Tutorial notification of acceptance


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
Empirical and deployment studies for middleware solutions
Debugging, diagnosis and distributed debugging of middleware
Understanding middleware and application behavior, as via probabilistic
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
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.


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


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.


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



Tudor A. Dumitras

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