Cooperative Systems

The technical track on Cooperative Systems (COSYS) of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2014) will be held in Gyeongju, Korea, March 24-28, 2014.


The deployment of many applications in distributed systems is often underpinned by cooperative schemes. Cooperative systems create spaces where entities can interact with each other and their environments, and provide services in order to help achieve specific goals. They are characterised by their level of distribution, the underlying mode of interaction, the degree of autonomy of the entities and the way resources are harnessed and marshalled across dynamic and heterogeneous environments. Client-server architectures, P2P systems, GRID systems, multi-agent systems (MAS) and social networks identify different models of cooperative behaviour.

Within the scope of cooperation, architectural frameworks in e-commerce, e-government, e-learning and computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) have been successfully introduced to generate synergies between humans and systems. While personalisation and recommendation systems represent specific instances of direct adaptation, software agents have ushered in proxy interventions on behalf of users. It is in pervasive environments that cooperation between different entities is finding its full expression; symbiotic relationships are being embedded and seamless transitions initiated and sustained, within secure and trusted environments.

Effective cooperation requires that autonomous entities and systems overcome their environmental heterogeneity and resolve syntactic and semantic differences. By adhering to common abstractions and models the participating entities are insulated from the complexity of each other's environment. This facilitates the unfolding of processes such as data and system integration, coordination of behaviour, resource access and sharing, and participation in complex activities.

In managing the differences between entities, systems and environments a range of methods and techniques are called upon to support interoperation and facilitate semantic interoperability. Resource and process management, configuration, adaptation and negotiation define a wide spectrum of cooperation, from reactive behaviour to proactive intervention. These tasks are being enhanced by ontologies, context awareness and adaptivity.

Topics of Interest

The aim of this track is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of issues related to cooperative systems across multiple disciplines and to encourage participation of researchers and practitioners from academia and industry. The track seeks original contributions on cooperative behaviour and cooperative systems related but not limited to the following topics:

  • Resource management and brokering in cooperative systems
  • Data and process mediation in cooperative systems
  • Personalisation and recommendation systems
  • Implicit and explicit profile generation in cooperative schemes
  • Modes of interaction in cooperative systems
  • Role of mediation in cooperative systems
  • Ontologies and ontology mapping in cooperative systems
  • Arbitration and negotiation in cooperation
  • Hypermedia systems in cooperation
  • Context-awareness in cooperative systems
  • Agents in cooperative behaviour
  • Self-configuration and adaptivity in cooperative systems
  • Autonomous and emergent behaviour in cooperative systems
  • Service management in cooperative systems
  • Heterogeneity management in cooperative systems
  • Aggregation and composition of cooperative services
  • Security in cooperative systems
  • Trust and reputation in cooperative systems
  • Patterns of cooperative behaviour
  • Formal aspects of cooperation
  • Information management models in cooperative systems
  • Policy management in cooperative systems
  • Protocol management in cooperative systems
  • Models and model transformation in cooperative systems
  • Domain specific languages (DSL) in cooperative systems
  • Load sharing in cooperative systems
  • Cooperation in ubiquitous and pervasive environments.
  • Cooperation in social and P2P community systems
  • Cooperation in foundational systems
  • Mobile contexts for cooperation
  • Architectural frameworks for cooperation
  • Cooperative systems in e-science, e-commerce, e-government and e-learning
  • Case studies and experiences of cooperative systems

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: September 21, 2013
  • Author notification: November 15, 2013
  • Camera-ready copies: December 6, 2013
  • Author Registration: December 13, 2013
  • Symposium/Track dates: March 24-28, 2014


Authors are invited to submit research and application papers and follow the template provided ACM SAC 2012.The template can be downloaded from the ACM SAC formatting web page. Papers should be 6 pages long. Up to 3 extra pages per paper are allowed, at a charge of $80 per extra page. A paper must not exceed a maximum of 9 pages. A paper accepted as a poster is limited to 2 pages only. Papers should be submitted electronically via the SAC 2014 website. A paper cannot be submitted to more than one track.

Papers submitted to the track will be subjected to a blind review process. The name(s) and address(es) of the author(s) must NOT appear in the body of the paper, and self-reference should be in the third person. Only the title should be shown on the first page without the authors' information.This is to facilitate blind reviews. Papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness and clarity of exposition. At least one author of an accepted paper/poster must register before the paper is included in the proceedings. Each accepted paper/poster MUST be presented by an author or a proxy. This is a requirement for its inclusion in the ACM/IEEE digital library.

The conference registration will be via the ACM SAC 2014 web site.The proceedings of the symposium will be published by ACMand will be available through the ACM Digital Library.

Program Committee

Habtamu Abie, Norwegian Computing Centre, Norway
Richard Anthony, University of Greenwich, UK
Irfan Awan, University of Bradford, UK
Luciano Baresi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Behzad Bordbar, University of Birmingham, UK
Jen-Yao Chung, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA
Mourad Debbabi, CIISE at Concordia University, Canada
Elton Domnori, Epoka University, Albania
Wei Fang, Jiangnan University, China
Robert J. Hendley, University of Birmingham, UK
Pilar Herrero, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Elisa Huzita, State University of Maringa, Brazil
Mohan S. Kankanhalli, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Fotis Liarokapis, Coventry University, UK
M. Antonia Martinez-Carreras, University of Murcia, Spain
Massimo Mecella, University of Rome, Italy
Gethin Norman, University of Glasgow, UK
Chris Peters, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Hongyang Qu, University of Sheffield, UK
Stephan Reiff-Marganiec, University of Leicester, UK
Jose Raul Romero, University of Cordoba, Spain
Hong-Linh Truong, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Rainer Unland, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Hamdi Yahyaoui, Kuwait University, Kuwait
Muhammad Younas, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Murat Yuksel, University of Nevada, USA

Track Chairs

For any inquiries please contact the track organisers:

Rachid Anane
Faculty of Engineering and Computing
Coventry University, UK

Minoru Nakayama
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

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