Cooperative Systems in Heterogeneous Environments
The technical track on Cooperative Systems in Heterogeneous Environments (COSYS)
of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
will be held in Trento, Italy, March 25-29, 2012.
The deployment of many applications in distributed systems is often underpinned
by cooperative schemes. These are required to address the pressing need to harness
and marshal resources across dynamic and heterogeneous environments.
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 and the degree of autonomy of the entities.
Client-server architectures, P2P systems, GRID systems and multi-agent systems (MAS)
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 synergy between humans and systems. While hypermedia and personalisation 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.
Effective cooperation demands that autonomous entities and systems overcome
their environmental heterogeneity and resolve their syntactic and semantic differences.
By adhering to common abstractions and models the participating entities are insulated
from the complexity of the environments of their protagonists. 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 were introduced in order 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
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
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 of cooperative services
Security, 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
- Submission deadline: September 7, 2011
- Author notification: October 12, 2011
- Camera-ready copies: November 2, 2011
- Symposium/Track dates: March 25-29, 2012
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.
Papers should be submitted electronically via the
SAC 2012 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. This is to facilitate blind review.
Only the title should be shown on the first page without the authors' information.
Papers will be carefully evaluated based
on originality, significance, technical soundness and clarity of exposition.
The proceedings of the symposium will be published by ACM
and will be available through the
ACM Digital Library.
The conference registration will be via the ACM SAC 2012 web site.
Richard Anthony, University of Greenwich, UK
Luciano Baresi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Sandford Bessler, Telecommunications Research Center, Austria
Mehul Bhatt, University of Bremen, Germany
Irfan Awan, University of Bradford, UK
Nick Blundell, University of Birmingham, UK
Behzad Bordbar, University of Birmingham, UK
Jen-Yao Chung, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA
Larbi Esmahi, Athabasca University, Canada
Irene Garrigos, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
Christian Glasner, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Germany
Nathan Griffiths, Warwick University, UK
Robert J. Hendley, University of Birmingham, UK
Mohan S. Kankanhalli, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Rania Khalaf, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA
Massimo Mecella, University of Rome, Italy
Gianluca Moro, University of Bologna, Italy
Minoru Nakayama, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Gethin Norman, University of Glasgow, UK
Alex Norta, University of Helsinki, Finland
Hongyang Qu, Oxford University, UK
Omer Rana, Cardiff University, UK
Stefan Reiff-Marganiec, University of Leicester, UK
Jose Raul Romero, University of Cordoba, Spain
Weiming Shen, National Research Council of Canada
Timothy K. Shih, Asia University, Taiwan
Georgios Theodoropoulos, University of Birmingham, UK
Torab Torabi, La Trobe University, Australia
Hong-Linh Truong, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Hamdi Yahyaoui, Kuwait University, Kuwait
Muhammad Younas, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Murat Yuksel, University of Nevada, USA
For any inquiries please contact the track organisers:
Faculty of Engineering and Computing
Coventry University, UK
Department of Computer Science
Oxford University, UK