Cooperative Systems

The technical track on Cooperative Systems (COSYS) of the ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2015) will be held in Salamanca, Spain, April 13-17, 2015.


Increasingly, computer systems are composed of many interacting components which, due to issues of scale or separation, cannot be centrally controlled; instead, it is desirable that these components cooperate in order to harness resources or solve distributed problems, across heterogeneous and dynamic environments.

Examples of cooperative systems include cloud computing, sensor networks and the Internet of Things. Cooperative systems comprise entities which interact with each other and their environment, providing services in order to help achieve specific goals. They are characterised by their underlying network architecture, their level of distribution, their mode of interaction and the degree of autonomy of the entities. Common approaches include client-server architectures, P2P systems, multi-agent systems (MAS), self-organising systems and social networks. Additionally, cooperation may be assumed a priori, or induced in autonomous agents by self-interest.

Key challenges for cooperative systems include how to design and implement entities and interaction models in order to achieve system goals effectively, robustly and efficiently, within environmental constraints. Adaptation, self-management, expressive knowledge representation and flexible architectures and interaction mechanisms are key enablers.

Topics of Interest

The aim of this track is to provide a forum for the presentation of original research on the design and deployment of cooperative systems from academia and industry. The track seeks contributions on cooperative behaviour and cooperative systems related but not limited to the following topics:

  • Architectures for cooperative systems
  • Efficient adaptation and self-adaptation of cooperative systems
  • Context-awareness and self-awareness in cooperative systems
  • Managing the relationship between local, shared and global goals
  • Resource management and brokering in cooperative systems
  • Ontologies and knowledge representation in cooperative systems
  • Autonomous and emergent behaviour in cooperative systems
  • Arbitration, argumentation and negotiation in cooperative systems
  • Self-management and self-configuration of cooperative systems
  • Security, trust and reputation in cooperative systems
  • Mediation and conflict management in cooperative systems
  • Policy management in cooperative systems
  • Cooperative systems for service provision and management
  • Cooperative systems for resource management
  • Cooperation in ubiquitous and pervasive environments
  • Cooperation in social and P2P community systems
  • Cooperative systems in e-science, e-commerce, e-government and e-learning
  • Case studies and experiences of cooperative systems

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: October 10, 2014
  • Author notification: November 30, 2014
  • Camera-ready copies: December 15, 2014
  • Author Registration: December 15, 2014
  • Symposium/Track dates: April 13-17, 2015


Authors are invited to submit research and application papers and follow the template provided.The template can be downloaded from the ACM SAC formatting web page. Papers should be 6 pages long. Up to 2 extra pages per paper are allowed, at a charge of $80 per extra page. A paper must not exceed a maximum of 8 pages. A paper accepted as a poster is limited to a maximum of 4 pages only, with 3 pages covered by registration and 1 extra page at a charge. Papers should be submitted electronically via the SAC 2015 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 review. 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 2015 web site. At least one author of an accepted paper/poster must register before the paper is included in the proceedings. For its inclusion in the ACM/IEEE digital library, each accepted paper/poster must be presented by an author or a proxy.

Program Committee

Habtamu Abie, Norwegian Computing Centre, Norway
Richard Anthony, University of Greenwich, UK
Irfan Awan, Bradford University, UK
Nick Blundell, University of Birmingham
Behzad Bordbar, University of Birmingham, UK
Arjun Chandra, Studix, Norway
Elton Domnori, Epoka University, Albania
Wei Fang, Jiangnan University, China
Harry Goldingay, Aston University, UK
Robert J. Hendley, University of Birmingham, UK
Elisa Huzita , State University of Maringa, Brazil
Mohan S Kankanhalli, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Yong-Moo Kwon, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Korea
M. Antonia Martinez-Carreras, University of Murcia, Spain
Massimo Mecella, University of Rome, Italy
Minoru Nakayama, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Kristian Nymoen, University of Oslo, Norway
Viktor Pekar, University of Birmingham, UK
Chris Peters, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
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, UK

Track Chair(s)

For any inquiries please contact the track organiser(s):

Rachid Anane
Faculty of Engineering and Computing
Coventry University, UK

Peter Lewis
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Aston University, UK

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