ASHEs 2008

The ASHEs'08 workshop will be held at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, in conjunction with:

The International Conference on Complex, Intelligent and Software Intensive Systems (CISIS 2008) and
The International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2008)


Attempts at harnessing the variety of resources mediated by the Internet are being hampered by the increasing complexity of applications, the incompatibility of systems and the heterogeneity of their environments. These environments are highly dynamic and non-deterministic where a massive amount of data is processed unevenly. These characteristics preclude the indiscriminate application of centralised modes of coordination and resource management. As a result decentralised policies, models and mechanisms are being devised and deployed vigorously as a way of dealing with complexity and heterogeneity. In this context adaptivity emerges as an important facet of autonomous behaviour. The prominence of adaptivity as a fundamental behavioural property is manifest in foundational systems such as the Web and the GRID. Adaptivity is interwoven directly into the fabric of systems instead of being grafted onto them as an afterthought.

Adaptivity spans a range of behavioural complexity and sophistication where basic configurability and full autonomic behaviour appear as extreme points in a wide spectrum. It can be defined as the ability of a system to reconcile its requirements with the elements it is interacting with, by negotiating and adopting an optimal behaviour within and accross different and potentially heterogeneous environments. Implicitly sustained by a variety of data models these elements may be users, content, applications, systems, middleware, networks or operating systems. They define a hierarchy of levels where heterogeneity can occur.

The emergence of new environments, such as smart homes, that pervasive and ubiquitous computing is shaping and making accessible, is refining the notion of adaptivity in terms of context awareness. It is also highlighting the challenges that system developers are facing. The need to effectively mediate scalability and to exploit existing resources through appropriate modes of aggregation, such as dynamic composition in Web Services, is a prominent feature of this endeavour. These requirements are further compounded by the demands for dependable systems and for the provision of adequate levels of performance and quality of service (QoS). As an architectural and behavioural feature adaptivity is increasingly called upon to address these issues. Adaptivity has multiple facets, spans different modes of behaviour and as such requires careful management.

The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of issues related to adaptivity and its role in the provision of innovative solutions in heterogeneous environments.


The workshop seeks original contributions on adaptivity and adaptive systems related but not limited to:

  • Data models
  • Architectures
  • Hypermedia
  • Personalization
  • Self configuration
  • Web and mobile applications
  • Location-based systems
  • Context-awareness
  • Autonomic and dependable systems
  • Agent-based systems
  • Service provision
  • Resource brokering
  • Smart environments
  • Query processing
  • Knowledge management
  • Workflow management
  • Case studies and experiences of adaptive systems

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: November 20, 2007
  • Author notification: December 10, 2007
  • Author registration: December 20, 2007
  • Final paper version: January 2, 2008
  • Conference/Workshop dates: March 4-7, 2008

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit research and application papers following the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Manuscripts style: two columns, single-spaced, including figures and references, using 10 fonts, and number each page. You can confirm the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Author Guidelines at the IEEE formatting web page.

The papers should be 6 pages long. They will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness and clarity of exposition. The papers should be submitted electronically via the CISIS'08 website, or emailed directly to the workshop co-chairs. The Proceedings of the workshop will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press.

Submission of the paper implies that should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and present the paper at the workshop. The workshop registration will be performed via the CISIS'08 website.

Workshop Co-Chairs

Rachid Anane, Coventry University, UK
Muhammad Younas, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Programme Committee

Arantza Aldea, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Richard Anthony, University of Greenwich, UK
Behzad Bordbar, University of Birmingham, UK
Fabio Casati, University of Trento, Italy
Kuo-Ming Chao, Coventry University, UK
Jen-Yao Chung, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA
Zhan Cui, British Telecom Research Lab, UK
Larbi Esmahi, Athabasca University, Canada
Abdelkader Hameurlain, IRIT, University of Toulouse, France
Martin Hepp, DERI, Austria
Anne James, Coventry University, UK
Soraya Kouadri Mostefaoui, Open University, UK
Marta Kwiatkowska, Oxford University, UK
Yinsheng Li, Fudan University, China
Kwei-Jay Lin, University of California at Irvine, USA
Chi-Chun Lo, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Massimo Mecella, University of Rome, Italy
Kozo Okano, Osaka University, Japan
Guadalupe Ortiz, University of Extremadura, Spain
David Parker, Oxford University, UK
Omer Rana, Cardiff University, UK
Indrakshi Ray, Colorado State University, USA
Weiming Shen, National Research Council of Canada
Georgios Theodoropoulos, University of Birmingham, UK
Steve Turner, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


For any inquiries please contact the workshop organizers:

Rachid Anane,
Department of Computer and Network Systems
Coventry University,
Coventry, UK

Muhammad Younas,
Department of Computing,
Oxford Brookes University,
Oxford, UK

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