ASHEs 2009

The ASHEs 2009 workshop will be held in March, 2009, at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology (FIT), Fukuoka, Japan, in conjunction with:

The International Conference on Complex, Intelligent and Software Intensive Systems (CISIS 2009)   and
The International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2009).


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. Their resilience is determined by the degree of their adaptive capacity.

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 across different and potentially heterogeneous environments. Implicitly sustained by a variety of models these elements may be users, content, applications, systems, middleware, networks or operating systems. They define a hierarchy of levels where heterogeneity can occur. One specific instance where this heterogeneity is resolved is in the personalization of interactive systems through the generation and mediation of implicit and explicit user profiles and ontologies. At a lower level, in the middleware, reflective architectures have been considered as an effective means of offering flexibility in QoS provision, while the endowment of a network with self-awareness enhances its capacity for self-management.

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 mediate effectively 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.

Topics of Interest

The workshop seeks original contributions related to adaptivity in areas including but not limited to:

  • Personalization
  • Ontologies for personalization
  • Self configuration
  • Behaviour optimisation
  • Negotiation
  • Emergence
  • Models
  • Reflective architectures
  • Architectural Frameworks
  • Knowledge management
  • Workflow management
  • Resource brokering
  • Service provision
  • QoS provision
  • Context-awareness
  • Model-driven engineering
  • Web engineering
  • Middleware management
  • Network configuration and awareness
  • Web and mobile applications
  • Autonomic and dependable systems
  • Agent-based systems
  • Location-based systems
  • Smart environments
  • Hypermedia systems
  • Grid and Peer-to-Peer (P2P) systems
  • Case studies and experiences of adaptive systems

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: October 31, 2008
  • Author notification: November 24, 2008
  • Author registration: November 30, 2008
  • Final paper version: December 15, 2008
  • Conference/Workshop dates: March 16-19, 2009


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 2009 website, or emailed directly to the workshop co-chairs.

The Proceedings of the workshop will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Computer and System Sciences (JCSS), Elsevier [Impact factor, 2007: 1.185].

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 2009 website.

Workshop Co-Chairs

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

Program Committee

Arantza Aldea, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Richard Anthony, University of Greenwich, UK
Behzad Bordbar, University of Birmingham, UK
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
Torsten Eymann, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Hui-Huang Hsu, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Anne James, Coventry University, UK
Panagiotis Kalnis, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Mohan S Kankanhalli, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Helen Karatza, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Soraya Kouadri Mostefaoui, Open University, UK
Yinsheng Li, Fudan University, China
Kwei-Jay Lin, University of California at Irvine, USA
Massimo Mecella, University of Rome, Italy
Kozo Okano, Osaka University, Japan
Guadalupe Ortiz, University of Extremadura, Spain
Manish Parashar, Rutgers University, USA
David Parker, Oxford University, UK
Florin Pop, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Omer Rana, Cardiff University, UK
Indrakshi Ray, Colorado State University, USA
Jose Raul Romero, University of Cordoba, Spain
Rizos Sakellariou, University of Manchester, UK
Weiming Shen, National Research Council of Canada
Ivan Stojmenovic, University of Birmingham, UK
Georgios Theodoropoulos, University of Birmingham, UK
Jordi Torres, Technical University of Catalonia, Spain


For any inquiries please contact the workshop organizers:

Rachid Anane
Department of Computer Science
Coventry University
Coventry, UK

Muhammad Younas
Department of Computing
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, UK

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