Cooperative Systems

The technical track on Cooperative Systems (COSYS) of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2013) will be held in Coimbra, Portugal, March 18-22, 2013.


The deployment of many applications in distributed systems is often underpinned by cooperative schemes, across dynamic and heterogeneous environments. The cooperative behaviour of dynamic entities is often motivated by the need to achieve a specific objective and is facilitated by a mediation framework. Cooperative systems are characterised by their degree of distribution, the underlying mode of interaction and the level of autonomy of the entities. Client-server architectures, P2P systems, GRID systems, multi-agent systems (MAS), Cloud platforms as well as foundational systems such as the Web 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 in order to generate synergy between humans and systems. Interoperability, resource and process management, configuration, adaptation and negotiation define a wide spectrum of cooperation, from reactive behaviour to proactive intervention.

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
  • Collaborative and content-based interaction
  • 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
  • Formal verification of cooperative systems
  • 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 multi-agent systems
  • 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 28, 2012
  • Author notification: November 10, 2012
  • Camera-ready copies: November 30, 2012
  • Symposium/Track: March 18-22, 2013


Authors are invited to submit research and application papers and follow the template provided ACM SAC 2013.The template can be downloaded from the ACM SAC formatting web page. Accepted 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 2013 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.
Accepted 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.
The proceedings of the symposium will be published by ACM and will be available through the ACM Digital Library. An accepted paper 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 is via the ACM SAC 2013 web site.

Program Committee

Richard Anthony, University of Greenwich, UK
Luciano Baresi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
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
Alfredo Cuzzocrea, University of Calabria, Italy
Mourad Debbabi, CIISE at Concordia University, Canada
Larbi Esmahi, Athabasca University, Canada
Robert J. Hendley, University of Birmingham, UK
Pilar Herrero, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Mohan S. Kankanhalli, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Akimitsu Kanzaki, Osaka University, Japan
Axel Legay, IRISA, France
Massimo Mecella, University of Rome, Italy
Minoru Nakayama, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Gethin Norman, University of Glasgow, UK
Chris Peters, Coventry University, UK
Hongyang Qu, Oxford University, UK
Stephan 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
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 Co-Chairs

For any inquiries please contact the track organisers:

Rachid Anane
Faculty of Engineering and Computing
Coventry University, UK

David Parker
School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham, UK

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