Cooperative Systems

The technical track on Cooperative Systems (COSYS) of the ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2018) will be held in April 9-13, 2018, in Pau, France.


Modern distributed systems are governed by cooperative schemes; they leverage intelligent mechanisms to manage deployment, operation, coordination, and evolution over time. These systems are characterised by dynamic and adaptive interactions between various entities and their environments, in order provide services that help achieve specific goals. Cooperative systems are characterised by their level of distribution, the underlying mode of interaction and the degree of autonomy of the entities. Resources are also harnessed and marshalled across dynamic and heterogeneous environments in order to realise synergies between humans and systems.

In pervasive environments, for example, symbiotic relationships and seamless transitions are initiated and maintained, within secure and trusted environments. Effective cooperation requires that autonomous systems and their components overcome environmental heterogeneity and resolve semantic differences. Adherence to common abstractions and models 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 are called upon 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 and self-configuration.

Cooperative systems find their full expression in foundational systems such as the Internet, the Web, Cloud-assisted systems, Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber Physical Systems and social networks. They rely on different forms of cooperative behaviour and are supported by different architectural models such as Client-server architectures, P2P, GRID and multi-agent systems (MAS).

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:

  • Requirements for cooperative systems
  • Architectures for cooperative systems
  • Context-awareness in cooperative systems
  • Managing trade-offs in cooperative systems
  • Engineering frameworks for cooperative systems
  • 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-configuration, self-optimisation, self-protection and self-healing in cooperative systems
  • Adaptation models in cooperative systems
  • Security and privacy in cooperative systems
  • Trust and reputation in cooperative systems
  • Mediation and conflict management in cooperative and autonomous systems
  • QOS and 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 networks and P2P community systems
  • Aggregation and composition of cooperative services
  • Dependability in cooperative systems
  • Scalability and efficiency issues cooperative systems
  • Tools and environments for engineering cooperative systems
  • Middleware support for cooperative systems
  • Personalisation an recommendations systems in human-system cooperation
  • Symbiotic relationships in cooperative systems
  • Cooperative systems in e-science, e-commerce, e-government and e-learning
  • Case studies and experiences of cooperative systems

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: September 25, 2017
  • Author notification: November 10, 2017
  • Camera-ready copies: November 25, 2017
  • Author Registration: December 10, 2017
  • Symposium/Track dates: April 9-13, 2018


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 submitted electronically via the SAC 2018 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 length of the papers should conform to the following:

- Regular papers are limited to 8 pages, in camera-ready format, included in the registration fee. Authors have the option to include up to two (2) extra pages at additional fee of US$80 per page.
- Posters are limited to 3 pages, in camera-ready format, included in the registration fee. Authors have the option to include only one (1) extra page at additional fee of US$80. (No change from previous years)
- SRC Abstracts are limited to 2 pages, in camera-ready format, included in the registration fee. No extra pages allowed. (No change from previous years)

The conference registration will be via the ACM SAC 2018 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 digital library, each accepted paper/poster must be presented by an author or a proxy.

Student Research Competition (SRC) Program

Graduate students are invited to submit research abstracts following the instructions published at SAC 2018 website.

Program Committee

Habtamu Abie, Norwegian Computing Centre, Norway
Carina Frota Alves, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Richard Anthony, University of Greenwich, UK
Rabih Bashroush, University of East London, UK
Coral Calero, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Radu Calinescu, University of York, UK
Kuo-Ming Chao, Coventry University, UK
Tao Chen, University of Birmingham, UK
Elton Domnori, Epoka University, Albania
Abdessalam Elhabbash, Lancaster University, UK
Yehia Elkhatib, Lancaster University, UK
Wei Fang, Jiangnan University, China,
Fahimeh Farahnakian, University of Turku, Finland
Alfredo Goldman, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Elisa Huzita, State University of Maringa, Brazil,
Chrisina Jayne, Oxford Brookes University, UK
M. Antonia Martinez-Carreras, University of Murcia, Spain
Massimo Mecella, University of Rome, Italy
Leandro L. Minku, University of Leicester, UK
Minoru Nakayama, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Vivek Nallur, University College Dublin, Ireland
Genaina Nunes Rodrigues, University of Brasilia, Brazil
Viktor Pekar, University of Birmingham, UK
Chris Peters, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Stephan Reiff-Marganiec, University of Leicester, UK
Jose Raul Romero, University of Cordoba, Spain
Nazaraf Shah, Coventry University, UK
Damian A. Tamburri, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
John Thomson, University of St Andrews, UK
Yuqun Zhang, SUSTC, China

Track Chair(s)

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

Rachid Anane
Faculty of Engineering and Computing
Coventry University, UK

Rami Bahsoon
School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham, UK

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