SASO 2010

Fourth IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems

Budapest, Hungary, September 27-October 1, 2010


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Important Dates

Deadline for posting workshops call for papers:April 12, 2010
Submission of contributions to workshops:July 12, 2010
Workshop papers acceptance notification:August 6, 2010
Deadline for posting a call for participation:August 6, 2010
Early registration deadline:August 13, 2010
Deadline for complete workshop notes submission to Workshops chairs:August 30, 2010


Self-Adaptive Networking (SAN)

Date: September 27th, 2010

Call for Papers


  • Robert Laddaga, Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA
  • Scott Alexander, Telcordia Technologies, USA
  • Jonathan Smith, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Abstract: Self-organizing networks are often built with explicit protocols (e.g., neighbor discovery, DHCP). Because of this, organization is a primary goal and so it is easy to recognize these systems. Self-adaptive networks often have their adaption mechanism built into a protocol as a component. Common examples include congestion avoidance in TCP and collision detection in Ethernet. Through this workshop, we plan to explore the ways in which self-adaptation is currently used in networking (often without being identified or recognized as such) and how techniques from the self-* community can be applied to perform these functions with a principled approach. This workshop seeks to bring together researchers from different areas such as wireless networking, quality-of-service, and networking applications to gain broad insights into specific research issues related to self-adaptive networking and to foster discussions about ongoing research, establish directions for future research and collaborations, and identify best practices for the application of self-adaptive techniques to networking.

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  • Prof. Maurice Mulvenna, University of Ulster, UK
  • Prof. Sven-Volker Rehm, WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany
  • Dr. Kostas Stathis, University of London, UK
  • Dr. Edin Arnautovic, Vienna University of Technology (TUW), Austria

Abstract: Today's complex systems are required to be able to adapt themselves (their internal structure or behavior), as well as to participate autonomously in larger, self-organizing systems. As a result they should be able to manage themselves without any human intervention - they should be self-managed (including the self-monitoring, self-healing, self-configuration, etc.: self-*). Analogously, in our world, enterprises, public institutions or other socio-economic systems manage themselves autonomously. They make decisions on how to adapt their structure and behavior, and how to organize with other entities in the environment, thus creating more complex, self-organizing systems. The goal of this workshop is to address the challenges of the development of Self-Managing Systems by making entities in such a system able to manage and adapt themselves inspired by how organizations manage and adapt themselves in a socio-economic system. The insights from economics, management science, organizational theory and related socio-economic areas leading to self-* properties of socio-economic organizations are of particular interest for this workshop. The inspiration can come through policies, principles, (symbolic) domain models, algorithms, organizational patterns; focusing on the knowledge transfer from socio-economics as well as on the technical realization of these principles within technical, self-managing systems.

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  • Dr. Jacob Beal, Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA
  • Prof. Olivier Michel, Univ. Paris 12, France
  • Dr. Antoine Spicher, Univ. Paris 12, France

Abstract: Many self-organizing or self-adaptive systems are "spatial computers" - collections of local computational devices distributed through a physical space, in which the difficulty of moving information between any two devices is strongly dependent on the distance between them, and the "functional goals" of the system are generally defined in terms of the system's spatial structure. Systems that can be viewed as spatial computers are abundant, both natural and man-made, including wireless sensor networks, animal or robot swarms, reconfigurable microchip platforms, and biological embryos.

The goal of this workshop is to explicitly identify the idea of "spatial computing" as a theme in self-organizing and self-adaptive systems, and further to develop the study of spatial computation as a subject in its own right. We believe that progress towards identifying common principles, techniques, and research directions - and consolidating the substantial progress that is already being made - will benefit all of the fields in which spatial computing takes place. And, as the impact of spatial computing is recognized in many areas, we hope to set up frameworks to ensure portability and cross-fertilization between solutions in the various domains.

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  • Nigel Gilbert, University of Surrey, UK
  • Mark Jelasity, Hungarian Acad.Sci. and University of Szeged, Hungary
  • Tamas Vinko, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Abstract: The SASO conference focuses on how to make computer systems operate autonomously in a reliable, efficient and useful way with minimal user or operator intervention. The workshop addresses this very problem narrowing the focus down to techno-social systems (i.e., ICT systems in which many people collectively coordinate and cooperate to achieve their goals without central control). The question we ask is: how can one let a system self-organize to a high quality, desirable state, where users and their behavior form an integral part of the system (i.e., a techno-social system), and where self-organization at the system level has to be aligned with self-organization at the social level. The workshop is inherently interdisciplinary. Relevant areas include: sociology and psychology, in particular, the evolution of cooperation, opinion dynamics, the evolution of norms and trust relationships, etc; physics, in particular complex (social and technical) networks and models of the dynamics of group behavior; computer science, in particular P2P systems, data mining (ranking and recommendation), information retrieval, and distributed systems.

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  • Prof. Emma Hart, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Prof. Ben Paechter, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Dr. Klaus Hermann, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Dr. Jeremy Pitt, University College London, UK

Abstract: The prospect of building self-organising and adapting pervasive systems brings many new challenges, ranging from maintaining trust and security to enabling the formation of tribes of societal artefacts. Addressing these challenges will require a unified approaches, integrating competencies across a range of disciplines; the goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers working in perhaps historically distinct fields to work together in defining goals and methods that will move towards tackling the particular problems associated with dealing with self-organising and adaptive pervasive computing environments. The workshop particularly addresses adaptation strategies (bio-inspired, stochastic or otherwise) which will operate at different time scales and speeds, from short term adaptation to long-term evolution, and will imply changes in software, hardware, protocols and/or architecture at different levels of granularity and abstraction.

The workshop solicits papers of the following types :

  • Conceptual/Visionary papers: papers which present visionary or conceptual ideas which address the topic of achieving self-* properties in future pervasive systems. Note that this strand is not intended for the submission of incomplete technical work but instead as a forum to present well-argued, novel ideas.
  • Technical papers: papers describing technical solutions which address at least one aspect of achieving self-* properties in pervasive systems.

All papers will be expected to address a topic which is relevant to computing in a pervasive environment. We strongly encourage papers which adopt a cross-disciplinary approach to problem-solving.

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  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Reif, University of Augsburg, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Muller-Schloer, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Abstract: The nature of self-organising systems demands that issues of trust and its different facets, like, e.g., functional correctness, safety, security, reliability, credibility, and usability) become a primary concern. Many interacting adaptive entities, emergent behaviour, and a highly dynamic environment prompt the designer of such a system to consider trust in every aspect of the engineering process. Not only will a thorough consideration of trust yield a more robust and more secure system, but the incorporation of trust can also lead to gains with regard to performance and ease of use. In domains in which systems have to be certified, the formal treatment of trust and its facets in self-organising systems is a necessity. The workshop will provide an open stage for discussions based on high quality research papers and position papers about the different facets of trust in self-organising systems, how every single one of them can be fostered, and how they relate.

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