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    CALL FOR PAPERS AND REFEREES ============================ (Apologies if you receive multiple copies) 21st ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2006)
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 10, 2005
      CALL FOR PAPERS AND REFEREES
      ============================
      (Apologies if you receive multiple copies)


      21st ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2006)
      http://www.acm.org/conferences/sac/sac2006/

      Special Track on Coordination Models, Languages and Applications
      http://confs.deis-ce.unibo.it/sac/sac2006
      http://sac2006cm.cs.fit.edu/

      April 23-27, 2006,
      Dijon, France



      SAC 2006
      ~~~~~~~~
      For the past twenty years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
      has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists,
      computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers
      from around the world. SAC 2006 is sponsored by the ACM Special
      Interest Group on Applied Computing, and is hosted by Bourgogne
      University, Dijon, France


      Coordination Models, Languages and Applications Track
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      Building on the success of the seven previous editions (1998-2005), a
      special track on coordination models, languages and applications
      will be held at SAC 2006. Over the last decade, we have witnessed the
      emergence of models, formalisms and mechanisms to describe concurrent
      and distributed computations and systems based on the concept of
      coordination. The purpose of a coordination model is to enable the
      integration of a number of, possibly heterogeneous, components
      (processes, objects, agents) in such a way that the resulting ensemble
      can execute as a whole, forming a software system with desired
      characteristics and functionalities which possibly takes advantage of
      parallel and distributed systems. The coordination paradigm is closely
      related to other contemporary software engineering approaches such as
      component-based systems and middleware platforms. Furthermore, the
      concept of coordination exists in many other Computer Science areas
      such as Cooperative Information Systems, Distributed Artificial
      Intelligence, and Internet Technologies.

      The Special Track on Coordination Models, Languages and Applications
      deliberately takes a broad view of what is coordination: this term
      covers here traditional models and languages (e.g., the ones based on
      the Shared Dataspace and CHAM metaphors), but also other related
      notions and formalisms such as configuration and architectural
      description frameworks, models of multi-agent planning, organization
      and decision-making, systems modeling abstractions and languages,
      programming skeletons, etc.

      Correspondingly, in addition to the traditional areas covering data-
      driven (such as Linda) and control-driven (such as Manifold) models
      and languages, this Special Track aims at putting together
      contributions from all the many areas where the concept of coordination
      is relevant, such as multi-agent systems, software architectures,
      middleware platforms, groupware and workflow management, etc.,
      providing them with a forum where they can discuss their different
      viewpoints and share ideas. On this very subject, it is worth to
      remind that the last editions of this Track were undoubtedly successful
      under many points of view, but in particular in attracting relevant
      and consistent contributions from many different research communities.

      According to that, major topics of interest include (but are not
      limited to) the following:

      * Novel models, languages, programming and implementation techniques
      * Applications
      * Internet- and Web-based coordinated systems
      * Coordination of multi-agent systems, including mobile and
      intelligent agents
      * Languages for service description and composition
      * Models, frameworks and tools for Group Decision Making
      * All aspects related to Cooperative Information Systems
      (e.g. workflow management, CSCW)
      * Software architectures and software engineering techniques
      * Configuration and Architecture Description Languages
      * Middleware platforms (e.g. CORBA, Jini)
      * Coordination technologies, systems and infrastructures
      * Emergent Coordination and Self-organization.
      * Relationship with other computational models such as object
      oriented, declarative (functional, logic, constraint) programming
      or their extensions with coordination capabilities
      * Formal aspects (semantics, reasoning, verification)


      Proceedings and Post-proceedings
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Papers accepted for the Special Track on Coordination Models, Languages
      and Applications will be published by ACM both in the SAC 2006
      proceedings and in the Digital Library.

      It is worth to notice that after the last editions of the Special Track
      on Coordination, four special issues were published, namely

      "Coordination Models and Languages in AI"
      Applied Artificial Intelligence 15(1)
      http://lia.deis.unibo.it/journals/aai2001/

      "Coordination as a Paradigm for Systems Integration"
      Journal of Systems Integration 10(2)
      http://lia.deis.unibo.it/journals/josi2001/

      "Coordination and Knowledge Engineering"
      The Knowledge Engineering Review 17(4)
      http://uk.cambridge.org/journals/ker/

      "Coordination and Collaboration Technologies"
      Journal of Cooperative Information Systems 13(1)
      http://www.worldscinet.com/ijcis/ijcis.shtml
      and
      "Coordination Systems"
      Journal of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience
      http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/77004395

      while a sixty one
      "Role of Contexts for Coordination in MAS"
      Web Intelligence and Agent Systems Journal
      http://www.iospress.nl/html/15701263.php


      is currently under preparation.

      So, among the papers accepted and presented this year at the SAC 2006
      Special Track on Coordination, a further selection is likely to be
      performed after the symposium to produce a special issue of some
      international journal: several contacts are currently ongoing.


      Track Program Chairmen
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Ronaldo Menezes Alessandro Ricci

      Department of Computer Sciences DEIS
      Florida Institute of Technology Universita di Bologna
      150 West University Blvd. Via Venezia 52
      Melbourne, FL 32901, USA Cesena - Italy
      voice# +1 (321) 674-7623 voice# +39 054 7339217
      fax# +1 (321) 674-7046 fax# +39 054 7339208
      mailto:rmenezes@... mailto:aricci@...


      Guidelines for Submission
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Original papers from the above-mentioned or other related areas will
      be considered. This includes three categories of submissions: 1)
      original and unpublished research; 2) reports of innovative computing
      applications in the arts, sciences, engineering, business, government,
      education and industry; and 3) reports of successful technology
      transfer to new problem domains. Each submitted paper will be fully
      refereed and undergo a blind review process by at least three
      referees. The accepted papers in all categories will be published in
      the ACM SAC 2006 proceedings.


      Submission Format
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      * Submit your paper *electronically* in either PDF or postscript
      format. Please *note*: neither hardcopy nor fax submissions
      will be accepted. Submissions should be printable on a standard
      printer on common paperformats like letter and DIN A4. Please use
      a Postscript previewer such as Ghostview to check the portability
      of Postscript documents.

      * The author(s) name(s) and address(es) must NOT appear in the body
      of the paper, and self-reference should be in the third person.
      This is to facilitate blind review.

      * The body of the paper should not exceed 4,000 words. Accepted
      full papers should not exceed 5 pages in a double column format
      (with the option, at additional expense, to add three more
      pages). Accepted poster papers will be published as extended
      2-page abstracts in the symposium proceedings.

      * All submissions must be received by September 3, 2005.



      Submission Procedure
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      Submission is a three-step process:

      Please follow these instructions in order to submit a paper:
      1. Use the abstract submission interface to provide the main
      information on your paper. You will be given an id/password
      which must later be used to access the system during the following
      steps, so be careful to remember it.

      2. Once an abstract has been submitted, you can access the paper
      submission interface to upload the file of your complete paper.

      Id/password allow to revise the summary form
      information and to upload modified versions of the submission. Please
      use the tracking number in all future correspondence about your paper.


      Referees
      ~~~~~~~~
      Over the last seven years, the Special Track on Coordination Models,
      Languages and Applications has built its success also over the work of
      many volunteer referees. Anyone wishing to review papers should express
      her/his intention by sending an email to the chairmen


      Track Home Page
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Further information can be found at the special track home pages:

      http://confs.deis-ce.unibo.it/sac/sac2006
      http://sac2006cm.cs.fit.edu/


      Important Dates
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      * September 3, 2005: Paper Submission
      * October 15, 2005: Author Notification
      * November 5, 2005: Camera-Ready Copy
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