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Workshop on
Adaptive and Reconfigurable Embedded Systems

**** APRES 2008 ****
St. Louis, MO, USA -- April 21, 2008

A satellite event of RTAS 2008, integrated in the CPSWEEK

With support from the
  ARTIST European Network of Excellence
      on Embedded Systems Design

Adaptive systems can respond to environmental changes including
hardware/software defects, resource changes, and non-continual
feature usage. As such, adaptive systems can extend the area of
operations and improve efficiency in the use of system resources.
However, adaptability also incurs overhead in terms of system
complexity and resource requirements. For example, an adaptive
system requires some means for reconfiguration. These means and
their mechanisms introduce additional complexity to the design and
the architecture, and they also require additional resources such
as computation, power, and communication bandwidth. Consequently,
adaptive systems must be diligently planned, designed, analyzed,
and built to find the right tradeoffs between too much and too
little flexibility.

The issue is how to provide the adaptability to the application,
because it affects all aspects of the development process (e.g.,
capturing, methodologies, modeling, analysis, testing, and
implementation), the chosen system technologies (e.g., computation
and communication models, interfaces, component-based design,
programming languages, dependability, and design patterns) and the
system itself (e.g., operating system, middleware, network
protocols, and application frameworks).

In many systems, flexibility and the resulting tradeoffs is
usually ignored until a very late stage. Many try to retrofit
existing prototypes, middleware, operating systems, and protocols
with concepts and means for flexibility such as run-time system
reconfiguration or reflexive diagnostics and steering
methods. Such retrofitting typically leads to disproportionate
overhead, unusual tradeoffs, and in general it leads to less
satisfactory results.

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss new and on-going
research that is centered on the idea of adaptability as first
class citizen and consider the involved tradeoffs. The workshop
will provide an open forum to discuss ideas and approaches, and
intends to give the attendees a chance to discuss them in a
relaxed environment. The target audience includes people from
academia, tool vendors, system suppliers, and users in industry
interested in the all aspects of the mentioned topics. The
workshop will be based on presentations of selected works with
sufficient time for feedback from the audience and discussions. We
encourage all the prospective participants to submit short papers,
workin-progress reports, or position papers.


- Capturing and modeling of flexible application and reconfiguration
- Tradeoff analysis and modeling
- Programming-language support for adaptability
- Middleware support for adaptability
- Operating system support for adaptability
- Computation and communication models for adaptability
- Policies and algorithms for single and multi-resource reconfiguration
- Verification and certification of reconfigurable systems
- Case studies and success stories
- Taxonomies and comparative studies
- Diagnostic and steering of embedded systems
- System architecture and design patterns for adaptability
- Probabilistic reconfiguration techniques
- Scalability, reusability, and modularity of reconfiguration mechanisms
- Dependability and adaptability across the architectural levels
- Quality of service management
- Application frameworks for reconfigurable embedded systems

Submission Guidelines

Prospective participants should submit a 4 page paper in PDF format.
The submissions should conform to the proceedings publication format
(IEEE Conference style). They should explain the intention of the
work, the prospective results, and make clear the current status of
the work. The submissions will be reviewed by at least three members
of the Program Committee. The papers will be published in a
supplemental volume of the RTAS Proceedings that will be distributed
at the workshop to all participants. They will also be published on-
line, in the web page of the workshop.

Important Dates

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2008
Notification: March 5, 2008
Final versions: March 24, 2008
Workshop: April 21, 2008


Luis Almeida, Univ. of Aveiro, Portugal
Sebastian Fischmeister, Univ. of Pennsylvania, USA
Insup Lee, Univ. of Pennsylvania, USA
Julian Proenza, Univ. of the Balearic Islands, Spain

Program Committee

Anton Cervin, Lund University, Sweden
Antonio Casimiro, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Arnaldo Oliveira, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Carlos Eduardo Pereira, UFRG, Brazil
Chang-Gun Lee, Seoul National University, Korea
Christoph Kirsch, University of Salzburg, Austria
Eric Rutten, INRIA Grenoble, France
Jane Liu, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Jean-Dominique Decotignie, CSEM, Switzerland
Jorg Kaiser, University of Magdeburg, Germany
Joseph Sifakis, VERIMAG, Grenoble, France
Lucia Lo Bello, University of Catania, Italy
Marco Caccamo, University of Illinois UC, USA
Marga Marcos, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Marisol Garcia-Valls, Univ. Carlos III in Madrid, Spain
MoonZoo Kim, KAIST, Korea
Neil Audsley, University of York, UK
Pau Marti, Technical University of Catalonia, Spain
Paulo Pedreiras, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Raj Rajkumar, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Robert Trausmuth, Univ. of Applied Sciences WN, Austria
Roman Obermaisser, Technical University Vienna, Austria
Stefan Petters, NICTA, Australia
Thomas Nolte, Malardalen University, Sweden
Xue Liu, McGill University, Canada

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