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                          CALL FOR PAPERS

            33rd Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

                      Track on Collective Adaptive Systems

                 9-13 April 2018, Pau, France


                *http://sac-cas2018.apice.unibo.it/cfp.html
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Aims and Scope
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Nowadays, most aspects of our daily life are affected by pervasive
technology, consisting of massive numbers of heterogeneous components
(e.g., devices, software applications, smart objects), featuring complex
interactions among them and, possibly, with humans.

These complex systems are typically referred to as Collective Adaptive
Systems (CAS). Such systems have to be equipped with dynamic and autonomous
adaptation capabilities, to deal with changes in their working environments
and within themselves. CAS are also collective systems as they involve huge
collections of cooperating components, trading off individual tasks with
overall system goals.

The development of CAS is closely related to other contemporary software
engineering approaches, such as self-adaptive systems, component-based
systems, service-based systems, middleware platforms, as well as other
areas of Computer Science, such as Distributed Artificial Intelligence,
Agent-based Programming, Pervasive Computing, Internet of Things, and
Autonomic Computing.

This track aims to provide them with a common forum for discussing their
different viewpoints and for sharing ideas. On this very subject, the aim
is to attract relevant and consistent contributions from many different
research communities.

The Special Track on Collective Adaptive Systems deliberately takes a broad
view of what CAS are and how they should be designed, analysed, implemented
and deployed. In particular, of interest to the track are both foundational
views (e.g., theories, methods, formalisms, models) and practical aspects
(e.g., development methodologies, programming languages, middleware,
development and runtime environments, tools). Moreover, also applications
of CAS solutions to real-world case studies are welcomed.

Major topics of interest this year will include the following:

   - Novel models, languages, programming and implementation techniques for
   CAS
   - Formal aspects for CAS
   - Self-* and emerging properties of CAS
   - Middleware platforms for CAS
   - Knowledge Management and Decision Process Support for CAS
   - Context-aware and adaptive management for CAS
   - Domain-specific Modeling and Languages for CAS
   - Maintenance and evolution for CAS
   - Software architectures and software engineering techniques for CAS
   - Reverse engineering and re-engineering for CAS
   - Testing, verification, and validation for CAS
   - Security, trust and privacy management for CAS
   - CAS emerging technologies and infrastructures: IoT and Cloud
   - Scenarios, case studies and experience reports of CAS

Proceedings and Post-Proceedings
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Papers accepted for the Collective Adaptive Systems track will be published
by
ACM both in the SAC 2018 proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library.

Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the
paper/poster in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy
attending SAC MUST present the paper: This is a requirement for the
paper/poster to be included in the ACM/IEEE digital library. No-show
of scheduled papers and posters will result in excluding them from the
ACM/IEEE digital library.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version of
their work to an international journal.

Student Research Competition (SRC) Program
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Graduate students are invited to submit research abstracts
(maximum of 2 pages in ACM camera-ready format) following the
instructions published at SAC 2018 website. Submission of the
same abstract to multiple tracks is not allowed.

All research abstract submissions will be reviewed by researchers and
practitioners with expertise in the track focus area to which they are
submitted. Authors of selected abstracts (up to 18 students) will have
the opportunity to give poster and oral presentations of their work
and compete for three top-winning places. The SRC committee will
evaluate and select First, Second, and Third place winners.
The winners will receive medals, cash awards, and SIGAPP recognition
certificates during the conference banquet. Invited students receive
SRC travel support (US$500) and are eligible to apply to the SIGAPP
Student Travel Award Program (STAP) for additional travel support.

Paper Submission
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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;
3. reports of successful technology transfer to new problem domains.

Each submitted paper will undergo a blind review process and will be
refereed by at least three referees.
To ease blind review, *you shall remove author names* from your
paper before submitting it.
Accepted papers in all categories will be published in the ACM SAC
2018 proceedings.

The camera-ready version of the accepted paper should be prepared using
the ACM format (guidelines are given on the SAC 2018 web site).
Accepted full papers should not exceed 6 pages in a double column
format (with the option, for an additional per-page fee, to add 2 more
pages).

Relevant Dates
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 - September 15, 2017: Paper submission deadline
 - November 10, 2017: Author notification
 - November 25, 2017: Camera-ready copies due
 - December 10, 2017: Authors registration due
Track chairs and contacts
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*Maurice H. ter Beek - *ISTI-CNR, Italy
email: maurice.terbeek _AT_ isti.cnr.it
*Barbara Re - *Università di Camerino, Italy
email: barbara.re _AT_ unicam.it
*Mirko Viroli - *Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Italy
email: mirko.viroli _AT_ unibo.it
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