CALL FOR PAPERS AND REFEREES

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

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Submissions are now open using THIS URL


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

The track 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:
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
Department of Computer Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901
voice# +1 (321) 674-7623
fax# +1 (321) 674-7046
rmenezes[at]cs.fit.edu
Alessandro Ricci
DEIS
Universitá di Bologna
Via Venezia 52
Cesena - Italy
voice# +39 054 733921
fax# +39 054 7339208
aricci[at]deis.unibo.it


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

Submission Procedure

Submission is a two-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 ID in all future correspondence about your paper.

Referees

Over the  last eight 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