*** First Call for Papers, Tutorial and Workshop Proposals ***
8th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud
Computing (UCC 2015)
December 07-10, 2015, St. Raphael Resort, Limassol, Cyprus
CONTEXT AND SCOPE
Cloud Computing delivers computational resources on-demand as services
that are commoditized and delivered analogous to traditional utilities such as
electricity, gas, water and telephony. Cloud service offerings for compute,
storage and communication resources as well as for hosted software and data
are growing at a tremendous rate, and it is essential to understand how to
effectively transform these services into Utilities that provide value to both
users and providers. There is also increasing interest from commercial
providers to offer business and revenue models around the services they
offer. Understanding how these models could be used to provide utility for
users, intermediary brokers (aggregators) and providers is also an area of
active research. UCC is the premier IEEE/ACM conference covering all areas
related to Cloud Computing as a Utility and provides an international forum
for leading researchers and practitioners in this important and growing field.
UCC 2015, to be held in Cyprus, will happen as Cloud providers worldwide
add new services and increase Cloud utility at an accelerated pace, and Cloud
service users explore new usage modes.
This will be the 8th UCC in a successful conference series. Previous events
were held in Shanghai, China (Cloud 2009), Melbourne, Australia (Cloud 2010
& UCC 2011), Chennai, India (UCC 2010), Chicago, USA (UCC 2012), Dresden,
Germany (UCC2013), and London, UK (UCC 2014).
CALL FOR PAPERS
Authors are invited to submit original unpublished research manuscripts that
demonstrate current research in all areas of Cloud and Utility computing
including design and analysis of distributed and centralized Cloud systems,
data centre design and engineering, economic and market models for cloud
systems, revenue and business models and their applications in scientific,
engineering, and commercial deployment.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
• Big Data and Analytics
• Principles and theoretical foundations of Utility Computing, including
pricing and service models
• Policy languages and Programming models
• Utility driven model and mechanisms for Cloud federations
• Autonomic techniques for Clouds and Cloud applications
• Utility-driven platforms for Clouds
• Architectural models to achieve Utility in Clouds
• Designs and deployment models for Clouds: private, public, hybrid,
• Cloud Computing middleware, stacks, tools, delivery networks and
services at all layers (XaaS)
• Virtualization technologies and other enablers
• Economic models and scenarios of use
• Scalability and resource management: brokering, scheduling, capacity
planning, parallelism and elasticity, as well as marketplaces
• Cloud management: autonomic, adaptive, self-*, SLAs, performance
models and monitoring
• Applications: games, social networks, scientific computing (e-science)
• Mobile and energy-efficient use of Clouds
• Beyond technology: Cloud business and legal implications, such as
security, privacy, trust and jurisdiction, especially in Utility contexts
One or more best paper awards will be given for outstanding contributed
papers. Further details as well as submission guidelines are available at the
conference website and below.
Submitted manuscripts should be structured as technical papers and
may not exceed ten (10) single-spaced double-column pages using
10-point size font on 8.5x11 inch pages (IEEE conference style), including
figures, tables, and references.
Electronic submissions must be in the form of a readable PDF file.
Manuscripts must be received by July 03, 2015. All manuscripts will be
reviewed by the Program Committee and evaluated on originality, relevance
of the problem to the conference theme, technical strength, rigor in analysis,
quality of results, and organization and clarity of presentation of the paper.
Submitted papers must represent original unpublished research that is not
currently under review for any other conference or journal. Papers not
following these guidelines will be rejected without review and further action
may be taken, including (but not limited to) notifications sent to the heads of
the institutions of the authors and sponsors of the conference. Submissions
received after the due date, exceeding length limit, or not appropriately
structured may also not be considered. Authors may contact the Program
Chairs at the email addressed below for further information or clarification.
Notification of review decisions will be mailed by August 21, 2015. Camera
-ready papers are due by September 21, 2015. Published proceedings will
be available at the conference.
At least one author of each paper must be registered for the conference in
order for the paper to be published in the proceedings. Presentation of an
accepted paper at the conference is a requirement of publication. Any paper
that is not presented at the conference will not be included in IEEE Xplore.
Selected papers from the conference will be invited to submit an extended
version to the a number of top quality journals. Papers will be selected based
on their reviewers' scores and appropriateness to a journal's theme. All
extended versions will undergo reviews and must represent original
unpublished research work. Further details will be made available at the
TUTORIAL PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS
Each tutorial proposal must contain the following:
• Name and Affiliation of the Speaker(s).
• Abstract (one paragraph, 200 words max., including previous experience
with such tutorials).
• Intended Audience (one paragraph) and prerequisites: Describe the
background assumed of tutorial attendees (i.e. beginner, intermediate,
advanced), and any requirements needed (e.g. bring own laptop).
• Learning Outcome (one paragraph): Describe the benefit, knowledge or
skill that will be gained by attendees.
• Description (no more than 2 pages): A statement giving clear motivation
/justification for the topic to be presented at UCC 2015 and a
comprehensive outline of the proposed content.
• Statement on if this tutorial has been given before and if so how this
presentation will be different.
• Materials (one paragraph): A description of materials to be provided to
attendees on the conference website – course slides, annotated
bibliography, code snippets, etc. NOTE: the materials themselves do not
need to be provided in the proposal.
• Bio-sketch: A single paragraph bio-sketch per tutorial presenter.
• Requested tutorial length (preferably half-a-day).
• Tutorial proposals should be submitted in PDF format by email to the
tutorial chairs by the 3rd of July, 2015.
Materials for the tutorial must be emailed by the 13th of November 2015 at
the latest. The UCC 2015 Conference Organizing Committee will be
responsible for the following:
• Providing logistics support and a meeting place for the tutorial.
• In conjunction with the organizers, determining the tutorial date and time.
• Providing copies of the tutorial materials to attendees.
WORKSHOP PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS
Proposals for workshops should be no more than 2 pages in length and
should contain the following information:
• Title and brief technical description of the workshop, specifying the goals
and the technical issues that will be the focus of the workshop.
• A brief description of why and to whom the workshop is of interest.
• A list of related workshops or similar events held in the last 3 years, or to
be held in 2015.
• The names and contact information (web page, email address) of the
proposed technical program committee. This committee should consist
of at least 10 people knowledgeable about the technical issues to be
addressed and preferably not more than two members of the same
• A description of the qualifications of the organizers (who would be the
Workshop Chairs) with respect to organizing this workshop. This can
include papers published in the proposed topic area, previous workshop
organization, and other relevant information.
• Workshop proposals should be submitted in PDF format by email to the
workshop chairs by the 8th of May, 2015.
Workshop chair(s) will be responsible for the following:
• Producing a web page and a "Call for Papers/Participation" for their
workshop. The URL should be sent to the UCC Workshops chairs. The call
must make it clear that the workshop is open to all members of the Cloud,
Big Data, Grid and Cluster Computing community. It should mention that
at least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop
and that all workshop participants must pay the UCC 2015 workshop
day or conference registration fee. The CfP should make it clear that the
registration of at least one author requires the full (non-student, non-
• Ensure that all workshop papers are a maximum of 6 pages in length (in
IEEE format). It is the responsibility of the workshop organizers to ensure
that this page limit has been adhered to. Additional pages may be
purchased (in some circumstances) subject to approval by the proceedings
• Provide a brief description of the workshop for the conference web page
• Selecting the participants and the format of the workshop. The publication
of proceedings will be by the IEEE in the same volume as the main
conference. The acceptance notification (by workshop chairs) therefore
should be the same as the conference paper acceptance notification (i.e. the
dates should be the same). All other details can be up to workshop
organizers to set.
• Advertising the workshop beyond the conference web page.
• Assistance in producing a camera-ready version of the workshop
If the workshop is too small (i.e. does not attract enough submissions) the
UCC 2015 Organizing Committee may decide to merge that workshop with
another. So we encourage workshop organizers to attract a large community.
In extreme situations we may also cancel workshops if there are not enough
Workshop organizers must ensure that suitable quality measures have been
taken to ensure that the accepted papers are of high quality. All papers must
be reviewed by an International Technical Program Committee with a
minimum of 3 reviews per paper. The workshop organizers should also try
to observe an acceptance rate that is no higher than 50%.
Unless indicated on the UCC website, there will be no travel support and
no registration discounts for authors and organizers.
Workshops are not automatically endorsed by IEEE or ACM and should not
use the names of these organisations in their titles.
The UCC 2015 Conference Organizing Committee will be responsible for the
• Providing a link to a workshop's local page.
• Providing logistics support and a meeting place for the workshop.
• In conjunction with the organizers, determining the workshop date and
• Providing copies of the workshop proceedings to attendees.
• Tutorial proposals due: 03 July, 2015
• Notification of tutorial proposals: 14 August, 2015
• Final description of accepted proposals: 14 September, 2015
• Tutorial slides due: 13 November, 2015
• Workshop proposals due: 08 May, 2015
• Notification of workshop proposals: 22 May 2015
• Paper submissions due: 03 July, 2015
• Notification of acceptance: 21 August, 2015
• Camera ready papers due: 21 September, 2015
• Early and author registration deadline: 21 September, 2015
• Ashiq Anjum, University of Derby, UK
• George Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus
Program Committee Chairs
• Manish Parashar, Rutgers University, USA (parashar AT rutgers.edu)
• Omer Rana, Cardiff University, UK (ranaof AT cardiff.ac.uk)
• Alan Sill, Texas Tech, USA & Open Grid Forum
• Ilkay Altintas, SDSC, USA (altintas AT sdsc.edu)
• Josef Spillner, TU Dresden, Germany (josef.spillner AT tu-dresden.de)
• Ewa Deelman, USC, USA (deelman AT isi.edu)
• Rafael Tolosana, Univ. of Zaragoza, Spain (rafaelt AT unizar.es)
• Khalid Elgazzar, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
PhD Symposium Chair
• Kenneth Johnson, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Cloud Challenge 2015 Chair
• Ian Taylor, Cardiff University, UK
• Achilleas Achilleos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
• Nick Antonopoulos, University of Derby, UK
• George Palis, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
• Georgia Kapitsaki, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
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