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Subject:(SEWORLD) CfP MPAC2007
From:Sotirios Terzis <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 11 Jun 2007 09:17:25 -0600 (MDT)

Call for Papers

5th International Workshop on Middleware for Pervasive and Ad-Hoc
Computing (MPAC2007)

A Workshop of Middleware 2007
Newport Beach, Orange County, California, USA
November 26th - 30th, 2007

Problem Space

Building on the success of the 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 workshops, this
workshop seeks to develop a roadmap for research on the essential
middleware abstractions and infrastructures for ad-hoc and pervasive
computing in general, and sensor-based services in particular.

Over the past decade, large-scale ad-hoc and pervasive computing
environments have grabbed the attention of the research community as
evidenced by the large number of research and development projects in
the area. However, despite considerable progress, the promise of
pervasive computing still remains elusive. The diversity in currently
available devices, networking infrastructure and information content has
complicated research efforts, forcing many projects to focus only on
point-examples of this technology.

This workshop is premised on our belief that underpinning middleware
mechanisms are central in weaving together the multitude of sensing,
computing, communication and information technologies. In this respect,
middleware for pervasive computing and ad-hoc networking provides two
core research areas. In particular, pervasive computing middleware will
allow you to take advantage of the resources in your environment to
tailor your services and applications for seamless access and
unrestricted mobility. Ad-hoc networking middleware will permit the
formation of ad-hoc communities for new applications. However, such
pervasive and ad-hoc environments pose some serious challenges to
existing middleware technologies and approaches.

A synthesis of the discussion that took place in previous MPAC workshops
has led to the identification of the following topics of interest for
the workshop. This list is by no means exhaustive.

- Sensor networks: applications, infrastructure, middleware support and
emerging standards (OMG DDS, IEEE/NIST 1451.x, OSGi WireAdmin, JSR256 &
- Calculi for sensor data, and middleware support for their processing
and distribution;
- Sensor data mining;
- Component-based and service-oriented architectures, and design
patterns for sensor based services;
- Theoretical foundations and middleware support for context based
adaptation for mobile pervasive systems, and sensor-based services;
- Mobile device-centric sensing platforms and services;
- New notations for specifying context-sensitive systems;
- Ad-hoc communities: applications, infrastructure and middleware
- Roles and responsibilities in ad-hoc communities;
- Group management and communication support for ad-hoc communities;
- Ad-hoc network communications, quality of service, management and
middleware support;
- Service-connection middleware and architectures;
- Support for zero configuration;
- Middleware for self-assembly, self-configuration, self-distribution
and autonomic computing in general;
- Data management infrastructures for ad hoc and pervasive systems;
- Ambient information systems and applications;
- Trust, security, and privacy for pervasive systems and sensor based
- Privacy preservation and identity management for device-to-device
- Reliability and availability in pervasive systems and sensor based
- Middleware infrastructures supporting novel applications of pervasive
and ad-hoc computing (e.g. advertising, health care, gaming, mobile TV,
- Tangible computing (surface computing, RFID / NFC, 2D and 3D bar
- Experiences or cases studies with new technologies (WiMax, WiBree);
- Technology trade-offs (agent infrastructures, mobile code systems,
event based middleware);
- Resource discovery and management;
- Virtualisation technologies and applications, especially for task
- Implications of heterogeneity (addressing needs for protocol
interaction across technologies).


The workshop format will be focused around submission of position papers
of no more than 6 pages.

Please submit your papers in PDF, using the ACM proceeding format
(see, to the web

Papers are solicited that present a view of the state of the art in a
particular sub-problem area, identify specific middleware challenges,
and suggest potential avenues for exploration by proposing models,
abstractions and infrastructure components addressing these challenges.
Approximately two thirds of the workshop will be devoted to the
presentation and discussion of these papers, while the remaining third
of the time will be devoted to the development of the research roadmap.

Papers will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the programme
committee. The review process will be based upon identifying the
relevance and potential of the position statement to contribute to the
elaboration of the roadmap and to stimulate discussion.

All accepted papers will appear in a special workshop proceedings volume
in the ACM Digital Library as well as in a CD companion proceedings
issued to the workshop participants.

Appropriate publication of revised versions of the best workshop
submissions and the research roadmap along similar lines to the special
issue on middleware and systems software for pervasive computing of the
Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing and IEEE Distributed
Systems Online is being investigated.

Important Dates

Workshop paper submission: August 3rd, 2007

Workshop paper notification acceptance: September 3rd, 2007

Workshop paper camera-ready: October 1st, 2007

Workshop date: To be confirmed (either November 26th OR November
30th, 2007)

Programme Committee

Christian Becker, University of Mannheim, DE
Dan Chalmers, University of Sussex, UK
Paolo Costa, Vrije Universiteit, NL
Domenico Cotroneo, University of Naples, IT
Simon Dobson, University College Dublin, IE
Didier Donsez, Universit=E9 Joseph Fourier, Grenoble I, FR
Markus Endler, PUC-Rio, BR
Valerie Issarny, INRIA, FR
Spyros Lalis, University of Thessaly, GR
Nitya Narasimhan, Motorola Labs, US [co-chair]
Priya Narasimhan, Carnegie Mellon University, US
Steve Neely, University College Dublin, IE [co-chair]
Paddy Nixon, University College Dublin, IE
Vincent Olive, France Telecom RD, FR
Jon Robinson, University of Sussex, UK
Karsten Schwan, Georgia Institute of Technology, US
Sotirios Terzis, University of Strathclyde, UK [co-chair]
Jean-Yves Tigli, Universit=E9 de Nice Sophia Antipolis, FR
Venu Vasudevan, Motorola Labs, US
Lin Zhong, Rice University, US

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