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*The IBM Cloud Academy,*
*IBM Centers for Advanced Studies and*

*The Institute of Statistical Mathematics invite you to the*
*6**th** International IBM Cloud Academy Conference*
*ICA CON 2018*
*Thursday through Saturday, May 24-26, 2018*

*at The Institute of Statistical Mathematics (Tokyo, Japan)*

*Conference website: *
* Best papers will be published in special issues of the** International
Journal of Cloud Computing (IJCC) **and** International Journal of Cloud
Applications and Computing (IJCAC)*

*Extended abstracts can be submitted at:*

*For more information, contact *
*Andy Rindos (**[log in to unmask]* <[log in to unmask]>*) and/or Kozo
Kitamura (**[log in to unmask]* <[log in to unmask]>*)*

ICA CON 2018, the 6th International IBM Cloud Academy Conference, will
provide an exciting opportunity for educators, researchers, and
practitioners to share ideas and experiences in cloud computing and their
impacts. The conference is open to K-12 (secondary) and higher education
institutions already or considering implementing cloud technologies and

The program will include invited keynote talks by Dr. Naguib Attia (VP, IBM
Global University Programs), Dr. Mladen Vouk (NC State U Assoc. V
Chancellor for Research), Dr. Hiroshi Maruyama (Chief Strategy Officer,
Preferred Networks, Inc.) and Dr. Ryo Yoshida (Director, ISM Data Science
Center for Creative Design and Manufacturing), as well as technical papers,
position papers, workshops and a technology showcase. The technical papers
portion of the conference program will feature experience reports and
original research papers. The technology showcase will feature poster
presentations and demonstrations on cloud computing research or
implementations in progress. Selected papers from conference proceedings
will be published as a special edition of the International Journal of
Cloud Computing (IJCC) (
andInternational Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing (IJCAC;

In addition, we will provide a hands-on Watson and Cloud workshop (hosted
by Prof. Anand Singh), as well as special sessions by faculty from NC
State, Clemson, ASU, UMBC and other universities showcasing the application
of Watson, analytics, IoT etc. (as cloud services) in support of a diverse
set of important real world projects (from tracking the world wide spread
of antimicrobial resistance to the diagnosis and treatment of rare

ICA CON 2018 will be an excellent venue for presenting original work,
exchanging new ideas, embracing cloud technologies, sharing results,
business impacts, and experiences, and networking with other leading
institutions and businesses that are already implementing cloud solutions.

*Call for Papers*
We invite submission of papers / presentations or posters on the use of
cloud computing for educational and research purposes. Of particular
interest will be submissions featuring original research or experience
reports that address how the transition to cloud computing is helping to
transform education. The latter is intended to facilitate the sharing of
best practices with real-world examples illustrating improvements in
quality, outcomes, lessons learned and return-on-investment.

A range of topics relevant to cloud computing in education and research
will be considered. Here are some areas to show the range of interests and

Institutional Strategy and Organization Design for Cloud Computing

   - Building the institution's future infrastructure on a cloud
                                          - Management and organization
                                          design impacts by clouds
                                          - Value chain redesign, culture
                                          change and skill shift
challenges in transitioning to cloud computing
                                          - Economic Models of, and
                                          Economic Development
through, Cloud Computing
                                          - Financial impact and benefits
                                          of cloud computing
                                          - Roadmap for adoption,
                                          integration and transition
to cloud computing

                  Data Management and Analytics on the Cloud
                     - Cognitive computing through cloud
                                          - Business Intelligence for
                                          education and research
purposes using cloud computing
                                          - Analytics and predictive
                                          analytics in cloud environments
                                          - Big Data in clouds
                                          - Storage management and clouds

                  User Productivity with Cloud Computing
                     - Collaboration using cloud computing
                                          - Enhancing accessibility through
                                          cloud services
                                          - Workloads and Use Cases of
                                          cloud for education and research

                  Cloud Computing Implementation Strategies
                     - Data Center migration to cloud computing
                                          - Energy Management Considerations
                                          - Integration and workflow of
                                          cloud services
                                          - Impact on IT Infrastructure
                                          Management with cloud computing
                                          - IT Service and Relationship
                                          Management (Business and IT)
                                          - Software development services
                                          with cloud computing

                  Research Computing in the Cloud
                     - High Performance Computing and cloud computing
                                          - Research computing models using
                                          cloud computing

                  Pedagogical Impact of Cloud Computing
                     - Impact on learning and teaching with cloud computing
                                          - Delivering educational
                                          resources via a cloud
                                          - New and Innovative Pedagogical
                                          Approaches with cloud
                                          - Service Sciences, Management
                                          and Engineering (SSME)

                  Standards and Open Source Strategies for Cloud Computing
                     - Innovations in IP (especially as relates to Open
                                          - Open standards for cloud

                  Systems Management in a Cloud Computing Environment
                     - Service level agreements and clouds
                                          - Security, identity, trust and
                                          privacy on clouds
                                          - Software licensing in education
                                          for cloud computing

                  Papers / presentations proposals on the implementation
                  and research issues associated with various
commercial or open source
                  virtualization technologies, management and security
policies and user
                  applications are also encouraged, as there is
presently significant
                  interest in these areas within the academy community.

* Please submit extended abstracts to *

                  (Initial extended abstracts should be no more than 2
                  pages; see below for submission format instructions.)

* Important dates*

* March 20, 2018 (extended)*
                  Extended Abstract Submission Deadline

* April 7, 2018*
                  Notification of Paper Acceptance

* April 30, 2018*
                  Camera Ready Paper Submission and Authors Registration

* May 24-26, 2018*
                  Conference Dates

* Review Procedure*

                  All submissions will be peer reviewed by appropriate
                  domain experts among those listed on the Technical
Committee. The reviewers
                  know that the ICA CON 2018 conference aims to
produce innovative as well as
                  quality work, and that authors of selected papers /
presentations will be
                  selected and invited to have work published in
special issues of the
                  International Journal of Cloud Computing (IJCC;
and International
                  Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing (IJCAC;




                  *Submission Format*

                  Submissions should follow the guidelines below:
                  - Initial extended abstract up to 2 pages; conference
                                          paper submissions should not
exceed 10 pages (selected IJCC submissions can
                                          be longer)
                                          - Anonymized (remove author names
                                          and affiliations) for the
review process.
                                          - To facilitate the subsequent
                                          publication of selected
manuscripts, we suggest you check with the
                                          guidelines used by the
International Journal of Cloud Computing: (


                                       Submission implies willingness of at
                  least one author to register and present at the conference.

                  Again, submissions of extended abstracts can be made at


* For more information, contact **Andy Rindos (**[log in to unmask]*
                  <[log in to unmask]>*) and/or Kozo Kitamura (*
                  *[log in to unmask]* <[log in to unmask]>*)*.

* General Co-Chairs:*
                  Andy Rindos (IBM)
                  Junji Nakano (ISM)

* Steering Committee:*
                  Diem Ho (IBM)
                  Yaser Jararweh (JUST)
                  Imre Kocsis (BME)
                  Yi Pan (GSU)
                  Andras Pataricza (BME)
                  Jim Spohrer (IBM)
                  Yannis Viniotis (NCSU)
                  Mladen Vouk (NCSU)
                  Yelena Yesha (UMBC)

* Program Committee Co-Chairs:*
                  Elhadj Benkhelifa (Staffordshire U)
                  Yaser Jararweh (JUST)
                  Toshikazu Kato (Chuo University)

* Proceedings Co-Chairs:*
                  B.B. Gupta (N ITK)
                  Keisuke Honda (ISM)

                  *Publicity Co-Chairs:*
                  Mohammad Alsmirat (JUST)
                  Moayad Aloqaily (Carleton U)
                  Zilong Ye (Cal State)

* Local Chair:*
                  Kozo Kitamura (ISM)

* Technical Committee:*
                  Andrea Bondavalli (U of Florence)
                  Andrea Ceccarelli (U of Florence)
                  Krishnendu Chakrabarty (Duke)
                  Jeff Chase (Duke)
                  Rada Chirkova (NCSU)
                  Paula Cray (NCSU)
                  Mike Devetsikiotis (UNM)
                  Xiaojun Ding (Yulin Normal U)
                  Patrick Dreher (NCSU)
                  Louis Freund (SJSU)
                  Hiroka Hamada (ISM)
                  Akihito Hiromori (Osaka U)
                  Lap Huynh (IBM)
                  Szeberényi Imre (BME-IIT)
                  Anupam Joshi (UMBC)
                  Karuna Joshi (UMBC)
                  Zsolt Kocsis (IBM)
                  Hamid Krim (NCSU)
                  Wei Lu (Beijing Normal U)
                  Richard Lucic (Duke)
                  Henrique Madeira (U of Coimbra
                  Alisha Malloy (NCCU)
                  Fabio Martinelli (IIT-CNR)
                  Young Oh (IBM)
                  Robert Owor (ASU)
                  Dimitrios Serpanos (U Patras)
                  Anand Singh (NCSU)
                  Nasseh Tabrizi (ECU)
                  Mio Takei (ISM)
                  Ling Tian (U Elec Sci & Tech of China)
                  Kishor Trivedi (Duke)
                  Marco Vieira (U of Coimbra)
                  Kuangching Wang (Clemson)
                  Yingwei Wang (UPEI)
                  Xuefeng Yan (Nanjing U Aeronautics & Astronautics)
                  Xianqing Yu (IBM)
* Location: *

* Institute of Statistical Mathematics*

                  Founded in 1944, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics
                  (ISM) is Japan's premiere national research
institute for statistical
                  science. Founded in 1944, it has been part of the
Research Organisation of
                  Information and Systems (ROIS), and is represented
on the national
                  Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction.
Its new campus in
                  Tachikawa (which is hosting ICACON 2018), its
primary goals include
                  reinforcing of inter-university research through the
development of
                  Networks of Excellence (NOEs), while supporting
long-term open and
                  collaborative joint research projects that
contribute to academic and
                  social development.

                  *Tokyo, Japan*

                  Tokyo is the capital city of Japan with over 9 million
                  people in the city proper. It is also one of the
country's 47 prefectures,
                  with a total population exceeding 13 million. The
Greater Tokyo Area is the
                  most populous metropolitan area in the world, with
upwards of 37.8 million
                  people. Formerly known as Edo, it has been the de
facto seat of Japanese
                  government since 1603, and has been the home of the
Emperor of Japan since
                  1868. It is also an economic powerhouse, ranked
first in the Global
                  Economic Power Index and third in the Global Cities
Index, and hosts over
                  50 of the Fortune Global 500 companies. As a major
international finance
                  center, the city houses the headquarters of several
of the world's largest
                  investment banks and insurance companies, and serves
as a hub for Japan's
                  transportation, publishing, electronics and
broadcasting industries. While
                  it is ranked as one of the most expensive cities in
the world (as far as
                  cost-of-living), it has also been named the most
liveable and safest city
                  in the world by numerous magazine polls.

                  Tokyo is rich in historical and cultural sights. The
                  chief attraction of Tokyo's Marunouchi district is
the Imperial Palace with
                  its beautiful 17th-century parks surrounded by walls
and moats, as well as
                  the Nijubashi Bridge leading to its interior. One
can also visit Edo
                  Castle, built in 1457 and located in Tokyo's Chiyoda
district. The Sensō-ji
                  Temple in the Asakusa district, established in AD
645 and rebuilt numerous
                  times, is the city's most famous shrine. Its
highlights include the
                  Kaminari-mon Gate with its 3.3-meter-high red paper
lantern, the much-loved
                  Incense Vat (reputed to drive away ailments) and the
temple doves (Kannon's
                  "sacred messengers" and fortune-tellers). The Meiji
Shrine, dedicated to
                  Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken, first
completed in 1926 and
                  then rebuilt after being destroyed during WWII,
remains one of Tokyo's most
                  important religious sites. Surrounded by a 175-acre
evergreen forest, the
                  shrine's highlights include its Inner Precinct
(Naien) with its museum
                  containing royal treasures, and the Outer Precinct
(Gaien), home to the
                  Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery. Ueno Park is an
oasis of green in the heart
                  of busy Tokyo, and one of its most popular tourist
attractions. The park
                  boasts the Ueno Park Zoo (Japan's oldest zoo, famous
for the pandas
                  presented by the People's Republic of China), the
Aqua-Zoo (one of the
                  largest aquariums in Asia) and numerous temples and
museums to explore,
                  including the reed-fringed Shinobazu pond around a
little island with its
                  Bentendo Temple, the 17th-century Toshogu Shrine
with its 256 bronze and
                  stone lanterns. Tokyo also has many museums,
including the Tokyo National
                  Museum, the country's largest museum and
specializing in traditional
                  Japanese art, and the National Museum of Western
Art. And Ginza is Tokyo's
                  busiest shopping area.

*Best Regards*
*Moayad Aloqaily, PhD*

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