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*** Second 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

http://cyprusconferences.org/ucc2015


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Authors are invited to submit original unpublished research manuscripts that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,
   federated, aggregated

• 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)
   and business

• 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.


MANUSCRIPT GUIDELINES

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.


SPECIAL ISSUES

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
conference webpage.


TUTORIAL PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

Each tutorial proposal must contain the following:

• Title.

• 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.


RESPONSIBILITIES

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
   institution.

• 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.


RESPONSIBILITIES

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-
   workshop) rate.

• 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
   chairs.

• Provide a brief description of the workshop for the conference web page
   and program.

• 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
   proceedings.


IMPORTANT NOTE

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
submissions.

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
following:

• 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
   time.

• Providing copies of the workshop proceedings to attendees.


IMPORTANT DATES

• 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


COMMITTEES

General Chairs

• 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)

Standards/Plug-fest Chair

• Alan Sill, Texas Tech, USA & Open Grid Forum

Workshops Chairs

• Ilkay Altintas, SDSC, USA (altintas AT sdsc.edu)
• Josef Spillner, TU Dresden, Germany (josef.spillner AT tu-dresden.de)

Tutorials Chairs

• Ewa Deelman, USC, USA (deelman AT isi.edu)
• Rafael Tolosana, Univ. of Zaragoza, Spain (rafaelt AT unizar.es)

Posters Chair

• 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

Industry Chair

• Achilleas Achilleos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Proceedings Chairs

• Nick Antonopoulos, University of Derby, UK
• George Palis, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Publicity Chair

• Georgia Kapitsaki, University of Cyprus, Cyprus


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