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CALL FOR PAPERS

The 19th International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing
- ICSOC 2021 -
November 22-25, 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
http://icsoc.org/

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ICSOC, the International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing, is  
the premier international forum for academics, industry researchers,  
developers, and practitioners to report and share groundbreaking work  
in service-oriented computing. ICSOC fosters cross-community  
scientific excellence by gathering experts from various disciplines,  
such as business-process management, distributed systems, computer  
networks, wireless and mobile computing, cloud computing,  
cyber-physical systems, networking, scientific workflows, services  
science, data science, management science, and software engineering.

ICSOC provides a high-quality forum for presenting results and  
discussing ideas that further our knowledge and understanding of the  
various aspects (e.g. application and system aspects) related to  
Service Computing applied to new application areas and gain insights  
into a variety of computing, networked, and cyber-physical systems  
ranging from mobile devices and Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications  
to large-scale cloud computing systems and the smart grid.

ICSOC 2021, the 19th event in this series, will take place in Dubai,  
UAE from November 22 to November 25, 2021. Following on the ICSOC  
tradition, it will feature visionary keynote presentations, research  
and industry presentations, a vision track, workshops, tool  
demonstrations, tutorials, and a Ph.D. track. We invite interested  
researchers, students, practitioners, and professionals to submit  
their original contributions to the research and industry tracks of  
ICSOC 2021.

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+++ New submission/review model


Starting this year, ICSOC adopts a new submission/reviewing model.

***Anonymous submissions: ICSOC implements a double-blind reviewing  
process. Author names and affiliations should not appear in the paper.  
The authors should make a reasonable effort not to reveal their  
identities of institutional affiliations in the text, figures, photos,  
links, or other data that is contained in the paper. Authors' prior  
work should be preferably referred to in the third person; if this is  
not feasible, the references should be blinded. Submissions that  
violate these requirements will be rejected without review. The list  
of authors cannot be changed after the acceptance decision is made  
unless approved by the Program Chairs.

***Early submissions: Authors are invited to consider early  
submissions. In the early submission round, only papers submitted as  
full/regular papers will be considered, and they will go through a  
full peer-review process. An early submitted paper that is accepted  
will be included in the proceedings. An early submitted paper that is  
rejected can be still revised and submitted to the normal submission  
round by the given deadline. If the authors of an early submitted  
paper that is rejected decide to resubmit their paper to the normal  
submission round, they will have to include an appendix (2 pages)  
describing how they have addressed the comments received by the  
reviewers from the early submission.

***Normal submissions: Authors are also welcome to submit papers to  
the normal submission round by the given deadline. After the normal  
submission deadline, the papers resubmitted from the early submission  
round and those submitted only to the normal submission round will  
undergo a traditional review process. The decisions made from this  
normal review procedure will be final and no resubmission will be  
permitted afterwards.

It should be noted that unformatted papers and papers beyond the page  
limit may not be reviewed.

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Important Dates

Normal paper submission due: August 22nd, 2021

Final notification to authors: September 20th, 2021

Camera ready manuscripts due: October 3rd, 2021

Author registration: October 3rd, 2021

Early bird registration: TBA

Conference dates: November 22-25, 2021

All deadlines are in Samoa Standard Time (SST = GMT – 11). Check the  
time in the SST Zone here: https://time.is/SST

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Special issues

As per its tradition, ICSOC 2021 will also feature some special issues  
in high impact journals. A selection of the top accepted papers will  
be invited for special issues in journals, the specific list will be  
announced soon.

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Areas of interest

ICSOC 2021 will be divided into two main tracks, the research track  
and the visionary track. While the visionary track targets visionary  
papers with high potential that may bring some impact in the future  
for the community, the research track will focus on the following four  
main areas.

---Focus Area-1: Service Oriented Technology Trends

This focus area targets outstanding, original contributions, including  
theoretical and empirical evaluations, as well as practical and  
industrial experiences, with emphasis on results that solve open  
research problems and have significant impact on the field of digital  
services and service-oriented computing.

Topics that are part of this focus area may include but are not limited to:

* Service-oriented Engineering
* Service design, specification, discovery, customization,  
composition, and deployment
* Service validation and test
* Service change management
* Intelligent context-aware interfaces
* Theoretical foundations of Service Engineering
* Transformation of monolithic applications to microservices
* Run-time Service Operations and Management
* Service execution middleware
* Service monitoring and adaptive management
* Workload compliance management
* Microservices deployment and management
* Security, privacy, and trust for services
* Secure service lifecycle development
* Privacy management aspects for services
* Contract based security approaches
* Secure service composition
* Trust management for services
* Services and Data
* Services for big data
* Service mining and analytics
* Data-provisioning services
* Services related linked open data
* Services on the Cloud
* Cloud service management
* Cloud workflow management
* Cloud brokers and coordination across multiple resource managers
* XaaS (everything as a service including IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS)
* Workload partitioning, balancing, and transformation
* Services at the Edge
* Cloud and fog computing
* Edge service orchestration
* Lightweight service deployment and management
* Quality of Service (QoS) in edge services
* Security, privacy, and trust of edge services
* Services in the Internet of Things (IoT)/Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
* Embedded and real-time services
* RFID, sensor data, and services related to the IoT/CPS
* Services for IoT/CPS platforms and applications
* Service oriented protocols for IoT/CPS applications
* Services in Organizations, Business, and Society
* Social networks and services
* Cost and pricing of services
* Service marketplaces and ecosystems
* Innovative service business models

--- Focus Area-2: Blockchain Technologies

A blockchain is a decentralized distributed ledger that records and  
stores transactions among a number of interacting parties in a  
network. Each transaction must be validated via a consensus mechanism  
executed by the network participants before being permanently added as  
a new “block” at the end of the “chain.” Disruptive technologies such  
as blockchain, AI, services, and cloud enable companies and  
administrations to provide decentralized, trusted, transparent and  
user-centric digital services while enhancing user/consumer  
experience. These technologies have the ability to transform the way  
we use the internet and digital services globally.
Topics that are part of this focus area may include but are not limited to:

* Blockchain in digital services
* Block chain and smart business transactions
* Block chain and smart contracts
* Blockchain in the Internet of things (IoT)
* Blockchain in cyber physical systems
* Blockchain in edge and cloud computing
* Disintermediation and collaboration mechanisms in block chains
* Peer-to-peer networks
* Block chain platforms
* Blockchain in supply chain management
* Trust and security services in block chains
* Cutting edge cipher algorithms

--- Focus Area-3: Industry 4.0 Technologies

Industry 4.0 (or smart manufacturing) sets the foundations for  
completely connected factories that are characterized by the  
digitization and interconnection of supply chains, production  
equipment and production lines, and the application of the latest  
advanced digital information technologies to manufacturing activities.  
The manufacturing paradigm championed by the Industry 4.0 brings  
together processes, software services and systems, machines, devices,  
IoT, sensors, valves, actuators, manufacturing systems, and connected  
digital factories. All these computer-driven systems create a virtual  
copy of the physical world and help make decentralized decisions with  
a much higher degree of accuracy.

Topics that are part of this focus area may include but are not limited to:

* Digital twins and digital threads
* Digital product management
* Digital manufacturing
* Digital transformation
* Digital reality
* Embedded systems
* Internet of Things in Industry 4.0
* 3D printing/additive manufacturing techniques
* Machine-To-Machine communication for smart manufacturing
* Smarter analytics
* Manufacturing Intelligence
* Smart factories
* Smart asset management
* Smart Cyber-Security in Industry 4.0
* Blockchain in Industry 4.0

--- Focus Area-4: Smart services, Smart data and Smart applications

Smart data systems and services support the processing and integration  
of data and services into a meaningful unified view to enable more  
effective decision making and problem solving. The decisive criterion  
here is not necessarily the amount of data or services available, but  
smart content techniques that promote not only the collection and  
accumulation of related data and services, but also its context, and  
understanding. This requires finding useful insights and discovering  
patterns and trends within the data and services to reveal a wider  
picture that is more relevant to the problem in hand and react to them.

Smart applications are context aware, intelligent and autonomous  
industrial strength applications that incorporate data-driven,  
actionable contextual insights into the user experience to enable  
users to more efficiently complete a desired task usually taking the  
form of recommendations, estimates, and suggested next course of  
actions in context.

Topics that are part of this focus area may include but are not limited to:

* Smart Big Data
* Predictive Modelling
* Visualization & Augmented Reality
* Smarter Analytics
* Machine Learning
* Multidimensional Data
* Sensor Networks
* Smart cities
* Smart applications for the construction industry
* Smart transportation systems
* Smart logistics & distribution
* Smart agriculture and food chains
* Smart government
* Smart sensors & IoT for large scale industrial applications
* Traceability and Tracking
* Detection of data and key performance metrics to improve application  
efficiency
* Conceptual structures and knowledge architectures for smart applications
* Agile & DevOps methodologies for smart applications

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Paper Submission

The conference solicits outstanding original research and practice  
papers on all aspects of service-oriented computing. Papers should  
clearly demonstrate the research or practical contribution, the  
relevance to the field, and the relationship to prior work. Submitted  
papers will be evaluated according to their rigor, significance,  
originality, technical quality, and exposition. All papers will be  
reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee.

Papers should be formatted according to Springer’s LNCS Formatting  
Guidelines. Submissions must be in English and must not exceed 15  
pages. All papers must be submitted electronically to the Conference  
Submission System. Each paper must be submitted on or before the  
provided deadlines. Authors are kindly invited to respect the abstract  
submission deadline, set one week before the paper submission. The  
limit length of accepted papers should be 15 pages (including  
abstract, figures and references) with a maximum of 2 extra paid pages  
(€90 per extra page). The final submission should be formatted  
according to Springer’s LNCS Camera ready instructions.

For each accepted paper, at least one author must attend the  
conference and present the paper. The deadline for identifying and  
registering this individual author will be at the time when the  
camera-ready version is submitted.

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Best Paper Award

The Best Paper Award, sponsored by Springer, will be given to the  
paper that the Program Committee judges to be the best in quality,  
execution, and impact among all the accepted papers in the conference.

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Proceedings

All accepted papers will be included in the Conference Proceedings  
published by Springer Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
(LNCS) series.

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General Chairs

- Hakim Hacid, Zayed University, UAE
- Odej Kao, TU Berlin, Germany

Program Co-chairs

- Massimo Mecella, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
- Naouel Moha, Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Canada
- Helen Paik, University of New South Wales, Australia

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