[TYPES/announce] CFP: SAC 2012 track on Service Oriented Architectures and Programming (SOAP)

Fabrizio Montesi fmontesi at italianasoftware.com
Fri Jun 10 03:39:25 EDT 2011

Service-Oriented Architectures and Programming


ACM SAC 2012

For the past twenty-seven years, the ACM Symposium on Applied
Computing has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer
scientists, computer engineers, software engineers, and application
developers from around the world. SAC 2012 is sponsored by the ACM
Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP), and is hosted by
The Microsoft Research - University of Trento Centre for Computational
and Systems Biology, Trento, Italy.


Service-Oriented Programming (SOP) is quickly changing our vision of
the Web, bringing a paradigmatic shift in the methodologies followed
by programmers when designing and implementing distributed
systems. Originally, the Web was mainly seen as a means of presenting
information to a wide spectrum of people, but SOP is triggering a
radical transformation of the Web towards a computational fabric where
loosely coupled services interact publishing their interfaces inside
dedicated repositories, where they can be discovered by other services
and then invoked, abstracting from their actual
implementation. Research on SOP is giving strong impetus to the
development of new technologies and tools for creating and deploying
distributed software.  In the context of this modern paradigm we have
to cope with an old challenge, like in the early days of
Object-Oriented Programming when, until key features like
encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism, and proper design
methodologies were defined, consistency in the programming model
definition was not achieved. The complex scenario of SOP needs to be
clarified on many aspects, both from the engineering and from the
foundational points of view.

>From the engineering point of view, there are open issues at many
levels. Among others, at the system design level, both traditional
approaches based on UML and approaches taking inspiration from
business process modelling, e.g. BPMN, are used. At the composition
level, although WS-BPEL is a de-facto industrial standard, other
approaches are appearing, and both the orchestration and choreography
views have their supporters. At the description and discovery level
there are two separate communities pushing respectively the semantic
approach (ontologies, OWL, ...) and the syntactic one (WSDL, ...). In
particular, the role of discovery engines and protocols is not
clear. In this respect we still lack adopted standards: UDDI looked to
be a good candidate, but it is no longer pushed by the main
corporations, and its wide adoption seems difficult. Furthermore, a
new different implementation platform, the so-called REST services, is
emerging and competing with classic Web Services. Finally, features
like Quality of Service, security and dependability need to be taken
seriously into account, and this investigation should lead to standard

>From the foundational point of view, formalists have discussed widely
in the last years, and many attempts to use formal methods for
specification and verification in this setting have been made. Session
correlation, service types, contract theories and communication
patterns are only a few examples of the aspects that have been
investigated. Moreover, several formal models based upon automata,
Petri nets and algebraic approaches have been developed. However most
of these approaches concentrate only on a few features of
Service-Oriented Systems in isolation, and a comprehensive approach is
still far from being achieved.

The Service-Oriented Architectures and Programming track aims at
bringing together researchers and practitioners having the common
objective of transforming SOP into a mature discipline with both solid
scientific foundations and mature software engineering development
methodologies supported by dedicated tools. In particular, we will
encourage works and discussions about what SOP still needs in order to
achieve its original goal.

Major topics of interest will include:

- Formal methods for specification of Web Services
- Notations and models for Service Oriented Computing
- Methodologies and tools for Service Oriented application design
- Service Oriented Middlewares
- Service Oriented Programming languages
- Test methodologies for Service Oriented applications
- Analysis techniques and tools
- Service systems performance analysis
- Industrial deployment of tools and methodologies
- Standards for Service Oriented Programming
- Service application case studies
- Dependability and Web Services
- Quality of Service
- Security issues in Service Oriented Computing
- Comparisons between different approaches to Services
- Exception handling in composition languages
- Trust and Web Services
- Sustainability and Web Services, Green Computing
- Adaptable Web Services
- Software Product Lines for Services
- Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Service-Oriented Computing


August 31, 2011: Paper submissions
October 12, 2011: Author notification
November 2, 2011: Camera-Ready Copy
March 25-29, 2012: Conference


Authors are invited to submit original unpublished papers. Submission
of the same paper to multiple tracks is not allowed. Peer groups with
expertise in the track focus area will double-blindly review
submissions. Accepted papers will be published in the annual
conference proceedings. SOAP track chairs will not submit to the
track. Submissions from SOAP PC members and from PC members and track
chairs of other SAC tracks are welcome. Submission guidelines
can be found on SAC 2012 Website:


Prospective papers should be submitted to the track using the provided
automated submission system. Please pay attention to ensure anonimity
of your submitted manuscript as detailed in the submission page so to
allow for double-blind review. Papers not satisfying this constraint
will be automatically rejected. The maximum length for papers is 8
pages. Accepted papers whose camera-ready version will exceed 6 pages
will have to pay an extra charge.


Faycal Abouzaid, University of Montreal (Canada)
Maurice ter Beek, ISTI-CNR, Pisa (Italy)
Jesper Bengtson, IT University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Roberto Bruni, University of Pisa (Italy)
Nicola Dragoni, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)
Schahram Dustdar, Technical University of Vienna (Austria)
Tim Hallwyl, Visma Sirius (Denmark)
Koji Hasebe, University of Tsukuba (Japan)
Nickolas Kavantzas, ORACLE (USA)
Marcello La Rosa, Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Francisco Martins, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Michele Mazzucco, University of Tartu (Estonia)
Hernàn Melgratti, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Nicola Mezzetti, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A. (Italy)
Paolo Missier, Newcastle University (UK)
Bardia Mohabbati, Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Kévin Ottens, Klarälvdalens Datakonsult AB (Sweden)
Rosario Pugliese, University of Firenze (Italy)
Jean-Bernard Stefani, INRIA Grenoble (France)
Emilio Tuosto, University of Leicester (UK)
Mirko Viroli, University of Bologna (Italy)
Olaf Zimmermann, IBM Research - Zurich (Switzerland)
Sebastian Wieczorek, SAP (Germany)
Peter Wong, Fredhopper - Amsterdam (Netherlands)


Ivan Lanese
lanese @ cs.unibo.it
FOCUS Team, University of Bologna/INRIA, Italy

Manuel Mazzara
manuel.mazzara @ newcastle.ac.uk
School of Computing Science, Newcastle university, UK

Fabrizio Montesi
fmontesi @ italianasoftware.com
IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark / italianaSoftware s.r.l., Italy

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