[TYPES] CFP: Combining Theory and Systems Building in Pervasive Computing

hilde@itu.dk hilde at itu.dk
Thu Dec 29 07:13:43 EST 2005

-------------------------Call for Papers--------------------------

International Workshop on Combining Theory and Systems Building in
                       Pervasive Computing


                 A Workshop of PERVASIVE 2006
                        Dublin, Ireland
                         May 7th, 2006

Problem Space

This workshop seeks to promote a combined systems building and theory
approach in pervasive computing research, by bringing together researchers
of the two, currently largely separate, communities, with the aim to share
their experiences from work where this approach was followed, but more
importantly to identify key areas within which this approach could be
further nurtured and grown.

Most of the pervasive computing research to date has focused on systems
building with little attention paid to theoretical foundations of the
models on top of which systems are built. Although it can be argued that
this has traditionally been the case for systems research more generally,
we believe that the particular characteristics of pervasive computing give
cause to question the wisdom of this approach. The pervasive computing
vision of computational capability deeply embedded into the physical
environment means that system failures have the potential to cause serious
disruption to human activities, or even endanger human lives. Moreover,
the large scale and worldwide deployment of pervasive computing systems
mean that it would be difficult to locally contain these effects. In this
context, prudence would suggest that research prototypes should not leave
the laboratory, until certain guarantees about their safe operation and
deployment can be offered. We believe that this is exactly where
theoretical tools can be utilised to great effect.
Despite recent advances in theoretical research, like the development of
calculi, logics and verification techniques for the analysis of security,
communication and networking protocols; for the modelling and verification
of resource usage guarantees by computational entities; and the modelling
of context, a lot of work still remains to be done. The theoretical tools
required by pervasive computing are still in the early stages of the
development. As a result, we believe that we have currently reached a
stage where a combined theory and systems building approach is the only
sensible way of pushing pervasive computing research forward.
In order to promote the combined research approach advocated above, and to
explore ways in which it can be developed, this workshop focuses both on
system models and semantics for pervasive computing. Consequently, the
workshop seeks papers on the areas, but not limited to, listed below:

1.Pervasive computing systems models that would be usefully informed by 
further theoretical  development for
    Privacy, Security and Trust

2.Pervasive computing formal models that may benefit systems development 
and/or themselves by being tested in real systems scenarios, including
  semantic models,
  type systems and verification techniques for
  Context-aware and mobile computation
  Privacy, Security and Trust

3. Case studies of pervasive computing formally informed systems models 4.
Experience reports from pervasive computing projects that followed the
combined research approach

Organising Committee

Dan Chalmers, University of Sussex, UK
Simon Dobson, University College Dublin, Ireland
Thomas Hildebrandt, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Julian Rathke, University of Sussex, UK
Sotirios Terzis, University of Strathclyde, UK  [chair]


The workshop format will be focused around submission of position papers
of no less than 6 and no more than 8 pages. Please submit your papers by
email to Sotirios.Terzis (at) cis.strath.ac.uk in PS or PDF using the
Springer LNCS Proceedings format

Papers are solicited that either present particular formal or systems
models that could stimulate the development of a combined theory and
systems building research approach; present formally informed systems
models as case studies on how the combined research approach could be
realised; or report on the lessons drawn from research projects where the
combined research approach was followed. 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
design of a research roadmap for the closer integration of theory and
systems building research in pervasive computing.
Papers will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the programme committee
which includes both researchers with systems building and theory
background. The review process will be based upon identifying the
relevance and potential of the paper to contribute in the identification
of key areas for the development of the combined research approach and to
stimulate discussion.

A Pervasive 2006 workshop proceedings volume that would include all
accepted papers is currently in negotiation.

Appropriate publication of extended versions of workshop submissions and
the summary of the workshop discussion is also being investigated.

Important Dates

Workshop papers submission: February 8th, 2006
Workshop paper notification of acceptance: March 15th, 2006
Workshop papers camera-ready: March 24th, 2006
Workshop date: May 7th, 2006

Programme Committee

Christian Becker, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Michele Bugliesi, University Ca Foscari, Venice, Italy
Michael Butler, University of Southampton, UK
Roy Campbell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US
Dan Chalmers, University of Sussex, UK
Simon Dobson, University College Dublin, Ireland
Kurt Geihs, University of Kassel, Germany
Karen Henricksen, University of Queensland and NICTA, Australia
Thomas Hildebrandt, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Valerie Issarny, INRIA, France
Jens B. Jørgensen, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Christine Julien, University of Texas at Austin, US
Fabio Martinelli, IIT, CNR, Italy
Robin Milner, Cambridge University, UK
Julian Rathke, University of Sussex, UK
Arne Skou, Aalborg University, Denmark
Sotirios Terzis, University of Strathclyde, UK

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