Call for Papers: Middleware 2004

Cristiana Amza
Sun, 11 Jan 2004 11:45:54 -0500 (EST)

                           Call for Papers:

                           Middleware 2004

            ACM/IFIP/USENIX International Middleware Conference
                    (society sponsorship pending)

                       Toronto, Ontario, Canada
                      October  18th - 22nd, 2004



Requirements  for  faster  development cycles,  decreased  development
efforts, greater  software reuse,  and better end-to-end  control over
system  resources are motivating  the creation  and use  of middleware
systems  and  middleware-based  architectures. Middleware  is  systems
software  that resides  between  the applications  and the  underlying
operating systems, network protocol  stacks, and hardware. Its primary
role is  to functionally bridge  the gap between  application programs
and the  lower-level hardware and software infrastructure  in order to
coordinate  how  application components  are  connected  and how  they
interoperate.   Furthermore,  middleware  enables and  simplifies  the
integration of components developed by multiple technology suppliers.

In this sense middleware systems are sets of services and abstractions
that  facilitate   the  development  and   deployment  of  distributed
applications in heterogeneous, distributed, computing environments.

Next-generation distributed applications and systems will increasingly
be developed using middleware.  This dependency poses hard challenges,
including  latency  hiding,   masking  partial  failures,  information
assurance   and   security,   legacy  integration,   dynamic   service
partitioning  and load  balancing, and  end-to-end quality  of service
specification   and   enforcement.   To  address   these   challenges,
researchers   and  practitioners   need  to   discover   and  validate
techniques,  patterns, and  optimizations  for middleware  frameworks,
multi-level   distributed  resource   management,  and   adaptive  and
reflective middleware architectures.

Following  the success  of past  conferences in  this series,  the 5th
International  Middleware Conference  will  be the  premier event  for
middleware  research  and  technology   in  2004.  The  scope  of  the
conference is  the design, implementation,  deployment, and evaluation
of distributed system platforms and architectures for future computing
and  communication  environments. Highlights  of  the conference  will
include a high quality technical program, tutorials, invited speakers,
poster presentations, and workshops.

The   proceedings  of  Middleware   2004  will   be  published   as  a
Springer-Verlag  volume  in  the  Lecture Notes  in  Computer  Science
Series.  For  paper formatting  instructions  see the  Springer-Verlag
guidelines for authors.  All papers should be no more than 20 pages in
length. For  more detailed  submission instructions, please  visit the
Middleware 2004 web site.

Topics of Interest

The topics of this conference include, but are not limited to:

  Distributed real-time and embedded middleware platforms
  Reliable and fault-tolerant middleware platforms
  Support for multimedia in middleware platforms
  Middleware for Grid computing
  Novel quality of service architectures and evaluation techniques
  Event-based, publish/subscribe and messaging-oriented middleware platform=
  Open architectures for reconfigurable middleware
  Adaptive and reflective middleware
  Aspect-oriented middleware
  Generative programming techniques for middleware development
  Middleware protocols and services for information assurance and security
  Formal methods and tools for reasoning about middleware systems and=20
  Management and use of component-based systems in distributed environments
  Applications of middleware technologies, including telematics, command
     and control, avionics, and e-commerce
  Novel paradigms, APIs, and languages for distributed systems
  Integration of middleware with model-integrated computing
  architectures, such as the OMG's Model Driven Architecture (MDA)
  Extensions and refinements to RM-ODP, CORBA, J2EE, .NET, etc.
  Impact of emerging Internet technologies and standards on middleware=20
  Integration of middleware platforms with Web services and Java=20
  Distributed systems management and interactive configuration and=20
development tools
  Issues of scalability in existing and new distributed systems platforms
  Engineering distributed systems in heterogeneous and mobile networks
  Middleware for ubiquitous and mobile computing


General Chair:             Steve Vinoski (IONA Technologies, Inc.)
Program Chair:             Hans-Arno Jacobsen (University of Toronto,=20
WiP Papers Chair:          Jean Bacon (Cambridge University, UK)
Tutorials Chair:           Stefan Tai (IBM T.J. Watson, USA)
Advanced Workshops Chair:  Fabio Kon (USP, Brazil)
Posters Chair:             Eyal de Lara (University of Toronto, Canada)
Local Arrangements Chair:  Baochun Li (University of Toronto, Canada)
Publicity Chair:           Cristiana Amza (University of Toronto, Canada)

Program Committee

Gul Agha (U. of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA)
Gustavo Alonso (ETH Z=FCrich, Switzerland)
Jean Bacon (Cambridge U., UK)
Mark Baker (Canada)
Guruduth Banavar (IBM T.J. Watson, USA)
Alejandro Buchmann (Darmstadt U. of Technology, Germany)
Andrew Campbell (Columbia U., USA)
Roy Campbell (U. of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA)
Harold Carr (Sun, USA)
Geoff Coulson (Lancaster U., UK)
Prem Devanbu (UC Davis, USA)
Jan DeMeer (IHP-Microelectronics, Germany)
Naranker Dulay (Imperial College, UK)
Markus Endler (PUC-Rio, Brazil)
Mike Feeley (U. of British Columbia, Canada)
Chris Gill (Washington U., St. Louis, USA)
Aniruddha Gokhale (Vanderbilt U., USA)
Peter Honeyman (CITI, U. of Michigan, USA)
Bettina Kemme (McGill U., Canada)
Fabio Kon (U. of S=E3o Paulo, Brazil)
Doug Lea (SUNY Oswego, USA)Joe Loyall (BBN Technologies, USA)
Edmundo Madeira (U. of Campinas, Brazil)
Keith Moore (HP Laboratories, USA)
Hausi Muller (U. of Victoria, Canada)
Klara Nahrstedt (U. of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA)
Dennis Noll (Boeing, USA)
Kerry Raymond (DSTC, Australia)
Luis Rodrigues (U. of Lisboa, Portugal)
Isabelle Rouvellou (IBM T.J. Watson, USA)
Michael Stal (Siemens, Germany)
Rick Schantz (BBN Technologies, USA)
Douglas Schmidt (Vanderbilt U., USA)
Jean-Bernard Stefani (INRIA, Grenoble, France)
Joe Sventek (University of Glasgow, UK)
Janos Sztipanovits (Vanderbilt U., USA)
Stefan Tai (IBM T.J. Watson, USA)
Peter Triantafillou (U. of Patras, Greece)
Nalini Venkatasubramanian (U. of California, Irvine, USA)
Werner Vogels (Cornell U., USA)
Martina Zitterbart (U. of Karlsruhe, Germany)

Submission Deadlines

Abstract submission:          Tuesday, March 30th, 2004
Research Papers:              Tuesday, April  6th, 2004
Work in Progress Papers:      Tuesday, April  6th, 2004
Posters:                      TBA
Workshop Proposals:           Tuesday, March 30th, 2004
Tutorial Proposals:           Tuesday, May   11th, 2004

    **All deadlines are 11:59pm PST.**

Notification of acceptance (papers): Monday June 14th, 2004
Camera-ready papers due (papers):    Monday July 12th, 2004

More Information

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Cristiana Amza

Assistant Professor
The Edward Rogers Sr. Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Toronto
Middleware Publicity Chair