Extended Deadline: 2007 IBM Ph.D. Symposium at the International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing


IBM Ph.D. Symposium at the International Conference on Service-Oriented
Vienna, Austria
September 17, 2007

Following the past successes of the Ph.D. Symposia in 2005 and 2006, the
3rd IBM Ph.D. Symposium on Service-Oriented Computing will take place in
Vienna, in conjunction with the International Conference in
Service-Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2007).

The ICSOC Ph.D. Symposium is focused on mentoring doctoral students who
are close to finishing their dissertations. Participating students will
present their work in front of a mock thesis committee of 4-5 senior
researchers in the field who will act as mentors and will provide
extensive feedback and advice for preparing a successful Ph.D.
dissertation. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask
questions about research careers in industry and academia during a panel
discussion. The goals of the Symposium are to expose students to
constructive criticism before their thesis defense, to serve as an
opportunity for networking with other students at a similar stage in
their careers, and to provide guidance related to future career

The Symposium has a similar technical scope to ICSOC. We seek original
papers in the field of service-oriented computing, from theoretical and
foundational results to empirical evaluations as well as practical and
industrial experiences, with the emphasis on results that contribute to
solve the many still open research problems that are of significant
impact to the field of service oriented applications. Topics include but
are not limited to the following:
- Business Service Modeling: Methods and tools for capturing business
goals and requirements, decomposition into business services, business
processes, business policies, modeling, analysis, and simulation,
specification of functional and non-functional quality requirements
- Service Assembly: Development and discovery, model-driven development,
service composition architectures, service registries, service discovery
mechanisms, semantic matching, methods and tools for service
development, governance, verification and validation, deployment strategies
- Service Management: Instrumentation and service-related data
aggregation, end-to-end measurement, analysis, modeling and capacity
planning, definition of deployment topology, infrastructure
configuration, problem determination for SOAs, ITIL processes, change
management in live systems
- SOA Runtime: Service bus for mediation, transformation and routing,
runtime development and service registries, integration of legacy
applications, information services for data access and data integration,
scalability, topology and optimization, service-oriented middleware,
policy based configuration & workload management
- Quality of Service: Reliable service-oriented computing, security and
privacy in service-oriented computing, SLA and policy specification, QoS
negotiation, autonomic management of service levels, empirical studies
and benchmarking of QoS, performance and dependability prediction in SOA
- Grid Services: Services and architecture for management of
infrastructural resources, data and compute intensive applications,
execution and resource allocation services for job  scheduling,
protocols for coordination across multiple resource managers,
business-value based allocation, innovative strategies for creation and
management of virtual enterprises and organizations, prototype systems
and toolkits

Each submission must have a Ph.D. student as the sole author. The
student's research must be advanced enough to constitute a concrete
research proposal with some preliminary results, and the student should
be interested in receiving constructive feedback on his/her Ph.D.
dissertation. Ideal participants are typically, but not exclusively, one
year away from completing their theses.

The submission should highlight the novel ideas of the author's Ph.D.
dissertation. The author's contributions should be framed in the context
of related work (previous approaches, relevant standards, etc.),
emphasizing the deficiencies and limitations of the state-of-the-art, as
well as the author's proposed strategies for addressing these issues.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the Ph.D.
Symposium technical program committee. The main evaluation criteria are:
the maturity of the dissertation research, the quality of the research,
the potential for impact, and the relevance to service-oriented computing.

Submissions are strictly limited to six pages, following the Lecture
Notes in Computer Science format from Springer-Verlag
(http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html). The proceedings of the
workshop will be published online as an IBM research report and possibly
in other online forums. Papers can be submitted online at

*Travel Grants*
A limited number of travel grants will be awarded to students whose
papers are accepted for the Symposium; the grant will cover part of the
travel costs for the student to attend the Symposium. Details will be
announced at the Symposium website.

Dr. Paolo Traverso will deliver a keynote speech titled
'Service-Oriented Computing from Design-Time to Run-Time: Some Research
Challenges'. The keynote will identify several open questions related to
the shift to a service-oriented computing paradigm, providing many
opportunities for high-impact Ph.D. research. Dr. Traverso is director
of research at the Centro per la ricerca scientifica e tecnologica
(IRST) in Trento, Italy, where he leads a division working on software
and services, knowledge management and embedded systems. His career
included positions in academia and industry. He has served on the
editorial board of several journals and he has been the General and
Program Chair of ICSOC in 2004 and 2005.

*Important Dates*
Submission deadline:			July 16, 2007, 12:00 pm CET (UPDATED)
Notification of acceptance:		August 12, 2007
Camera-ready submission deadline:	August 26, 2007
Symposium:				September 17, 2007

*Symposium Organization*
Symposium Chairs
- Andreas Hanemann (Leibniz Supercomputing Center, DE)
- Benedikt Kratz (Tilburg University, NL)
- Tudor Dumitras (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
- Jyotishman Pathak (Iowa State University, USA)

Technical Program Committee
- Claudio Bartolini (HP Labs, USA)
- Rik Eshuis (University of Eindhoven, NL)
- Willem-Jan van den Heuvel (Tilburg University, NL)
- Alexander Keller (IBM Research, USA)
- Frank Leymann (University of Stuttgart, DE)
- Priya Narasimhan (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
- Elisabetta di Nitto (Politecnico di Milano, IT)
- Daniela Rosu (IBM Research, USA)
- Jennifer M. Schopf (Argonne National Lab, USA)
- George Spanoudakis (City University, UK)
- Paolo Traverso (ITC/IRST, IT)
- Petr Tuma (Charles University, Prague, CZ)
- Mathias Weske (HPI/University of Potsdam, DE)
- John Wilkes (HP Labs, USA)

Mentoring Committee
- Willem-Jan van den Heuvel (Tilburg University, NL)
- Priya Narasimhan (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
- Paolo Traverso (ITC/IRST, IT)
- Petr Tuma (Charles Univesity, Prague, CZ)

Jyotishman Pathak
WWW: http://www.cs.iastate.edu/~jpathak

Received on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 21:15:01 UTC