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1st CFP: 2007 IBM Ph.D. Symposium on Service-Oriented Computing

From: Jyotishman Pathak <jyotishman@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2007 21:55:09 -0500
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IBM Ph.D. Symposium on Service-Oriented Computing
Vienna, Austria
September 17, 2007


Following the past successes of the IBM Ph.D. Symposia in 2005 and 2006, the
Third International 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
a networking opportunity with other students at a similar stage in their
careers, and to provide guidance related to future career perspectives.

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
    * 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
as well as in 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

Important Dates
Submission deadline: July 9, 2007
Notification of acceptance: August 12, 2007
Camera-ready submission deadline: August 26, 2007
Symposium: September 17, 2007

Symposium Organization

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

(Preliminary) Technical Program Committee

    * Claudio Bartolini (HP Labs, USA)
    * Rik Eshuis (University of Eindhoven, NL)
    * Willem-Jan van den Heuvel (Tilburg University, NL)
    * Frank Leymann (University of Stuttgart, DE)
    * Priya Narasimhan (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
    * Elisabetta di Nitto (Politecnico di Milano, IT)
    * Paolo Traverso (ITC/IRST, IT)
    * Petr Tuma (Charles University, Prague, CZ)

(Preliminary) Mentoring Committee

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

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