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SASO 2010Fourth IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptiveand Self-Organizing SystemsBudapest, Hungary, September 27-October 1, 2010
Monday, 19 April 2010, 08:00 - 17:00
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SASO 2010

Fourth IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive

and Self-Organizing Systems

Budapest, Hungary, September 27-October 1, 2010

The aim of the SASO conference series is to provide a forum for the foundations of a principled approach to engineering systems, networks and services based on self-adaptation and self-organization. To this end, the meeting aims to attract participants with different backgrounds, to foster cross-pollination between research fields, and to expose and discuss innovative theories, frameworks, methodologies, tools, and applications. The complexity of current and emerging computing systems has led the software engineering, distributed systems and management communities to look for inspiration in diverse fields (e.g., complex systems, control theory, artificial intelligence, sociology, and biology) to find new ways of designing and managing networks, systems and services. In this endeavor, self-organization and self-adaptation have emerged as two promising interrelated facets of a paradigm shift.


Call for Papers

Call for Posters

Call for Tutorials

Call for workshops

Full up-to-date details can be found on the SASO 2010 web site:

Call for Papers

The fourth edition of the SASO conference encourages submissions in both traditional themes of self-adaptivity and self-organization, as well as in emerging areas. Some of these new areas include (but are not limited to) Internet-enabled applications, cloud computing, social-networking, and the Internet of Things. These are enabling radically new and innovative services that will play an increasingly important role in society, business, and our day to day lives. The success of both new as well as traditional research areas ultimately depends on robust self-* hardware, software, networking, and services.

Self-adaptive systems work in a top down manner. They evaluate their own global behavior and change it when the evaluation indicates that they are not accomplishing what they were intended to do, or when better functionality or performance is possible. A challenge is often to identify how to change specific behaviors to achieve the desired improvement. Self-organizing systems work bottom up. They are composed of a large number of components that interact locally according to typically simple rules. The global behavior of the system emerges from these local interactions. Here, a challenge is often to predict and control the resulting global behavior.

Contributions must present novel theoretical or experimental results, or practical approaches and experiences in building or deploying real-world systems, applications, tools, frameworks, etc. Contributions contrasting different approaches for engineering a given family of systems, or demonstrating the applicability of a certain approach for different systems are particularly encouraged.


The topics of interest to SASO include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications and experiences with self-* systems
  • Design and engineering for self-* systems (self-organization, self-adaptation, self-management, self-monitoring, self-tuning, self-repair, self-configuration, etc.)
  • Management and control of self-* systems
  • Robustness and dependability of self-* systems
  • Control of emergent properties in self-* systems
  • Biologically, socially, and physically inspired self-* systems
  • Theories, frameworks and methods for self-* systems

Submission Instructions

All submissions should be 10 pages and formatted according to the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide and submitted electronically in PDF format. Please register as authors and submit your papers using the SASO 2010 conference management system. The proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press, and made available as a part of the IEEE digital library. A separate call for poster submissions will be launched during March 2010.

Review Criteria

Papers should present novel ideas in the topic domains listed above, clearly motivated by problems from current practice or applied research. We expect claims of contribution to be clearly stated and substantiated by formal analysis, experimental evaluations, comparative studies, and so on. Appropriate reference must be made to related work.

Authors are also encouraged to submit application papers. Application papers are expected to provide an indication of the real world relevance of the problem that is solved, including a description of the deployment domain, and some form of evaluation of performance, usability, or superiority to alternative approaches. If the application is still early work in progress, then the authors are expected to provide strong arguments as to why the proposed approach will work in the chosen domain.

Important Dates

Abstract submission:

April 19, 2010

Paper submission:

April 26, 2010


June 28, 2010

Camera Ready Version of Accepted Papers:

July 19, 2010

Call for Posters


The fourth SASO Conference continues its tradition of offering, with its Poster sessions, a great opportunity for interactive presentation of diverse research works, from late-breaking results, to innovations in their initial stages, to speculative and provocative ideas. Poster sessions are informal and highly interactive, and allow authors and interested participants to engage one another in in-depth discussions about the presented research work.

Posters should cover the same key areas as Research Papers. Submissions in the following areas are particularly encouraged:

  • Self-organization
  • Self-adaptation
  • Other self-* properties (self-management, self-monitoring, self-tuning, self-repair, self-configuration, etc.)
  • Theories, frameworks and methods for self-* systems
  • Management and control of self-* systems
  • Robustness and dependability of self-* systems
  • Approaches to engineering self-* systems
  • Control of emergent properties in self-* systems
  • Biologically, socially, and physically inspired self-* systems
  • Applications and experiences with self-* systems

Submission Process

For evaluation and selection, authors should submit an extended, two-pages abstract of their poster. The format of the extended abstract must comply with the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide. Authors' submissions should be in PDF format. Submissions will be managed through the SASO 2010 conference management system, similar to full papers. Poster authors should use the poster track for their submissions.

Accepted Posters

If selected, authors shall prepare a final, camera ready version of the extended abstract, taking into account all feedback from reviewers, and in a format compliant with the IEEE paper format for the conference (see the SASO 2010 web site for instructions). Posters are advertised in the Final Program, and authors' two-page extended abstracts will appear in the SASO 2010 Conference Proceedings, which will be distributed at SASO 2010.

Poster Content

All posters should include the following information:

  • The purpose and the goals of the work.
  • Any background and motivation needed to understand the work as well as any critical hypotheses and assumptions that underlie the work.
  • A clear summary of the contribution and/or results, in sufficient detail for a viewer to understand the work and its relevance. If the work is at an initial stage, it is especially important to state clearly the anticipated contributions and any early results towards them.
  • The relationship to other related efforts, where appropriate. Authors of accepted posters may be asked to point out relationships to work represented by other accepted posters.
  • Where to find additional information. This should include but is not restricted to:
    • a web site where viewers can go to find additional information about the work
    • how to contact the authors, including email addresses
    • citations for any papers, books, or other materials that provide additional information

Poster Layout Guidelines

The format of posters and the nature of poster sessions require authors to capture the viewers' attention effectively, and present the main traits that can help understand the context of their research work efficiently. For this reason, graphic representations, figures, and screen shots are typically the main medium of communication in successful posters. Few attendees will stop to read a large poster with dense text. If you use screen shots, please ensure that the shots print legibly and that the fonts are large enough to be read comfortably once they are placed on paper.


At least one of the poster authors is required to register at the conference. She is required to give a brief presentation of the poster in the interactive poster session, and to stay with the poster so that she can discuss the work with conference attendees, for the duration of the scheduled poster sessions.

For More Information

For additional information, clarification, or questions, please contact the Posters Co-Chairs: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Poster Chairs

Hartmut Schmeck, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Giuseppe (Peppo) Valetto, Drexel University, USA


Important Dates

Deadline for submission:

May 10, 2010

Notification of acceptance or rejection:

June 28, 2010

Camera Ready poster abstract due:

July 19, 2010

Call for Tutorials


The SASO-2010 Organizing Committee invites proposals for tutorials to be held in association with the conference. SASO is a highly successful conference series which aims to bring together diverse communities working on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems to discuss new results and upcoming trends in this exciting area. The tutorial program has been initiated to support this aim.

Tutorials should address one or more of the following objectives:

  • Introduce a major topic area of SASO research.
  • Survey a significant application / technology area of SASO.
  • Explain an area of SASO research relevant to industry.
  • Overview a particular approach or methodology for SASO work.
  • Highlight emerging SASO topics and techniques.
  • Explain SASO ideas originating from one community but applicable to others.

For a guide on what topic areas, technologies and communities fall within the SASO focus refer to the Call for Papers, available on the conference website. It is not expected that tutorials will cover specific topics or techniques that are already covered in existing textbooks. For example, a tutorial on "genetic algorithms" would not be accepted. However, a tutorial that coherently shows how such an existing technique has been applied in innovative ways to solve SASO-relevant engineering problems would be acceptable. Novel and timely areas, approaches and paradigms are particularly encouraged. Proposals that promote only a single author's work or a specific commercial product are not encouraged.

Proposal Submission

Tutorial proposals, maximum 3 pages, should contain:

  • A descriptive title of the tutorial (max. 1 line).
  • A specification of the tutorial length, i.e. specify half day (approx. 4 hours) or full day (approx. 8 hours).
  • A brief, one paragraph, description of the tutorial suitable for publication on the SASO website and in other publicity material (max. half page).
  • A statement of why the tutorial is relevant / interesting for the potential conference audience (max. half page).
  • An outline syllabus of the topics to be covered in the tutorial - list a maximum of eight specific subtopic headings. For each heading list relevant keywords and, where necessary, references to representative published work that will be covered within that topic (max. one page).
  • Short resume of the presenter(s) including name, e-mail, home web-page URL, postal address, telephone and fax numbers and brief description of background in the tutorial area including evidence of teaching experience (previous courses / tutorials taught) and scholarship in the area (2 or 3 selected references to representative publications). If more than one presenter is listed, indicate which should be the corresponding contact (max. half page).

Proposal Acceptance

Tutorial submissions will be evaluated by the SASO Tutorial Chair in association with the General Co-Chairs. During the evaluation process the prospective speakers may be contacted to provide clarification or further information. Those submitting rejected proposals will be given reasons and feedback.

For all accepted proposals SASO will provide:

  • Meeting place, publicity, logistics and registration for the tutorial.
  • Duplication and distribution of tutorial notes to participants.

Tutorial organizers will provide:

  • A PDF file of their tutorial notes by the due date.
  • Presentation of their tutorial at SASO 2010.


Inquiries and proposals should be sent by e-mail to the Tutorial Chairs:
Dr. Ron Li, CSIRO, Australia.
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Dr. Masayuki Murata, Osaka University, Japan.
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Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline:

May 14, 2010

Acceptance Notification:

June 11, 2010

Notes submission deadline:

July 28, 2010

Tutorial presentations:

Sept 27 - Oct 1, 2010

Call for Workshops

The SASO 2010 Steering Committee invites proposals for the Workshop Program to be held along with the technical conference. SASO 2010 workshops will provide a meeting for presenting novel ideas in a less formal and possibly more focused way than the conference itself. Its aim is to stimulate and facilitate active exchange, interaction, and comparison of approaches, methods, and ideas related to specific topics, both theoretical and applied, in the general area of Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems. Members from all areas of the SASO community are invited to submit workshop proposals for review. Workshops on applications or on new and emerging topics are particularly encouraged. Workshops can vary in length, but most will be one full day in duration. Proceedings will be published through the IEEE. Workshop attendance will be free with registry for the main SASO conference; a workshop-only rate will be available as well.

SASO 2010 Workshops - Requirements for Submission

Proposals for workshops should be a maximum of five pages in length, and should contain the following information:

  • Title of the workshop.
  • A brief technical description of the workshop, specifying the workshop goals, the technical issues that it will address, and the relevance of the workshop to the main conference.
  • A discussion of why and to whom the workshop is of interest.
  • A list of related workshops held within the last three years, if any, and their relation to the proposed workshop.
  • Information about previous offerings of the proposed workshop: when and where it has been offered in the past, organizers names and affiliations, number of submissions, acceptances and registered attendees.
  • A preliminary workshop agenda and a proposed schedule for organizing the workshop. This should include a brief description of how the organizers intend to encourage an atmosphere appropriate for a workshop.
  • Description of paper review process and acceptance standards in order to keep the workshop high in quality.
  • If available, a list of tentatively confirmed attendees.
  • The names, affiliations, postal addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of the proposed workshop organizing committee. This committee should consist of three or four people knowledgeable about the technical issues to be addressed. The organizing committee should include individuals from multiple institutions.
  • The primary email address for contacting the organizing committee.
  • A description of the qualifications of the individual committee members with respect to organizing a SASO workshop, including a list of workshops previously arranged by any members of the proposed organizing committee, if any.
  • List of potential program committee members, including their title and affiliations.
  • Expected duration of the workshop (half or full day).
  • A list of places (distribution lists, web sites, journals, etc.) where the workshop is planned to be advertised.

Proposers are encouraged to send their draft proposal to potential participants for comments before submission. All proposals should be submitted in plain ASCII text by electronic mail to the SASO 2010 Workshops Chair, Jacob Beal, via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The selection of the workshops to be included in the final SASO 2010 Workshop program will be based upon multiple factors, including: the scientific/technical interest of the topics, the quality of the proposal, balance and distinctness of workshop topics, and the capacity of the conference workshop program. Note that authors of proposals addressing similar and/or overlapping content areas and/or audiences may be requested to merge their proposals.

Responsibilities of SASO 2010 and Workshop Organizers

For all accepted proposals, SASO 2010 will be responsible for:

  • Providing publicity for the workshop series as a whole.
  • Providing logistical support and a meeting place for the workshop.
  • Together with the organizers, determining the workshop date and time.
  • Liaising and coordinating between the workshop chairs and the finance chair, publicity chair, registration chair, and web chair for SASO.
  • Arranging for publication of proceedings.

Workshop organizers will be responsible for the following:

  • Setting up a web site for the workshop.
  • Advertising the workshop (and the main SASO conference), and issuing a call for papers and a call for participation.
  • Collecting and evaluating submissions, notifying authors of acceptance or rejection on a timely basis, and ensuring a transparent and fair selection process. All workshop organizers commit themselves to adopt the deadlines set by the committee.
  • Making the PDF of the whole workshop notes available to the workshop chair, as well as a list of audio-visual requirements and any special room requirements.
  • Ensuring that the workshop organizers and the participants register for the workshop and/or the main conference (at least one author must register for the paper to appear in the proceedings).

SASO reserves the right to cancel any workshop if the above responsibilities are not fulfilled, or if too few attendees register for the workshop to support its running costs.

Submissions and Inquiries

Please send proposals and inquiries to: Jacob Beal, BBN Technologies, 10 Moulton St, Cambridge, MA 02138; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline:

March 15, 2010

Acceptance Notification:

March 29, 2010

Deadline for Posting Workshops Call for Papers:

April 12, 2010

Submission of contributions to workshops:

July 12, 2010

Workshop papers acceptance notification:

August 6, 2010

Deadline for posting a Call for Participation:

August 6, 2010

Deadline for complete workshop notes submission to Workshops chairs:

August 30, 2010


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