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1st International Workshop on Eternal Systems (EternalS-WS 11)
Tuesday, 03 May 2011, 08:00 - 17:00
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May 3, 2011

Budapest, Hungary

Co-located with the European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition (FET11)

Sponsored by the European Coordination Action EternalS: Trustworthy Eternal Systems via Evolving Software, Data and Knowledge


Methods making systems capable of adapting to changes in user requirements and application domains are key research ICT areas. Adaptation and evolution depend on several dimensions, e.g., time, location, and security conditions, expressing the diversity of the context in which systems operate. A design based on effective modeling of these dimensions constitutes a meaningful step towards the realization of Trustworthy Eternal Systems.

The first Eternal Systems workshop aims at creating the conditions for mutual awareness and cross-fertilization among broad ICT areas such as: Learning Systems for Knowledge Management and Representation, Software Systems, Networked Systems and Secure Systems. These share similar objectives such as adaptation, evolvability and flexibility for the development of long living and versatile systems. The global analysis of the above features result in interesting crossing-cutting research topics as for example automatic learning of systems capable of analyzing knowledge and diversity with respect to their complex semantic interactions and evolution over time. Also interesting is the exploitation of formal methods for the design and networking of adaptive and evolving software systems. Security policies and fully connected environment are other fundamental directions of effective present and future systems.

The workshop aims at bringing together experts and stakeholders of the above technology. To promote discussion and collaborations among stakeholders, paper submissions to the workshop are welcomed. Contributions presenting cross-area work are particular interesting, such as: (i) diversity awareness & management, (ii) time awareness & management, and (iii) self-adaptation & evolution by automatic learning.

Voice your ideas

The contributions and the outcome of the discussion will be considered for inclusion in the roadmap that the EternalS coordination action is designing for the European community:

The roadmap will be an input to the European Community for the definition of the Work Programme of 2013.


The organizers solicit original submissions from both industry and academic experts. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

(i) Learning Systems for Knowledge/Information Management and Representation

This area concerns with research for development of machine learning models with mainly applications in the domain of natural language processing.

Practical and theoretical machine learning approaches and architectures

Knowledge Representation

Information Extraction

Information Retrieval

Data Mining

Semantic Web

Speech Processing

Image processing

Human Computer Interaction

(ii) Software Systems

Modeling languages

Feature description languages

Software product lines

Feature-oriented programming

Delta-oriented programming

Architectural models of diversity

Formal Methods

Software evolution

Component-based systems

(iii) Networked Systems

This area deals with the connection of networked systems over time, hence addressing eternal interoperability. Related topics include but are not limited to:

Connector theory


Protocol learning

Protocol synthesis

Runtime verification & validation

Model-based monitoring

Interoperable security, privacy & trust

(iv) Secure Systems

This topic area deals with supporting the supervised evolution of secure systems from the development, deployment, and operation perspectives. Research in the context of the so-called Future Internet is particularly welcome. Topics include, but are not limited to:

Requirements engineering and risk assessment for secure and evolvable systems

Software architectures for secure and evolvable systems

Modeling techniques for secure and evolvable systems

Model-based security techniques for secure and evolvable systems

Secure programming

Verification and testing

Software engineering processes for secure and evolvable systems

Important Dates

Deadline for paper submission: April 10, 2011

Notification of acceptance: April 21, 2011

Submission of camera-ready: April 27, 2011

Submissions and Publication

To promote discussion and the topics of the the workshop, scientific articles are invited in two different format contributions:

full papers of max. 10 pages including references, pictures and tables, presenting novel research results;

short papers of max. 4 pages including references, pictures and tables, presenting initial ideas and position statements.

The contribution will be peer reviewed by the EternalS Program committee (single-blind review process). The selected contributions will appear in the ACM International Conference Proceedings (ICP) Series. For further details, see

Submissions must follow the format provided at the following link:

They must be sent in PDF to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Further, submissions should clearly indicate the type of contribution (full/short paper) and the topic area, i.e., (i) Learning Systems for Knowledge Management and Representation, (ii) Software Systems, (iii) Networked Systems, (iv) Secure Systems or (v) Interdisciplinary.


Anybody interested can participate to the workshop. There is no participation fee but the attendees should register at the following link:

Participants to the FET11 conference are very welcome. Further, attendants to the EternalS workshop are warmly invited to prolong their stay in Budapest and participate to the FET11 conference.


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