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Special Track of the
32nd ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC2017)
April 3 - 7, 2017
Marrakech, Morocco




Call for Papers


Nowadays, most aspects of our daily life are affected by pervasive technology, consisting of massive numbers of heterogeneous units/nodes (computers, devices, software applications, smart objects, etc.), complex interactions, and humans-in-the-loop. The distributed and open nature of these systems and their large scale make sensing, decision-making, planning and acting possibly highly dispersed: this may cause on the one hand the emergence of unexpected phenomena, but on the other hand it can be the key to support inherent adaptation and resilience.

These complex systems are typically referred to as Collective Adaptive Systems (CAS). They have to be equipped with dynamic and autonomous adaptation capabilities, to deal with changes in their working environments and within themselves. CAS involve huge collections of cooperating components, trading off individual tasks, properties, objectives and actions, with overall system goals.

The development of CAS is closely related to the area of production-level enterprise applications, with a special interest in the development, design, maintenance, scalability and other software quality attributes of Middleware. This track aims at providing a common forum for discussing the various different viewpoints over CAS and related middleware, attracting relevant and consistent contributions from different research communities, with the ultimate goal of filling the gap between theory and practice, hence paving the way towards implementation of relevant applications.

The Special Track on Collective Adaptive Systems and Middleware takes deliberately a broad view of what CAS and related middleware are and how they should be designed, analysed, built and deployed. In particular, the track's interest is both in the foundational view (e.g., theories, methods, formalisms, models) and the practical aspects (e.g., development methodologies, programming languages, development and runtime environments, tools).

Major topics of interest this year will include the following:

  • Novel models, languages, programming and implementation techniques for CAS
  • CAS technologies and infrastructures
  • CAS applications
  • Scenarios, case studies and experience reports of CAS
  • Formal aspects (semantics, reasoning, verification) in CAS development
  • Business Processes in CAS
  • Self-* and emerging properties of CAS
  • Security and privacy in CAS
  • Policy-based coordination and self-adaptation in CAS
  • Middleware platforms for CAS
  • Software architectures and engineering methodologies for CAS
  • Enterprise Application Development and Design
  • Cloud and cluster computing of Enterprises
  • Internet of Things applications
  • Design patterns and best practices
  • System integration, service composition
  • Production deployment experience
  • Development and maintenances effort studies
  • Design complexity and coupling measurement
  • Applied separation of concerns (Aspect-Oriented Programming)
  • Code-inspections and metaprogramming
  • Context-aware and adaptive systems
  • User interface design in the context of software engineering
  • Highly-scalable systems
  • Peer-to-peer applications design
  • Information system security


  • Oct 07, 2016: Papers and SRC research abstracts submission (extended)
  • Nov 18, 2016: Author notification
  • Dec 02, 2016: Camera-Ready copy
  • Dec 10, 2016: Author registration


Francesco Tiezzi
Università di Camerino, Italy
email: francesco.tiezzi _AT_ unicam.it
Tomas Cerny
Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
email: tomas.cerny _AT_ fel.cvut.cz
Mirko Viroli
Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Italy
email: mirko.viroli _AT_ unibo.it


Jacob Beal, BBN Technologies, USA
Olivier Boissier, Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France
Antonio Bucchiarone, FBK-IRST, Italy
Tomas Bures, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Siobhan Clarke, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Daniel Coore, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Ferruccio Damiani, University of Torino, Italy
Rocco De Nicola, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy
Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo, University of Geneve, Switzerland
Simon Dobson, University of St Andrews
Schahram Dustdar, TU Wien, Austria
Kurt Geihs, Universitaet Kassel, Germany
Jane Hillston, University of Edinburgh, UK
Christine Julien, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Hung La, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Peter Lewis, Aston University, UK
Alberto Lluch Lafuente, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Michele Loreti, University of Firenze, Italy
Andrea Omicini, University of Bologna, Italy
Carlo Pinciroli, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada
Rosario Pugliese, University of Firenze, Italy
Barbara Re, University of Camerino, Italy
Jan-Philipp Stegh÷fer, Chalmers | University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Francesco Tiezzi, University of Camerino, Italy
Mirko Viroli, University of Bologna, Italy
Martin Wirsing, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
Franco Zambonelli, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Matthew Patrick, University of Cambridge
Marta Cimitile, UniversitÓ Telematica Unitelma Sapienza
Mario Luca Bernardi, University of Sannio
Marinos Kintis, Athens University of Economics and Business
Kiev Gama, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Fabrizio Maria Maggi, University of Tartu
Solvita Berzisa, Riga Technical University
Ivan Polasek, FIIT STU Bratislava
Petr Saloun, VSB, Technical University of Ostrava
Vojtech Juranek, Red Hat (data/big-data)
Vaclav Chalupa, Red Hat (middleware)
Pavel Slavik, Dept. of Graphics, FEE, Czech Technical University in Prague
Jan Sedivy, Dept. of Cybernetics, FEE, Czech Technical University in Prague
Karel Richta, Dept. of Computer Science, Software Engineering, FEE, Czech Technical University in Prague
Jiri Vokrinek, Dept. of Computer Science, Agent Technology Center, FEE, Czech Technical University in Prague
Michal Valenta, Dept. of Software Engineering, FIT, Czech Technical University in Prague
Miroslav Macik, Dept. of Graphics, FEE, Czech Technical University in Prague
Pavel Strnad, Dept. of Telecommunications, FEE, Czech Technical University in Prague
Miroslav Bures, Dept. of Computer Science, Software Engineering, FEE, Czech Technical University in Prague
Bozena Mannova , Dept. of Computer Science, Software Engineering, FEE, Czech Technical University in Prague
Martin Tomasek, Dept. of Computer Science, Software Engineering, FEE, Czech Technical University in Prague
Michal Trnka, Dept. of Computer Science, Software Engineering, FEE, Czech Technical University in Prague
Jiri Sebek, Dept. of Computer Science, Software Engineering, FEE, Czech Technical University in Prague
Karel Cemus, Dept. of Computer Science, Software Engineering, FEE, Czech Technical University in Prague
Jan Kubr, Dept. of Telecommunications, FEE, Czech Technical University in Prague


Papers accepted for the Special Track on Collective Adaptive Systems and Middleware will be published by ACM both in the SAC 2017 proceedings and in the Digital Library.

CASM Special Track organisers also plan to invite authors of selected papers for a Special Issue in a high impact journal, such as ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS) and Science of Computer Programming (SCP).


All papers should represent original and previously unpublished works that currently are not under review in any conference or journal.

The author(s) name(s) and address(es) must NOT appear in the body of the paper, and self-reference should be in the third person. This is to facilitate blind review. Only the title should be shown at the first page without the authors' information.

Submitted papers must be in the ACM two-column page format (doc template, pdf template, latex template). The length of the papers is 6 pages (included in the registration) plus up to 2 extra pages (at extra charge), i.e. total 8 pages maximum.

Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the paper/poster in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present the paper: This is a requirement for the paper/poster to be included in the ACM/IEEE digital library. No-show of scheduled papers and posters will result in excluding them from the ACM/IEEE digital library.

Submission is entirely automated via the STAR Submission System, which is available from:


Papers that received high reviews (that is acceptable by reviewer standards) but were not accepted due to space limitation can be invited for the poster session. Poster should be not longer than 3 pages (included in the registration) plus 1 extra page (at extra charge), i.e. total 4 pages maximum. The poster session procedures and details will be posted on SAC 2017 website as soon as they become available.


Graduate students are invited to submit Student Research Competition (SRC) abstracts (maximum of 2 pages in ACM camera-ready format) following the instructions published at SAC 2017 website. Submission of the same abstract to multiple tracks is not allowed. All research abstract submissions will be reviewed by researchers and practitioners with expertise in the track focus area to which they are submitted. Authors of selected abstracts (up to 20 students) will have the opportunity to give poster and oral presentations of their work and compete for three top-winning places. The winners will receive medals, cash awards, and SIGAPP recognition certificates during the conference banquet. Invited students receive SRC travel support (US$500) and are eligible to apply to the SIGAPP Student Travel Award Program (STAP) for additional travel support.