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Coordination in Pervasive Environments

Call for Paper  : Coordination in Pervasive Environments

Motivation of Special issue

Coordination is significantly responsible for the effectiveness, performance and quality of complex systems. An explicit handling and a careful integration of accurate coordination mechanisms enables an enhancement of the overall system behavior and contributes to improvements in terms of flexibility, adaptability, maintenance, unobtrusiveness, and service quality. The concept is cross-sectional and a great impact may be reached in different application areas if effective methods and models can be designed, implemented, validated, and deployed.

The characteristics of pervasive and mobile environments like unpredictable, sporadic connectivity or high dynamics with respect to topology changes, quality of service, frequently changing data result in particular requirements for coordination mechanisms, which is the prime concern of this Special Issue. The overall goal of Pervasive Computing is to support the users' collaborative intentions in such environments as effectively, imperceptibly, and unobtrusively as possible. An incorporation of appropriate coordination mechanisms shall deliver the improvements stated above to pervasive systems.

 This Special Issue on Coordination in Pervasive Environments is based on the WETICE workshop on Interdisciplinary Aspects of Coordination Applied to Pervasive Environments: Models and Applications (CoMA, http://mowi.salzburgresearch.at/wetice/).

Scope of Special Issue

The following non-exclusive topics are covered by this SI:

- Theoretical coordination models and foundations for pervasive systems

- Coordination middleware (such as space- or event-based approaches)

- Coordination mechanisms in service-oriented architectures

- Distributed and P2P-based coordination

- Coordination issues in sensor networks

- Coordination dependent on context

- Distributed constraint satisfaction

- Location-based coordination models

- Coordination in multi-agent systems

- Case studies, evaluations and assessments about the benefits of coordination


Coordination and contained topics are multidisciplinary and, hence, can be viewed as orthogonal to a multitude of pervasive application areas which can be explored in this SI. Examples include but are not limited to:

- Coordinative aspects in collaborative applications like CSCW, groupware, or games

- Emergency management systems

- Health care systems

- Decision-support systems

- Geo-Collaboration

- Complexity-, constraint-, conflict-, and workflow management

Important Information  

o        Submission Deadline :  October 1, 2007

o        First Notification of Acceptance :  November 15, 2007   December 4, 2007

o        Camera-ready Submission :  December 3, 2007   December 21, 2007

o        Final Date of Acceptance :  December 17, 2007   January 6, 2008 

Contact Information

o        Name :  Manfred Bortenschlager

o        Email :  manfred.bortenschlager@salzburgresearch.at

o        University Affiliation :  Salzburg Research, Austria

o        www.ubicc.org,  www.salzburgresearch.at