10th International Middleware Workshop on
Adaptive and Reflective Middleware

Monday 12th December 2011

Lisbon, Portugal


held as part of

Middleware'11 conference


Overview. Nowadays middleware systems are required to support various levels of flexibly to adapt to the increasing dynamism of new models of computation and new classes of applications. These include:

  • Networked applications that must operate under resource constraints and intermittent network connections,
  • Cyber-physical systems with a close integrate of computation, physical devices and interaction with the physical world,
  • Open systems that are long lived, able to accept new components, remove existing components, and adapt to new situations,
  • A new generation of networked interactive applications driven by the availability of devices such as smart phones and tablets,
  • New levels of high performance computing, for example the goal of exa-scale computing systems,
  • Applications assembled on the fly to meet specific needs, from diverse and heterogeneous components, leading to a need for infrastructure that enables assembly of trustworthy (reliable, secure...) systems given high-level goals and constraints.

Research Topics

The workshop will address an extensive set of topics related to adaptation mechanisms for context-aware services. The following contributions will be particularly welcome:
  • Design and performance of adaptive and/or reflective middleware platforms.
  • Experiences with adaptive and reflective technologies in specific domains—e.g., sensor networks, ubiquitous and pervasive computing, mobile computing, grid computing, P2P, Systems-of-Systems, etc.
  • Cross-layer interactions and adaptation mechanisms including network, OS and device level techniques.
  • Adaptation and reflection in heterogeneous execution paradigms—e.g., P2P networks, network-centric computing.
  • Application of adaptive and reflective middleware techniques to achieve; reconfigurability and/or adaptability and/or separation of concerns.
  • Incorporating non-functional properties into middleware—real-time, fault-tolerance, security, trust, privacy, etc.
  • Fundamental developments in the theory and practice of reflection, as it relates to middleware.
  • Techniques to improve performance and/or scalability of adaptive and reflective techniques.
  • Evaluation methodologies for adaptive and reflective middleware.
  • Approaches to maintain the integrity of adaptive and reflective technologies.
  • Tool support for adaptive and reflective middleware.
  • Design and programming abstractions to manage the complexity of adaptive and reflective mechanisms.
  • Software engineering methodologies for the design and development of adaptive middleware.
  • Methods for reasoning about services provided by adaptive/reflective middleware.
  • The role of techniques such as learning in design of long lived adaptive middleware.
  • Methods for asynchronous, distributed control, coordination/cooperation among components providing middleware services.

Important dates

Paper submission: September 05, 2011 (extended)
Paper notification: October 03, 2011
Camera ready: October 10, 2011
Workshop: December 12, 2011


Workshop Format

The workshop will be organized as a series of sessions, each devoted to the presentation of papers belonging to a common domain. Each session will end with a mini-panel between the presenters, led by the session chair or a pre-selected devil's advocate. In past years this format has been found to lead to lively and productive discussions. The workshop will include a special session for the presentation of posters and demos of ongoing research efforts and software prototypes. The workshop will conclude with a panel, moderated by one of the organizers, to discuss open issues and future trends in the field.

Submission & Publication

Selection of workshop participants will be based on the submission of a paper, poster or demo. Moreover, other participants may be invited by the organizing committee. Thus, the ARM program committee seeks:
  • Research papers should not exceed 6 pages of text on letter paper in ACM format. Content should be work that is not previously published or concurrently submitted elsewhere;
  • Poster submissions should initially submit a 2 page abstract describing the poster content in ACM format; this offers the opportunity to present and receive feedback at the workshop about work still in its early stages;
  • Demo submissions should initially submit a 2 page abstract in ACM format, describing the contribution and content of the demo; we are particularly interested in demonstrations of adaptive middleware tools and solutions.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed, and selected based on their originality, technical strength and topical relevance. All accepted papers will be published via ACM's Digital Library as part of the "ACM International Conference Proceeding Series" (AICPS). Paper submission must be electronically as postscript or PDF (via the Submission website).

Organizing Committee

  • Romain Rouvoy (co-chair & main contact) - University Lille 1, France
  • Renato Cerqueira (co-chair) - PUC-Rio, Brazil

Steering Committee

  • Gordon Blair - Lancaster University, UK
  • Renato Cerqueira - PUC-Rio, Brazil
  • Fábio M. Costa - Federal University of Goi\'as, Brazil
  • Geoff Coulson - Lancaster University, UK
  • Fabio Kon - University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Nalini Venkatasubramanian - University of California at Irvine, USA

Program Committee

  • Anders Andersen - University of Tromso, Norway
  • Gordon Blair - Lancaster University, UK
  • David Bromberg - University of Bordeaux 1, France
  • Roy Campbell - University of Illinois at U. Champaign, USA
  • Licia Capra - University College London, UK
  • Renato Cerqueira - PUC-Rio, Brazil (co-chair)
  • Fábio Costa - Federal University of Goiás, Brazil
  • Edward Curry - National University of Ireland, Ireland
  • Frank Eliassen - University of Oslo, Norway
  • Paul Grace - Lancaster University, UK
  • Thomas Ledoux - Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France
  • Philippe Merle - Inria Lille – Nord Europe, France
  • Romain Rouvoy - University Lille 1, France (co-chair)
  • Richard Schantz - BBN, USA
  • Francisco Silva e Silva - Federal University of Maranhao, Brazil
  • Alexandre Sztajnberg - State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • François Taiani - Lancaster University, UK
  • Carolyn Talcott - SRI International, USA
  • Luis Veiga - INESC-ID Lisboa, Portugal
  • Nalini Venkatasubramanian - University of California at Irvine, USA