The 11th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC 2014)

June 18–20, 2014

Philadelphia, PA


ICAC is the leading conference on autonomic computing techniques, foundations, and applications. Large-scale systems of all types, such as data centers, compute clouds, smart cities, cyber-physical systems, sensor networks, and embedded or pervasive environments, are becoming increasingly complex and burdensome for people to manage. Autonomic computing systems reduce this burden by managing their own behavior in accordance with high-level goals. In autonomic systems, resources and applications are managed to maximize performance and minimize cost, while maintaining predictable and reliable behavior in the face of varying workloads, failures, and malicious threats. Achieving self-management requires and motivates research that spans a wide variety of scientific and engineering disciplines, including distributed systems, artificial intelligence, machine learning, modeling, control theory, optimization, planning, decision theory, user interface design, data management, software engineering, emergent behavior analysis, and bio-inspired computing. ICAC brings together researchers and practitioners from disparate disciplines, application domains and perspectives, enabling them to discover and share underlying commonalities in their approaches to making resources, applications and systems more autonomic.


Papers are solicited from all areas of autonomic computing, including (but not limited to):

  • Self-managing components, such as compute, storage, and networking devices, embedded and real time systems, and mobile devices such as smartphones.
  • AI and mathematical techniques, such as machine learning, control theory, operations research, probability and stochastic processes, queueing theory, rule-based systems, and bio-inspired techniques, and their use in autonomic computing.
  • End-to-end design and implementation of systems for management of resources, workloads, scalability, availability, performance, reliability, power/cooling, and security.
  • Monitoring components and platforms for autonomic systems in IT or cyber-physical environments.
  • Hypervisors, operating systems, middleware, or application support for autonomic computing.
  • Novel human interfaces for monitoring and controlling autonomic systems.
  • Goal specification and policies, including specification and modeling of service-level agreements, behavior enforcement, IT governance, and business-driven IT management.
  • Frameworks, principles, architectures, and toolkits, from software engineering practices and experimental methodologies to agent-based techniques.
  • Automated management techniques for emerging applications, systems, and platforms, including social networks, cloud computing, big data systems, multi-core servers, smart cities, and cyber-physical systems.
  • Fundamental science and theory of self-managing systems for understanding, controlling or exploiting emergent system behaviors to enforce autonomic properties.
  • Applications of autonomic computing and experiences with prototyped or deployed systems solving real-world problems in science, engineering, business, or society.

Papers will be judged on originality, significance, interest, correctness, clarity, and relevance to the broader community. Papers are strongly encouraged to report on experiences, measurements, user studies, and provide an appropriate quantitative evaluation if at all possible.

Important Dates

Paper Submissions Due March 5, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST
Notification to Authors April 9, 2014
Final Paper Files Due May 20, 2014

Conference Organizers

General Chair

  • Xiaoyun Zhu, VMware

Program Co-Chairs

  • Giuliano Casale, Imperial College London
  • Xiaohui (Helen) Gu, North Carolina State University

Program Vice-Chairs for Management of Big Data Systems

  • Karsten Schwan, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Vanish Talwar, HP Labs

Program Vice-Chair for Self-Aware Cyber-Physical Systems

  • Ron  Ambrosio, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • Sokwoo Rhee, NIST

Poster Chair

  • Christopher Stewart, The Ohio State University

Publicity Chairs

  • Martina Maggio, Lund University
  • Ming Zhao, Florida International University

Program Committee

  • Tarek Abdelzaher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Danilo Ardagna, Politecnico di Milano
  • Sara Bouchenak, University of Grenoble
  • Rick Buskens, Google
  • Rajkumar Buyya, University of Melbourne
  • Lydia Chen, IBM Zurich
  • Lucy Cherkasova, HP Labs
  • Ira Cohen, HP Labs
  • Paolo Costa, Microsoft Research Cambridge
  • Dilma Da Silva, Qualcomm Research
  • Elisabetta Di Nitto, Politecnico di Milano
  • Renato Figueiredo, University of Florida
  • Salima Hassas, University of Lyon
  • Yuxiong He, Microsoft Research
  • Tom Holvoet, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Longbo Huang, Tsinghua University
  • Alex Iosup, Delft University of Technology
  • Vana Kalogeraki, Athens University of Economics and Business
  • Evangelia Kalyvianaki, City University London
  • Yasuhiko Kanemasa, Fujitsu Labs
  • Jeff Kephart, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • Fabio Kon, University of Sao Paulo
  • Samuel Kounev, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Diwakar Krishnamurthy, University of Calgary
  • Cristian Lumezanu, NEC Labs
  • Xiaosong Ma, Qatar Research Foundation
  • Julie McCann, Imperial College London
  • Daniel Menasche, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Arif Merchant, Google
  • Frank Mueller, North Carolina State University
  • Klara Nahrstedt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Alma Riska, EMC
  • Kai Sachs, SAP AG
  • Hartmut Schmeck, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Onn Shehory, IBM Research Haifa
  • Kai Shen, University of Rochester
  • Prashant Shenoy, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Yasushi Shinjo, University of Tsukuba
  • Evgenia Smirni, College of William and Mary
  • Christopher Stewart, The Ohio State University
  • Jordi Torres, Barcelona Supercomputing Center and UPC Barcelona Tech
  • Mustafa Uysal, VMware
  • Timothy Wood, George Washington University
  • Ding Yuan, Toronto University
  • Ming Zhao, Florida International University
  • Xiaobo Zhou, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Tutorial Chair

  • Diwakar Krishnamurthy, University of Calgary

Paper Submissions

Regular papers: Full papers (a maximum of 10 pages) should be typeset in two-column format in 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading, with the text block being no more than 6.5″ wide by 9″ deep. They should be submitted electronically, via the Web submission form. Submitted papers must be original work, and must not be under consideration for another conference or journal. Complete formatting and submission instructions can be foundhere. Some submissions will be accepted as short papers or posters.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who have committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details. Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. If you are uncertain whether your submission meets USENIX’s guidelines, please contact the program co-chairs,, or the USENIX office,

At least one author of each accepted full or short paper or poster must present the paper/poster in person at the conference. The accepted papers will be available online to registered attendees before the conference and will also appear in proceedings distributed electronically at the conference. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify The papers will be available online to everyone beginning on June 18, 2014. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the USENIX ICAC ’14 Web site; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

Special Tracks: To facilitate community collaboration and exchange of ideas in emergent technological areas, ICAC’14 will host two special tracks, each of which will be reviewed by its own subcommittee. Ron Ambrosio ( and Sokwoo Rhee ( will lead a special track on Self-Aware Cyber-Physical Systems; Karsten Schwan ( and Vanish Talwar ( will lead a special track on Management of Big Data Systems.