The 7th IEEE International Conference  on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO 2013)

September 9-13, 2013

Philadelphia, USA


The aim of the Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing systems conference series (SASO) is to provide a forum for the foundations of a principled approach to engineering systems, networks and services based on self-adaptation and self-organization. The complexity of current and emerging networks, software and services, especially in dealing with dynamics in the environment and problem domain, has led the software engineering, distributed systems and management communities to look for inspiration in diverse fields (e.g., complex systems, control theory, artificial intelligence, sociology, and biology) to find new ways of designing and managing such computing systems. In this endeavour, self-organization and self-adaptation have emerged as two promising interrelated approaches.

Many significant research problems exist related to self-adaptive or self-organizing systems. A challenge in self-adaptation is often to identify how to change specific behavior to achieve the desired improvement. Another major challenge is to predict and control the global system behavior resulting from self-organization. Yet more challenges arise from the confluence of self-adaptation with self-organization. For instance, how do self-* mechanisms that work well independently operate in combination? How are meso-level structures formed which leverage micro-level behavior to achieve desirable macro-level outcomes, and avoid undesirable ones?

The seventh edition of the SASO conference embraces the inter-disciplinarity and the scientific, empirical and application dimensions of self-* systems; it thus aims to attract participants with different backgrounds, to foster cross-pollination between research fields, and to expose and discuss innovative theories, frameworks, methodologies, tools, and applications. SASO welcomes novel results on both self-adaptive and self-organizing systems research It seeks to emphasize the interconnection of basic research between and within fields, and the increasing protrusion of self-* systems into the human sphere, evaluating their impact on society, environmental sustainability, commerce, living/working spaces and critical infrastructure. Therefore contributions are welcomed that: apply self-* principles to solve real-world problems; unpick the entanglement of self-* systems and human users in socio-technical systems; present advances in self-* mechanisms or analyses with potentially broad application; investigate the combination and interconnection of self-* mechanisms; and/or identify and evaluate new self-* principles or mechanisms from the study of natural or engineered systems.

Contributions must present novel theoretical or experimental results, or practical approaches and experiences in building or deploying real-world systems, applications, tools, frameworks, etc. Contributions contrasting different approaches for engineering a given family of systems, or demonstrating the applicability of a certain approach for different systems, are equally encouraged. Where relevant and appropriate, accepted papers will also be encouraged to submit accompanying papers for the Demo or Poster Sessions.

Topics of Interest

The topics of interest to SASO include, but are not limited to:

  • Self-* systems theory: theoretical frameworks and models; biologically- and socially-inspired paradigms; inter-operation of self-* mechanisms;
  • Self-* systems engineering: hardware, software and middleware development frameworks and methods, platforms and toolkits; self-* materials;
  • Self-* system properties: robustness, resilience and stability; emergence; computational awareness and self-awareness; reflection;
  • Self-* cyber-physical and socio-technical systems: human factors and visualization; self-* social computers; crowdsourcing and collective awareness;
  • Applications and experiences of self-* systems: cyber security, transportation, computational sustainability, big data and creative commons, power systems.

Submissions Instructions

All submissions should be 10 pages and formatted according to the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide and submitted electronically in PDF format. Please register as authors and submit your papers using the SASO 2013 conference management system. The proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press, and made available as a part of the IEEE digital library. Note that a separate call for poster submissions has also been issued.

Important Dates

All deadlines are at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-05:00).

Abstract Submission May 10, 2013
Paper Submission May 17, 2013
Notification June 21, 2013
Camera Ready Version of Accepted Papers July 19, 2013
Early Registration Deadline August 21, 2013

Review Criteria

Papers should present novel ideas in the cross-disciplinary research context described in this call, clearly motivated by problems from current practice or applied research. We expect both theoretical and empirical contributions to be clearly stated, substantiated by formal analysis, animation or simulation, experimental evaluations, comparative studies, and so on. Appropriate reference must be made to related work. Because SASO is a cross-disciplinary conference, papers must be intelligible and relevant to researchers who are not members of the same specialized sub-field.

Authors are also encouraged to submit papers describing applications. Application papers are expected to provide an indication of the real world relevance of the problem that is solved, including a description of the deployment domain, and some form of evaluation of performance, usability, or comparison to alternative approaches. Experience papers are also welcome but they must clearly state the insight into any aspect of design, implementation or management of self-* systems which is of benefit to practitioners and the SASO community.

Program Chairs

Tom Holvoet , KU Leuven, Belgium
Jeremy Pitt , Imperial College London, UK
Ichiro Satoh , National Institute of Informatics, Japan