3rd International DisCoTec Workshop on
Context-aware Adaptation Mechanisms for Pervasive and Ubiquitous Services

June 10, 2010
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Overview. There is a huge market potential for mobile applications in Europe today. Most people already carry a mobile device of some sort wherever they go, and an increasingly diverse set of devices (PDAs, smart phones, GPS, etc.) are becoming widely available. Recently, service-orientations (e.g., OSGi, Spring, SCA) have evolved to address these highly dynamic environments. However, it is still technically difficult, using existing method and tool supports, to create such services-oriented applications. For example, the very large range of devices, types of infrastructure, ways in which it can change, situations in which users can find themselves, and the functions they want, introduce great complexity and pose considerable technical challenges. To overcome these difficulties, and promote the development and widespread deployment of innovative mobile applications, more and more projects are addressing the development of context-aware adaptation mechanisms for leveraging the development of mobile applications. These projects aims at providing simple but powerful integrated approaches to support the development of applications interacting in pervasive and ubiquitous environments. Thus, the CAMPUS workshop will focus on the promising approaches in the domain of context-aware adaptation mechanisms supporting the dynamic evolution of the execution context (e.g., network/device/service failures).

Special Themes
This year, the workshop intends to encourage submissions related adaptation issues addressed by two emerging themes in the service computing community:

  • Sensor as a Service relates to the integration of physical sensors into the service-oriented architectures in order to bridge the physical and virtual worlds and to support various kinds of adaptation styles and mechanisms.
  • Ambient Social Services relates to the integration of social networking principles at the core of service-oriented architectures in order to support adaptive IT infrastructure based on social connections.

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:

Context-awareness mechanisms for distributed systems:

  • How to capture the relevant contextual properties of a distributed system?
  • How to support the distribution of the context information in an efficient manner?
  • How to enforce the security and privacy issues for context data?
  • How to describe ontologies for context management?
  • How to map context-awareness to situation-awareness using context reasoning?
Adaptation mechanisms for distributed systems:
  • How to represent the adaptation knowledge of a distributed system?
  • How to reason about pieces of software that need to be adapted in a distributed manner?
  • How to reconfigure a distributed system with respect to the dynamic nature of the environment?
  • How to deal with anticipated versus unanticipated adaptation?
  • How to integrate human/computer interaction issues in adaptive systems?
  • How to ensure robustness and transactional adaptations?
Innovative applications of context-awareness and adaptation mechanisms:
  • Experiences in developing context-aware and adaptive applications and services,
  • Testing and validation of adaptive applications and services,
  • Development methodology for adaptive applications and services,
  • Tool support for context-aware adaptation mechanisms and adaptive services,
  • Design of platforms and infrastructures supporting context-aware adaptation mechanisms,
  • New domains of applications for context-aware and adaptive applications and services.
Important dates

Paper submission: April 14, 2010 (extended)
Paper notification: May 09, 2010
Camera ready: May 23, 2010
Workshop: June 10, 2010

Workshop Format

The workshop will be organised as a one-day event, consisting of 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. 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, with the aim of wrapping up the overall contributions of the event.

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 CAMPUS program committee seeks:

  • Technical papers, describing concrete results achieved, in no more than 12 pages (EASST style),
  • Position papers, describing on-going work and interim results, in no more than 6 pages (EASST style).
Papers will be peer-reviewed, and selected based on their originality, technical strenght and topical relevance. All accepted papers will be published in a special issue of Electronic Communications of the EASST. Paper submission must be electronically as postscript or PDF (via the Submission website).


Organisation Committee

Steering Committee

Program Committee