ACSOS 2023
Mon 25 - Fri 29 September 2023 Toronto, Canada

Call for Papers

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline:  	April 30th, 2023
Paper Submission Deadline: 	May 5th, 2023
Notification to Authors: 	July 5th, 2023
Camera Ready Deadline:		August 5th, 2023
ACSOS Conference: 		September 25th - 29th, 2023

All times in Anywhere on Earth (AoE) timezone.


Challenge and Scope

The world is increasingly embracing autonomous systems: in robotics, manufacturing, software engineering, vehicles, data center systems, and precision agriculture to name just a few areas. These systems are bringing autonomy to a whole new level of dynamic decision-making under uncertainty, requiring autonomic behavior (e.g., control theory, cybernetics) and self-reference, leading to a range of self-* properties (e.g., self-awareness, self-adaptation, self-organization), and an approach in which system implementation and its environment are holistically considered.

Despite this rise in autonomic and self-* systems, there remains a wide range of fundamental challenges in understanding how to design, control, reason about, and trust such systems. The IEEE ACSOS conference solicits novel research on these topics, in fundamentals and methods as well as applications for autonomic and self-* systems. ACSOS is particularly proud of its long-standing academic breadth and innovative industry contributions, and regularly features work from computational biologists through to operating systems researchers – united by the common theme of autonomous systems. The conference program will include research papers, in-practice experience reports, posters, demos, and a doctoral symposium. ACSOS 2023 solicits contributions from among (but not limited to) the following autonomic and self-adaptive and self-organizing methods and applications:

Fundamentals and Methods

  • Systems theory: bio-inspired and socially-inspired paradigms and heuristics; evolution and learning; self-aware computing; organic computing; theoretical frameworks; formal languages; queuing and control theory; requirement and goal expression techniques; uncertainty as a 1st class entity
  • System properties: performance; robustness; resilience; dependability and reliability; trustworthiness; resource and energy efficiency; stability; anti-fragility; diversity; self-protection and cybersecurity; self-reference and reflection; emergent behavior; computational awareness and self-awareness
  • Systems and software engineering: algorithms; design patterns; programming languages; architectures; operating systems and middleware; testing, validation, and assurance methodologies; runtime models; large-scale, decentralized and multi-agent systems; data science and analytics; machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Cross disciplinary methods: approaches that draw inspiration from complex systems, chemistry, psychology, sociology, biology, and ethology
  • Socio-technical factors: human and social factors; visualization; crowdsourcing and collective awareness; trust, ethics, privacy, social and environmental implications.

Applications

Applications of the autonomic, self-adaptive and self-organizing methods in practice, including but not limited to:

  • Hardware and software systems, including operating systems, storage, and networking, across areas such as Internet of Things, cloud, fog and edge computing, and high-performance computing
  • Next-generation industry, including cyber-physical systems, smart agriculture, manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, or smart (virtual) environments
  • Social and hybrid systems, such as crowd or traffic modeling, political or social structures, game theory, virtual reality, interactive systems, and human-machine interfacing.

Best Papers

We intend to continue the tradition of giving the best papers of the conference an opportunity to publish an extended version in a special issue of ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS).

The Karsten Schwan Best Paper Award will be awarded to a selected paper, as well as the best student paper (where the primary author is a student).


Submission Instructions

Research Papers (up to 10 pages including images, tables, and references) should present novel ideas in the cross-disciplinary research context described in this call, motivated by problems from current practice or applied research.

Experience Reports (up to 10 pages including images, tables, and references) cover innovative implementations, novel applications, interesting performance results and experience in applying recent research advance to practical situations on any topics of interest.

Vision Papers (up to 6 pages including images, tables, and references) introduce ground-shaking, provocative, and even controversial ideas; discuss long term perspectives and challenges; focus on overlooked or underrepresented areas, and foster debate.

Research papers and experience reports will be included in the conference proceedings that will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press and made available as a part of the IEEE Digital Library. Vision papers will be part of a separate proceedings volume (the ACSOS Companion).

All submissions must indicate a primary and (optionally) a secondary topic area from the following list:

  • RM: Resource Management in Data Centers and Cloud Computing
  • CPS: Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • SOSA: Theory and Practice of Self-Organization, Self-Adaptation, and Organic Computing
  • ENG: Software and Systems Engineering for Autonomic and Self-Organizing Systems
  • SYS: Systems theory for Autonomic and Self-Organizing Systems
  • DATA: Data-Driven Approaches to Autonomic and Self-Organizing Systems Analysis and Management
  • NEW: Emerging Computing Paradigms
  • SOC: Socio-technical Autonomic and Self-Organizing Systems
  • LANG: Languages and Formal Methods for Autonomic and Self-Organizing Systems
  • COG: Self-Aware, Reflective, and Cognitive Computing
  • APP: Application Areas for Autonomic and Self-Organizing Systems such as Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Cities, Swarms, etc.
  • REL: Assurances, security, resilience, and reliability of Autonomic and Self-Organizing Systems
  • CROSS: Cross-disciplinary research on e.g., complex systems, control theory, artificial intelligence, chemistry, psychology, sociology, and biology

All submissions are required to be formatted according to the standard IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide. Papers are submitted electronically in PDF format through the ACSOS 2023 conference management system via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=acsos2023.

As per the standard IEEE policies, all submissions should be original, i.e., they should not have been previously published in any conference proceedings, book, or journal and should not currently be under review for another archival conference. We would like to also highlight IEEE’s policies regarding plagiarism and self-plagiarism: https://www.ieee.org/publications/rights/plagiarism/id-plagiarism.html. Where relevant and appropriate, accepted papers will also be encouraged to participate in the Demo or Poster Sessions.


Evaluation Criteria

All submissions will be subject to a rigorous single-blind peer-review and evaluated based on the following criteria:

Research papers

  • Soundness: The extent to which the paper’s contributions and/or innovations address its research questions and are supported by rigorous application of appropriate research methods (e.g., formal analysis, simulation, experimental evaluations, or comparative studies).
  • Significance: The extent to which the paper’s contributions can impact one or more of the research areas related to ACSOS, and under which assumptions (if any). In this respect, research papers should provide an indication of the real-world relevance of the problem that is solved, including a description of the domain, and an evaluation of performance, usability, and/or comparison to alternative approaches.
  • Novelty: The extent to which the contributions are sufficiently original with respect to the state-of-the-art.
  • Verifiability and Transparency: The extent to which the paper includes sufficient information to understand how an innovation works; to understand how data was obtained, analyzed, and interpreted; and how the paper supports independent verification or replication of the paper’s claimed contributions.
  • Presentation: The extent to which the paper is well written, including clear descriptions, as well as adequate use of the English language, absence of major ambiguity, clearly readable figures and tables, and adherence to the formatting instructions provided below. Due to the cross-disciplinary nature of the ACSOS conference, we encourage papers to be intelligible and relevant to researchers who are not members of the same specialized sub-field.

Experience reports should provide insights into some aspect of design, implementation or management of self-* systems that would be of benefit to practitioners and the ACSOS community. Experience reports will be evaluated according to the same criteria defined for research papers, with a greater emphasis on verifiability and transparency.

Vision Papers should introduce innovative, risky, visionary, and provocative ideas, spotlighting overlooked areas, raising controversial points, and exploring cross-disciplinary contaminations. Vision papers will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Significance: The extent to which the paper’s contributions can impact one or more of the research areas related to ACSOS, and under which assumptions (if any). In this respect, research papers should provide an indication of the real-world relevance of the problem that is solved, including a description of the domain.
  • Novelty: The extent to which the contributions are original with respect to the state-of-the-art.
  • Soundness: The extent to which the contribution proposed in the paper is valid and potentially adequate to address the defined problem.
  • Presentation: The extent to which the paper is well written, including clear descriptions, as well as adequate use of the English language, absence of major ambiguity, clearly readable figures and tables, and adherence to the formatting instructions provided below. Due to the cross-disciplinary nature of the ACSOS conference, we encourage papers to be intelligible and relevant to researchers who are not members of the same specialized sub-field.

Based on the review process outcome, research and experience papers can be accepted as full papers or as short papers. As for this last case, authors will be asked to shorten their submissions to 6 pages. The reviews will provide suggestions on how to shorten them. Short papers will be published in the ACSOS companion proceedings.