6th Workshop on Engineering Complex Distributed Systems (ECDS 2012)
July 4th- 6th, 2012, Sanpaolo Palace Hotel, Palermo, Italy

In conjunction with 6th International Conference on Complex, Intelligent, and Software Intensive Systems (CISIS 2012).

We encourage you to sumbit papers to our workshop. If you are interested in complexity of distributed system issues and have either experience papers or theoretical solutions, we look forward to your submission.

Keywords: Software Engineering, MDD, SOA, Middleware, Patterns, Enterprise Application Integration, Internet of Things, Semantic Technologies


The design of modern software application systems, especially that of distributed systems is a rather complex and difficult task. With the increasing complexity of software applications the need for infrastructures providing generic middleware and service functionality becomes more eminent. Distributed object standards such as Web Services, CORBA, J2EE, and .NET are currently adopted by various enterprises as fundamental technologies. Consequently, these architectures continue to advance and new functionality and services are introduced. The advances in wireless communication, ubiquitous computing and the continued applicability of Moore's law make new advanced applications - in principle - possible, and such applications can often also be demonstrated in an ad-hoc fashion. However, to offer such applications on a larger scale and to merge them with existing applications and infrastructures is very difficult. 'Smart' and 'context-aware' systems are great for end-users, if they are non-intrusive and have user-friendly interfaces, but they are hard to design, maintain and integrate, especially, if they also have to handle the Internet of Things. Design support and system support are necessary to shift/shield application complexity and to ease designers and end-users.

Furthermore, the complexity of today's applications requires additional approaches to be able to realize an enterprise application time- and cost-saving. This includes the ability to model business processes, business policies, and event-oriented aspects of large systems and express these models through design solutions to address the complexity of enterprise applications and ease software design efforts. In addition, the engineering of complex distributed systems also requires a good understanding of the problem areas of concern for information systems and business administration, such as process management, supply chain management, security issues, electronic business, etc. These topics need to be addressed in order to deal with the complexity of today's increasingly dynamic, mobile, cross-organizational, and cross-jurisdictional systems.

In this workshop various aspects of the design and implementation of distributed systems will be discussed. The scope of the presented papers ranges from process improvements, engineering approaches and techniques to applications.


Possible topics include but are not limited to:

*  Software engineering approaches such as process improvements, patterns, methodologies (e.g., MDA), and best practices
*  Modelling and meta modelling in the development of distributed systems
*  Platforms and infrastructures on top of which complex distributed systems can be deployed, and which take care of lower level or general-purpose functions
*  Complexity controlling methods which help to master complexity when designing complex distributed systems
*  Integration of Internet of Things and enterprise applications
*  Software architectures for distributed systems
*  Software configuration and deployment of complex distributed systems
*  Event-based, publish/subscribe and asynchronous platforms for distributed systems
*  Distributed and mobile agents
*  Ubiquitous computing and context-aware systems
*  Dynamic composition and reconfiguration of distributed systems
*  Process-knowledge and semantic services support
*  Patterns and frameworks
*  Lifecycle management of services and smart things
*  Tools and environments
*  Application of and Experiences with Semantic Technologies
*  Industrial experience reports and case studies

Papers must describe original work, and must not have been accepted or submitted for publication elsewhere. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, which will be published by IEEE Computer Society.

Important Dates

Papers due:  January 15st, 2012
Notification of acceptance: February 15th, 2012
Final papers due: March 15th, 2012
Conference / Workshop date: July 4th - 6th, 2012

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit research and application papers following the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Manuscripts style: two columns, single-spaced, including figures and references, using 10 fonts, and number each page. You can confirm the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Author Guidelines URL:

The papers should be submitted electronically via CISIS-2012 website ( If there is any problem during submission please contact the Workshop Co-Chairs Markus Aleksy () or Leonard Barolli ().

The papers should be written in English and the length should not exceed 6 pages (including figures and tables). Submission of a paper implies that should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and present the paper in the conference. Submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition.

Accepted papers will be given guidelines in preparing and submitting the final manuscript(s) together with the notification of acceptance. Proceedings of the workshops will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press.

Organizing Committee

Workshop Co-Chairs

Markus Aleksy (ABB Corporate Research, Germany)
Leonard Barolli (Fukuoka Institute of Tech. (FIT), Japan)
Makoto Takizawa (Sekei University, Japan)

Program Committee

Irfan Awan (University of Bradford, UK)
Bhed Bahadur Bista (Iwate Prefectural University, Japan)
Andrei Doncesku (University Paul Sabatier, France)
Arjan Durresi (Louisiana State University, USA)
Tomoya Enokido (Rissho University, Japan)
Ralf Gitzel (ABB Corporate Research, Germany)
Takahiro Hara (Osaka University, Japan)
Naohiro Hayashibara (Tokyo Denki University, Japan)
Hui-huang Hsu (Tamkang University, Taiwan)
Joanna Kolodziej (University of Bielsko-Biala, Poland)
Axel Korthaus (Victoria University, Australia)
Akio Koyama (Yamagata University, Japan)
Nguyen Manh Tho (Vienna University of Tech., Austria)
Thomas Preuss (University of Brandenburg, Germany)
Nobuyoshi Sato (Toyo University, Japan)
Elhadi Shakshuki (Acadia Univiversity, Canada)
Takuo Suganuma (Tohoku University, Japan)
Kaoru Sugita (Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan)
David Taniar (Monash University, Australia)
Minoru Uehara (Toyo University, Japan)
Marten van Sinderen (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
Fatos Xhafa (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain)
Muhammed Younas (Oxford Brookes University, UK)
Maciej Zygmunt (ABB Corporate Research, Poland)
Alfredo Cuzzocrea (ICAR-CNR & University of Calabria, Italy)