Call: 23rd ACM/IFIP International Conference Middleware 2022

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Event Details

23rd ACM/IFIP International Conference Middleware 2022
Québec City, Québec, Canada, 7th – 11th November 2022
https://middleware-conf.github.io/2022/


CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS
The annual ACM/IFIP Middleware conference is a major forum for the discussion of innovations and recent scientific advances of middleware systems with a focus on the design, implementation, deployment, and evaluation of distributed systems, platforms and architectures for computing, storage, and communication. The conference will include a high quality single-track technical program, invited speakers, an industrial track, panel discussions involving academic and industry leaders, poster and demonstration presentations, a doctoral symposium, tutorials and workshops.

Topics of Interest
Original submissions of research papers on a diverse range of topics are sought, particularly those identifying new research directions. The topics of the interest for the conference include, but are not limited to:
*  Cloud and data centers
*  Virtualization, auto-scaling, provisioning, and scheduling
*  Data-intensive computing (big data) and data analytics
*  Stream Processing
*  Middleware Systems for Machine learning
*  Mobile and pervasive systems and services
*  Middleware techniques for Internet-of-Things, smart cities
*  Fog, Edge computing
*  Middleware for cyber-physical and real-time systems
*  Energy and power-aware techniques
*  Event-based, publish/subscribe, and peer-to-peer solutions
*  Networking, network function virtualization, software-defined networking
*  Middleware for multimedia systems
*  Fault tolerance and Consistency
*  Blockchains
*  Middleware support for Security and privacy
*  Monitoring, resource management and analysis
*  Programming abstractions and paradigms for middleware
*  Reconfigurable, adaptable, and reflective middleware
*  Critical reviews of middleware paradigms, e.g., object models, aspect orientation, etc.
*  Methodologies and tools for middleware systems design, implementation, verification, and  evaluation
*  Serverless, Function-as-a-Service computing
*  Original papers of three types are sought:

Research Papers: These papers report original research on the above topics, and will be evaluated on significance of the problem, novelty of the solution, advancement beyond prior work, sufficient supporting evidence and clarity of the presentation.
Experimentation and Deployment Papers: These papers describe complete systems, platforms, and/or comprehensive experimental evaluations of alternative designs and solutions to well-known problems. The emphasis during the evaluation of these papers will be less on the novelty and more on the demonstrated usefulness and potential impact of the contributions, the extensive experimentation involved, and the quality and weight of the lessons learned.
Big Ideas Papers: These are papers that have the potential for opening up new research directions. For such papers, the potential to motivate new research is more important than full experimental evaluation, though some preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of the approach or idea is important.
Important Dates, Deadlines, Conditions
Middleware 2022 will have two submission deadlines, and we are providing the possibility of getting one-shot-revision decisions for some papers that are deemed promising. A more detailed explanation of the changes is provided below.

First Round: Fall/Winter deadline:
Full paper submissions due: November 20th, 2021
Rebuttal: February 1st-3rd, 2022
Notification to authors (Accept/ Accept minor-revision/ Revise/ Reject): February 14th, 2022
Revised submissions due: March 14th, 2022
Notifications of decisions of revised papers (Accept/Reject): March 28th, 2022
Final paper files (camera ready copy) due: April 11th, 2022
Second round: Spring/Summer deadline:
Full paper submissions due: May 15th, 2022
Rebuttal: July 29th-August 1st, 2022
Notification to authors (Accept/ Accept minor-revision/ Revise/ Reject): August 9th, 2022
Revised submissions due: September 9th, 2022
Notifications of decisions of revised papers (Accept/Reject): September 23rd, 2022
Final paper files (camera ready copy) due: October 3rd, 2022

Key Changes and Conditions
Once-per-year submission: A research article may be submitted to ACM Middleware only once in a single year. Submissions that are rejected in the 1st Round (Fall Submission) of ACM Middleware 2022 research track are NOT ELIGIBLE for submission to the 2nd Round (Spring Submission) of ACM Middleware 2022. Papers submitted to any deadline (Round 1 or Round 2) ARE ELIGIBLE for submission to Middleware 2022 (Fall/Spring deadlines).
One-shot revision: A limited set of papers in each round will be given the option of a one-shot revision. Such a revision decision will include a summary of the paper’s merits and a list of necessary changes that are required for the paper to be accepted at Middleware. Authors may then submit a revised version of their work by addressing those needs by the revision deadline for that specific round. At that point, the paper will be re-reviewed to judge whether it addresses the requirements requested; this review will be conducted, to the extent possible, by the same reviewers as earlier.
Only papers in the research and experimentation/deployment track will be eligible for one-shot revision. Big ideas papers are not eligible to receive a revise/resubmit decision; they may be shepherded prior to acceptance.


Submission Guidelines
Your submission must be made within the due date specified above for the specific rounds. Submitted papers must have at most 12 pages of technical content, including text, figures, and appendices, but excluding any number of additional pages for bibliographic references. Note that submissions must be double-blind: authors’ names must not appear, and authors must make a good faith attempt to anonymize their submissions. Submitted papers must adhere to the formatting instructions of the ACM SIGPLAN style, which can be found on the ACM template page. The font size has to be set to 10pt.
Please submit papers to https://middleware22.hotcrp.com/ (Round 1) and https://middleware22r2.hotcrp.com/ (Round 2).

A paper submitted to ACM Middleware 2022 cannot be under review for any other conference or journal during the entire time it is considered for Middleware 2022, and it must be substantially different from any previously published work. All accepted papers will appear in the proceedings. ACM reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from ACM Digital Library) if none of the authors attends the conference to present their paper. Note: Submissions that were rejected in the 1st Round of ACM Middleware 2022 research track are not eligible for re-submission to the 2nd Round of ACM Middleware 2022.

The Middleware 2022 conference proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library. The official publication date will be the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. Note that the official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. A list of papers accepted from the ROUND 1 (Fall) submissions will be posted on the ACM Middleware 2022 website in May. In October, when the full program is available, paper titles and abstracts will be posted for all accepted papers from both the spring and fall deadlines.

Anonymity Requirements for Double-Blind Reviewing
Every research paper submitted to ACM Middleware 2022 will undergo a ''double-blind'' reviewing process: the PC members and referees who review the paper will not know the identity of the authors.

General Co-Chairs:
Kaiwen Zhang, ÉTS
Abdelouahed Gherbi, ÉTS
Paolo Bellavista, University of Bologna, Italy

PC Co-Chairs:
Saurabh bagchi, Purdue University, Indiana, United States
Marta Patino-Martinez, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain