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Workshop on Technologies for Situated and Autonomic Communications (SAC)

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The goal of the "Situated and Autonomic Communications (SAC)" Initiative (See is to promote research in the area of new paradigms for communication/networking systems that can be characterised as situated (i.e. reacting locally on environment and context changes), autonomously controlled, self-organising, radically distributed, technology independent and scale-free.

A number of related research projects have been started since 2006. This workshop aims at bringing together researchers and scientists working on such topics, fostering cross-collaboration links among the SAC project and other related initiatives in the area.

The Workshop will be one day soliciting contributions focusing on emerging research directions, specific topics and interdisciplinary themes in the field of Situated and Autonomic Communications (SAC). The workshop targets papers presenting significant scientific contributions on SAC-related topics, as well as papers reporting experimental results and field trials on SAC systems deployment. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited topic areas.

• Self-organising communication networks and services
• Strategic needs of social or commercial impact on future communication paradigms
• Security in autonomic and distributed computing environments
• Overall stability and resilience of the network and services
• Positive interactions of new communication paradigms on human and social aspects, in relation to ambient intelligence and future sensorized societies.

Technical Program

The program schedule is tentative and is subject to change.

December 12, 2007 [Wednesday]

09:00 - 09:15: Opening

Chair: Workshop co-chairs

09:15 - 10:30: Overview SAC Projects

ANA Project Overview
Thomas Plagemann

BIONETS Project Overview
Daniele Miorandi

CASCADAS Project Overview
Manzalini Antonio

10:30 - 11:00: Socio-Economic Session

On the Impact of Network QoS on Automated Distributed Auctions
Ricardo Lent

Towards the connected Society: Dynamic Co-Evolution of TLC Players and Individuals
A. Savoldelli, P. Fantini, D. Guarnieri, C. Palasciano, C. Colmegna

11:00 - 11:15: Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:30: Network Principles Session

Autonomic Reliable Multicast - Application-Level Group Communication Using Self-Organization Principles
Edzard Höfig

Monitoring as First Class Citizen in an Autonomic Network Universe
Martin May, Matti Siekkinen, Vera Goebel, Thomas Plagemann, Ranganai Chaparadza

BIONETS Architecture: from Networks to SerWorks
Francesco De Pellegrini, Daniele Miorandi, David Linner, Vilmos Simon, Corrado Moiso

12:30 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 15:15: Service Session

Autonomic Supervision of Stigmergic Self-Organisation for Distributed Information Retrieval
Kieran Greer, Kevin Curran, Matthias Baumgarten, Maurice Mulvenna, Chris Nugent

Mapping External Functionalities into Autonomic Services
Borbala Katalin Benko, Robert Schulcz

A genetic algorithm for the adaptation of service compositions
David Linner, Heiko Pfeffer, and Stephan Steglich

15:15 - 15:30: Break

15:30 - 16:30: Security Session

Network Immunity: What can we learn from nature for network protection?
Michael Kleis, Thomas Hirsch, Tanja Zseby

Highly Adaptive Cryptographic Suites for Autonomic WSNs
Dennis Bliefernicht, Daniel Schreckling

Efficient Authentication for Users Autonomy in Next Generation All-IPNetworks
Christoforos Ntantogian, Christos Xenakis and Ioannis Stavrakakis

16:30 - 16:45: Coffee Break

16:45 - 18:00: Experimentation & Demo Session

(showing flavors, presentations of prototypes / real implementations)

CASCADAS: Self-organized Service Supervision, Concept Demo
P.H. Deussen, E. Höfig

Cascadas tool-kit
S. Haseloff

David Linner, Heiko Pfeffer

BIONETS: U-Hopper demo
Iacopo Carreras, David Tacconi

18:00 - 18:30: Closing Session

Workshop Chair:

Dr. Stephan Steglich
TU Berlin / Fraunhofer FOKUS
Berlin, Germany

Technical Program Committee:

Manzalini Antonio
Matthias Baumgarten
Peter Deussen
Martin May
Daniele Miorandi
Fabrizio Sestini
Daniel Schreckling
Stephan Steglich
Tanja Zseby

The workshop will be co-located at the BIONETICS main conference. Workshop proceedings will be published in the BIONETICS proceedings as an ICST/ACM publication, and workshop papers will be listed in the ACM and IEEE digital library.

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