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CfP: Service Oriented Architectures and Programming Trac, SAC 2009

Claudio Guidi


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   SOAP: Service Oriented Architectures and Programming Track


   24th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2009)
          Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa
            Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
                   March 8-12, 2009


For the past twenty-three years, the ACM Symposium on Applied
Computing has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer
scientists, computer engineers, software engineers,
and application developers from around the world. SAC 2009
is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied
Computing (SIGAPP), and is hosted by University of Hawaii at
Manoa and Chaminade University of Honolulu.


                       SOAP Track

Service Oriented Systems were born with the aim of building
large adaptive applications as compositions of loosely-coupled
services. Nowadays, in the context of Services we have to cope
with a challenge like in the early days of Object-Oriented
Programming (OOP) when, until key features like encapsulation,
inheritance, and polymorphism, and proper design methodologies
were defined, consistency in the programming model definition
was not achieved. The complex scenario of Service Oriented
Programming needs to be clarified on many aspects, both from
the engineering and from the foundational point of view.

 From the engineering point of view, there are open issues at
many levels. Among the others, at the system design level,
both traditional approaches based on UML and approaches
taking inspiration from business process modelling, e.g.
BPMN, are used. At the composition level, although WS-BPEL
is a de-facto industrial standard, other approaches are
appearing, and both the orchestration and choreography views
have their supporters. At the description and discovery
level there are two separate communities pushing respectively
the semantic approach (e.g. OWL) and the syntactic one (e.g. WSDL).
Especially, the role of discovery engines and protocols
is not clear. In this respect we still lack adopted standards:
a good candidate looked to be UDDI, but it is no longer
pushed by the main corporations, and its wide adoption seems
difficult. Furthermore, a new different implementation platform,
the so-called REST services, is emerging and competing
with classic Web Services. Finally, features like Quality of
Service, security and dependability need to be taken seriously
into account, and this investigation should lead to standard

 From the foundational point of view, formalists have discussed
widely in the last years, and many attempts at using formal
methods for specification and verification in this setting
have been made. Session correlation, service types, contract
theories and communication patterns are only few examples of
the aspects that have been investigated. Moreover, several
formal models based upon automata, Petri nets and algebraic
approaches have been developed. However most of these approaches
concentrated only on a few features of Service Oriented Systems
in isolation, and a comprehensive approach is still far from
being achieved.

Service Oriented Architectures and Programming track aims
at bringing together researchers and practitioners having
the common objective of transforming Service Oriented
Programming into a mature discipline with both solid scientific
foundations and software engineering development methodologies
supported by dedicated tools. In particular, we will
encourage works and discussions about what Service Oriented
Architectures and Programming still needs in order to achieve
its original goal, along with works proposing comparisons
among different models and technological solutions.

Major topics of interest will include:

    * Approaches to Web Services specification
    * Formal methods and models for Service Oriented Computing
    * Methodologies for Service Oriented application design
    * Tools for service oriented application design
    * Service Oriented middlewares
    * Service Oriented languages
    * Test methodologies for Service Oriented applications
    * Analysis techniques and tools
    * Service systems performance analysis
    * Industrial deployment of tools and methodologies
    * Standards for Service Oriented Architectures and Programming
    * Service applications case studies
    * Dependable Services
    * Quality of Service
    * Security Issues in Service Oriented Computing
    * Comparisons between different approaches to Services
    * Statement papers about future possible directions for research


                       Important Dates

    * August 16, 2008: Paper submissions (strict)
    * October 11, 2008: Author notification
    * October 25, 2008: Camera-Ready Copy
    * March 8-12, 2009 - Conference



    * Papers must follow the template reported at this

    * The author(s) name(s) and address(s) must NOT appear in the
      body of the submitted paper, and self-references should be
      in the third person. This is to facilitate blind review
      required by ACM. All submitted papers must include the paper
      identification number on the front page, above the title of
      the paper provided to you by the eCMS when you register
      your paper.

    * Submit your paper in electronic format by using the
      eCMS site:


                         PC Members

    * Marco Aiello, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
    * Roberto Bruni, Universit√† di Pisa, Italy
    * Reicko Heckel, University of Leicester, UK
    * Nickolas Kavantzas, Oracle, USA
    * Nora Koch, LMU and Cirquent GmbH, Germany
    * Roberto Lucchi, European Commission - Joint Research Centre (Italy)
    * Li MA, IBM China Research Lab, China
    * Jing Mei, IBM China Research Lab, China
    * Hernan Melgratti, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
    * Greg Meredith, Biosimilarity LLC, USA
    * Fabrizio Montesi, italianaSoftware s.r.l., Italy
    * Martin Wirsing, LMU, Germany
    * Gianluigi Zavattaro, Universit√† di Bologna, Italy


                       Track Chairs

    * Claudio Guidi
      cguidi @
      Polo Scientifico e didattico di Cesena, University of Bologna, Italy

    * Ivan Lanese
      lanese @
      Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Informazione, University of Bologna,

    * Manuel Mazzara
      manuel.mazzara @
      School of Computing Science, Newcastle university, UK