PerWare '06
in Pisa, Italy
March 13, 2006

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Context-awareness, dynamism, and heterogeneity are some of the properties that differentiate pervasive computing from traditional distributed systems. Most traditional distributed systems are unaware of context, are static, and are composed of homogeneous devices. As a result, the assumptions underlying traditional middleware infrastructures differ from the ones for pervasive computing. In a pervasive computing environment, issues such as mobility, disconnection, and dynamic introduction and removal of devices, and merging of the physical environment with the computational infrastructure are common and affect the underlying middleware infrastructure. Furthermore, different devices might be connected to different networks, with different latency and bandwidth. As a result, the middleware must provide mechanisms for handling disconnection, addressing fault tolerance, and adapting to a number of issues related to diversity including heterogeneous device resources. The scale of pervasive computing in terms of the number of devices and services, combined with the lack of a single system administrator, the associated dynamism, and frequent failures require middleware services capable of evolving and re-organizing themselves.

This workshop addresses the issues related to the design and implementation of middleware services for pervasive computing. The workshop focuses on the challenges associated with pervasive computing and identifies common paradigms and design decisions that affect most middleware designers.

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Call for Papers
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The design of middleware services to support pervasive computing is extremely challenging, posing new requirements for ease of deployment, handling of heterogeneity and scale, resilience to failure, application support and creation, and incremental deployment and evolution. Facing these challenges is a community wide effort, necessitating the pooling of our resources and experiences in order to develop new paradigms and techniques. The goal of this workshop is to foster the research community working in this field. The workshop aims to gather the principal practitioners and their experiences under one roof to discuss their findings and move the state of the art forward. The workshop solicits papers addressing the following topics:

1. Middleware design patterns for pervasive computing.
2. Middleware support for novel pervasive computing application models.
3. Middleware support for user-centric computing.
4. Middleware platforms for mobile devices.
5. Adaptable, recoverable, secure and fault tolerant middleware for pervasive computing.
6. Metrics for evaluating pervasive computing middleware infrastructures.

In order to ensure a high quality technical session, submissions must cover one of the topics above, and should not exceed five pages. Furthermore, we will prioritize experience papers describing lessons learnt from built systems, including information about approaches that did and did not work, unexpected results, common abstractions, implementation of real-world scenarios, and metrics for evaluating pervasive computing middleware infrastructures.

Submissions of papers are solicited in the IEEE proceedings format. Research papers must be original prior unpublished work and not under review elsewhere. All submissions will be reviewed blindly and selected based on their originality, merit, and relevance to the workshop.

Blinded submissions in PDF format must be sent to no later than October 1st, 2005. Please include the authors' names and affiliations in the email body only. You will receive a confirmation within 24 hours. Accepted papers must be presented at the workshop, and will appear in the IEEE PerCom workshop proceedings. Please email if you have any questions.

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Important Dates

Submission Deadline: September 20, 2005
Extended to October 1, 2005
Acceptance Notification:  November 22, 2005
Camera Ready Version: December 19, 2005
Workshop Date: March 13, 2006

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  • Jalal Al-Muhtadi, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Christian Becker, Institute for Distributed and Parallel Systems, University of Stuttgart, Germany.

  • Roy Campbell, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Adrian Friday, University of Lancaster

  • Manuel Roman, DoCoMo Labs, USA.

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Program Committee

  • Michael Beigl, TeCo, Germany

  • Peter Sturm, Univ. of Trier, Germany

  • Gerd Kortuem, University of Lancaster, UK

  • Kenichi Yamazaki, NTT DoCoMo, Japan

  • Peter Tandler, IPSI, Germany

  • Umar Saif, MIT, USA

  • Wolfgang Schroeder-Preikschat, U. Erlangen, Germany

  • Torben Weis, Technical University Berlin, Germany

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