Call for Papers

Following the success of the past symposiums in this series, MDS'08 aims at providing doctoral students with opportunities to present their work and obtain guidance from mentors as well as to provide contact to other students at a similar stage in their careers. The mentors are experienced reseachers from either academia or industry. The goal of the symposium is to expose students to helpful criticism on their current work and suggestions on possible future directions and focus. We believe that a forum like this will allow doctoral students to interact with experts in the middleware community, hence providing an exciting environment in which to inspire next-generation researchers to contribute to the development of middleware technologies.

Topics of interest to this symposium include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Platforms and architectures:
    • Middleware for Web services and Web-service composition
    • Middleware for cluster and grid computing
    • Peer-to-peer middleware solutions
    • Event-based, publish/subscribe, and message-oriented middleware
    • Communication protocols and architectures
    • Middleware for pervasive/ubiquitous and mobile computing
    • Middleware for embedded systems and sensor networks
    • Middleware for multimedia applications
    • Service-oriented architectures
    • Reconfigurable, adaptable, and reflective middleware approaches
  • Systems issues:
    • Reliability, fault tolerance, and quality of service
    • Scalability of middleware: replication and caching
    • Systems management, including solutions for autonomic and self-managing middleware
    • Middleware feedback control solutions for self-regulation
    • Real-time solutions for middleware platforms
    • Information assurance and security
    • Evaluation techniques for middleware solutions
    • Middleware solutions for (large scale) distributed databases
  • Design principles and tools:
    • Formal methods and tools for designing, verifying, and evaluating middleware
    • Model-driven architectures
    • Software engineering for middleware
    • Engineering principles and approaches for middleware
    • Novel development paradigms, APIs, and languages
    • Existing paradigms revisited: object models, aspect orientation, etc.
    • On-the-fly management and configuration of middleware

All submissions must follow the MDS'08 submission guidelines.

Symposium Format

The symposium is a full-day event consisting of paper presentations and informal discussions. Each participant is expected to participate in the symposium for the entire day.

Each paper session is devoted to the presentation of papers belonging to a common domain. Each presentation will end with a mini-panel between the presenter, a mock thesis committee and the audience, led by the session chair. In past years, this format has been found to lead to lively and productive discussions, as well as constructive feedback on the dissertation work.

Next to paper presentations, the symposium will strenghten the awareness of key skills that are necessary to (1) successfully finish PhD research and (2) create substantial added value in a further career (either in industry or in academia).

The symposium will provide a forum to present and discuss the competence portfolio that is expected by industry today. It is clear that typical intellectual and academic competences are necessary but must be complemented by communication, management and leadership skills.

Download Call for Papers

The Call for Papers can be downloaded here: MDS08-CFP.pdf.