Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Call for Papers for the 7th International Workshop on Self-organizing Systems (IWSOS 2013)

Palma de Mallorca, Spain
May 9-10, 2013

Extended Paper Submission Deadline: January 18, 2013

See you in Palma de Mallorca!
(Photo: Rafael Ortega Díaz/Wikipedia)

The main themes of IWSOS 2013 are from the fields of techno-social systems and networks-of-networks with their unique and complex blend of cognitive, social, and technological aspects. We will analyse how these systems self-organize, acquire their structure, and evolve. Thus, we aim to advance our understanding of such key infrastructures in our societies and, more generally, of these sorts of self-organizational processes in nature.

We are further interested in learning how to engineer such self-organizing networked systems to have desirable properties including dependability, predictability, and resilience in the face of the inevitable challenges that they face.

Building on the success of its predecessors, this multi-disciplinary workshop aims at bringing together leading international researchers from complex systems, distributed systems, and communication networks to create a visionary forum for discussing the future of self-organization in networked systems. We invite the submission of manuscripts that present original research results on the themes of self-organization in techno-social systems and networks-of-networks.

Key Topics

The workshop scope includes, but is not limited to, the following topical areas of self-organizing systems:

- Design and analysis of self-organizing and self-managing systems
- Inspiring models of self-organization in nature and society
- Structure, characteristics, and dynamics of self-organizing networks
- Self-organization in techno-social systems
- Self-organized social computation
- Self-organized communication systems
- Citizen Science
- Techniques and tools for modeling self-organizing systems
- Tools to quantify self-organization
- Control and control parameters of self-organizing systems
- Phase transitions in self-organizing systems
- Robustness and adaptation in self-organizing systems
- Self-organization in complex networks such as peer-to-peer, sensor,
  ad-hoc, vehicular, and social networks
- Self-organization in socio-economic systems
- User and operator-related aspects of man-made self-organizing systems
- Self-organizing multi-service networks and multi-network services
- Methods for configuration and management of large, complex networks
- Self-protection, self-configuration, diagnosis, and healing
- Self-organizing group and pattern formation
- Self-organizing mechanisms for task allocation, coordination and
  resource allocation
- Self-organizing information dissemination and content search
- Security and safety in self-organizing networked systems
- Risks and limits of self-organization
- The human in the loop of self-organizing networks
- Social, cognitive, and semantic aspects of self-organization
- Evolutionary principles of the (future, emerging) Internet
- Decentralized power management in the smart grid

Important Dates

Submission deadline: January 18, 2013 (extended)
Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2013
Camera-ready papers due: February 3, 2013
Conference dates: May 9-10, 2013


IWSOS 2013 invites the submission of manuscripts that present original research results which have not been previously published and are not currently under review by another conference or journal. Any previous or simultaneous publication of related material should be explicitly noted in the submission. All papers must be submitted in PDF format. Submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the international technical program committee and judged on originality, significance, clarity, relevance, and correctness.

The Springer “LNCS Proceedings” style should be used for submission. Templates for LaTeX and Word are available at

Full papers should describe original research results. Submissions should be full-length papers up to 12 pages using the LNCS style (including figures, references, and a short abstract).

Short Papers should be position papers, challenging papers, and papers presenting first results. Short papers are up to 6 pages using the LNCS style (including figures, references, and a short abstract).


The proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper must attend IWSOS 2013 to present the paper.


General Chairs
Maxi San Miguel, IFISC (CSIC-University Balearic Islands), Spain
Hermann de Meer, University of Passau, Germany

Program Chairs
Falko Dressler, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Vittorio Loreto, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Publicity Chairs
Karin Anna Hummel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Carlos Gershenson, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Publication Chair
Wilfried Elmenreich, University of Passau, Germany

Local Organization Chair
Pere Colet, IFISC (CSIC-University Balearic Islands), Spain

Steering Committee
Hermann de Meer, Univ. Passau, Germany
David Hutchison, Lancaster University, UK
Bernhard Plattner, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
James Sterbenz, University of Kansas, USA
Randy Katz, UC Berkeley, USA
Georg Carle, TU Munich, Germany (IFIP TC6 Representative)
Karin Anna Hummel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Shlomo Havlin, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Technical Program Committee
Karl Aberer, EPFL
Andrea Baronchelli, Northeastern University
Alain Barrat, Centre de Physique Theorique
Marc Barthelemy, Institut de Physique Théorique
Christian Bettstetter, University of Klagenfurt
Raffaele Bruno, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
Claudio Castellano, CNR-ISC Rome
Ciro Cattuto, ISI Foundation Turin
Albert Diaz-Guilera, Universitat de Barcelona
Alois Ferscha, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Andreas Fischer, University of Passau
Santo Fortunato, Aalto University
Carlos Gershenson, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Salima Hassas, University of Lyon 1
Boudewijn Haverkort, University of Twente
Poul Heegaard, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Tom Holvoet, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Karin Anna Hummel, ETH Zurich
Sebastian Lehnhoff, OFFIS Institute for Information Technology
Hein Meling, University of Stavanger
Mirco Musolesi, University of Birmingham
Dimitri Papadimitriou, Alcatel-Lucent Bell
Christian Prehofer, Fraunhofer ESK
Jose Ramasco, Inst. for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems
Andreas Riener, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Kave Salamatian, Universite De Savoie
Hiroki Sayama, Binghamton University
Paul Smith, Austrian Institute of Technology
Bosiljka Tadic, Jozef Stefan Institute
Dirk Trossen, University of Cambridge

1 comment:

  1. Paper submission is now open: