26th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
Track on Service Oriented Architectures and Programming
TaiChung, Taiwan
21 - 25 March, 2011

Call For Paper

Important Dates (Extended deadline)


Accepted papers

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Track Chairs

ACM SAC 2011


ACM SAC 2011

For the past twenty-five years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing has been a primary and international forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers, and application developers to gather, interact and present their work. SAC 2011 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP), and is hosted by Tunghai University in TaiChung, Taiwan.

Although when considered from a purely technological point of view Service-Oriented Programming (SOP) is not an enormous novelty, when it comes to paradigmatic considerations SOP is quickly changing our vision of the Web. Originally, the Web was mainly seen as a means of presenting the information to a wide spectrum of people, but SOP is now triggering a radical shift to a vision of the Web as a computational fabric where loosely coupled services interact publishing their interfaces inside dedicated repositories, where they can be searched by other services, retrieved and invoked, always abstracting from the actual implementation. In the context of this modern paradigm we have to cope with an old challenge, like in the early days of Object-Oriented Programming 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 others, at the system design level, both traditional approaches based on UML and approaches taking inspiration from business process modeling, 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 (ontologies, ...) and the syntactic one (WS-BPEL, ...). In particular, the role of discovery engines and protocols is not clear. In this respect we still lack adopted standards: UDDI looked to be a good candidate, 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, sustainability and dependability need to be taken seriously into account, and this investigation should lead to standard proposals.

From the foundational point of view, formalists have discussed widely in the last years, and many attempts to use formal methods for specification and verification in this setting have been made. Session correlation, service types, contract theories and communication patterns are only a 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.

The 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 mature software engineering development methodologies supported by dedicated tools. In particular, we will encourage works and discussions about what Service Oriented Programming still needs in order to achieve its original goal, along with works proposing comparison among different models and technological solutions.

Major topics of interest will include:
  • Formal methods for specification of Web Services
  • Notations and models for Service Oriented Computing
  • Methodologies and tools for Service Oriented application design
  • Service Oriented Middlewares
  • Service Oriented Programming 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 Programming
  • Service application case studies
  • Dependability and Web Services
  • Quality of Service
  • Security issues in Service Oriented Computing
  • Comparisons between different approaches to Services
  • Exception handling in composition languages
  • Trust and Web Services
  • Sustainability and Web Services, Green Computing
  • Adaptable Web Services
  • Software Product Lines for Services
  • Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Service Oriented Computing

  • August 31, 2010: Paper submissions (extended deadline!)
  • October 12, 2010: Author notification
  • November 2, 2010: Camera-Ready Copy
  • March 21-25, 2011: Conference

Authors are invited to submit original unpublished papers. Peer groups with expertise in the track focus area will double-blindly review submissions. Accepted papers will be published in the annual conference proceedings. Prospective papers should be submitted to the track using the provided automated submission system. Papers NOT presented at conference will NOT be included in the ACM digital library. Authors are allowed up to 8 pages, but with more than 6 pages in the final camera ready, there will be a charge of 80USD per extra page. Submission of the same paper to multiple tracks is not allowed.

The conference is running a double-blind review process. The submitted manuscript should not include any information which could reveal the authors' identity. The title section of the submitted manuscript should not contain any author names, email addresses, or affiliation status. If the submitted manuscript do include any author names on the title page, the submission will be automatically rejected. In the body of the submission, there should be no direct references to previous work of the authors. That is, phrases such as "this contribution generalizes our results for XYZ" should be avoided. Also, authors' own previous work should not be disproportionately cited. In other words, the submission should be as anonymous as possible. We need your cooperation in our effort to maintain a fair, double-blind reviewing process - and to consider all submissions equally.

Please visit the SAC 2011 Website for further information:


  • Bertrand Verlaine, Ivan Jureta and Stéphane Faulkner - Requirements Engineering for Services: An Ontological Framework (poster)
  • Meriem Ouederni, Gwen Salaun and Ernesto Pimentel - Measuring the Compatibility of Service Interaction Protocols
  • Florian Skopik, Daniel Schall, Harald Psaier and Schahram Dustdar - Adaptive Provisioning of Human Expertise in Service-oriented Systems
  • Marcelo Teixeira, Ricardo Massa, Cesar Oliveira and Paulo Maciel - Planning Service Agreements in SOA-Based Systems through Stochastic Models
  • Howard Foster and George Spanoudakis - Advanced Service Monitoring Configurations with SLA Decomposition and Selection
  • Waldemar Hummer, Philipp Leitner and Schahram Dustdar - WS-Aggregation: Distributed Aggregation of Web Services Data
  • Ivan Porres and Irum Rauf - Modeling Behavioral RESTful Web Service Interfaces in UML
  • Bardia Mohabbati, Marek Hatala, Dragan Gasevic, Mohsen Asadi and Marko Boskovic - Development and Configuration of Service-Oriented Systems Families
  • Peep Küngas and Marlon Dumas - Configurable SOAP Proxy Cache for Data Provisioning Web Services

  • Faycal Abouzaid, University of Montreal (Canada)
  • Marco Aiello, University of Groningen (Netherlands)
  • Roberto Bruni, University of Pisa (Italy)
  • Chihung Chi, Tsinghua University (China)
  • Rocco De Nicola, University of Florence (Italy)
  • Nicola Dragoni, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)
  • Schahram Dustdar, Technical University of Vienna (Austria)
  • Claudio Guidi, italianaSoftware s.r.l. (Italy)
  • Tim Hallwyl, Sirius IT (Danmark)
  • Koji Hasebe, University of Tsukuba (Japan)
  • Nickolas Kavantzas, ORACLE (USA)
  • Peep Küngas, University of Tartu (Estonia)
  • Francisco Martins, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Michele Mazzucco, University of Tartu (Estonia)
  • Jing Mei, IBM China Research Lab (China)
  • Hernàn Melgratti, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Nicola Mezzetti, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A. (Italy)
  • Shih-Hsi Liu, California State University (USA)
  • Kévin Ottens, Klarälvdalens Datakonsult AB (Sweden)
  • Luca Padovani, Università di Torino (Italy)
  • Andreas Roth, SAP (Germany)
  • Maurice ter Beek, ISTI-CNR, Pisa (Italy)
  • Peter Wong, Fredhopper, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

  • Andreas Rummler (SAP Germany)
  • Ehsan Warriach (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
  • Emanuele Lattanzi (University of Urbino, Italy)
  • Francesco Tiezzi (University of Firenze, Italy)
  • Heerko Groefsema (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
  • Michele Loreti (University of Firenze, Italy)
  • Sebastian Wieczorek (SAP Germany)
  • Tiago Cogumbreiro (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Viktoriya Degeler (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

  • Ivan Lanese
    lanese @ cs.unibo.it
    FOCUS Team, Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Informazione, University of Bologna/INRIA, Italy
  • Manuel Mazzara
    manuel.mazzara @ newcastle.ac.uk
    School of Computing Science, Newcastle university, UK
  • Fabrizio Montesi
    fmontesi @ italianasoftware.com
    italianaSoftware s.r.l., Italy