Last update: 08/06/2006

FOCLASA 2006

5th International Workshop on the
Foundations of Coordination Languages and Software Architectures

A Satellite Workshop of CONCUR 2006

Bonn (Germany), August 31, 2006

Abstract

    A number of hot research topics are currently sharing the common problem of combining concurrent, distributed, mobile and heterogenous services and components, while harnessing the intrinsic complexity of the resulting systems. These include Web Services, multi-agent systems, peer-to-peer systems, grid computing, and component-based systems. Fundamental approaches to tackle these issues rely on foundational works in the context of coordination languages and software architectures, which are generally claimed to improve software productivity, enhance maintainability, advocate modularity, promote reusability, and lead to systems which more tractable and more amenable to verification and global analysis. The goal of this workshop is to put together researchers and practitioners of the aforementioned fields, and to share and identify general and specific problems and solutions.

Call for Papers

    FOCLASA 2006 is a satellite workshop of the 17th International Conference on Concurrency Theory CONCUR 2006. The workshop will be held at same location as CONCUR on August 31, 2006, one day after the main conference. The workshop tries to provide a venue where researchers and practitioners on the topics above can meet, exchange ideas and problems, identify some of the key and fundamental issues related to coordination languages and software architecture, and explore together and disseminate solutions.

    FOCLASA 2006 invites the submission of technical papers in any of the topics of interest and areas listed above.  Submissions must describe authors’ original research work and their results. Description of work-in-progress is also encouraged. The contributions should not exceed 15 pages formatted according to the style of the Electronic Notes on Theoretical Computer Science (ENTCS), and should be emailed as PostScript (PS) or Portable Document Format (PDF) files to

    All submissions will be reviewed by an international program committee that will select them for presentation in the workshop. Selected papers will be available through the workshop website, and a printed version of the proceedings will be distributed among participants during the workshop. The proceedings of the workshop will be published in Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science (ENTCS).

    Participants will make a presentation of their papers (about twenty or twenty five minutes maximum), followed by a five to ten minutes round of questions and discussion on participants’ work. The workshop will also include a closing panel in which several issues related to the topics of the workshop and some issues raised during the workshop will be discussed. The Panel Chair will invite the panelists and moderate the debate.

    The publication of a special issue on FOCLASA 2006 in an international scientific journal is also being prepared. Selected participants will be invited to submit an extended version of their papers after the workshop. These extended versions will be reviewed by an international program committee, which will decide on their final publication on the special issue. Previous editions of FOCLASA have been published on Fundamenta Informaticae and Science of  Computer Programming.

Topics of interest

    Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

    In particular, practice, experience and methodologies from the following areas are solicited as well:

Program Committee

Farhad Arbab, CWI, The Netherlands
Luis Barbosa, University of Minho, Portugal
Antonio Brogi, University of Pisa, Italy
Carlos Canal (co-chair), University of Málaga, Spain
Atsushi Igarashi, University of Kyoto, Japan
Jean-Marie Jacquet, University of Namur, Belgium
Nickolas Kavantzas, Oracle, USA
Antónia Lopes, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Ronaldo Menezes, Florida Institute of Technology, USA 
John-Jules Ch. Meyer, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands 
Ernesto Pimentel, University of Málaga, Spain
Pascal Poizat, University of Évry, France
Alessandro Ricci, University of Bologna, Italy 
Vladimiro Sassone, University of Southampton, UK 
Miguel Valero, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Mirko Viroli (co-chair), University of Bologna, Italy
Jan Vitek, Purdue University, USA 
Danny Weyns,
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Important dates

Submission:

May 31, 2006

Notification of acceptance:  

June 30, 2006

Final version due:

July 20, 2006

Workshop:

August 31, 2006

Organisation

Carlos Canal
Universidad de Málaga
ETSI Informática
Campus de Teatinos
29071 Málaga (Spain)
Phone: +34 952 13 33 11
Fax: +34 952 13 13 97
Web: http://www.lcc.uma.es/~canal                         

Mirko Viroli
Universitŕ degli Studi di Bologna

DEIS
via Venezia 52
47023 Cesena (Italy)
Phone: +39 547 339216
Fax: +39 547 339208
Web: http://www.ingce.unibo.it/~mviroli


Past Editions

FOCLASA 2005 A satellite workshop of Concur 2005, San Francisco (USA)
    Proceedings published in ENTCS, vol. 154(1), 2006
    Special issue in Science of Computer Programming, Elsevier

FOCLASA 2004 A satellite workshop of Concur 2004, London (United Kingdom)
   
Proceedings to appear in ENTCS

FOCLASA 2003 A satellite workshop of Concur 2003, Marseille (France)
   
Proceedings published in ENTCS, vol. 97, 2004
    Special issue in Science of Computer Programming,
vol. 61(2), Elsevier, 2006

FOCLASA 2002 A satellite workshop of Concur 2002, Brno (Czech Republic)
    Proceedings published in ENTCS, vol. 68(3), 2003
    Special issue in Fundamenta Informaticae