DEBS 2010 4th ACM International Conference on Distributed Event-Based Systems 2010 (July 12-15, 2010, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Call for Papers: Research Track

Event-based systems are rapidly gaining importance in many application domains ranging from real time monitoring systems in production, logistics and networking to complex event processing in finance and security. The event based paradigm has gathered momentum as witnessed by current efforts in areas including event-driven architectures, complex event processing, business process management and modelling, Grid computing, Web services notifications, information dissemination, event stream processing, and message-oriented middleware. The various communities dealing with event based systems have made progress in different aspects of the problem. The DEBS conference attempts to bring together researchers and practitioners active in the various subcommunities to share their views and reach a common understanding.

Conference Scope

The scope of the conference covers all topics relevant to event-based computing ranging from those discussed in related disciplines (e.g. coordination, dependability, software engineering, peer-to-peer systems, Grid computing and streaming databases), to domain-specific topics of event-based computing (e.g. workflow management systems, mobile computing, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, sensors networks, user interfaces, component integration, Web services and embedded systems), to enterprise related topics (e.g. complex event detection, enterprise application integration, real time enterprises and Web services notifications).

The topics addressed by the conference include (but are not limited to):

Models, Architectures and Paradigms
  • Event-driven architectures
  • Basic interaction models
  • Event algebras, event schemas and type systems
  • Languages for event correlation and patterns, streaming and continuous queries, data fusion
  • Models for static and dynamic environments
  • Complex event processing
  • Design and programming methodologies
  • Event-based business process management and modeling
  • Experimental methodologies
  • Performance modeling and prediction based on analytic approaches
Middleware Infrastructures for Event-Based Computing
  • Federated event-based systems
  • Middleware for actuator and sensor networks
  • Algorithms and protocols
  • Event dissemination based on p2p systems
  • Context and location awareness
  • Fault-tolerance, reliability, availability, and recovery
  • Security issues
  • (Self-)Management
  • Mobility and resource constrained device support
  • Streaming queries, transformations, or correlation engines
Applications, Experiences, and Requirements
  • Use cases and applications of event-based systems
  • Real-world application deployments using event-based middleware
  • Domain-specific deployments of event-based systems
  • Real-world data characterizing event-based applications
  • Benchmarks, performance evaluations, and testbeds
  • Application requirements for next-generation event-based solutions
  • Relation to other architectures
  • Enterprise application integration
  • Event-driven business process management
  • Information logistics
  • Seamless integration of event-based mechanisms into middleware platforms
Research Track Dates
Abstract submission
February 22, 2010 (23.59 GMT)
March 1, 2010 (23.59 GMT)
Paper submission
March 1, 2010 (23.59 GMT)
March 8, 2010 (23.59 GMT)
Author notification
April 26, 2010
DEBS Conference dates
July 12-15, 2010

Submission information. Research papers submissions should be clearly indicated as "Research Track Paper". Research Papers must not exceed 12 pages. Submissions must be in ACM format for conference proceedings. The conference adopts a double blind review process, where neither authors nor reviewers know each others' identities. Accepted papers will be published by ACM and disseminated through the ACM Digital Library.

Call for Papers: Industry Track

Author Instructions. Two types of papers will be accepted in the Industrial Track: industry papers and experience papers.

Topics for both types of papers cover the full range of distributed event-based systems, including event processing, messaging, middleware, event-driven architectures, and context awareness.

Industry Papers describe innovative commercial event-based system implementations, novel applications of event technology, and experience applying recent research advances to practical situations. These papers follow the standard format of a research paper and should present novel work.

Experience Papers describe the experience with a deployed industrial system. The purpose of these papers is to give visibility to the different applications of event-based technology. The paper should describe the problem, the design and implementation of the solution, experience with the deployment, remaining technical challenges, and the potential for future work. Papers need not approach the process with the rigor of a research paper, but should include performance or complexity metrics if possible. In the interest of confidentiality some details may be omitted, but the paper must focus on a specific deployment and application, rather than a class of applications or a marketing message.

Industry Track Dates
Abstract submission
February 22, 2010 (23.59 GMT)
March 1, 2010 (23.59 GMT)
Paper submission
March 1, 2010 (23.59 GMT)
March 8, 2010 (23.59 GMT)
Author notification
April 26, 2010
DEBS Conference dates
July 12-15, 2010

Submission Information. Submitted papers should clearly indicate their type. Papers must not exceed the given number of pages for the respective submission category: 10 pages for industry papers and 4 pages for experience papers. All submissions must be original and unpublished. Submissions must be in the ACM format for conference proceedings. The conference adopts a double blind review process, where neither authors nor reviewers know each others identities. Industry submissions will be evaluated by an Industrial Program Committee. Accepted papers will be published by ACM and disseminated through the ACM Digital Library.

Call for Tutorials

Following the success of the tutorial days in the last two DEBS conferences, DEBS 2010 will host a one-day, multi-track tutorial program for which it solicits proposals for tutorials to.

Goal and Scope. The goal of the tutorial program of DEBS 2009 is to provide independent instruction on topics related to event-based computing. We solicit both long (3 hours) and short (1.5 hours) tutorials. A tutorial may cover a wide scope of topics ranging from practical techniques and guidelines over standards to theoretical work. Please note that no marketing or product specific tutorials will be accepted. Tutorial levels may be introductory, intermediate, or advanced. Topics of broad interest are preferred.

Call for Tutorials Dates
Proposal submission
March 1, 2010
March 8, 2010 (23.59 GMT)
Acceptance notification
March 15, 2010
Tutorial paper sumbission
April 15, 2010
Tutorial paper notification
May 1, 2010
Tutorial day
July 12, 2010
DEBS Conference dates
July 12-15, 2010

Review Process. Tutorial proposals are evaluated according to their relevance to the DEBS community and how they fit into the overall tutorial program. Further factors that may affect the review are the reputation and previous teaching experience of the proposer as well as the choice of the proposed topic.

Submission Guidelines. Tutorial proposals must not be longer than three pages. A proposal should include:

  • Title of the tutorial
  • Type of tutorial proposed (long = 180 minutes, short = 90 minutes)
  • Contact information of all presenters (name, affiliation, email Address, full postal address, phone and fax number, URL of personal homepage)
  • Short bio of all presenters including prior teaching and tutorial experiences
  • Description of the material covered by the tutorial not exceeding two pages (approx. 1500 words) including a structure of the presented content with a timetable
  • Identification of the target audience (e.g., researchers, teachers, practitioners, students)
  • Level (introductory, advanced) and required prerequisites
  • References of publications (books, papers etc.) the tutorial builds on
  • Indication whether the submission of a tutorial paper (see below) is planned

The proposals should be submitted as PDF document via email to the tutorial chair, Opher Etzion: opher (at sign followed by) il ibm com

Accepted Proposals. Proposers of accepted tutorials are given the opportunity to submit a tutorial paper. The content of a tutorial paper *must* be on the material covered by the tutorial and must not exceed 12 pages. The required format for the submission is the ACM SIG Proceedings Style. The author kit containing templates for the required style can be found at Submitted tutorial papers will be reviewed prior to publication, and may be rejected for publication, if either the technical quality of the paper is insufficient or the content of the paper does not match the content of the tutorial. Tutorial papers will be published in the conference proceedings as part of the ACM International Proceedings Series and will be disseminated through the ACM Digital Library.

Call for Posters, Demos and Fast Abstracts

Poster papers provide an excellent forum for authors to present their work in an informal and interactive setting. Posters are ideal to showcase speculative, late-breaking results or to introduce interesting, innovative work. Posters sessions are highly interactive. They allow authors and interested participants to connect to each other and to engage in discussions about the work presented. Posters provide authors with a unique opportunity to draw attention to their work during the conference. Accepted contributions will be published in electronic form and are limited to 2 pages.

Demo papers report on an existing research prototype by clearly identifying the original contributions and ideas demonstrated. The authors are expected to prepare a poster and perform a live software demonstration on their own laptop during an exhibit-style conference reception. Any special requirements should be identified in the appendix of the paper. Accepted contributions will be published in electronic form and are limited to 2 pages.

Fast Abstracts at DEBS are short presentations (5 minutes), either on new ideas or work in progress, or opinion pieces that can address any issue relevant to distributed events. Because they are brief and have a later deadline, Fast Abstracts enable their authors to summarise work that is not yet complete, put forward novel or challenging ideas, state positions on controversial issues, suggest new approaches to the solution of open problems without having fully verified it. Fast Abstracts are aimed at academics and practitioners, junior and senior researchers, promoting a rich exchange of experiences. Thus, they provide an excellent opportunity to introduce new work, or present radical opinions, and receive early feedback from the community. Please note however that fast abstracts will NOT be included in the proceedings.

Contributions are particularly solicited from industrial practitioners and academics that may not have been able to prepare full papers due to time and work pressure, but nevertheless seek an opportunity to engage with the DEBS community.

Posters, Demos and Fast Abstracts cover the same interest areas as the Research Papers.

Poster, Demo and Fast Abstracts Dates
Poster paper, demo paper and
fast abstract submission
May 1, 2010 (23.59 GMT)
Author notification
May 15, 2010
DEBS Conference dates
July 12-15, 2010

Submission Content. Submissions will be evaluated both on their contributions and on how effectively they communicate those contributions.

All posters should include the following information:

  • The purpose and goals of the work.
  • Any background and motivation information needed to understand the work as well as any critical hypotheses and assumptions that underlie the work, if appropriate.
  • A summary of the contribution and/or results, in sufficient detail for a viewer to understand the work and/or results; especially key details, results and contributions, or the anticipated contributions if the work is at an early stage.
  • The relationship to other related efforts, where appropriate. Authors of accepted posters may be asked to point out relationships to work represented by other accepted posters.
  • Where to find additional information. This should include but is not restricted to:
    • a web site where viewers can go to find additional information about the work
    • how to contact the authors, including email addresses
    • citations for any papers, books, or other materials that provide additional information

Demo submissions must describe the purpose of the demo as well as key ideas that have gone into building the tool or prototype. They can also showcase results that can be verified by the demo. In addition to the electronic submission, demo submissions MUST provide a link to the demo that is available for the period of evaluation.

Fast abstracts must have a clear picture of the problem being solved or the opinions being stated. They are not required to be as structured as a poster but must argue the thesis concisely and clearly.

Poster layout guidelines. The presentation guide drawn up by IEEE and ACM for the Student Research Competition contains a lot of very useful information on how to produce a successful poster. In particular: "A picture is worth a thousand words." Guide viewers to the main issues and help them to understand the work quickly in order to attract more attention to your work. Few attendees will stop to read a large poster with dense text. If you use screen shots, please ensure that the shots print legibly and that the fonts are large enough to be read comfortably.

Submission Process. Electronic submission of Poster papers, Demo papers and Fast Abstracts is required through the DEBS submission system. The two-pages paper or fast abstract is to be submitted initially for evaluation and selection. If selected, we would require you to finally submit the camera ready version of the initial version taking into account comments by the program committee. Electronic versions of the poster printout do not need to be submitted through DEBS submission system.

Attendance. At least one of the authors are required to register and attend DEBS 2010 and the scheduled interactive poster/demo session, staying with their poster/demo so that they can discuss their work with conference attendees. Fast abstracts will receive a 5 minute presentation slot during the conference. Authors of demos/posters may post an informal schedule along with their poster/demo, listing times when they plan to be available for discussion later on during the conference. Sign-up sheets allow interested viewers to obtain further information. Posters, Demos & Fast Abstracts are advertised in the Final Program, and authors' two-page papers for posters and demos will appear in the DEBS 2010 Conference Proceedings, which will be distributed at DEBS 2010. Attendees will be able to learn more about individual posters continuously during the whole of the conference.

Posters and Demo Program Committee

  • Karsten Schwan, Georgia Tech, USA
  • Kai Sachs, University of Darmstadt, Germany
  • Annika Hinze, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Aniruddha Gokhale, Vanderbilt University, USA
  • Madhu Kumar S.D., NIT Calicut, India
  • Hiroshi Dempo, NEC LAbs, Japan
  • Umesh Bellur, IIT Bombay, India

More Information. For additional information, clarification, or questions, please contact the DEBS 2010 Posters chair, Umesh Bellur (umesh (at) cse iitb ac in).

Doctoral and PhD Workshop

DEBS 2010 will host a one-day Doctoral/PhD Workshop to be held in Cambridge, United Kingdom on July 11, 2010. The aim of the workshop is to provide feedback to PhD students working on topics related to event-based systems, complex event processing and publish/subscribe systems. To attend, PhD students are invited to submit a short paper describing their PhD work.

Ph.D. Workshop Dates
PhD workshop submission
May 24, 2010
Author notification
June 21,2010
Ph.D. Workshop Day
July 11, 2010
DEBS Conference dates
July 12-15, 2010

Goals and Scope. The second DEBS PhD workshop is a forum for PhD students working in the broad areas of event-based systems, complex event processing and publish/subscribe systems. The goal of the workshop is to support students in their PhD project by providing a venue to present (preliminary) work, by stimulating feedback from experienced researchers and by facilitating interactions among PhD students.

We encourage students who are somewhere in the middle of their research to submit to this workshop to get feedback on their overall thesis work. They should be more or less clear about the problem that they want to target and have take preliminary steps towards the solution. In addition, we invite students who are at the beginning of their PhD work and would like to receive feedback on their initial research ideas, maybe before submitting a first workshop or conference paper.

Paper presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, with 25 additional minutes for discussion. This event will be a workshop in the true meaning of the word, with a focus on discussion and interaction. Additional social events for all participants will allow for further interaction.

Submission guidelines. Papers should describe the problem addressed as part of the PhD work, explain its importance, discuss shortcomings of existing solutions and give some indication of steps towards a solution. There should be enough substance to encourage discussion at the workshop, but the work does not need to be complete. Please also include a thesis outline and a summary of further planned work.

Submitted papers should have 3-6 pages for PhD students part-way through their PhD and 1 page for beginning PhD students. All papers should be formatted according to the same rules as regular DEBS papers. Submissions must be single-author with the name of the supervisor mentioned. Authors should submit their papers in PDF format through the DEBS EasyChair conference management system, clearly indicating the type of paper. No copyrighted proceedings will be published (so future publication of the work in conferences/journals is not precluded), but accepted submissions will be made available electronically to all participants.

Important: We will not accept submissions that are typical conference paper submissions without explicit focus on the PhD work.

Structure. The Program Committee for this workshop consists mainly of distinguished researchers who are prominent in the field of event-based systems or who have obtained their own PhDs not too long ago. Members of the Program Committee will attend the PhD workshop to encourage and help, answer questions and give feedback. The PhD workshop will provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere for PhD students. There will be time to get to know other students and researcher from a range of countries and backgrounds and to have fun as well as to work.

Workshop Organizers

  • Annika Hinze, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Avigdor Gal, Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology, Israel