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Calls for Articles for Computer

Computer seeks submissions for an April 2013 special issue on cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity is an emerging area of intense activity that endeavors to provide innovative solutions to ensure uninterrupted communications and service availability.

This special issue aims to disseminate the latest advances in cybersecurity that are critical in thwarting future threats, attacks, fraud, and damage. The content will focus on effective techniques and approaches that have the potential to ensure a safe, trustworthy, secure, and resilient cyberspace.

Appropriate topics of interest include but are not limited to cyber-security approaches for protecting the critical infrastructure in public sectors (water, electricity, gas, transportation, and so on); cyberthreat modeling and analysis; solutions to mitigate cyber-attacks and cybercrime; cyber-forensics; visual analytics and risk management techniques; testbeds, tools, and methodologies for cyber-security experimentation; and cyber-security education, policy, law, and regulation.

All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to Computer's readership. Accepted papers will be professionally edited for content and style.

The guest editors for this special issue include Sherali Zeadally, University of the District of Columbia (; Gregorio Martinez, University of Murcia, Spain (; and Han-Chieh Chao, National Ilan University, Taiwan (

Paper submissions are due by 1 November 2012. For author guidelines and information on how to submit a manuscript electronically, visit

Computer seeks submissions for an October 2013 special issue on multicore memory coherence.

As we enter an era of large multi-core systems, the question of efficiently supporting a shared memory model has become more important. Massively parallel architectures lacking coherent shared memory have enjoyed great success in niche applications such as 3D rendering, but general programming developers still demand the convenience of a shared memory abstraction.

Efficiently using the Message Passing Interface requires that individual computation tasks must be relatively large to overcome communication latencies. It becomes difficult to use the MPI at the fine-grained level when fast on-chip communication is available. Higher-level mechanisms like MapReduce or shard-based databases are popular in particular application domains, though researchers have not yet efficiently applied them at the chip/node level.

This special issue will focus on approaches to providing scalable, shared memory at the on-chip level, paramount in a future where individual nodes will have on the order of 1,000 cores each.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to private and shared cache hierarchies; scalable memory coherence protocols, directory-based and otherwise; data layout and placement techniques; on-chip interconnects to support shared-memory abstractions; and hardware, software, and hybrid approaches.

Articles are due by 1 March 2013. Visit to view the complete call for papers.

Calls for Articles for IEEE CS Publications

IEEE Internet Computing plans a July/August 2013 special issue on devops at scale.

Today, we practically take for granted the continuous presence of large-scale Internet and cloud services as offered by Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has taken years of significant effort to get to this point. Doing so has required research and development in areas such as software, hardware, networking, storage, and computer systems in general as well as in the processes and practices that developers and operations staff use.

The sheer volume and rapidity of the iterations in development, deployment, and debugging required to keep these services not only up and running but, in the case of websites, also fresh and interesting has forced a confluence of the traditionally separate areas of development, operations, and quality assurance. This merger, known as "devops," represents an entirely new way of developing, operating, and evolving large-scale Internet sites.

This special issue seeks contributions characterizing the benefits and challenges that devops can bring to organizations involved in large-scale Internet services, cloud computing, and websites.

Articles are due 1 November 2012. Visit to view the complete call for papers.

IEEE Intelligent Systems plans a July/August 2013 special issue on emergency management.

Emergency management is a critical function of governments and societies. Researchers aim to develop frameworks, tools, systems, and policies to support organizations and people dealing with natural and manmade events of an unexpected nature. Both emergency-management practice and research have gone through major changes in the recent decade, largely due to technological advances in sensor, networking, and communications technologies.

Without doubt, emergency management has entered a new age characterized by significant opportunities and challenges. For example, social media are being used as a major tool to disseminate emergency information and as a collaboration platform. Advances in sensor network, GIS, and collaboration technologies have significantly expanded what emergency-management decision-making platforms can do.

The special issue seeks innovative contributions that show direct relevance to at least one AI subfield, particularly multidisciplinary research presenting substantive findings with real-world implications.

Articles are due 1 November 2012. Visit to view the complete call for papers.

IEEE Security & Privacy plans a May/June 2013 special issue on the next generation of safety-critical systems.

These days, safety-critical computer-based systems can't be safe without being secure—yet security is just one of many challenges. These systems must be trusted to work adequately given user behavior, system interactions, changing environment and expectations, organizational turbulence, regulatory caution, routine component and operator failure, the complexity of international projects, and adaptation and refurbishment. Additional security-related issues include intentional, malicious attacks and supply-chain risks.

This special issue will articulate the challenges and benefits of the next generation of safety-critical systems, including driverless cars, air traffic control systems, nuclear power plant control systems, networked patient care and personal apps, and military systems.

The guest editors welcome case studies, experience reports, practices, research results, and standards reports. This includes articles on industry experiences, especially those resulting from empirical studies that apply software engineering principles to this domain, as well as how past successes and failures should inform the next generation.

Abstracts due 1 November 2012. Final submissions are due 1 December 2012. Visit to view the complete call for papers.

Computing in Science & Engineering plans a July/August 2013 special issue on cloud computing in science and engineering.

Cloud computing has emerged as a dominant paradigm, widely adopted by enterprises. Clouds provide on-demand access to computing utilities, an abstraction of unlimited computing resources, and support for on-demand scale-up, scale-down, and scale-out. Cloud platforms are also rapidly becoming viable for scientific exploration and discovery, as well as education. As a result, it is critical to understand application formulations and usage modes that are meaningful in such a hybrid infrastructure, the fundamental conceptual and technological challenges, and ways that applications can effectively utilize clouds.

The goal of this special issue is to explore how cloud platforms and abstractions, either by themselves or in combination with other platforms, can effectively support real-world science and engineering applications. Topics of interest include but are not limited to algorithmic and application formulations, programming models and systems, runtime systems and middleware, end-to-end application workflows, and experiences with real applications.

Submissions that include multimedia, data, and community content are encouraged. Articles are due 4 November 2012. Visit now/cscfp4 to view the complete call for papers.

IEEE Pervasive Computing plans an October-December 2013 special issue on cloud computing.

By shifting the hardware and staffing costs of managing computational infrastructure to third parties such as Google, Microsoft, or Amazon, cloud computing has made it possible for small organizations and individuals to deploy world-scale services; all they need to pay is the marginal cost of actual resource usage. At the same time, the deployment of 3G and 4G networks, the rapid adoption of feature-rich smartphones, and the growing integration of computation into consumer products such as cars and home appliances have brought mobile and pervasive computing into the mainstream.

This special issue aims to explore the intersections of these two trends. Mobile and embedded devices make it possible for users to access cloud-based services and data anywhere, anytime, extending their reach into everyday life. Simultaneously, cloud computing platforms are a natural fit to remedy the lack of local resources in mobile and pervasive devices, while enabling resource-intensive next-generation applications.

The guest editors welcome original, high-quality submissions addressing all aspects of this field, as long as the connection to the focus topic is clear and emphasized.

Articles are due 1 December 2012. Visit to view the complete call for papers.

IEEE Internet Computing plans a September/October 2013 special issue on dynamic collective work.

The Internet has changed the way in which data is circulated, shifting us from a world of paper documents to the era of online documents, databases, and provenance systems. This has also increased the size and complexity of systems that support today's globally distributed, rapidly changing, and agile collaborative enterprises.

Such systems are becoming increasingly federated and are generating a huge number of events at different granularity levels. Tweets, blog posts, instant messages, Facebook updates, and other social media data now comprise a significant portion of this data. Industries such as healthcare, insurance, and banking have witnessed an explosion in the growth of dynamic collective work that has been fuelled by such systems and data.

Dynamic and collective activities are characterized by their flexibility and people-driven nature. Automobile insurance claims handling, order processing of prescription drugs, patient case management in a hospital, and recovery and response assistance during natural disasters are just a few examples. Various factors determine the set of actions that must be performed and the order in which they're executed, including human judgment and document contents.

This special issue seeks original articles describing research efforts and experiences concerning Internet-supported dynamic collective work.

Articles are due 4 January 2013. Visit to view the complete call for papers.


November 2012

5-8 Nov: ISMAR 2012, IEEE Int'l Symp. on Mixed and Augmented Reality, Atlanta;

10-16 Nov: SC 2012, IEEE/ACM Int'l Conf. for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, Salt Lake City;

11-15 Nov: ICPR 2012, 21st IEEE Int'l Conf. on Pattern Recognition, Tsukuba Science City, Japan;

22-24 Nov: CSC 2012, IEEE Int'l Conf. on Cloud and Service Computing, Shanghai;

Submiss ion Instructions

The Call and Calendar section lists conferences, symposia, and workshops that the IEEE Computer Society sponsors or cooperates in presenting.

Visit for instructions on how to submit conference or call listings as well as a more complete listing of upcoming computing-related conferences.

Events in 2012

November 2012

5-8 ISMAR 2012

10-16 SC 2012

11-15 ICPR 2012

22-24 CSC 2012

December 2012

1-5 MICRO 2012

3-6 CLOUDCOM 2012

5-7 RTSS 2012

6-8 APSCC 2012

10-12 ICIOS 2012

11-14 ICDM 2012

17-19 SOCA 2012

Events in 2013

January 2013

15-18 WACV 2013

28-30 ICOIN 2013

28-31 ICNC 2013

February 2013

23-27 HPCA 2013

CloudCom 2012

The cloud is a natural evolution of distributed computing and of the widespread adaption of virtualization and service-oriented architectures. In cloud computing, IT-related capabilities and resources provided as services via the Internet are accessible on demand without requiring detailed knowledge of the underlying technology.

The IEEE International Conference and Workshops on Cloud Computing Technology and Science, steered by the Cloud Computing Association, aim to bring together researchers who work on cloud computing and related technologies.

CloudCom 2012 takes place 3-6 December in Taipei, Taiwan. Visit for complete conference information.

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