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Scope and Interests

Computing systems including hardware, software, communication, and networks are growing towards an ever-increasing scale and heterogeneity, becoming overly complex. Such complexity is getting even more critical with the ubiquitous permeation of embedded devices and other pervasive systems. To cope with the growing and ubiquitous complexity, Autonomic Computing (AC) focuses on self-manageable computing and communication systems that exhibit self-awareness, self-configuration, self-optimization, self-healing, self-protection and other self-x operations to the maximum extent possible without human intervention or guidance. Organic Computing (OC) additionally addresses adaptivity, robustness, and controlled emergence as well as nature-inspired concepts for self-organization.

Any autonomic or organic system must be trustworthy to avoid the risk of losing control and retain confidence that the system will not fail. Trust and/or distrust relationships in the Internet and in pervasive infrastructures are key factors to enable dynamic interaction and cooperation of various users, systems, and services. Trusted/Trustworthy Computing (TC) aims at making computing and communication systems as well as services available, predictable, traceable, controllable, assessable, sustainable, dependable, persistent, security/privacy protectable, etc.

A series of grand challenges exists to achieve practical autonomic or organic systems with truly trustworthy services. Started in 2005, the series of ATC conferences has been held at Nagasaki, Vienna, Three Gorges (China), Hong Kong, Oslo, Brisbane, Xian, Banff, and Fukuoka. ATC 2013 will include a highly selective program of technical papers, accompanied by workshops, panel discussions and keynote speeches. Established as a premier venue in the area of autonomic and trusted computing, ATC 2013 will offer a forum for researchers to exchange ideas and experiences in the most innovative research and development in these challenging areas and includes all technical aspects related to autonomic/organic computing (AC/OC) and trusted computing (TC).

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

  1. AC/OC Theory and Models
    • Models, negotiation, cooperation, competition, self-organization, emergence, verification, etc.

  2. AC/OC Architectures and Systems
    • Autonomic elements & their relationship, frameworks, middleware, observer/controller architectures, institutional architectures, etc.

  3. AC/OC Components and Modules
    • Multi-core CPU, memory, storage, database, device, server, proxy, software, OS, I/O, etc.

  4. AC/OC Communication and Services
    • Networks, self-organized net, web service, P2P, grid, EaaS, IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, cloud computing, etc.

  5. AC/OC Tools and Interfaces
    • Tools/interfaces for AC/OC system development, test, monitoring, assessment, supervision, etc.

  6. Trust Models and Specifications
    • Models and semantics of trust, distrust, mistrust, over-trust, cheat, risk, reputation, reliability, etc.

  7. Trust-related Security and Privacy
    • Trust-related secure architecture, framework, policy, intrusion detection/awareness, protocols, trust-adaptive agents and communities, data protection, users privacy, access privacy, etc.

  8. Trusted Reliable and Dependable Systems
    • Fault-tolerant systems, hardware redundancy, robustness, survivable systems, failure recovery, etc.

  9. Trustworthy Services and Applications
    • Trustworthy Internet/web/P2P/grid/cloud services, secure mobile services, novel applications, etc.

  10. Trust Standards and Non-Technical Issues
    • Trust standards and issues related to personality, ethics, sociology, culture, psychology, economy, legal aspects, social networking etc.


The ATC 2013 Organizing Committee invites proposals for workshops affiliated with the conference and addressing research areas related to the conference. Accepted workshop papers will be included in the proceedings published by IEEE CPS Press. Click the following links for submission details/deadlines.

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Accepted main conference papers will be published by IEEE CPS (IEEE-DL indexed). At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register and present their work at the conference; otherwise the paper will not be included in the proceedings

Best Paper Awards will be presented to high quality papers. Selected papers, after further extensions and revisions, will be published in special issues of prestigious journals.

Important Dates

Workshop Proposal Due/Notification: Ongoing as received
Paper Submission deadline: September 01, 2013
September 21, 2013
Author Notification: October 15, 2013
FULL Registration Deadline: October 30, 2013
Final Manuscript Due: November 03, 2013
BASIC Registration Deadline: November 30, 2013

Paper Submission Guidelines

All papers must be submitted electronically and in PDF format. The material presented should be original and not published or under submission elsewhere. Authors should submit full papers of up to 8 pages, following strictly the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Manuscript style, using two-column, single-space format, with 10-point font size. Figures and references must be included in the 8 pages. Oversized papers will be automatically rejected by the PC chairs. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper must register early to attend the conference, in order for the paper to appear in the conference proceedings.

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