Embedded Systems @ ACM SAC 2013

Final Submission Deadline
September 21, 2012

Submitted by Alessio Bechini
28th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
Coimbra, Portugal, March 18-22 2013

Call for papers for the “EMBS” track:

Embedded Systems
Advances along the Hardware/Software Borderline


High performance embedded computing has recently become more and more present
in devices used in everyday life. A wide variety of applications, from consumer
electronics to biomedical systems, require building up powerful yet cheap
embedded devices. In this context, embedded software has turned out to be more
and more complex, posing new challenging issues. The adoption of further
flexible programming paradigms/architectures is becoming almost mandatory.
Nonetheless, even nowadays the development of embedded systems must rely on a
tight coupling of hardware and software components.
Moreover, the market pressure calls for the employment of new methodologies for
shortening the development time, and for driving the evolution of existing
products. New efficient solutions to problems emerging in this setting can be
put into action by means of a joint effort of academia and industry.

Design of embedded systems must take into account a wide variety of
constraints: performance, code size, power consumption, presence of real-time
tasks, robustness, maintainability, security, and possibly scalability.
The more convenient trade-off has to be found, often operating on a large
number of different parameters. In this scenario, solutions can be proposed
at different levels of abstraction, making use of an assortment of tools and
methodologies: researchers and practitioners have a chance to propose new ideas
and to compare experimentations.

The focus of this conference track is on the application of both novel
and well-known techniques to the embedded systems development.
Particular attention is paid to solutions that require expertise in different
fields (e.g. computer architecture, OS, compilers, security, software
engineering, simulation). The track will benefit also from direct experiences
in the employment of embedded devices in “unconventional” application areas,
so to show up new challenges in the system design/development process. In this
setting, researchers and practitioners from academia and industry will get a
chance to keep in touch with problems, open issues and future directions in
the field of development of dedicated applications for embedded systems.

Also in this SAC edition, the EMBS track will take part in a coordinated effort
with the Operating Systems (OS) track to offer SAC attendees with a schedule
with the opportunity to participate to all presentations on topics
in such closely related areas.

Topics of Interest

* Methodologies and tools for design-space exploration
* System-level design and simulation techniques for Embedded Systems
* OS & Real-Time support for Embedded Systems
* Verification, validation, testing, debugging, and performance analysis of
Embedded Systems
* Cyber physical systems and networked sensor devices
* Multicore, SoC-based, and heterogeneous Embedded Systems and applications
* Time-predictable computer architecture
* GPU computing in Embedded Systems applications
* Memory/storage management for Embedded Systems
* Power-aware design and computing
* Runtime adaptability in Embedded Systems
* Middleware and virtual machines in Embedded Systems
* Multithreading in Embedded Systems design and development
* Compilation strategies, code transformation and parallelization for
Embedded Systems
* Java embedded computing
* Software architectures and SOA for Embedded Systems
* Data management in Embedded Systems
* Embedded Systems as components in Information Systems
* Multimedia in Embedded Systems
* Reliability in Embedded Computing and Systems
* Security within Embedded Systems and Embedded Systems for security
* Safety-critical Embedded Systems
* Special-purpose appliances and applications
* Case studies

Important dates
* September 21st, 2012: Paper Submission
* November 10th, 2012: Author Notification
* November 30th, 2012: Camera-Ready Copies

Paper Submissions
Only papers based on original, unpublished work and addressing
the listed topics of interest will be considered. Each submitted paper
will be fully refereed and undergo a blind review process.
Please note that submission of the same paper to multiple tracks is not allowed.

The accepted papers will be published in the ACM SAC 2013 proceedings.
For each accepted paper, an author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present
the paper: This is a requirement for the paper to be included
in the ACM/IEEE digital library.

Further details and conditions are available on the online CFP
at the track home page at
and at the conference home page at
Questions can be directed to the Track Chairs
(please check on the track home page).

Student Research Competition at ACM SAC
Graduate students seeking feedback from the scientific community
on their research ideas are invited to submit abstracts of their original
unpublished and in-progress research work in areas of experimental
computing and application development related to SAC 2013 Tracks.
The Student Research Competition (SRC) program is designed to provide
graduate students the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with researchers
and practitioners in their areas of interest.

All research abstract submissions will be reviewed by experts in the track
focus area to which they are submitted. Authors of selected abstracts
will have the opportunity to give poster presentations of their work and
compete for three top winning places.
The SRC committee will evaluate and select First, Second, and Third
place winners. The winners will receive cash awards and SIGAPP recognition
certificates during the conference banquet dinner.
Authors of selected abstracts are eligible to apply to the SIGAPP Student
Travel Award program for support.

Submission – Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts
(minimum of two pages; maximum of four pages) of their original
unpublished and in-progress research work following
the instructions published at SAC 2013 web-site. The submissions
must address research work related to a SAC track, with emphasis
on the innovation behind the research idea, including
the problem being investigated, the proposed approach and research
methodology, and sample preliminary results of the work.
In addition, the abstract should reflect the originality of the work,
innovation of the approach, and applicability of anticipated results
to real-world problems. All abstracts must be submitted thought
the START Submission system.
Submitting the same abstract to multiple tracks is not allowed.

Important dates for Research Abstracts

R.A. Submission: October 31, 2012
Author Notification: November 30, 2012
R.A. Presentations: March 19, 2013

Track Chairs & Program Committee

Alessio Bechini – Univ. of Pisa – Italy
Cosimo Antonio Prete – Univ. of Pisa – Italy

Program Committee:

Peter Altenbernd – University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt – Germany
Erik Altman – IBM T.J. Watson Research Center – USA
Sandro Bartolini – University of Siena – Italy
Valerie Bertin – ST Microelectronics – France
João M. P. Cardoso – University of Porto – Portugal
Li-Pin Chang – National Chiao-Tung University – Taiwan
Mingsong Chen – East China Normal University – China
Alexander G. Dean – North Carolina State University – USA
Lavinia Egidi – University of Eastern Piedmont – Italy
Marc Engels – Flanders’ Mechatronics Technology Centre, Leuven – Belgium
Pierfrancesco Foglia – University of Pisa – Italy
Gerhard Fohler – TU Kaiserslautern – Germany
Björn Franke – University of Edinburgh – UK
Malay Ganai – NEC labs America – USA
Catherine H. Gebotys – University of Waterloo – Canada
Roberto Giorgi – University of Siena – Italy
Matthias Gries – Intel Labs – Germany
Zonghua Gu – Zhejiang University, Hangzhou – China
Rajiv Gupta – University of California Riverside – USA
Frank Hannig – University of Erlangen-Nuremberg – Germany
Niraj K. Jha – Princeton University – USA
Per Gunnar Kjeldsberg – NUST Trondheim – Norway
Andreas Krall – TU Wien – Austria
Ákos Lédeczi – Vanderbilt University – USA
Arindam Mallik – IMEC – Belgium
Claire Pagetti – ONERA – France
Andy D. Pimentel – University of Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Binoy Ravindran – VirginiaTech – USA
Christine Rochange – IRIT – France
Bastian Schlich – ABB Corporate Research – Germany
Martin Schoeberl – DTU – Denmark
Henk Sips – TU Delft – The Netherlands
Jean-Pierre Talpin – INRIA/IRISA – France
Hiroyuki Tomiyama – Ritsumeikan University – Japan
Miroslav Velev – Aries Design Automation – USA
Ning Weng – Southern Illinois University Carbondale – USA
I-Ling Yen – University of Texas at Dallas – USA
Wang Yi – Uppsala University – Sweden