Call For Contributions

Middleware 2001


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Middleware is now widely acknowledged to be the premier conference on distributed systems platforms and open distributed processing.  The conference is a synthesis of the major conferences and workshops in this area into a single international event.  Highlights of Middleware 2001 will include a high-quality technical program, full and half-day tutorials, invited speakers, poster presentations and an advanced topic workshop, all held in the beautiful university city of Heidelberg, Germany.

The focus of Middleware 2001 is on the design, implementation, deployment and evaluation of distributed systems platforms and architectures for future networked environments.  Of particular interest is the experience with both new and existing architectures and platforms (such as RM-ODP, CORBA, RMI and DCOM) in environments which may include public, private and mobile networks, overlaid wired and wireless technologies, IPv6 and IP multicast, multimedia and real-time information and an increasing volume of WWW and Java traffic.

Key Topics

The conference seeks original, unpublished research and experience papers on all aspects of systems support for distributed applications including case studies on the use of such technologies and examples of advanced distributed applications.

The following topics have been identified by the program committee as being of special relevance to the conference:

Advanced Topic Workshop - Middleware for Mobile Computing

The software infrastructure to support mobile applications is becoming critically important to the next horizon in computing. This one-day workshop is intended as a forum for understanding the issues associated with this emerging area of middleware for mobile computing. We propose to focus the discussion on the following key topics:

We are interested in work-in-progress and visionary papers as well as experimental and systems-related papers. To encourage a working atmosphere, the workshop will invite a limited number of conference participants based on position papers. Position papers should be two to four pages in length and will be reviewed by the workshop program committee.

Submission Guidelines

Middleware 2001 seeks submissions in the following forms:

All technical papers will be reviewed by members of the Program Committee; advanced topic position papers will be reviewed by the workshop program committee. Full papers accepted for presentation at Middleware 2001 will be included in the proceedings published by Springer Verlag (LNCS series).

For outstanding full papers and workshop position papers, extended versions of selected research papers will be considered for publication in "IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems" and extended versions of experience papers will be considered for publication in "Software: Practice and Experience".

Work in progress and poster submissions will be made available to conference delegates but will not appear in the published proceedings. Advanced topic position papers will be made available to workshop attendees.

Papers must be submitted in Postscript or PDF formats.

Please ensure the first page of your submission includes the paper title, an abstract and the address, telephone, FAX and email of the primary contact person and that the nature of your submission (full paper, work-in-progress paper etc.) is clearly identified.  Conference information and style guidelines for submissions are available at

Further information may be obtained from the program chair, the tutorial chair, the works-in-progress chair, or the workshop chair.

Important dates

22 May 2001 regular paper abstract
26 May 2001 regular paper manuscript
15 June 2001 tutorial proposal
15 June 2001 work-in-progress paper
15 June 2001 poster paper proposal
15 June 2001 workshop position paper
7 July 2001 notification of acceptance
7 August 2001 camera-ready copy due
12-16 November 2001 conference convenes


General Chair: Joe Sventek, Agilent Laboratories, Scotland.

Program Chair: Rachid Guerraoui, EPF Lausanne, Switzerland.

WIP and Poster Chair: Maarten van Steen, Vrije Universiteit, the Netherlands.

Tutorials Chair: Frank Buschmann, Siemens AG, Germany.

Publicity Chair: Joe Sventek, Agilent Laboratories, Scotland.

Advanced Workshop Chair: Guruduth Banavar, IBM, USA.

Local Arrangements Chair: Alex Buchmann, Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany.

Steering Committee

Gordon Blair, Lancaster University, UK.
Jan de Meer, GMD-Fokus, Germany.
Peter Honeyman, CITI, University of Michigan, USA.
Guy LeDuc, University of Liege, Belgium.
Kerry Raymond, DSTC, Australia.
Alexander Schill, TU Dresden, Germany.
Jacob Slonim, Dalhousie University, Canada.

Program Committee

Gustavo Alonso, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Jean Bacon, Cambridge University, UK.
Gregor v. Bochmann, University of Ottawa, Canada.
Geoff Coulson, Lancaster University, UK.
Naranker Dulay, Imperial College, UK.
Jean-Charle Fabre, Laas-CNRS, France.
Pascal Felber, Bell Labs, USA.
Svend Frolund, HP Labs, USA.
Peter Honeyman, CITI, University of Michigan, USA.
Yennun Huang, AT&T Labs, USA.
Anne-Marie Kermarrec, Microsoft Research, UK.
Doug Lea, SUNY at Oswego, USA.
Christoph Liebig, Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany.
Claudia Linnhoff-Popien, Universitaet Muenchen, Germany.
Silvano Maffeis, Softwired Inc., Switzerland.
Louise Moser, University of California at Santa Barbara.
Fabio Panzieri, Universita' di Bologna, Italy.
Luis Rodrigues, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.
Isabelle Rouvellou, IBM, USA.
Santosh Shrivastava, Newcastle University, UK.
Jean-Bernard Stefani, France Telecom R&D, Grenoble, France.
Zahir Tari, RMIT University, Australia.
Steve Vinoski, IONA Technologies, USA.
Werner Vogels, Cornell University, USA.