autonomic computing
The 4th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing

Jacksonville, Florida, USA   June 11-15, 2007
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 Presentations slides
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 General Chairs
 Mazin Yousif, Intel Corporation, USA
 Omer F. Rana, Cardiff University, UK
 Program Chairs
 José Fortes, Univ. of Florida, USA
 Kumar Goswami, HP Labs, USA
 Call for Papers
 Call for Tutorials/Workshops
 Call for Demonstrations/Exhibits
 Important Dates
  10:00 PM PST, Jan 12, 2007
 Full paper:
  10:00 PM PST, Jan 22, 2007
 Workshop proposals:
  Dec 11, 2006
 Demo/Exhibit proposals:
  Mar 17, 2007
 Tutorial proposals:
  Mar 17, 2007
 Author notification: Mar 7, 2007
 Final manuscripts: Apr 3, 2007
 Conference: Jun 11-15, 2007
 Further Information
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 Contact Us
 Mazin Yousif
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 Omer F. Rana
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 José Fortes
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 Kumar Goswami
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 Renato Figueiredo
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Presentations Slides (New!)
7:00AM – 8:00AM
Conference Registration
8:30AM – 12:00PM
Tutorial Track 1
Autonomic Networking: Theory and Practice, I [Abstract]
John Strassner, Motorola Research Lab

Tutorial Track 2
Adaptive Middleware for Autonomic Communications [Abstract]
Simon Dobson, Dave Lewis, and Paddy Nixon, University College Dublin
1:30PM – 5:00PM
Tutorial Track 1
Autonomic Networking: Theory and Practice, II
John Strassner, Motorola Research Lab

Tutorial Track 2
Design and Implementation of Intelligent Agents for Autonomic Computing

Benno Overeinder, Vrije University, Amsterdam
9:45AM – 5:45PM Workshop Track 1
Adaptive Methods in Autonomic Computing Systems (AMACS)
Workshop Track 2
Engineering Emergence in Decentralised Autonomic Systems (EEDAS)
8:00AM - 8:30AM
8:30AM - 10:00AM
Opening Session
Chair: Kumar K. Goswami, HP Labs  

General Chairs' Comments,
Mazin Yousif, Intel and Omer Rana, Cardiff University
Program Chairs' Comments, José Fortes, University of Florida

Keynote Address 1:
Moving up the Stack: Viewing the Data Center as a [Technical] Communication Problem [Slides]
Dave Cohen, Merrill-Lynch
10:00AM - 10:30AM
10:30AM – 12:00PM
Session 1 – Service-level Agreements and Policies
Chair: Duncan Johnston Watt, Enigmatec

Policy Verification and Validation Framework Based on Model Checking Approach
Shinji Kikuchi, Satoshi Tsuchiya, Motomitsu Adachi, Tsuneo Katsuyama (Fujitsu Laboratories)

Policy-centric Integration and Dynamic Composition of Autonomic Computing Techniques
Richard Anthony (University of Greenwich)

SLA Decomposition: Translating Service Level Objectives to System Level Thresholds
Yuan Chen, Subu Iyer, Xue Liu, Dejan Milojicic, Akhil Sahai (Hewlett-Packard Labs)
12:00PM - 1:30PM
1:30PM – 3:00PM
Session 2 – Power and Energy management
Chair: Salim Hariri, University of Arizona

Server-level Power Control
Charles Lefurgy (IBM Research), Xiaorui Wang (University of Tennessee) and Malcolm Ware (IBM Research)

Exploiting Platform Heterogeneity for Power Efficient Data Centers
Ripal Nathuji (Georgia Institute of Technology), Canturk Isci (Princeton University), Eugene Gorbatov (Intel Corporation)

Energy-aware Mobile Service Overlays: Cooperative Dynamic Power Management in Distributed Mobile Systems
Balasubramanian Seshasayee, Ripal Nathuji, Karsten Schwan (Georgia Institute of Technology)
3:00PM - 3:30PM
3:30PM – 5:30PM
Session 3 – Poster Presentations [Notice]
Chair: Dejan Milojicic, HP Labs

Using the Right Amount of Monitoring in Adaptive Load Sharing, Danny Raz (Technion), David Breitgand (IBM Haifa Research Lab), Rami Cohen, Amir Nahir (Technion) [Slides]

An Autonomic Service Discovery Mechanism to Support Pervasive Device Accessing Semantic Grid, Tao Guan, Ed Zaluska (University of Southampton) [Slides]

Model-driven Autonomic Architecture, Radu Calinescu (University of Oxford) [Slides]

Forecasting Software Aging of Service-oriented Application Server based on Wavelet Network with Adaptive Genetic, Haining Meng (Xi'an Jiaotong University)

Prato: Databases on Demand, Soila Pertet, Priya Narasimhan (Carnegie Mellon University), John Wilkes, Jay Wylie (HP Labs) [Slides]

Application Resource Demand Phase Analysis and Prediction in Support of Dynamic Resource Provisioning, Jian Zhang, Renato Figueiredo (University of FLorida), Mazin Yousif, Robert Carpenter (Intel) [Slides]

Identifying Performance-critical Services in Service-oriented Systems, Rui Zhang (University of Oxford)

Adaptive Multi-levels Dictionaries and Singular Value Decomposition Techniques for Autonomic Problem Determination, Hoi Chan, Thomas Kwok (IBM Research) [Slides]

Autonomous Return on Investment Analysis of Additional Processing Resources, Jonathan Wildstrom, Peter Stone, Emmett Witchel (University of Texas at Austin) [Slides]

Designing Self-adaptive Service-oriented Applications, Davide Tosi, Mauro Pezzè, Giovanni Denaro (University of Milano Bicocca) [Slides]

A Tiny and Light-weight Autonomic Element for Wireless Sensor Networks, Thais Braga, Fabrício Silva, Linnyer Ruiz, José-Marcos Nogueira, Antonio A.F. Loureiro (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

Self-optimization of Clustered Message-oriented Middleware, Christophe Taton (Institut National Polytechnique Grenoble), Noel DePalma (INRIA), Jeremy Philippe (Institut National Polytechnique Grenoble), Sara Bouchenak (U. Grenoble I)

Fault-Tolerant Reliable Delivery of Messages in Distributed Publish/Subscribe Systems, Shrideep Pallickara, Hasan Bulut, Geoffrey Fox (Indiana University) [Slides]

Evaluation of Optimization Methods for Network Bottleneck Diagnosis, Alina Beygelzimer, Irina Rish, Jeffrey Kephart (IBM Research) [Slides]

Fault-adaptive Control for Robust Performance Management of Computing Systems, Sherif Abdelwahed (Vanderbilt University), Nagarajan Kandasamy (Drexel University) [Slides]

Online Monitoring of Database Structural Deterioration, Takashi Hoshino, Kazuo Goda, Masaru Kitsuregawa (University of Tokyo) [Slides]

Approximation Modeling for the Online Performance Management of Distributed Computing Systems, Dara Kusic, Nagarajan Kandasamy (Drexel University), Guofei Jiang (NEC Labs America) [Slides]

Demos and Exhibts [Titles]
5:30PM – 7:30PM
8:00AM - 9:00AM
9:00AM - 10:00AM
Session 4 – Keynote Address 2
Chair : José Fortes, University of Florida

Self-managing Data Centers: The Information Engine for Next Generation Internet Applications [Slides]
Rich Friedrich, HP Labs
10:00AM - 10:30AM
10:30AM – 12:00PM
Session 5 – Modeling and Learning
Chair: Karsten Schwan, Georgia Institute of Tech.

Coordinating Multiple Autonomic Managers to Achieve Specified Power-performance Tradeoffs
Jeffrey Kephart, Hoi Chan, Rajarshi Das, David Levine, Gerald Tesauro, Freeman Rawson, and Charles Lefurgy (IBM Research)

On the Use of Fuzzy Modeling in Virtualized Data Center Management
Jing Xu, Ming Zhao, José Fortes (University of Florida), Robert Carpenter, Mazin Yousif (Intel)

Adaptive Learning of Metric Correlations for Temperature-Aware Database Provisioning
Saeed Ghanbari, Gokul Soundararajan, Jin Chen, Cristiana Amza (University of Toronto)
12:00PM - 1:30PM
1:30PM – 3:00PM
Session 6 – Industry Presentations
Chair: Ric Telford, IBM (VP, Autonomic Computing)

Service Orchestration of Intel-based Platforms Under a Service-oriented Infrastructure
Jackson He (Intel)

Model-driven Co-design of IT Applications and Infrastructure
Sven Graupner (Hewlett Packard)

Unified and Virtualized Software Lifecycle, from Development to Operation
Tamar Eilam (IBM Research)
3:00PM - 3:30PM
3:30PM – 5:00PM
Session 7 – Panel Session
Chair: Dejan Milojicic, HP Labs

Web 2.0 for Autonomic Computing: a Panacea or a Replacement [Abstract] [Slides]
Alexander Dreiling (SAP), Venkat Raju (British Telecomm), Dave Cohen (Merrill Lynch), Rich Friedrich (HP)
6:30PM – 9:00PM
9:00AM - 10:00AM
Session 8 – Keynote Address 3
Chair: Mazin Yousif, Intel

Agents and Web Services for Autonomic Computing [Abstract] [Slides]
Katia Sycara, Carnegie-Mellon University
10:00AM - 10:30AM
10:30AM – 12:00PM
Session 9 – Provisioning and Scheduling
Chair: Manish Parashar, Rutgers University

A Regression-Based Analytic Model for Dynamic Resource Provisioning of Multi-Tier Applications
Qi Zhang (College of William and Mary), Lucy Cherkasova (Hewlett-Packard Labs), Evgenia Smirni (College of William and Mary)

Time-sharing Parallel Applications with Performance Isolation and Control
Bin Lin, Ananth Inamti Sundararaj, Peter Dinda (Northwestern University)

Appliance-based Autonomic Provisioning Framework for Virtualized Outsourcing Data Center
Xiaoying Wang (Tsinghua University), Donjun Lan, Gang Wang, Xiang Fang, Meng Ye, Ying Chen, QingBo Wang (IBM China Research Lab)
12:00PM - 1:30PM
1:30PM – 3:00PM
Session 10 – System Protection and Repair
Chair: John Strassner, Motorola

Autonomic Reactive Systems via Online Learning
Sanjit Seshia (University of California, Berkeley)

Towards Autonomic Fault Recovery in System-S
Gabriela Jacques-Silva (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Jim Challenger, Lou Degenaro, James Giles, Rohit Wagle (IBM Research)

Strider Search Ranger: Towards an Autonomic Anti-Spam Search Engine
Yi-Min Wang, Ming Ma (Microsoft Research)
Workshop Track 1
Hot Topics in Autonomic Computing (HotAC II)

Workshop Track 2
Policy-Based Autonomic Computing (PBAC 2007)

Presentations Top

Keynote Address 1: Moving up the Stack: Viewing the Data Center as a [Technical] Communication Problem (Dave Cohen, Merrill-Lynch) [Slides]

Keynote Address 2: Self-managing Data Centers: The Information Engine for Next Generation Internet Applications (Rich Friedrich, HP Labs) [Slides]

Keynote Address 3: Agents and Web Services for Autonomic Computing (Katia Sycara, Carnegie-Mellon University) [Abstract] [Slides]

Panel Session: Web 2.0 for Autonomic Computing: a Panacea or a Replacement [Slides]

Poster Session: [Link]


Web 2.0 for Autonomic Computing: a Panacea or a Replacement

Autonomic computing is a promising new research area that models computing after the biological systems. It has made strides in the computer science and has some applications in the industry. Web 2.0 is a new approach to software, some even say a new business model. How do these two approaches match. Is Web 2.0 a complementary approach that will enable autonomic computing principles to be widely adopted, or is it an alternative way of thinking about and using software that will primarily focus on data and leave the autonomic concepts aside.

      Alexander Dreiling, SAP
      Venkat Raju, British Telecomm
      Dave Cohen, Merrill Lynch
      Rich Friedrich, HP


Agents and Web Services for Autonomic Computing

Katia P. Sycara

School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
e-mail: katia AT


Software Agents are computer programs that have to some degree the following characteristics: situatedness, autonomy, interactivity and adaptivity. By situatedness we mean that an agent is in an environment, it receives sensory inputs from the environment and it acts to change the environment in some way. By autonomy, we mean that an agent is goal-directed, and has control over its own actions and internal state, i.e. it can reason and act without direct intervention of others (humans or agents). By interactivity, we mean that an agent interacts in peer to peer fashion with other agents or humans in multiparty interactions in order to accomplish its various goals. By adaptivity we mean that an agent exhibits proactive and reactive behavior to changes in its environment. Web services emphasize interoperability and standards for distributed interactions. These characteristics of agents and Web services could be valuable for autonomic computing. In this talk, I will give an overview of software agents and Web services and indicate how they can enable and enhance various aspects of self-management.

Speaker Bio:

Katia Sycara is a Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and holds the Sixth Century Chair in Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen in the U.K. She is the Director of the Laboratory for Agents Technology and Semantic Web Technologies. She holds a B.S in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and PhD in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Aegean (2004).

Prof. Sycara is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the recipient of the 2002 ACM/SIGART Agents Research Award. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of France Telecom.

Prof. Sycara has given numerous invited talks, and has authored or co-authored more than 300 technical papers dealing with Multiagent Systems, Agents Supporting Human Teams, Multi-Agent Learning, Web Services, the Semantic Web, Human-Agent Interaction, Negotiation, Case-Based Reasoning and numerous the application of these techniques. Her research in agent technology has resulted in the RETSINA software infrastructure toolkit. Prof. Sycara is one of the contributors to the development of OWL-S, language for Semantic Web services. She served as Invited Expert of the W3C Working Group on Web Services Architecture and as a member of the OASIS Technical committee on UDDI.

Prof. Sycara has served as the program co-chair of the International conference on Service Oriented Computing and Applications (SOCASE 2007), program co-chair of the 6th IEEE/ACM conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (ITA 2006), program chair of the Second International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2003), as general chair of the Second International Conference on Autonomous Agents (Agents 98), as the chair of the Steering Committee of the Agents Conference (1999-2001), as the Scholarship chair of AAAI (1993-1999) and as a member of the AAAI Executive Council (1996-99). She is a founding member and member of the Board of Directors of the International Foundation of Multiagent Systems (IFMAS). She is a founding member of the Semantic Web Science Association. She is a founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems” and on the editorial board of 7 other journals. For more details on her work, visit
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