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10th EAI International Conference on Performance Evaluation Methodologies and Tools

October 25–28, 2016 | Taormina, Italy

InfQ 2016 - New Frontiers in Quantitative Methods in Informatics

October 25 Taormina - Italy

In conjunction with Valuetools 2016


The ever-increasing complexity stemming from the integration of computer and network architectures, as well as system and application software, presents new interesting challenges to the performance evaluation research community. The sixth Workshop of the Italian group on Quantitative Methods in Informatics (InfQ 2016) will be held in Taormina after the past successful editions in Pisa (2010), Lipari (2011), Lucca (2012), Sorrento (2013) and Torino (2014). 
InfQ is the leading Italian forum for the presentation of all aspects of quantitative modelling and analysis of computer and telecommunication system properties. Original papers are invited on all relevant topics but papers on new challenges and frontiers in the area of quantitative modelling and evaluation of ICT systems, as well as computer science and engineering are particularly welcome.



Conference topics (include, but are not limited to)
* New Metrics 
   * resilience, elasticity, acceptability, adaptability, vulnerability, sustainability, data quality, velocity, 
volume, variety, variability, veracity, QoE, …
* New Techniques and Approaches
   * fluid models, heuristics and meta-heuristics, soft computing, matrix exponential, workflow, game 
theory and mechanism design, control theory, hierarchical/multi-formalisms, 
hybrid continuous/discrete-time models, partially stochastic model, emergent properties, 
collective and swarm intelligence, chaos theory, model-driven engineering, software
 performance engineering,  …
* New Problems
   * business models/costs, data/information modelling, largeness, complex phenomena and 
non-Markovian behaviours, soundness, orchestration, crowdsourcing, …
* New Application Domains
   * biology, energy, health, smart cities, social and urban computing, cyber-physical systems, 
socio-technical systems, quantum computing, bio computing/computer, software defined 
and virtualized ecosystems, Software Defined Networks, Internet of Things, edge/fog computing,
 cognitive radio, ...


Submission Formats
The workshop accepts contributions covering application and methodological aspects through analytical 
(or other types of) models, tools, prototypes, simulators and statistical analysis. Novel algorithms, metrics 
and software aimed to improve capacity planning, load characterization, availability, on-line reconfiguration, 
testing and management of complex systems and applications are welcome.                                
According to the spirit of the workshop, the review process will be aimed at providing comments that could 
be used by the authors mostly for strengthening the way contributions are presented, in order to make them 
accessible and useful for the broad audience and to increase the likelihood of generating fruitful discussions. 


Best full papers will be selected for publication in one or more special issues of journals in related areas.
The paper have to be formatted according to the SigMetrics ACM  (latex) style available at:
Contributions should be submitted in electronic format (PDF) through the Confy system.  
Find all necessary information here.
Different submission options are available for InfQ 2016 as specified in the following. 
Accepted papers will be published as a specific volume of the Valuetools Proceedings. 
Best paper awards will be provided for each category below.
Extended versions of the best full papers will be selected for consideration in a special issue 
of the ACM Performance Evaluation Review journal, to be further revised and evaluated
through a new review process.
Full conference papers: Papers must be unpublished and must not be submitted for 
publication elsewhere. All papers will be thoroughly reviewed by at least three referees on the basis
of their originality and their scientific and practical contribution to the state-of-the-art. 
Papers must be written in English and must not exceed 8 pages. 
Practical experience reports and industrial papers: Besides full papers industrial papers and 
practical experience reports are also solicited. Reports should not exceed 4 pages.
Position and Short papers: preliminary work reporting on new ideas, not yet developed and/or applied. 
Position should not exceed 4 pages.
Tool descriptions: Special sessions will be arranged to present and demonstrate tools relevant 
to any topic covered by the Call for Papers. Accepted tool descriptions should not exceed 4 pages.
Tutorial proposals: Please send your tutorial proposals (2 pages) to the conference chairs.
Proposals for tutorials should specify the intended length (1/2 hour or 1 hour), 
the target audience (beginners or experts), and any required background.
Other activities
Further activities for mentoring, networking and fostering collaborations among people, researchers and 
practitioners in the InfQ areas of interest, as well as discussions on future initiatives, 
will be enforced. In particular 
PhD Defense Corner: The InfQ PhD defense corner will provide an environment for doctoral students 
to present and discuss their dissertation research both with their peers and experienced researchers from
academia and industry. In addition to providing feedback and advice, this forum will provide an opportunity 
for students to network as well as to practice presenting their research clearly and concisely. This forum 
is best suited to senior PhD students, who will be in their final year. They will need to have developed 
a mature research dissertation topic and framework and be far enough into their PhD to have a concrete
presentation, outlining the key challenges they plan to solve as well as the strategies and methods that
are applicable. The feedback at InfQ will help the PhD students to fine-tune their thesis, and also help 
them address additionalitems in their research. Interested PhD students will have to submit their 
dissertation abstract, contact information, and affiliation to the conference chairs. 
Project Proposal Corner: Opportunities to researchers and colleagues aiming at discussing project
ideas and/or to build up consortia for proposals will be provided. A short description of the ideas and 
generalities of the principal (co-)investigators have to be sent to the conference chairs.
Birds of a Feather: InfQ will also provide a forum for discussing on future initiatives, activities and 
ideas for strengthening collaborations and relationships with related communities and public bodies. 
Representative from national and EU-international authorities and public bodies will be invited 
to take part to the BoF.
Ideas and proposals from the InfQ community are welcome.


Important Dates

Paper submission deadline 5 August 2016
Notification 10 September 2016
Camera-ready submission 14 October 2016
Conference dates 25 October 2016



Steering Committee

Marco Ajmone Marsan, Politecnico di Torino

Simonetta Balsamo, University of Venice

Bruno Ciciani, Università di Roma La Sapienza

Michele Colajanni, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Marco Conti, Italian National Research Council

Susanna Donatelli, University of Turin

Lorenzo Donatiello, University of Bologna

Giuliana Franceschinis, University of Piemonte Orientale "A. Avogadro”

Vincenzo Grassi, Universita’ di Roma "Tor Vergata”
Paola Inverardi, Universita’ dell'Aquila
Paolo Prinetto, Politecnico di Torino
Antonio Puliafito, University of Messina
Giuseppe Serazzi, Politecnico di Milano
Salvatore Tucci, Universita’ di Roma "Tor Vergata” 

Giorgio Ventre, Università di Napoli Federico II 

Enrico Vicario, University of Florence


General Chairs

Salvatore Distefano, University of Messina

Emiliano Casalicchio, Blekinge Institute of Technology


Publicity Chairs

Giovanni Merlino, University of Messina

Matteo Nardelli, Universita’ di Roma "Tor Vergata”


Program Committee

Michele Amoretti, University of Parma

Mauro Andreolini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Danilo Ardagna, Politecnico di Milano

Marco Beccuti, University of Turin

Enrico Bini, University of Turin

Andrea Bondavalli, University of Florence

Alessio Botta, Universita’ di Napoli "Federico II"

Dario Bruneo, University of Messina

Massimo Canonico, University of Piemonte Orientale "A. Avogadro”

Valeria Cardellini , Universita’ di Roma "Tor Vergata”

Laura Carnevali, University of Florence

Daniele Codetta Raiteri, University of Piemonte Orientale "A. Avogadro”

Rossano Gaeta, University of Turin

Marco Guazzone, University of Piemonte Orientale "A. Avogadro”

Mauro Iacono, Seconda Universita’ degli Studi di Napoli

Stefano Iannucci, Mississippi State University

Riccardo Lancellotti, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Francesco Longo, University of Messina

Francesco Lo Presti, Universita’ di Roma "Tor Vergata”

Michele Loreti, University of Florence

Andrea Marin, University of Venice

Simon Pietro Romano, Universita’ di Napoli Federico II

Marco Scarpa, University of Messina

Giovanni Stea, University of Pisa

Massimo Villari, University of Messina

Francesco Zanichelli, University of Parma