[FTNews] ANTIFRAGILE 2014: CfP and latest news (deadline: February 21)

Vincenzo De Florio vincenzo.deflorio at gmail.com
Tue Feb 11 09:43:00 EST 2014

Dear Sirs, dear Madams,

please consider submitting a paper to ANTIFRAGILE 2014. ANTIFRAGILE’s
Proceedings will be indexed, among others, by SCOPUS and by the Thomson
Reuters' Conference Proceeding Citation Index. Keynote speaker at
ANTIFRAGILE 2014 will be Dr. Kennie H. Jones, from NASA, who will report
about the role that antifragile engineering is playing within NASA and how
this research direction may provide an answer to the design challenges of
large and complex reliable systems. (Final) deadline for submissions is
February 21.

Kind regards,

Vincenzo De Florio

*1st International Workshop*

*“From Dependable to Resilient, from Resilient to Antifragile*

*Ambients and Systems”*

As well-known, *dependability* refers to a system’s trustworthiness and
measures several aspects of the quality of its services – for instance how
reliable, available, safe, or maintainable those services are.
*Resilience*differs from dependability in that it focuses on the
system itself rather
that its services; it implies that the system when subjected to faults and
changes 1) will continue distributing its services 2) without losing its
peculiar traits, its identity: the system will “stay the same”.
*Antifragility* goes one step further and suggests that certain systems
could actually “get better”, namely improve their system-environment fit,
when subjected (to some system-specific extent) to faults and changes.
Recent studies of Professor N. Taleb introduced the concept of
antifragility and provided a characterization of the behaviors enacted by
antifragile systems. The *engineering of antifragile computer-based
systems*is a challenge that, once met, would allow systems and
ambients to
self-evolve and self-improve by learning from accidents and mistakes in a
way not dissimilar to that of human beings. Learning how to design and
craft antifragile systems is an extraordinary challenge whose tackling is
likely to reverberate on many a computer engineering field. New methods,
programming languages, even custom platforms will have to be designed. The
expected returns are extraordinary as well: antifragile computer
engineering promises to enable realizing truly autonomic systems and
ambients able to meta-adapt to changing circumstances; to self-adjust to
dynamically changing environments and ambients; to self-organize so as to
track dynamically and proactively optimal strategies to sustain
scalability, high-performance, and energy efficiency; to personalize their
aspects and behaviors after each and every user. And to learn how to get
better while doing it.

The ambition and mission of *ANT*IFRAGILE is to enhance the awareness of
the above challenges and to begin a discussion on how computer and software
engineering may address them. As a design aspect cross-cutting through all
system and communication layers, antifragile engineering will require
multi-disciplinary visions and approaches able to bridge the gaps between
“distant” research communities so as to

   - propose novel solutions to design and develop antifragile systems and
   - devise conceptual models and paradigms for antifragility;
   - provide analytical and simulation models and tools to measure systems
   ability to withstand faults, adjust to new environments, and enhance their
   resilience in the process;
   - foster the exchange of ideas and lively discussions able to drive
   future research and development efforts in the area.

The main topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

   - Conceptual frameworks for antifragile systems, ambients, and
   - Dependability, resilience, and antifragile requirements and open
   - Design principles, models, and techniques for realizing antifragile
   systems and behaviours;
   - Frameworks and techniques enabling resilient and antifragile
   - Antifragile human-machine interaction;
   - End-to-end approaches towards antifragile services;
   - Autonomic antifragile behaviours;
   - Middleware architectures and mechanisms for resilience and
   - Theoretical foundation of resilient and antifragile behaviours;
   - Formal modeling of resilience and antifragility;
   - Programming language support for resilience and antifragility;
   - Machine learning as a foundation of resilient and antifragile
   - Antifragility and resiliency against malicious attacks;
   - Antifragility and the Cloud;
   - Service Level Agreements for Antifragility;
   - Verification and validation of resilience and antifragility;
   - Antifragile and resilient services.

*ANT*IFRAGILE is co-located with the 5th International Conference on
Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies, June 2 - 5, 2014, Hasselt,
Belgium (http://cs-conferences.acadiau.ca/ant-14/).

All ANT-2014 accepted papers will be published by Elsevier Science in the
open-access Procedia Computer Science series on-line. Procedia Computer
Sciences is hosted on
on Elsevier content platform ScienceDirect (
and will be freely available worldwide. All papers in Procedia *will be
indexed by Scopus* (www.scopus.com) and by *Thomson Reuters' Conference
Proceeding Citation Index*
http://thomsonreuters.com/conference-proceedings-citation-index/. The
papers will contain linked references, XML versions and citable DOI
numbers. You will be able to provide a hyperlink to all delegates and
direct your conference website visitors to your proceedings. All accepted
papers will also be indexed in DBLP
Selected papers will be invited for publication in special issues of
international journals.

For more information please contact Vincenzo De Florio (vincenzo.deflorio
at uantwerpen.be) and visit the workshop’s homepage at

Final deadline for submission: February 21, 2014

Vincenzo De Florio
PATS Research Group, University of Antwerp & iMinds Research Institute
Middelheimlaan 1, Building G, Room G1.11, B-2020 Antwerp
(T) +32 3 265 3905                                                (F) +32 3
265 3777
(Twitter) https://twitter.com/EnzoDeFlorio
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