SocioAware 2012

Second International Workshop on
Socio-Aware Networked Computing Systems
at 6th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SaSo)
Lyon, France; 10-14 September 2012

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We regret to inform you that the SocioAware workshop had to be cancelled. Thank you for your interest in the workshop. Please watch this space and/or Twitter for news and updates on the next instalment.

Social services and utilities pervade more and more aspects of our daily lives and will conceivably become an integral part of future software systems. While it is common and important to investigate how the associated gradual convergence of social and technical systems influences individuals and society, the fact that this influence is mutual is far less explored. Networked computing infrastructures involving cloud computing, virtualization techniques, Peer-to-Peer technologies or other Internet-based applications are shaped not only by technological considerations but, increasingly, also by the social structures and processes into which they are embedded. The growing interconnectedness of users leads to highly correlated behavior and the emergence of collective phenomena which naturally retroact on the technical systems by which they are mediated.

The workshop seeks to shed light on the question how the increasing pervasion of technical infrastructures with social aspects affects the engineering of reliable and scalable networked computing systems. A particular focus will be laid upon the question how the ongoing trend towards a rigorous mathematical modeling of self-organization processes in social systems (for instance in the language of complex networks, dynamical systems and random matrix theory) can influence and inspire the design of distributed algorithms, network topologies and communication protocols, resulting in what may be called socio-aware networked computing systems.