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Martina Maggio

Jan 24, 2013, 11:52:57 AM1/24/13

Feedback Computing 2013

The 8th International Workshop on Feedback Computing

Part of USENIX Federated Conference Week
San Jose, California, USA
June 25, 2013

(Paper Submission Date: March 29, 2013)


Following the success of the pass six FeBID workshops and the newly
debuted Feedback Computing workshop in 2012, the 2013 International
Workshop on Feedback Computing will be held in June 2013, as part of
USENIX Federated Conference Week in the heart of the Silicon Valley.
Feedback Computing is a unique forum built around advancing feedback
system theory and practice in modeling, analyzing, designing, and
optimizing computing systems. The creation of this workshop represents
the growing use of feedback in a broader agenda and is a timely
response to the following two trends: (1) Computing systems are
growing larger, smarter, and more complex, embedding in physical
world, human interactions, and societal infrastructure. Systematic and
feedback-driven approaches are critical to address the dynamical
complexity arise at new fields such as cyber-physical systems, cloud
computing, social networks, and mobile applications. (2) Advances in
disciplines such as machine learning, mathematical optimization,
network theories, decision theories, and data engineering provide new
foundations and techniques that empower feedback approaches to address
computing systems at scale and to achieve goals such as autonomy,
adaptation, stabilization, robustness, or performance optimization.

The Feedback Computing Workshop seeks original research contributions
and position papers on advancing feedback control technologies and
their applications in computing systems, broadly defined. Topics of
interests include but are not limited to

- Theoretical foundations for feedback computing
- New control paradigms and system architecture
- Sensing, actuation, and data management in feedback computing
- Learning and modeling of computing system dynamics
- Design patterns and software engineering
- Feedback computing education and awareness
- Experiences and best practices from real systems
- Applications in domains such as distributed systems, cloud
computing, data center resource management, real-time systems,
cyber-physical systems, social network, and mobility.

We encourage research paper submissions expressing original research
results, challenge paper submissions motivating new research
directions, and application paper submissions elaborating experiences
from real systems. In addition, the workshop will leverage extended
coffee breaks and lunch break to arrange special meetings and to
discuss collaborative research agenda built among the participants.


Authors are invited to submit three types of papers to emphasize the
multiple focuses of this workshop.

[Research Papers] Research paper submissions must represent original,
unpublished contributions. All submissions should be formatted
according to the standard USENIX two-column proceeding guidelines and
not exceed 6 pages in length (excluding references). Manuscript
templates are available for download at

[Challenge Papers] Challenge paper submissions must motivate research
challenges with real systems that can take advantage of feedback
computing. All submissions should be formatted according to the
standard USENIX two-column proceeding guidelines and not exceed 3
pages in length (excluding references). Manuscript templates are
available for download at

[Application Papers] Application paper submissions must be based on
real experience and working systems. All submissions should be
formatted as annotated slides - a visual in the upper half of a page
and the explanatory text in the lower half and not exceed 15 slides in

All papers are to be submitted in PDF files through the workshop
website at There will
be NO copyright-transferred formal proceedings for the workshop.
Accepted papers will be available on the workshop website under
authors permission.

One Best Paper Award will be announced at the end of workshop to
recognize the current best work in Feedback Computing.


Paper submission: March 29, 2013
Author notification: April 26, 2013
Final paper due: May 24, 2012
Workshop: Jun 25, 2013


General Chair
Yixin Diao (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)

Program Co-Chairs
Jie Liu (Microsoft Research)
Ming Zhao (Florida International University)

Publicity Chair
Matina Maggio (Lund University)

Web Chair
Adrian Suarez (Florida International University)

Steering Committee
Tarek Abdelzaher (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
Yixin Diao (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)
Joseph L. Hellerstein (Google)
Chenyang Lu (Washington University in St. Louis)
Anders Robertsson (Lund University)
Xiaoyun Zhu (VMware)

Program Committee
Sherif Abdelwahed (Mississippi State University)
Christos Cassandras (Boston University)
Zonghua Gu (Zhejiang University)
Jeffrey Kephart (IBM Research)
Maria Kihl (Lund University)
Xenofon D. Koutsoukos (Vanderbilt University)
Charles R Lefurgy (IBM Research)
Michael Lemon (University of Notre Dame)
Xue Liu (McGill University)
Martina Maggio (Lund University)
Ole Mengshoel (Carnegle Mellon University)
Arif Merchant (Google)
Pradeep Padala (VMware)
Eric Rutten (INRIA Grenoble)
Sharad Singhal (HP Labs)
Eduardo Tovar (Polytechnic Institute of Porto)
Zhikui Wang (HP Labs)

Feedback Computing 2013: The 8th International Workshop on Feedback Computing
25 June 2013, San Jose, California, USA
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