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CLOSER is sponsored by INSTICC – Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication


The 2nd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science, CLOSER 2012, focuses on the emerging area of Cloud Computing, inspired by some latest advances that concern the infrastructure, operations, and available services through the global network. Further, the conference considers as essential the link to Services Science, acknowledging the service-orientation in most current IT-driven collaborations. The conference is nevertheless not about the union of these two (already broad) fields, but about Cloud Computing where we are also interested in how Services Science can provide theory, methods and techniques to design, analyze, manage, market etc. Cloud Computing.

Emerging Enterprise Technologies are profoundly changing the way we think of IT - from economics and efficiency to process and usage models. Many organizations look to the “externalized” IT systems and services as a potential cost-savings advantage by moving internally hosted IT services to external providers. Other organizations view the “external” IT as potential disaster recovery systems or as on-demand capacity to boost business continuity and customer service levels. We need to take a closer look, discerning what emerging enterprise technologies are and how they can catalyze creativity and produce a competitive advantage. There is hence a new wave of interest in 'Externalization of IT' - anything as a service (including Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service), On Demand delivery, outsourcing, and so on. This emerging facilitation and way of utilizing services through IT is what we are referring to as Cloud Computing.

The four perspectives in which we are addressing the area of Cloud Computing in this conference are: (i) Fundamentals of Cloud Computing; (ii) Services Science foundations for Cloud Computing; (iii) Cloud Computing platforms and applications; (iv) Cloud Computing enabling technology.


Each of these topic areas is expanded below but the sub-topics list is not exhaustive. Papers may address one or more of the listed sub-topics, although authors should not feel limited by them. Unlisted but related sub-topics are also acceptable, provided they fit in one of the following main topic areas:



  • Cloud Computing Architecture
  • Cloud Standards
  • Cloud Application Portability
  • Cloud Interoperability
  • Cloud Delivery Models
  • Cloud Deployment Models: Public/Private/Hybrid Cloud
  • Cloud Risk, Challenges, and Governance
  • Business Cloud vs. Software Cloud


  • Semantic Web Technologies
  • Web Services
  • Service and Systems Design and QoS Network Security
  • Service-oriented Architecture
  • Internet of Services
  • Service Modeling and Specification
  • Service Composition
  • Service Discovery
  • Service Monitoring and Control
  • Business Services Realized by IT Services
  • Service Innovation
  • Service Operation
  • Service Strategy
  • Service Marketing and Management
  • Information and Service Economy
  • Human Beings in Service Systems
  • Enterprise Architectures and Services


  • Mobility
  • e-Banking
  • Social Networks
  • Cloud Middleware Frameworks
  • Cloud Application Architectures
  • Cloud Application Scalability and Availability
  • SaaS, PaaS, IaaS
  • COTS and Cloud
  • Cloudsourcing
  • Cloud Applications Performance and Monitoring
  • Development Methods for Cloud Applications
  • Economics (ROI, Costs, CAPEX/OPEX,…)
  • Outsourced Production Environments
  • Collective Intelligence/Crowd Computing
  • Context-aware Computing and Peer to Peer Computing
  • e-Business
  • e-Governance
  • e-Health
  • e-Learning


  • Troubleshooting and Best Practices
  • Monitoring of Services, Quality of Service, Service Level Agreements
  • Cloud Security
  • Performance Development and Management
  • Cloud Ilities (Scalability, Availability, Reliability)
  • Load Balancing
  • Autonomic Computing
  • Virtualization Technologies
  • Utility Computing vs. Cloud Computing
  • Grid Computing vs. Cloud Computing
  • Disaster Recovery


Eleni KaratzaAristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Frédéric DesprezAntenne Inria Giant, Minatec Campus, France
Fabrizio GagliardiBarcelona Supercomputing Centre, Spain
Arlindo DiasIBM Portugal, Portugal


Authors should submit an original paper in English, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, using the on-line submission procedure. The initial submission must have between 3 to 13 pages otherwise it will be rejected without review. Please check the paper formats page so you may be aware of the accepted paper page limits.
The guidelines for paper formatting provided at the conference web ought to be used for all submitted papers. The preferred submission format is the same as the camera-ready format. Please check and carefully follow the instructions and templates provided. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable.

Papers that are out of the conference scope or contain any form of plagiarism will be rejected without reviews. Please read INSTICC's ethical norms regarding plagiarism and self-plagiarism.

Remarks about the on-line submission procedure:
1. A "double-blind" paper evaluation method will be used. To facilitate that, the authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the paper, WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors. This means that is necessary to remove the authors personal details, the acknowledgements section and any reference that may disclose the authors identity.
LaTeX/PS/PDF/DOC/DOCX/RTF format are accepted.
2. The web submission procedure automatically sends an acknowledgement, by e-mail, to the contact author.

Paper submission types:
Regular Paper Submission
A regular paper presents a work where the research is completed or almost finished. It does not necessary means that the acceptance is as a full paper. It may be accepted as a "full paper" (30 min. oral presentation) , a "short paper" (20 min. oral presentation) or a "poster".

Position Paper Submission
A position paper presents an arguable opinion about an issue. The goal of a position paper is to convince the audience that your opinion is valid and worth listening to, without the need to present completed research work and/or validated results. It is, nevertheless, important to support your argument with evidence to ensure the validity of your claims. A position paper may be a short report and discussion of ideas, facts, situations, methods, procedures or results of scientific research (bibliographic, experimental, theoretical, or other) focused on one of the conference topic areas. The acceptance of a position paper is restricted to the categories of "short paper" or "poster", i.e. a position paper is not a candidate to acceptance as "full paper".

After the reviewing process is completed, the contact author (the author who submits the paper) of each paper will be notified of the result, by e-mail. The authors are required to follow the reviews in order to improve their paper before the camera-ready submission.

All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.


All accepted papers (full, short and posters) will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (http://www.scitepress.org/DigitalLibrary/).
SCITEPRESS is member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/).
A short list of presented papers will be selected so that revised and extended versions of these papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in a CCIS Series book.
A short list of papers presented will be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in a special issue of Cluster Computing.
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP and EI (Elsevier Index).


CLOSER Secretariat
Address: Av. D. Manuel I, 27A, 2º esq.
             2910-595 Setubal - Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 184
Fax: +44 203 014 8638
e-mail: closer.secretariat@scitevents.org
Web: http://www.closer.scitevents.org


Tony ShanKeane Inc., United States


Frank LeymannUniversity of Stuttgart, Germany
Ivan IvanovSUNY Empire State College, United States
Marten van SinderenUniversity of Twente, Netherlands


Gagan Agrawal, Ohio State University, United States
Marco Aiello, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Bechara Al Bouna, Ticket Labs - Antonine University, Lebanon
Antonia Albani, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Jörn Altmann, Seoul National University, Korea, Republic of
Cosimo Anglano, Universita' del Piemonte Orientale "A. Avogadro", Italy
Ashiq Anjum, University of Derby, United Kingdom
Joseph Antony, Australian National University Supercomputer Facility/NCI National Facility, Australia
Claudio Ardagna, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Danilo Ardagna, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Liliana Ardissono, Universita' Di Torino, Italy
Alvaro Arenas, Instituto de Empresa Business School, Spain
Muhammad Atif, Australian National University, Australia
Benjamin Aziz, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Amelia Badica, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Craiova, Romania
Remi Badonnel, ESIAL - University of Nancy - LORIA/INRIA, France
Janaka Balasooriya, Arizona State University, United States
Daniela Barreiro Claro, Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Brazil
Simona Bernardi, Centro Universitario de la Defensa - Academia General Militar, Spain
Karin Bernsmed, SINTEF ICT, Norway
Nik Bessis, Edge Hill University, United Kingdom
Sami Bhiri, Digital Enterprise Research Institute - National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Stefano Bocconi, TU Delft, Netherlands
Ivona Brandić, Vienna UT, Austria
Francisco Brasileiro, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Brazil
Iris Braun, Dresden Technical University, Germany
Andrey Brito, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Brazil
John Brooke, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Ralf Bruns, Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany
Anna Brunstrom, Karlstad University, Sweden
Rebecca Bulander, Pforzheim University of Applied Science, Germany
Rajkumar Buyya, University of Melbourne and Manjrasoft Private Limited, Australia
Massimo Cafaro, University of Salento, Italy
Miriam Capretz, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Niklas Carlsson, Linkoping University, Sweden
Eddy Caron, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
Humberto Castejon, Telenor, Norway
Richard Chbeir, Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (UPPA), France
Davide Cherubini, Alcatel-Lucent Ireland, Ireland
Augusto Ciuffoletti, Università di Pisa, Italy
Holger Claussen, Alcatel-Lucent, Bell-Labs, Ireland
Dave Cliff, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Christine Collet, Grenoble Institute of Technology, France
Tommaso Cucinotta, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
Edward Curry, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Tarcísio da Rocha, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Brazil
Florian Daniel, University of Trento, Italy
Stephen Dawson, SAP, United Kingdom
Sabrina de Capitani di Vimercati, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Benjamin Depardon, SysFera, France
Jack Dongarra, The University of Tennessee, United States
Khalil Drira, LAAS-CNRS, France
Roger Eggen, University of North Florida, United States
Hany F. El Yamany, Suez Canal University, Egypt
Erik Elmroth, Umeå University and Elastisys AB, Sweden
Florian Feldhaus, NetApp, Germany
Stefano Ferretti, University of Bologna, Italy
Fernando Ferri, IRPPS CNR, Italy
Mike Fisher, BT, United Kingdom
Chiara Francalanci, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Ganna Frankova, University of Trento, Italy
Pedro Frosi Rosa, UFU - Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil
Roberto Furnari, University of Torino, Italy
Walid Gaaloul, Institut Telecom, France, France
Martin Gaedke, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
Georgina Gallizo, HLRS - High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart, Germany
Maria Ganzha, SRI PAS and University of Gdansk, Poland
David Genest, Université d'Angers, France
Dimitrios Georgakopoulos, Swinburne University, Australia
Fekade Getahun, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Chirine Ghedira, IAE - University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France
Hamada Ghenniwa, Western University, Canada
Vittorio ghini, University of Bologna, Italy
Martin Gilje Jaatun, University of Stavanger, Norway
Lee Gillam, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Katja Gilly, Miguel Hernandez University, Spain
Jose Ramon Gonzalez de Mendivil, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain
Anna Goy, University of Torino, Italy
Patrizia Grifoni, CNR, Italy
Stephan Groß, T-Systems Multimedia Solutions, Germany
Adnene Guabtni, National ICT Australia, Australia
Dirk Habich, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Carmem Satie Hara, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil
Manfred Hauswirth, DERI, NUIG, Galway, Ireland
Binsgeng He, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Frans Henskens, University of Newcastle, Australia
Mike Heroux, Sandia National Laboratories, United States
Elisa Heymann, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Marianne Huchard, Université de Montpellier, France
Eduardo Huedo Cuesta, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Sorin M. Iacob, Thales Nederland B.V., Netherlands
Ilian Ilkov, IBM Nederland B.V., Netherlands
Anca Daniela Ionita, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Fuyuki Ishikawa, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Hiroshi Ishikawa, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Manuel Isidoro Capel-Tuñón, University of Granada, Spain
S. S. Iyengar, Louisiana State University, United States
Meiko Jensen, Kiel University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Yiming Ji, University of South Carolina Beaufort, United States
Xiaolong Jin, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Hai Jin, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Carlos Juiz, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain
Péter Kacsuk, MTA SZTAKI, Hungary
David R. Kaeli, Northeastern University, United States
Gabor Kecskemeti, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Attila Kertesz, University of Szeged, Hungary
Marouane Kessentini, Missouri University of Science and Technology, United States
Oleksiy Khriyenko, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Cameron Kiddle, University of Calgary, Canada
Claus-Peter Klas, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany
Carsten Kleiner, University of Applied Sciences & Arts Hannover, Germany
Dzmitry Kliazovich, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Isao Kojima, AIST, Japan
Dimitri Konstantas, University of Geneva, Switzerland
George Kousiouris, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
László Kovács, MTA SZTAKI, Hungary
Paul Krause, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Diwakar Krishnamurthy, University of Calgary, Canada
Dimosthenis Kyriazis, University of Piraeus, Greece
Domenico Laforenza, Italian National Research Council, Italy
Alexander Lazovik, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Young Choon Lee, Macquarie University, Australia
Miguel Leitão, ISEP, Portugal
Keqin Li, State University of New York at New Paltz, United States
Kuan-ching Li, Providence University, Taiwan
Donghui Lin, Kyoto University, Japan
Ramiro Liscano, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
Marin Litoiu, York University, Canada
Xumin Liu, Rochester Institute of Technology, United States
Giorgia Lodi, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
Denivaldo Lopes, , Brazil
Nikolaos Loutas, Information Systems Lab, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Simone Ludwig, North Dakota State University, United States
Glenn Luecke, Iowa State University, United States
Geir M. Køien, University of Agder, Norway
Mirella M. Moro, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil
Shikharesh Majumdar, Carleton University, Canada
Manu Malek, Stevens Institute of Technology, United States
Pierre Maret, Université de Saint Etienne, France
Moreno Marzolla, University of Bologna, Italy
Ioannis Mavridis, University of Macedonia, Greece
Michele Mazzucco, University of Tartu, Estonia
Richard McClatchey, UWE, Bristol, United Kingdom
Alba Melo, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil
Víctor Méndez Muñoz, Mind the Byte & Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB, Spain
Andreas Menychtas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
José Merseguer, Centro Politécnico Superior, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
António Miguel Rosado da Cruz, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Barton P. Miller, University of Wisconsin, United States
Raffaela Mirandola, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Owen Molloy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Jose A. Montenegro, University of Malaga, Spain
Reagan Moore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
Hiroyuki Morikawa, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Hamid Reza Motahari Nezhad, HP Labs Palo Alto, United States
Kamran Munir, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, United Kingdom
Wolfgang E. Nagel, Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany
Hidemoto Nakada, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
Philippe Navaux, UFRGS - Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil
Lee Newcombe, Capgemini, United Kingdom
Jean-Marc Nicod, Institut FEMTO-ST, France
Mara Nikolaidou, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
Karsten Oberle, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Germany
Stephan Olariu, Old Dominion University, United States
Enn Ounapuu, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Alexander Paar, TWT GmbH Science and Innovation, Germany
Federica Paganelli, CNIT - National Interuniversity Consortium for Telecommunications, Italy
Sara Paiva, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Michael A. Palis, Rutgers University, United States
George Pallis, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Dhabaleswar K. Panda, The Ohio State University, United States
Fabio Panzieri, Universita' di Bologna, Italy
Manish Parashar, Rutgers University, United States
David Paul, The University of New England, Australia
Siani Pearson, HP Labs, Bristol, United Kingdom
Jih-Kwon Peir, University of Florida, United States
Mikhail Perepletchikov, RMIT University, Australia
Dana Petcu, West University of Timisoara, Romania
Dorina Petriu, Carleton University, Canada
Giovanna Petrone, University of Torino, Italy
Maria Chiara Pettenati, ICON Foundation, Italy
Peter Pietzuch, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Agostino Poggi, University of Parma, Italy
Wolfgang Prinz, Fraunhofer Fit, Germany
Juha Puustjärvi, University of Helsinki, Finland
Li Qi, Research Institute of Internet of Things, The Third Research Institute of MPS, China
Judy Qiu, Indiana University, United States
Cauligi (Raghu) Raghavendra, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States
Ioan Raicu, Illinois Institute of Technology, United States
Rajendra Raj, Rochester Institute of Technology, United States
Sanguthevar Rajasekaran, University of Connecticut, United States
Arkalgud Ramaprasad, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States
Manuel Ramos-Cabrer, University of Vigo, Spain
Omer Rana, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Sanjay Ranka, University of Florida, United States
Andrew Rau-Chaplin, Dalhousie University, Canada
Ralph Retter, T-Systems International GmbH, Germany
Norbert Ritter, University of Hamburg, Germany
Luis Rodero-Merino, -, Spain
Jose F Rodrigues Jr, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Chunming Rong, University of Stavanger, Norway
Florian Rosenberg, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, United States
Jonathan Rouzaud-Cornabas, CNRS / INRIA / Université de Lyon / ENS Lyon, France
Marek Rusinkiewicz, Telcordia, United States
Suksant Sae Lor, HP Labs, United Kingdom
Elena Sanchez-Nielsen, Universidad De La Laguna, Spain
Rubén Santiago Montero, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Alexander Schill, TU Dresden, Germany
Lutz Schubert, Ulm University, Germany
Jean-Pierre Seifert, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Giovanni Semeraro, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
Carlos Serrao, ISCTE-IUL, Portugal
Josef Spillner, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Vladimir Stantchev, University of California, Berkeley, United States
Ralf Steinmetz, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Heinz Stockinger, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland
Cosmin Stoica Spahiu, University of Craiova - Faculty of Automation, Computers and Electronics, Romania
Philipp Strube, cloudControl GmbH, Germany
Yasuyuki Tahara, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Yehia Taher, Université de Versailles St Quentin-En-Yvelines, France
Domenico Talia, University of Calabria and ICAR-CNR, Italy
Yoshio Tanaka, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology, Japan
Konstantinos Tarabanis, Centre For Research and Technology Hellas-informatics and Telematics Institute, Greece
Samir Tata, TELECOM SudParis, France
Cedric Tedeschi, IRISA - University of Rennes 1, France
Joe Tekli, Lebanese American University (LAU), Lebanon
Guy Tel-Zur, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel
Maria Beatriz Toledo, State University of Campinas, Brazil
Orazio Tomarchio, University of Catania, Italy
Johan Tordsson, Umea University and Elastisys, Sweden
Paolo Trunfio, Università della Calabria, Italy
Hong-Linh Truong, Distributed Systems Group, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Eddy Truyen, K. U. Leuven, Belgium
Konstantinos Tserpes, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
Francesco Tusa, University College London, United Kingdom
Astrid Undheim, Telenor ASA, Norway
Athina Vakali, Aristotle University, Greece
Steven Van Assche, IBBT, Belgium
Robert van Engelen, Florida State University, United States
Kurt Vanmechelen, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
Luis M. Vaquero, HP Labs, United Kingdom
Athanasios Vasilakos, University of Western Macedonia, Greece
Fabio Luciano Verdi, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil
Massimo Villari, University of Messina, Italy
Bruno Volckaert, Ghent University - imec, Belgium
Hiroshi Wada, NICTA, Australia
Chen Wang, CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia
Lizhe Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Martijn Warnier, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Dennis Wegener, GESIS, Germany
Erik Wilde, EMC, United States
Marco Winckler, University Paul Sabatier (Toulouse 3), France
Yaron Wolfsthal, IBM, Israel
Mark Woodman, Middlesex University e-Centre, United Kingdom
Jan-Jan Wu, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Neal N. Xiong, Georgia State University, United States
George Yee, Carleton University, Canada
Ustun Yildiz, University of California, San Diego, United States
Zhifeng Yun, University of Houston, United States
Albert Zomaya, University of Sydney, Australia