Home      Log In      Contacts      FAQs      INSTICC Portal

Call for Papers

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


The 4th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science, CLOSER 2014, 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 and study various aspects of 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 foundation 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
  • Cloud Education
  • QoS for Applications on Clouds
  • Cloud Scenarios


  • Semantic Web Technologies
  • Web Services
  • Service-Oriented Architecture
  • Internet of Services
  • Service Modeling and Specification
  • Service Discovery
  • Service Monitoring and Control
  • Business Services Realized by IT Services
  • Service Innovation
  • Service Strategy
  • Service Marketing and Management
  • Information and Service Economy
  • Human Beings in Service Systems
  • Enterprise Architectures and Services
  • Services Security and Reliability
  • Business Process Management and Web Services
  • Model-Driven Web Service Engineering
  • Industrial Applications of Services Science
  • Service Composition and Mashups
  • Federated Cloud
  • Cloud Governance
  • Clouds and Complementary Currencies
  • Cloud Cost Analysis
  • Cloud Brokering
  • Service Brokering


  • Cloud Middleware Frameworks
  • Cloud Application Architectures
  • Cloud Application Scalability and Availability
  • COTS and Cloud
  • Cloudsourcing
  • Cloud Applications Performance and Monitoring
  • Development Methods for Cloud Applications
  • Outsourced Production Environments
  • Collective Intelligence/Crowd Computing
  • Context-Aware Computing and Peer to Peer Computing
  • XaaS
  • Big Data Cloud Services
  • Cloud Economics


  • Troubleshooting and Best Practices
  • Monitoring of Services, Quality of Service, Service Level Agreements
  • Performance Development and Management
  • Cloud Ilities (Scalability, Availability, Reliability)
  • Virtualization Technologies
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Cloud Optimization and Automation
  • Cloud Abstraction of Composite IT Systems
  • Metering, Pricing, and Software Licensing
  • Security, Privacy, and Compliance Management
  • Cloud Workload Profiling and Deployment Control
  • Cloud Composition, Federation, Bridging and Bursting
  • Cloud Resource Virtualization and Composition
  • High Performance Cloud Computing
  • Programming Models, Systems, and Fault-Tolerant Computing
  • Distributed Management of Clouds
  • API Management


  • Mobile Cloud Computing Models, Infrastructures, and Approaches
  • Mobile-Aware Networking and Protocols
  • Mobile Multimedia Content Delivery, Transferring, and Migration
  • Location-Based Mobile Cloud Applications and Services
  • Engineering Mobile Clouds and Mobile-Based Systems
  • Smart Mobile Computing SaaS on Clouds
  • Quality of Service on Mobile Clouds and Applications
  • Mobile Reliability, Availability, Scalability and Performance
  • Pervasive Environments
  • Cloud-Based Mobile Media Systems and Social Networks
  • Security Issues in Mobile Systems Software and Hardware
  • Mobile Clouds for eCommerce Services



Authors should submit a paper in English, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, addressing one or several of the conference areas or topics. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable. To facilitate the double-blind paper evaluation method, authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the paper WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors, including the authors’ personal details, the acknowledgments section of the paper and any other reference that may disclose the authors’ identity.

Only original papers should be submitted. Authors are advised to read INSTICC's ethical norms regarding plagiarism and self-plagiarism thoroughly before submitting and must make sure that their submissions do not substantially overlap work which has been published elsewhere or simultaneously submitted to a journal or another conference with proceedings. Papers that contain any form of plagiarism will be rejected without reviews.

Authors can submit their work in the form of a Regular Paper, representing completed and validated research, or as a Position Paper, portraying a short report of work in progress or an arguable opinion about an issue discussing ideas, facts, situations, methods, procedures or results of scientific research focused on one of the conference topic areas. All papers must be submitted through the online submission platform PRIMORIS and should follow the instructions and templates that can be found under Guidelines and Templates. After the paper submission has been successfully completed, authors will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail.


All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on digital support.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper on our digital library is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library.
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 .
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by .


CLOSER Secretariat
Address: Av. D. Manuel I, 27A, 2º esq.
             2910-595 Setubal - Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 184
Fax: +44 203 014 8813


Markus HelfertMaynooth University, Ireland


Frédéric DesprezAntenne Inria Giant, Minatec Campus, France
Donald Ferguson, United States
Frank LeymannUniversity of Stuttgart, Germany
Víctor Méndez MuñozIUL, S.A. & Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB, Spain


Antonia Albani, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Vasilios Andrikopoulos, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Cosimo Anglano, , Italy
Ashiq Anjum, University of Derby, United Kingdom
Claudio Ardagna, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Danilo Ardagna, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Alvaro Arenas, Instituto de Empresa Business School, Spain
José Armendáriz-Iñigo, Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain
Matthew Arrott, University of California San Diego, United States
Muhammad Atif, Australian National University, Australia
Benjamin Aziz, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Zeina Azmeh, , France
Amelia Badica, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Craiova, Romania
Henri Bal, , Netherlands
Janaka Balasooriya, Arizona State University, United States
Costas Bekas, , Switzerland
Karin Bernsmed, SINTEF ICT, Norway
Nik Bessis, Edge Hill University, United Kingdom
Luiz F. Bittencourt, IC/UNICAMP, Brazil
Stefano Bocconi, , Netherlands
Sergey Boldyrev, , Finland
Anne Boyer, Loria - Inria Lorraine, France
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
Ralf Bruns, Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany
Anna Brunstrom, Karlstad University, Sweden
Rebecca Bulander, Pforzheim University of Applied Science, Germany
Tomas Bures, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Massimo Cafaro, University of Salento, Italy
Manuel Capel-Tuñón, University of Granada, Spain
Miriam Capretz, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Eddy Caron, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
Noel Carroll, NUI Galway, Ireland
John Cartlidge, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Humberto Castejon, , Norway
Simon Caton, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Rong Chang, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, United States
Richard Chbeir, Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (UPPA), France
Davide Cherubini, , Ireland
Augusto Ciuffoletti, Università di Pisa, Italy
Daniela Claro, Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Brazil
Christine Collet, Grenoble Institute of Technology, France
Thierry Coupaye, Orange, France
Tommaso Cucinotta, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
Edward Curry, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Tarcísio da Rocha, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Brazil
Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Eliezer Dekel, Huawei Technologies, Israel
Yuri Demchenko, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Khalil Drira, LAAS-CNRS, France
Michel Dubois, University of Southern California, United States
Ake Edlund, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Hany El Yamany, Suez Canal University, Egypt
Erik Elmroth, Umeå University and Elastisys AB, Sweden
Mohamed Eltoweissy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, United States
Juan Fernando Perez, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Stefano Ferretti, University of Bologna, Italy
Mike Fisher, BT, United Kingdom
Ian Foster, Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago, United States
Geoffrey Fox, Indiana University, United States
Chiara Francalanci, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Maria Ganzha, SRI PAS and University of Gdansk, Poland
David Genest, Université d'Angers, France
Fekade Getahun, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Chirine Ghedira, IAE - University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France
Lee Gillam, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Katja Gilly, Miguel Hernandez University, Spain
Jose Gonzalez de Mendivil, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain
Andrzej Goscinski, Deakin University, Australia
Annamaria Goy, University of Torino, Italy
George Gravvanis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
Patrizia Grifoni, CNR, Italy
Stephan Groß, , Germany
Carmem Hara, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil
Benjamin Heckmann, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany
Frans Henskens, University of Newcastle, Australia
Neil Hong, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Marianne Huchard, Université de Montpellier, France
Eduardo Huedo Cuesta, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Mohamed Hussien, Suez Canal University, Faculty of Computers & Informatics, Egypt
Sorin Iacob, , Netherlands
Ilian Ilkov, IBM Nederland B.V., Netherlands
Anca Ionita, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Hiroshi Ishikawa, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Fuyuki Ishikawa, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Ivan Ivanov, SUNY Empire State College, United States
Martin Jaatun, University of Stavanger, Norway
Keith Jeffery, Independent Consultant (previously Science and Technology Facilities Council), United Kingdom
Meiko Jensen, Kiel University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Yiming Ji, Georgia Southern University, United States
Ming Jiang, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom
Wei Jie, , United Kingdom
Xiaolong Jin, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Eric Jul, , Ireland
David Kaeli, Northeastern University, United States
Yücel Karabulut, Oracle, United States
Daniel Katz, University of Illinois, United States
Gabor Kecskemeti, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Attila Kertesz, University of Szeged, Hungary
Claus-Peter Klas, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany
Carsten Kleiner, University of Applied Sciences & Arts Hannover, Germany
Geir Køien, University of Agder, Norway
Dimitri Konstantas, University of Geneva, Switzerland
George Kousiouris, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
László Kovács, , Hungary
Marcel Kunze, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Young Lee, Macquarie University, Australia
Miguel Leitão, ISEP, Portugal
Wilfried Lemahieu, , Belgium
Fei Li, Siemens AG, Austria, Austria
Kuan-ching Li, Providence University, Taiwan, Republic of China
Donghui Lin, Kyoto University, Japan
Shijun Liu, School of Computer Science and Technology, Shandong University, China
Xumin Liu, , United States
Pedro Garcia Lopez, University Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Suksant Lor, , United Kingdom
Simone Ludwig, North Dakota State University, United States
Glenn Luecke, Iowa State University, United States
Theo Lynn, Dublin City University, Ireland
Maria Emilia Machado Telles Walter, University of Brasilia, Brazil
Shikharesh Majumdar, Carleton University, Canada
Elisa Marengo, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Pierre Maret, Université de Saint Etienne, France
Ioannis Mavridis, University of Macedonia, Greece
Richard McClatchey, UWE, Bristol, United Kingdom
Andreas Menychtas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Mohamed Mohamed, IBM Research, Almaden, United States
Owen Molloy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Marco Casassa Mont, , United Kingdom
Christine Morin, , France
Kamran Munir, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
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, , United Kingdom
Jean-Marc Nicod, Institut FEMTO-ST, France
Bogdan Nicolae, IBM Research, Ireland
Christophe Nicolle, Laboratoire CIAD - UMR 7533, France
Mara Nikolaidou, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
Karsten Oberle, , Germany
Ian Oliver, , Finland
Alexander Paar, Duale Hochschule Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
David Padua, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
Federica Paganelli, CNIT - National Interuniversity Consortium for Telecommunications, Italy
Claus Pahl, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Michael Palis, Rutgers University, United States
George Pallis, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
David Paul, The University of New England, Australia
Mikhail Perepletchikov, RMIT University, Australia
Dana Petcu, West University of Timisoara, Romania
Giovanna Petrone, University of Torino, Italy
Jean-Marc Pierson, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse 3, France
Agostino Poggi, University of Parma, Italy
Antonio Puliafito, Università degli Studi di Messina, Italy
Juha Puustjärvi, University of Helsinki, Finland
Li Qi, , China
Francesco Quaglia, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
Arcot Rajasekar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
Arkalgud Ramaprasad, Ramaiah Public Policy Center, Bengaluru, India, India
Manuel Ramos-Cabrer, University of Vigo, Spain
Nadia Ranaldo, University of Sannio, Italy
Andrew Rau-Chaplin, Dalhousie University, Canada
Christoph Reich, Hochschule Furtwangen University, Germany
Alexander Reinefeld, , Germany
Norbert Ritter, University of Hamburg, Germany
Luis Rodero-Merino, -, Spain
Jose Rodrigues-Jr, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
António Rosado da Cruz, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Jonathan Rouzaud-Cornabas, , France
Rizos Sakellariou, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Elena Sanchez-Nielsen, Universidad De La Laguna, Spain
Rubén Santiago Montero, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Patrizia Scandurra, University of Bergamo, Italy
Erich Schikuta, Universität Wien, Austria
Lutz Schubert, Ulm University, Germany
Michael Schumacher, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland
Wael Sellami, ReDCAD Laboratory, University of Sfax, Tunisia
Giovanni Semeraro, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
Carlos Serrão, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
Armin Shams, University of Limerick, Ireland
Keiichi Shima, IIJ Innovation Institute, Japan
Adenilso Simão, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Richard Sinnott, University of Melbourne, Australia
Frank Siqueira, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Cosmin Spahiu, University of Craiova - Faculty of Automation, Computers and Electronics, Romania
Josef Spillner, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Satish Srirama, University of Tartu, Estonia
Ralf Steinmetz, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Burkhard Stiller, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Yasuyuki Tahara, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Yehia Taher, Université de Versailles St Quentin-En-Yvelines, France
Domenico Talia, University of Calabria and Fuzhou University, Italy
Yoshio Tanaka, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology, Japan
Cedric Tedeschi, IRISA - University of Rennes 1, France
Joe Tekli, Lebanese American University (LAU), Lebanon
Gilbert Tekli, Nobatek, France, Lebanon
Guy Tel-Zur, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel
Vagan Terziyan, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Maria 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
Francesco Tusa, University College London, United Kingdom
Astrid Undheim, , Norway
Geoffroy Vallee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States
Robert van Engelen, Florida State University, United States
Marten van Sinderen, University of Twente, Netherlands
Kurt Vanmechelen, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
Luis Vaquero, , United Kingdom
Athanasios Vasilakos, University of Western Macedonia, Greece
Massimo Villari, University of Messina, Italy
Bruno Volckaert, Ghent University, Belgium
Hiroshi Wada, , Australia
Chen Wang, , Australia
Dadong Wang, , Australia
Martijn Warnier, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Marco Winckler, University Paul Sabatier (Toulouse 3), France
Jan-Jan Wu, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Republic of China
Bo Yang, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Ustun Yildiz, University of California, San Diego, United States
Michael Zapf, Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Wolfgang Ziegler, Fraunhofer Institute SCAI, Germany
Farhana Zulkernine, Queen's University, Canada

(list not yet complete)