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


The 6th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science, CLOSER 2016, 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 five perspectives in which we are addressing the area of Cloud Computing in this conference are: (i) Cloud Computing Fundamentals; (ii) Services Science; (iii) Cloud Computing Platforms and Applications; (iv) Cloud Computing Enabling Technology, (v) Big Data as a Service.


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 Application Portability
  • Cloud Computing Architecture
  • Cloud Delivery Models
  • Cloud Deployment Models: Public/Private/Hybrid Cloud
  • Cloud Education
  • Cloud Interoperability
  • Cloud Risk, Challenges, and Governance
  • Cloud Scenarios
  • Cloud Standards
  • QoS for Applications on Clouds
  • Energy Management
  • Resource Management
  • Privacy, Security and Trust
  • Federated Cloud


  • Business Process Management and Web Services
  • Business Services Realized by IT Services
  • Cloud Brokering
  • Cloud Cost Analysis
  • Data and Service Analytics
  • Enterprise Architectures and Services
  • Cloud Workflow Management Systems
  • Industrial Applications of Services Science
  • Information and Service Economy
  • Internet of Services
  • Model-Driven Web Service Engineering
  • Semantic and Service Web
  • Microservices: Atomation Deployment and Management
  • Microservices: Resource Allocation Elasticity
  • Microservices: Service State and Resilience
  • Service Discovery
  • Service Innovation
  • Service Lifecycle Management
  • Service Modeling and Specification
  • Service Monitoring and Control
  • Service-Oriented Architecture
  • Services Security and Reliability
  • Web Services
  • Service Society
  • Service Management
  • Service Platforms


  • Access Control
  • Cloud Solution Design Patterns
  • Cloud for Enterprise Business Transformation
  • Cloud Application Architectures
  • Cloud Application Scalability and Availability
  • Cloud Applications Performance and Monitoring
  • Cloud Economics
  • Cloud Middleware Frameworks
  • Engineering Mobile Clouds and Mobile-Based Systems
  • Development Methods for Cloud Applications
  • XaaS
  • Cloud Services
  • Mobile Cloud Computing Models, Infrastructures, and Approaches


  • API Management
  • Multi-Cloud Solutions Enablement
  • Cloud Quality and Performance
  • Cloud Optimization and Automation
  • Cloud Resource Virtualization and Composition
  • Cloud Management and Operations
  • Green and Energy Management
  • High Performance Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Migration
  • Monitoring of Services, Quality of Service, Service Level Agreements
  • Performance Development and Management
  • Security, Privacy, and Compliance Management
  • Virtualization Technologies
  • Container Schedulers
  • Application Containers


  • Big Data Cloud Services
  • On-Line Transaction Processing (OLTP) Services
  • On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) Services
  • NOSQL Services: Store, Visualization, Processing
  • Time Series Services: Databases, Dashboards


Pierangela SamaratiUniversità degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Frank LeymannUniversity of Stuttgart, Germany
Peter SlootComplexity Institute Singapore, Singapore; ITMO St. Petersburg; Russion Federation; University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Verena KantereUniversity of Geneva, Switzerland
Mohammed AtiquzzamanUniversity of Oklahoma, United States


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 papers presented at the conference venue will be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in a special issue of Future Generation Computer Systems Journal.
It is planned to publish a short list of revised and extended versions of presented papers with Springer in a CCIS Series book .
A short list of papers presented at the conference venue will be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in a special issue of Springer's Computing Journal.
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by .


Conference Date: 23 - 25 April, 2016

Paper Submission: December 7, 2015 (expired)
Authors Notification:
February 1, 2016 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration:
February 16, 2016 (expired)

Paper Submission: January 12, 2016 (expired)
Authors Notification:
February 9, 2016 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration:
February 23, 2016 (expired)

Workshop Proposal: January 8, 2016 (expired)
Paper Submission: February 10, 2016 (expired)
Authors Notification: February 29, 2016 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: March 7, 2016 (expired)

Doctoral Consortium
Authors Notification: February 29, 2016 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: March 4, 2016 (expired)

Special Sessions
Special Session Proposal: January 26, 2016 (expired)

Special Session OCCI
Paper Submission: February 17, 2016 (expired)
Authors Notification: February 24, 2016 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: March 3, 2016 (expired)

Special Session TEEC
Paper Submission: February 10, 2016 (expired)
Authors Notification: February 29, 2016 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: March 7, 2016 (expired)

Tutorial Proposal: March 1, 2016 (expired)

Demo Proposal: March 1, 2016 (expired)

Panel Proposal: March 1, 2016 (expired)

Authors Notification: February 24, 2016 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: March 4, 2016 (expired)


CLOSER Secretariat
Address: Av. D. Manuel I, 27A, 2º esq.
             2910-595 Setubal - Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 184
Fax: +351 265 520 186


Our event will take place at the Barceló Aran Mantegna Hotel, strategically located in the city of Rome due to the proximity with the city center and the International Airports Fiumicino and Ciampino.


Markus HelfertMaynooth University, Ireland


Jorge CardosoUniversity of Coimbra, Portugal and Huawei German Research Center, Munich, Germany
Donald FergusonColumbia University, United States
Víctor Méndez MuñozIUL, S.A. & Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB, Spain


Jörn Altmann, Seoul National University, Korea, Republic of
Vasilios Andrikopoulos, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Claudio Ardagna, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Amelia Badica, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Craiova, Romania
Boualem Benatallah, University of New South Wales, Australia
Karin Bernsmed, SINTEF ICT, Norway
Luiz F. Bittencourt, IC/UNICAMP, Brazil
Ivona Brandić, Vienna UT, Austria
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
John Cartlidge, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Augusto Ciuffoletti, Università di Pisa, Italy
Daniela Claro, Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Brazil
Thierry Coupaye, Orange, France
Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Eliezer Dekel, Huawei Technologies, Israel
Yuri Demchenko, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Frédéric Desprez, Antenne Inria Giant, Minatec Campus, France
Marcos Dias de Assunção, , France
Tomás Fernández Pena, Universidad Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Stefano Ferretti, University of Bologna, Italy
Mike Fisher, BT, United Kingdom
Geoffrey Fox, Indiana University, United States
Fabrizio Gagliardi, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Spain
Antonio García Loureiro, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
David Genest, Université d'Angers, France
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
Patrizia Grifoni, CNR, Italy
Stephan Groß, , Germany
Souleiman Hasan, National University of Ireland, Ireland
Benjamin Heckmann, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany
Louis Hertzberger, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dong Huang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Eduardo Huedo Cuesta, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
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
Xiaolong Jin, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Carlos Juiz, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain
David Kaeli, Northeastern University, United States
Gabor Kecskemeti, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Attila Kertesz, University of Szeged, Hungary
Carsten Kleiner, University of Applied Sciences & Arts Hannover, Germany
Geir Køien, University of Agder, Norway
George Kousiouris, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
Wilfried Lemahieu, , Belgium
Fei Li, Siemens AG, Austria, Austria
Donghui Lin, Kyoto University, Japan
Shijun Liu, School of Computer Science and Technology, Shandong University, China
Francesco Longo, Università degli Studi di Messina, Italy
Joseph Loyall, BBN Technologies, United States
Simone Ludwig, North Dakota State University, United States
Glenn Luecke, Iowa State University, United States
Hanan Lutfiyya, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Theo Lynn, Dublin City University, Ireland
Shikharesh Majumdar, Carleton University, Canada
Elisa Marengo, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Ioannis Mavridis, University of Macedonia, Greece
Richard McClatchey, UWE, Bristol, United Kingdom
Nouredine Melab, CRIStAL, Université Lille 1, Inria Lille, France
Mohamed Mohamed, IBM Research, Almaden, United States
Marco Casassa Mont, , United Kingdom
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
Jean-Marc Nicod, Institut FEMTO-ST, France
Bogdan Nicolae, IBM Research, Ireland
Mara Nikolaidou, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
Sebastian Obermeier, ABB Corporate Research, Switzerland
Claus Pahl, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Michael Palis, Rutgers University, United States
Nikos Parlavantzas, IRISA, France
David Paul, The University of New England, Australia
Siani Pearson, , United Kingdom
Agostino Poggi, University of Parma, Italy
Francesco Quaglia, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
Rajendra Raj, Rochester Institute of Technology, United States
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
Christoph Reich, Hochschule Furtwangen University, Germany
Kun Ren, Yale University, United States
Norbert Ritter, University of Hamburg, Germany
António Rosado da Cruz, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
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
Uwe Schwiegelshohn, TU Dortmund University, Germany
Wael Sellami, ReDCAD Laboratory, University of Sfax, Tunisia
Giovanni Semeraro, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
Carlos Serrão, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
Keiichi Shima, IIJ Innovation Institute, Japan
Frank Siqueira, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Josef Spillner, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Ralf Steinmetz, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Burkhard Stiller, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Yasuyuki Tahara, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Samir Tata, TELECOM SudParis, France
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
Orazio Tomarchio, University of Catania, Italy
Francesco Tusa, University College London, United Kingdom
Astrid Undheim, , Norway
Robert van Engelen, Florida State University, United States
Luis Vaquero, , United Kingdom
Bruno Volckaert, Ghent University, Belgium
Mladen Vouk, N.C. State University, United States
Hiroshi Wada, , Australia
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

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