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Workshop on Emerging Software as a Service and Analytics - ESaaSA 2015

20 - 22 May, 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal

In conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - CLOSER 2015

Main Chair
Victor Chang
Leeds Beckett University
United Kingdom
Brief Bio
Dr. Victor Chang is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing, Creative Technologies at Leeds Beckett University, UK and a visiting Researcher at the University of Southampton, UK. He is an expert on Cloud Computing and Big Data in both academia and industry with extensive experience in related areas since 1998. Dr Chang completed a PGCert (Higher Education) and PhD (Computer Science) within four years while working full-time. He has over 70 peer-reviewed published papers. He won £20,000 funding in 2001 and £81,000 funding in 2009. He was involved in part of the £6.5 million project in 2004, part of the £5.6 million project in 2006 and part of a £300,000 project in 2013. Dr Chang won a 2011 European Identity Award in Cloud Migration. He was selected to present his research in the House of Commons in 2011 and won the best student paper in CLOSER 2012. He has demonstrated Storage as a Service, Health Informatics as a Service, Financial Software as a Service, Education as a Service, Big Data Processing as a Service, Integration as a Service, Security as a Service, Social Network as a Service, Data Visualization as a Service (Weather Science) and Consulting as Service in Cloud Computing and Big Data services in both of his practitioner and academic experience. His proposed frameworks have been adopted by several organizations. He is the founding chair of international workshops in Emerging Software as a Service and Analytics and Enterprise Security. He is a joint Editor-in-Chief (EIC) in International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence and a founding EIC in Open Journal of Big Data. He is the Editor of a highly prestigious journal, Future Generation Computer Systems (FGCS). He is a reviewer of numerous well-known journals. He has 27 certifications with 97% on average. He is a keynote speaker of CLOSER/WEBIST/ICT4AgeingWell 2015. Dr Chang has published two books on Cloud Computing which are available on Amazon website.
Muthu Ramachandran
Leeds Beckett University
United Kingdom
Brief Bio
Muthu Ramachandran is currently a Principal Lecturer in the Computing, Creative Technologies, and Engineering School as part of the Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. Previously, he spent nearly eight years in industrial research (Philips Research Labs and Volantis Systems Ltd, Surrey, UK) where he worked on software architecture, reuse, and testing. His first career started as a research scientist where he worked on real-time systems development projects. He is an author & co-author of books: Software Components: Guidelines and Applications (Nova Publishers, NY, USA, 2008) and Software Security Engineering: Design and Applications (Nova Publishers, NY, USA, 2011). He has also widely authored published journal articles, book chapters and conferences materials on various advanced topics in software engineering and education. He is a member of various professional organizations and computer societies: IEEE, ACM, Fellow of BCS, and Fellow of HEA. He is also invited speaker on several international conferences. He had worked on several research projects including all aspects of software engineering, SPI for SMEs (known as a Prism model), emergency and disaster management systems, software components and architectures, good practice guidelines on software developments, software security engineering, and cloud computing.
Gary Wills
University of Southampton
United Kingdom
Brief Bio
Dr Gary Wills is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He graduated from the University of Southampton with an Honours degree in Electromechanical Engineering, and then a PhD in Industrial Hypermedia systems. He is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institute of Engineering Technology and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy. He is also an adjunct professor at the Cape Peninsular University of Technology and a research professor at RLabs. Gary's research projects focus on System Engineering and applications for industry, medicine and education, see research pages for more information.
Robert Walters
University of Southampton
United Kingdom
Brief Bio
Dr Robert John Walters is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Southampton. His research interests include middleware, distributed computing, hypermedia and graphical formal modelling language. Related Experiences: Dr Robert John Walters is supervising a few PhD students specialising in Cloud Computing.
Verena Kantere
University of Geneva
Brief Bio
Dr Verena Kantere is a Senior Researcher and an Excellence Grant Scholar based at the University of Geneva. She has won prestigious funded projects, including FP7-ICT-2013 Specific Targeted Research Projects (STReP) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Project. She has a wide range of research interests in Big Data, Cloud Computing, P2P systems, Semantic Web, Distributed Systems and Databases.
Chung-Sheng Li
United States
Brief Bio
Dr. Chung-Sheng Li is currently the director of the Commercial Systems Department, PI for the IBM Research Cloud Initiatives, and the executive sponsor of the Security 2.0 strategic initiative. He has been with IBM T.J. Watson Research Center since May 1990. His research interests include cloud computing, security and compliance, digital library and multimedia databases, knowledge discovery and data mining, and data center networking. He has authored or coauthored more than 130 journal and conference papers and received the best paper award from IEEE Transactions on Multimedia in 2003. He is both a member of IBM Academy of Technology and a Fellow of the IEEE. He received BSEE from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1984, and the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989 and 1991, respectively.


Our workshop presents a summary of Emerging Software as a Service and Analytics (ESaaSA), which offer innovative approaches of delivering services and making contributions to research and enterprise communities. Following the successful delivery of ESaaSA 2014, we oversee the importance of ESaaSA as a unique and rising field and all services in SaaS should always be designed, deployed and integrated. Emerging means innovative techniques and methods used for the traditional areas (finance, healthcare, education, security etc) or new areas (mobile apps, social networks, weather visualisation, Big Data processing etc). We will seek papers to demonstrate proofs-of-concept, demonstrations, design and implementations, successful case studies and use cases of adopting ESaaSA.
The focus of this workshop is to demonstrate new techniques, demonstrations and innovative approaches in ESaaSA and analytics services. The impacts of research contributions are as follows. - Explain how to implement analytics, and their added values.

- Demonstrate how ESaaSA can be used in different case studies.
- Describe how to resolve challenges in each Cloud Computing adoption scenario.
- Provide reproducible steps for anyone to follow, and support reproducibility, an important aspect in Cloud Computing science.
- Explain how their Cloud services can work effectively in production and real-time
- Present how their services can make contributions to users involved in the use of Cloud services and adoption.
- Sum up and disseminate all the lessons learned and recommendation to play an influential role in academia and industry

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Health Informatics as a Service (HIaaS) for any type of health informatics, computation and services
  • Big Data as a Service (BDaaS) including frameworks, empirical approaches and data processing techniques
  • Big Data algorithm, methodology, business models and challenges
  • Security as a Service including any algorithms, methodology and software proof-of-concepts
  • Financial Software as a Service (FSaaS) including risk and pricing analysis; predictive modelling
  • Education as a Service (EaaS) including e-Learning and educational applications
  • Business Process as a Service (BPaaS) including workflows and supply chain in the Cloud
  • Software Engineering approaches, including formal methods, agile methods and theoretical algorithms for Cloud
  • Natural Science as a Service (NSaaS) including weather forecasting and weather data visualization
  • System Design and Architecture
  • Mobile System as a Service (MSaaS)
  • Gaming as a Service (GaaS)
  • Framework (conceptual, logical or software)
  • Analytics as a Service (AaaS) for any types of analytics
  • Electrical Platform as a Service (EPaaS)
  • Energy-saving and Green IT applications
  • Middleware and agents for Cloud, Grid and Cluster Computing
  • Integration as a Service (data; service; business; federated clouds)
  • Scheduling, service duplication, fairness, load balance for SaaS and Analytics
  • Tenant application development including customization, verification, simulation, and testing on SaaS and Analytics
  • SaaS QoS, security, reliability, availability, service bus mechanisms
  • Social Clouds and Analytics
  • User Evaluations and Case Studies
  • SaaS, Big Data and Analytics demonstrations and research discussions from computing scientists, business IS academics and industrial consultants
  • e-Government, e-Commerce, e-Science and creative technologies for the Cloud
  • HCI
  • Modern data center and system architecture to improve performance, security and integration
  • Any emerging services


Paper Submission: March 12, 2015 (expired)
Authors Notification: March 26, 2015 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: April 6, 2015 (expired)
Dr. Luís Veiga

Biography of Dr. Luís Veiga
Luís Veiga received his PhD (2007) in Computer Science and Engineering, by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), ULisboa. He is tenured Assistant Professor at IST and Senior Researcher at INESC-ID. He coordinates locally the FP7 CloudForEurope project, participates in FP7 Timbus project. He has lead 2 National research projects on P2P cycle-sharing, and is locally coordinating 2 on distributed virtual machines and multicore programming. His research interests include distributed systems, replication, virtual machines, middleware for cloud, grid, P2P and mobile computing, resource management. He has over 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications (Best-paper at Middleware 2007, Best-paper award runner up at IEEE CloudCom 2013) in workshops, conferences, book chapters, edited books, and journals since 2000. He was General Chair for Middleware 2011, and belongs to Middleware Steering and Program Committee. He is Virtualization track co-Chair for IEEE CloudCOM 2013, and Local Chair for Euro-Par 2014 track on Distributed Systems and Algorithms. He has served as reviewer for prestigious journals such as IEEE TPDS, JPDC, FGCS, IEEE Systems Journal and served as Guest-Editor for two special issues of Springer JISA journal. He has previously served in international conferences as member of program committee, proceedings editor (ACM Middleware 2012, EuroSys 2007, ACM PPPJ 2007-2008, and MobMid/M-MPAC Workshop at ACM Middleware 2008, 2009, and 2010) and co-chaired ARM Middleware workshops for 2012 and 2013. He was an "Excellence in Teaching in IST" mention recipient (2008, 2012), and awarded Best Young Researcher at INESC-ID Prize (2012, and nominated 2010,2011), and nominated for Best Researcher at INESC-ID Prize (2013) overall. He is a member of IEEE, ACM and EuroSys. He is a member of the Scientific Board of the MSc in Telecommunications and Informatics, and an elected member of the IST School Assembly.
Workshop Sponsorship
ESaaSA is a leading workshop in Emerging Services on Cloud Computing and Big Data. Authors for our selected workshop papers have the proofs-of-concepts and demonstrations that have offered research and/or enterprise contributions. To help us running an international workshop bringing experts, scientists and practitioners of different domains and specialisation together, we actively seek sponsors who can support our scholarly activities. We will issue certificates of participation and certificates for the best paper, runners-up and third-place papers. Your logo will appear on the certificates given to all the delegates and appear on our website and our materials for ESaaSA 2015 public relations.

We will also announce to the delegates and the people we work with about your sponsorship. We will offer you a certificate of acknowledgment. The types of sponsorship is as follows:

  • Diamond Sponsorship: 2,200 Euro or £1,700, a free registration and a free conference dinner for one person, as well as promotion of your events and services at the workshop and conference. A business keynote presentation will be included. Your logo will be on all the certificates issued to delegates.
  • Gold Sponsorship: 1,300 Euro or £1,000, a free registration for one person. A sponsor keynote presentation will be included. Your logo on all the certificates issued to delegates.
  • Silver Sponsorship: 550 Euro or £420, a free conference dinner for one person. Your logo will be on all the certificates issued to delegates.
  • Bronze Sponsorship: 325 Euro or £250. Your logo on all the certificates issued to delegates.


Omar Abdul-Rahman, Global Business Service,, IBM Japan, Japan
Saad Alahmari, Department of Computer Science, Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University, Saudi Arabia
Naif Aljohani, Information System , King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
Mitra Arami, Northeastern University London, United Kingdom
Khin M. Aung, Data Center Technologies Division, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Data Storage Institute, Singapore
Reinhold Behringer, Knorr Bremse GmbH, Germany
K. Chandrasekaran, Computer Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India
Sidney Chapman, Independent Researcher, Australia
Tzu-chun Chen, , Germany
Dickson Chiu, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Darren Chong, Singapore Government, Singapore
Wendy Currie, Independent Researcher, France
Natalia Kushik, Telecom SudParis, France
Bu F. Lee, School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Tope Omitola, Independent Researcher, United Kingdom
Pethuru Raj, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Ltd., India
Shuqin Ren, Data Center Technologies,, Singapore
Jose Simao, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Portugal
Luis M. Vaquero, , United Kingdom
Yun Wan, University of Houston, United States
Junbo Wang, University of Aizu, Japan
Tomasz W. Wlodarczyk, University of Stavanger, Norway
Neil Y. Yen, School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Aizu, Japan
Fan Zhang, Independent Researcher, United States

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Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the workshop program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support.
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in a special issue of RonPub's Open Journal of Big Data (OJBD) edited by the workshop chairs.

We sincerely invite all conference delegates to consider submitting an extended version of their papers to our journal, International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence (IJOCI), on special issue on Emerging Clouds. You need about 40-50% of new content based on the extension of your conference/workshop paper. Details will be given during the workshop and conference period.

A short list of papers presented at the conference venue will be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in a special section of International Journal of Information Management

Selected Examples of Big Data Research outputs
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