Call for Papers

The European Conference on Service-Oriented and Cloud Computing (ESOCC) is the premier conference on the advances in the state of the art and practice of Service-Oriented Computing and Cloud Computing. During the past edition of ECOWS (European Conference on Web Services) conference, the Steering Committee decided to renew and broaden its scope, and to start a new conference series on the topics of service-oriented and cloud computing. The first edition of the new series, ESSOC 2012, will be held in Bertinoro from 19th to 21st of September, 2012. The main objectives of this conference are to facilitate the exchange between researchers and practitioners and to foster future collaborations in Europe and beyond. The ESOCC 2012 conference will include invited speakers, presentations of contributed research papers and an industrial track with the participation of top researchers from industry. ESOCC 2012 will also include a PhD symposium and satellite workshops.


The success encountered by the Web has shown that tightly coupled software systems are only good for niche markets, whereas loosely coupled software systems can be more flexible, more adaptive and often more appropriate in practice. Loose coupling makes it easier for a given system to interact with other systems, possibly legacy systems that share very little with it. When applications are developed with service-oriented architectures, they can evolve more easily during their lifespan and adapt better to changing or even unpredictable environments. On the other hand, cloud computing enables a new application execution paradigm where resources can be optimally utilised and exchanged between heterogeneous execution platforms and the cloud, so as to achieve fast response times and ensure immersive and non-interrupted user experience. Services today are developed and deployed in a black-box manner, which is of particular importance from a business perspective since services are implemented in a variety of technologies. Similarly, cloud computing tries to enable the mobility and the device and platform independence by promoting interoperability, portability and security standards. Essential is agreement on integration technology and consensus has emerged in today's middleware market: Customers want to use Web technologies. However, service integrators, developers, and providers need to create methods, tools and techniques to support cost-effective development and use of dependable services and service-oriented applications in the cloud.

Topics of interest

The ESOCC 2012 program committee seeks original, high quality papers related to all aspects of Service-Oriented and Cloud Computing, which constitute the main technology available to date for implementing service-oriented architectures and cloud computing. Topics of interest to the Research and Industry Tracks include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Business Process Management and Web Services
  • Cloud Services Management and Composition using Web Services
  • Dynamic and Adaptive Web Services
  • Economics Models and Web Services
  • Enterprise Architecture and Web Services
  • Emerging Trends of Service Composition and Mashups
  • Experience reports of novel applications of Service-Oriented and Cloud Computing in Health, Commerce, Finance, Telecom, Scientific Computing and other domains
  • Service modeling, service-oriented analysis and design
  • Formal Methods for Web Services
  • Frameworks for Building Web Service-Based Applications
  • Architectural Models for Cloud Computing
  • Identity and Access Management using Web Services
  • Mobile Web Services
  • Model-Driven Web Service Engineering
  • Next Generation Web Services Middleware and Service Repositories
  • Service quality and service interface design guidelines
  • RESTful Web Services
  • Self-Organizing Service Oriented Architectures
  • Semantic Web Services
  • Service Level Agreements for Web services
  • Service-Oriented Business Collaboration
  • SOA Governance and Web Services
  • Social Web Services
  • Web Services for Grids
  • Web Services in Service-Oriented Environments
  • Web Services Life-Cycles
  • Web Services Security and Privacy
It should be noted that papers on existing product descriptions or product marketing information are not within the scope of the ESOCC 2012 Industrial Track.

PhD Symposium

The ESOCC 2012 PhD Symposium is an international forum for PhD students working in any of the areas addressed by the ESOCC conference. The main aim of the Symposium is to give PhD students an opportunity to present their research activity and perspectives, to critically discuss them with other PhD students and with established researchers in the area, and to get fruitful feedback and advices on their research activity. PhD students working in any area addressed by the ESOCC conference can submit a short report providing a clear statement of the problem they intend to address, motivating the interest and novelty of the underlying research challenges, demonstrating the ideas by examples, and describing the proposed research plan and expected results. Reports should not exceed 6 pages formatted according to the LNCS proceedings guidelines. The papers should be authored by the PhD student and indicate the name of her/his supervisor. Submissions must be sent by email to the symposium chair Wolf Zimmermann ( ).

Submission Guidelines

Original papers, not submitted for publication elsewhere, can be submitted via EasyChair. Submissions should be formatted according to the LNCS proceedings guidelines and the templates available at: and they should not exceed 15 pages. A paper might be accepted as a full paper (15 pages), short paper (8 pages) or as a poster (2 pages abstract in the proceedings). The conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

Important Dates

Deadlines for research papers:
  • Paper submission (CLOSED): Friday, April 27, 2012
  • Notifications (CLOSED): Friday, June 8, 2012
  • CR versions due: Friday, June 29, 2012
  • ESOCC 2012 conference: September 19-21, 2012
Deadlines for industrial papers:
  • Industrial Papers: Friday, April 27, 2012
  • Notifications: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
  • CR versions due: Friday, June 29, 2012
  • ESOCC 2012 conference: September 19-21, 2012
Deadlines for PhD Symposium papers:
  • Paper submission (POSTPONED): Wednesday, June 27, 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: Friday, July 15, 2012
  • Camera Ready: Sunday, July 31, 2012
  • ESOCC 2012 conference: September 19-21, 2012
Deadlines for workshop proposals:
  • Workshop proposal submission: Friday, March 16, 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: Friday, March 30, 2012


General Chair:
  • Gianluigi Zavattaro, University of Bologna, Italy
Program Chairs:
  • Ernesto Pimentel, University of Malaga, Spain
  • Flavio de Paoli, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Industry Track Chairs:
  • Thomas Gschwind, IBM Research - Zurich, Switzerland
  • Sergio Gusmeroli, TXT e-Solutions, Italy
Workshop Chairs:
  • Ivan Lanese, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Cesare Pautasso, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Ph.D. Symposium Chair:
  • Wolf Zimmermann, University of Halle, Germany
ESOCC 2012 Program Committee:
  • Marco Aiello, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Farhad Arbab, CWI, The Netherlands
  • Luciano Baresi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Sami Bhiri, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
  • Mario Bravetti, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Antonio Brogi, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Christoph Bussler, Xtime, Inc., USA
  • Manuel Carro, IMDEA Software, Spain
  • Siobhan Clarke, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Juergen Dunkel, FH Hannover, Germany
  • Schahram Dustdar, TU Wien, Austria
  • Rik Eshuis, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology, The Netherlands
  • David Eyers, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Christopher Giblin, IBM Zurich Research Lab, Switzerland
  • Claude Godart, Universiy of Lorraine, France
  • Paul Grefen, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Reiko Heckel, University of Leicester, UK
  • Martin Henkel, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Dionisis Kehagias, CERTH-ITI, Greece
  • Birgitta Koenig-Ries, Universitaet Jena, Germany
  • Ernoe Kovacs, NEC Europe Network Labs, Germany
  • Akhil Kumar, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Peep Kungas, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Frederic Lang, INRIA Grenoble Rhone-Alpes, France
  • Frank Leymann, University Stuttgart, Germany
  • Welf Loewe, Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • Ingo Melzer, DaimlerChrysler Research, Germany
  • Roy Oberhauser, Aalen University, Germany
  • Claus Pahl, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • George Angelos Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Christophe Ponsard, CETIC, Belgium
  • Manfred Reichert, University of Ulm, Germany
  • Wolfgang Reisig, Humbold-Universitaet Berlin, Germany
  • Ulf Schreier, Univ. of Applied Sciences Furtwangen, Germany
  • Marten van Sinderen, University of Twente, the Netherlands
  • Rainer Unland, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Erik Wilde, UC Berkeley, USA
  • Umit Yalcinalp, Adobe Systems, USA
  • Olaf Zimmermann, ABB Corporate Research, Switzerland
  • Wolf Zimmermann, University Halle, Germany
ESOCC Steering Committee:
  • Antonio Brogi, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Schahram Dustdar, TU Wien, Austria
  • Rik Eshuis, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Paul Grefen, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology, The Netherlands
  • George Angelos Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Cesare Pautasso, University of Lugano, Switzerland
  • Ulf Schreier, Hochschule Furtwangen University, Germany
  • Olaf Zimmermann, ABB Corporate Research, Switzerland
  • Wolf Zimmermann, University of Halle, Germany