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Smart Services and Software Platforms

This Special Issue pertains to the ICE/IEEE 2018 conference to be held in Stuttgart, 17-20 June 2018.  The ubiquitous availability of digital connected devices fosters the rise of more and more computational services in complex cyber-physical systems. Especially software innovations in the areas of data science, machine learning, as well as software architecture and engineering facilitate the arising of smart services and software platforms, which can operate context- and self-aware in real time. This progress is observable in the public as well as in the industrial space under denotations such as Smart City, Smart Home, or Industrial Internet. A unifying phenomenon of this class of software-based systems is that the traditional scientific models are not able to sufficiently support the runtime-composition as well as decentralized and concurrent engineering processes. 

From the technology perspective, traditional top-down and iterative engineering processes for software-based systems are currently reaching their performance edge. As system architectures become more open and interconnected, a central management of services life-cycles are not scalable but rather simply not feasible. In analogy to ecosystems arising in organic habitats, engineering processes and future technologies must allow for self-adaptive and emergent system behavior. Hence, open-loop control systems must dynamically find throughout the system lifecycle the just-in-time equilibrium based on available data, services and processes as well as on human shareholder requirements.
Smart service components in IT ecosystems with independent life-cycles are developed in asynchronous engineering processes and are connected at runtime on ambient software platforms. Beside that, heterogeneous service interfaces and data sources without a centrally predefined and semantically standardized scheme have to be integrated and prepared to be machine-readable. Service systems in this ecosystem context are possibly composed automatically and are temporarily alive. The architectural knowledge to compose smart service systems at real time has to be considered by service developer and platform provider.
This call for papers targets a special issue on the topic of development processes and technologies for smart services and their software platforms. It addresses especially the question how service providers can develop connectable smart services in temporary alive system compositions. We would like papers to explore the technology and engineering management perspective rather than the technology itself. We emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of the topic by explicitly inviting scholars from various disciplines to address the following questions:
1.      What are the technical interrelations between applications and platform in smart service engineering?
2.      What kind of computational support has to be provide by the software platform to support successful smart services?
3.      How can semantic standardization be managed and supported by platform in asynchronous development processes and in a decentral manner?
4.      What are the key challenges for emergent service generation based on predefined goals and how can they be solved in dynamic and self-adaptive systems?
5.      How can smart services be scaled at the market?
Suggested topics: 
-     Semantic standardization of data, software services and process in (asynchronous and decentralized) engineering
-     Novel engineering processes for smart and emergent service systems
-     Approaches for software platform support of smart service systems
-     Component-based software engineering for self-adaptive systems of cyber-physical systems
-     Approaches for the decentral management and computation of service and system composition
-     Resilience of smart service ecosystems
-     Dependability, privacy, security aspects of smart service systems
-     State-of-the-Art regarding (automated) reuse of architecture knowledge
-     Industrial experiments and case studies dealing with smart services and platforms
-     Smart Service Marketing
Schedule for the Special Issue:
(i) Deadline for extended abstract submission: 22nd April, 2018
(ii) Completion of the review process: 15th Mai, 2018
(iii) Workshop at the Conference: 18th-20th June, 2018
Submission Artefacts to be handed in:
  1. Extended abstract
    1. Length of extended abstract: 4 pages (max)
    2. Language: English
    3. Format: IEEE Format (see CfP for Conference Papers)
  2. Outline for Journal Extension based on provided template
  3. List of own and relevant state-of-the-art references
Papers will be evaluated based on significance (i.e. how the authors' work extends the State of the Art) and soundness of selected research aspects for extension in future work.
A template outlining a Journal Extension is provided here. The extended List of own and relevant state-of-the-art references is excluded from the extended abstract references. Although duplicated references are allowed, a relevant extension must be clearly visible.
The extended abstracts will be published in the ICE/IEEE ITMC conference proceedings and qualify themselves as a promising “fast-track” opportunity for journal publication. The extended journal version will published by the IEEE TEMS journal.
Authors can submit their papers at any time through the Conference website. When asked to choose article type, please click on ‘Smart Services”. Participants at the conference can expect feedback on their abstract for the official submission process of the journal. We will announce in the next weeks the official call for papers of IEEE Transactions on Technology Management.

For more information, please contact the Guest Editors at the following addresses:
Christian Bartelt Institute for Enterprise Systems - University of Mannheim
Jürgen Jähnert Baden-Württemberg Connected
Marc König Baden-Württemberg Connected
Alexander Mädche Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Andreas Rausch Software Systems Engineering - Clausthal University of Technology
Konrad Zerr University of Applied Science Pforzheim 
… (to be extended)
In case of any questions, please contact the organizers at cfp-smartserviceplatforms@uni-mannheim.de.
Editor in Chief:
Tugrul U Daim, Ph.D. and PICMET Fellow
Professor and Director of Technology Management Doctoral Program, 
Department of Engineering and Technology Management Portland State University
503-725-4582- office, 503-725-4667 – fax

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25th ICE / IEEE ITMC Conference 2019
Dr. Marc Pallot
Presence & Innovation Team, Arts & Métiers ParisTech

Dr. Alain Zarli 
R2M Managing Partner