CALL FOR PAPERS
Applications, Solutions, and Techniques
The field of embedded system is getting more and more
challenging, and issues in development of embedded software are becoming very
attracting to a wide number of researchers both in industry and academia.
Requirements for embedded systems are very stringent and
sometimes conflicting. The prime is the system cost. For obtaining
a low-cost device, only the indispensable resources are employed, and
they must be exploited as much as possible to improve the user-perceived
quality of the final system. Moreover, some applications (especially
on hand-held devices) require low power consumption.
Up to few years ago, embedded systems have not provided
the proper platform for computing-intensive programs. The use of sophisticated,
colorful graphical interfaces, the integration of communication devices
of any kind, the access to simple databases is becoming common also
for this kind of products. Thus, the capabilities of embedded systems
have been improved, in order to make them suitable to host this kind of
applications. At present, the employment of SoC (System on Chip) multiprocessors
for dedicated applications is no more considered futuristic.
Software development in the field of embedded systems is becoming
more and more difficult. In fact, often both performance and power
consumption issues must be taken into account, and thus the delivery
of high-quality products under time-to-market constraints pushes the
introduction of innovative supporting methodologies and tools.
Nowadays, the use of COTS in this field solves a number of problems,
but imposes a new way to look at embedded software development, making
the designer operate mostly at the architectural level and tackling performance
problems following new approaches.
The purpose of this track is to address both practical and theoretical
issues in the development of embedded systems, especially operating
on software (i.e. both at OS and application level). In this setting, papers
are solicited to deal with problems, state-of-the-art solutions, open
issues and future directions in the field of development of dedicated applications
for embedded systems.
Major topics of interest include but are not limited to the
Topics of Interest
- OS & RTOS for embedded systems.
- Criteria for software/hardware partitioning in co-design.
- Use of COTS in embedded applications development.
- Exploitation of memory hierarchy in dedicated applications.
- Advanced architectural features.
- Issues in managing I/O interactions.
- Techniques for optimal use of SoC platforms.
- Software architectures of embedded systems.
- Support for parallel embedded systems.
- Software engineering for embedded applications.
- Development of real-time embedded applications.
- Development of software for wireless devices.
- Performance analysis of embedded systems.
- Software techniques for improving performance.
- Testing, debugging and profiling of embedded software.
- Power-aware software design techniques.
- Methodologies and tools in the field of embedded systems.
- Case studies.
Guidelines for Submission
Original papers from the above-mentioned or other related areas
will be considered.
This includes three categories of submissions: 1) original
and unpublished research; 2) reports of innovative computing applications
in the arts, sciences, engineering, business, government, education
and industry; and 3) reports of successful technology transfer
to new problem domains.
Each submitted paper will be fully refereed and undergo a
blind review process by at least three referees.
The accepted papers in all categories will be published in
the ACM SAC 2003 proceedings.
Selected papers from the track will be considered for journal publication.
Submission guidelines must be strictly followed:
- Submit your paper electronically in either PDF
or postscript format, with subject "SAC03", to Alessio Bechini
), contact chairman for the Special Track on Embedded Systems.
Please note: neither hardcopy nor fax submissions will
be accepted. Submissions should be printable on a standard
printer on common paperformats like letter and DIN A4. Please
use a Postscript previewer such as Ghostview to check the portability
of Postscript documents. The acceptable compression format
- The author(s) name(s) and address(es) must not appear
in the body of the paper, and self-reference should be in the
third person. This is to facilitate blind review.
- The body of the paper should not exceed 5,000 words (approximately
15 pages, double-spaced).
- A separate cover sheet (this should be sent separately
from the main paper) should show the title of the paper, the
author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), and the address (including
e-mail, telephone, and fax) to which correspondence should be sent.
- All submissions must be received by September 6th
- September 13th, 2002: Paper Submission
- October 18, 2002: Author Notification
- November 8, 2002: Camera-Ready Copy
Anyone wishing to review papers for this special track
should contact one of the Track Program Chairmen at the addresses