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SIROCCO 2019 - Preliminary Call for Papers

26th International Colloquium on Structural Information and Communication Complexity (SIROCCO 2019)
July 1-4, 2019, L’Aquila, Italy
OVERVIEW. SIROCCO is devoted to the study of the interplay between structural knowledge, communication, and computing in decentralized systems of multiple communicating entities. Special emphasis is given to innovative approaches leading to better understanding of the relationship between computing and communication. SIROCCO has a tradition of interesting and productive scientific meetings in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere, attracting leading researchers in a variety of fields in which communication and knowledge play a significant role. This year, SIROCCO will be held in L’Aquila, a beautiful historical city in the mountain side, 100km away from Rome.
SCOPE. Original papers are solicited from all areas of study of local structural knowledge, global communication, and computational complexities. Among the typical areas are distributed computing, communication networks, game theory, parallel computing, social networks, mobile computing (including autonomous robots), peer to peer systems, communication complexity, fault tolerant graphs, and probability in networks. Keeping up with the tradition of SIROCCO, new areas are always welcome.
SUBMISSIONS. Papers are to be submitted electronically through EasyChair at the following link:
Authors are invited to submit their work in one of the two acceptable formats: regular papers and brief announcements. First, abstracts should be registered and later the full papers are due. A regular submission must report on original research and must contain results that have not previously appeared, and have not been concurrently submitted to a journal or a conference with published proceedings. It must be no longer than 12 single-column pages on letter-size paper using at least 11-point font, including tables and references. Up to 4 additional pages of figures may be included with the submission. Additional details may be included in a clearly marked appendix, which will be read at the discretion of the program committee. Full Proofs omitted for lack of space should appear in an appendix.
A submission for a brief announcement must be no longer than 3 single-column pages on letter-size paper using at least 11-point font. The title of a submission for a brief announcement must begin with “Brief announcement:”. Such submissions may describe work in progress or work presented elsewhere. A submission that is not selected for regular presentation may be invited for a brief announcement.
PUBLICATION. Regular papers and brief announcements will be included in the conference proceedings that will be published by Springer. Regular papers receive up to 15 pages, brief announcements receive up to 2 LNCS-style pages.
BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD. A prize will be given to the best student regular paper. A paper is eligible if at least one author is a full-time student at the time of submission, and the contribution of the student is significant. This must be noted on the cover page. The program committee may decline to give the award or may split it.
KEY DATES (all in 2019)
Abstract registration: April 1
Full paper submission: April 7
SIROCCO notification: May 17
Proceedings version: TBD
Early registration: June 1

Premio Studenti 2018 indetto dall'Associazione GUFPI-ISMA

GUFPI-ISMA è l'Associazione Italiana per i Function Point e le Metriche del Software e dal 1990 mira alla promozione e allo sviluppo delle corretta cultura della misurazione dei prodotti, processi e servizi ICT anche creando una proficua collaborazione tra il mondo del lavoro e l’Università (

In quest’ottica il GUFPI-ISMA indice la quinta edizione del concorso per l'assegnazione di n. 2 (due) Premi per Tesi di Laurea/Laurea Magistrale e Dottorato da destinare a neo-dottori che abbiano svolto e discusso un lavoro di tesi presso una Università Italiana nell’anno solare 2017 su argomenti concernenti la misurazione del software, dei processi o dei servizi ICT.

I temi di interesse includono:

  • Misurazione Funzionale del software (es. COSMIC, Function Point)
  • Misurazione non Funzionale del software (es. ISO/IEC 25010:2011, IFPUG SNAP, FURPS+)
  • Tecniche/Metodi di misurazione di progetti e processi software (es. Produttività, Balanced Scorecard)
  • Misurazione early, quick, approssimata e automatizzata
  • Stima dei costi e dell’effort di progetti IT
  • Assicurazione della qualità
  • Predizione dei difetti
  • Misure per il Cloud, sistemi embedded, IoT
  • Misure per software open source
  • Misure per start-up
  • Misurazione del valore
  • Misurazione in contesti agile e model-driven
  • Misurazione per continuous delivery/integration e DevOps
  • Measurement-as-a-Service
  • Miglioramento dei processi
  • Analisi dei dati 
  • Analisi empirica
  • Quality of Service e metriche per Service Level Agreement
  • Sistemi di decisione e di raccomandazione basati sulla misurazione
  • Raccolta e qualità dei dati
  • Visualizzazione e dashboard

A tutti i candidati ammessi alla selezione verrà assegnata l’iscrizione gratuita (quota ‘Studenti’) per l’anno 2019 al GUFPI-ISMA, che consente, tra l’altro, la partecipazione ai tre Eventi metrici organizzati ogni anno dall’Associazione. Ai primi 2 lavori selezionati sarà assegnato un premio in denaro di 200 (duecento) Euro.

La domanda di partecipazione al concorso dovrà essere presentata entro il 28 Settembre 2018 secondo le istruzioni indicate nel Bando, reperibile alla pagina

We are pleased to announce the availability of a full-time position for 1 Ph.D. grant at the UNIVERSITY OF SIENA, ITALY in the Smart-Computing program
This position represents a great opportunity to develop expertise in performance evaluation of reconfigurable and high performance parallel computers, embedded systems and multi-core architectures. The doctoral period is typically 3 years and the program will start on November 1st 2018.
The application is open to both ITALIANS and NON-ITALIANS candidates that hold a Master degree or equivalent or who will earn one by October 30th 2018.

DEADLINE: 17 July 2018

RESEARCH-LINE: Reconfigurable Computing- Reconfigurable Architectures- Multi-core and Many-core architectures- Simulation Technologies- Acceleration of future applications (with emphasis on Artificial Intelligence)

CONTEXT: Our Research is in contact with other leading European Universities and Companies:Some of the recent projects: -

SCIENTIFIC CHALLENGES: Reconfigurable-Computing is the most appealing advance in computing platforms is currently represented by systems-on-chip that include both powerful CPUs, specific accelerators like GPUs and customizable accelerators named FPGAs. This means that hardware has become as flexible as software (named reconfigurable-computing) and a big opportunity to accelerate specific functions from cryptography to deep learning and opening the doors for more performance combined with more energy efficiency. Based on the experience of previous and current large European Projects (HiPEAC, SARC, ERA, TERAFLUX, AXIOM) we aim to design next generation computing platforms that can best suite for the needs of a range of applications in the smart-computing domains.
Keywords: reconfigurable-computing, multicore, embedded systems, distributed systems.



The Ph.D. School of Information Engineering and Mathematical Science of the University of Siena aims to educate scholars in a number of fields of research in Information Engineering and Science fields.


Scientific questions regarding this position may be sent by email to Prof. Roberto Giorgi ( - expression of interest and support letters are appreciated.Please include your CV, a motivation letter and a report of your graduation marks (please note that we select students with top marks).

HOW TO APPLY (please note the close application deadline 17/07/2018):

1) Agree with the advisor (prof. Roberto Giorgi) on a specific research project to be submitted

2) Follow the application guidelines:

RESPONSIBILITIES- Write research papers (workshops, conferences, journals)- Implement research project activities- Attend Ph.D. courses, assist student projects

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS- Master's degree in Computer Engineering (or Science), Informatics (by 30/10/2018)- Programming Experience (C, C++, VHDL, Verilog)- Willingness to contribute in an international team- Willingness to combine formal research with real-world practice in the context of national and international projects

More information about us:- We are part of the HiPEAC Network of Excellence ( and coordinated TERAFLUX and AXIOM projects- Location: Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics ( )- Student Services ( )
Other information:- About Siena: - A description by Prof. Cetin K. Koc, UCSB: "To me, the best city in the best region of the world."- National Ranking 2016: Siena is a small medieval city (50k people) surrounded by the fantastic country-side of Tuscany, only 60 km from the larger industrial area of Florence. The DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS, founded in 1996 and including now more than 70 Faculty members and 50 PhD students and Post-docs, is one of the most active Departments in Siena.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------This text is also available here:


The 3rd Italian Workshop on Embedded Systems (IWES 2018)

Siena, Italy -- 13-14 September 2018

**** Call for Presentations ****
-- Submission deadline for presentations: 3rd July 2018 --

The Italian Workshop on Embedded Systems (IWES) is a meeting point for
the exchange of research experience in academy and industry on all
aspects of embedded systems.

=== Aims and scope ===

The workshop aims at:

- Providing a forum where researchers on embedded systems can present
their work, exchange ideas, receive constructive feedback, and
interact with the other research groups in the country, thus
offering an opportunity for meeting, programming and organising
projects, research work or other initiatives.

- Facilitating connections and building synergies between Academy and
Industry, by providing a place where companies involved in the
Embedded Systems business can showcase their current technical
challenges and strategic interests and conveniently get up-to-date
with the research lines and latest results achieved by the Italian
research community on the topic.

- Increasing awareness of the importance of the Embedded Systems
business among B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. students in Computer Science
and Engineering and of the career opportunities offered by companies
active in the field.


=== Workshop Venue ===

The 3rd edition of the Italian Workshop on Embedded Systems (IWES
2018) will be held at University of Siena on 13-14 September 2018.
Via Roma 56 (S. Niccolo' building), Siena.


=== Submission of presentations ===

IWES 2018 welcomes authors from academy and industry to submit
proposals for presentations.

Three types of presentations are solicited:

1. Introduction of groups from scientific institutions active in
research on Embedded Systems, presenting their research lines to
the audience.

2. Introduction of companies involved in the Embedded Systems
business, presenting their research lines and/or business
challenges to the audience.

3. Technical presentations on all aspects of design, implementation
and analysis of Embedded Systems.

See the workshop website for
instructions on submission of presentations.

=== Important dates ===

- Presentations submission deadline: 03rd July 2018
- Notification deadline: 15th July 2018
- Early registration deadline: 21st July 2018
- Workshop: 13-14th Sept. 2018

=== Workshop organisation ===

IWES 2018 is organised by the Computer Architecture Lab and the Department
of Information Engineering and Mathematics of the University of Siena.

Workshop website:

Workshop chair:
- Roberto Giorgi, University of Siena, Italy

Local organising committee:
- Marco Procaccini, University of Siena, Italy
- Farnam Khalili, University of Siena, Italy

PhD position - Doctoral Programme in Materials, Mechatronics and Systems Engineering, University of Trento

Blockchain technology for smart contracts

Mainly known for virtual currencies as bitcoin, blockchain technologies are described as disrupting and are changing economics and society with their applications. One of the areas in which blockchain potentials are native is smart contracts. Given its nature as open and distributed ledger that can be used to record transactions between two parties in a verifiable and permanent way, a blockchain platform can almost straightaway be used to implement contracts. To this end, blockchains are used to generate logs of contract milestones and make ensuring compliance, determining violations and assigning blame and penalties easier and faster. Our focus in the project is to speed up the process of generating smart contract code so that it is more systematic and less error-prone. As a first step, smart contracts expressed in natural language ought to be translated in a specification language that allows describing the content of the contracts in terms of a conceptual model. The goal of the project is to design a framework to semi-automate the process of translating textual contracts into blockchain specifications. In this context, the PhD activity implies an interdisciplinary study to gather and analyse real-life industrial contracts, design a conceptual model, and test the application of linguistic tools to support the translation of textual contracts into blockchain specifications.