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Call for Papers

The Tenth IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management (IM 2007) will be held 21-25 May 2007 in Munich, Germany. IM 2007 will present the latest technical advances in the area of management, operations and control of networks, networking services, networked applications, and distributed systems. Held in odd-numbered years since 1989 and taking turns with its sibling conference NOMS, IM 2007 will build on the successes of its predecessors and serve as the primary forum for exchange among the research, standards, vendor and user communities in the field of integrated management. The symposium is sponsored by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 6.6 on Management of Networks and Distributed Systems, and by the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Network Operations and Management (CNOM).
Integrated management of networked systems is facing new challenges, stemming from a combination of rapidly evolving technologies and an increased scrutiny from corporate customers. At the same time, as IT and network services become more and more ubiquitous, their reliability and performance become more critical for all kinds of enterprises. The resulting demands for improving and verifying service quality must be met in an environment of increasingly distributed and decentralized service provisioning, accelerated service lifecycles, and unprecedented security challenges. Today's IT management issues involve many diverse problems in controlling heterogeneous IT infrastructures, often across organizational boundaries. However, new and difficult challenges are emerging while aligning technical and organizational IT management to business requirements, thus calling for integrating management tools and measures "from bits to business value".
IM 2007 will be organized into technical and application sessions, panels, and tutorials. In addition, it will feature an industrial experience track to share practical lessons learned by the user and vendor communities, posters, birds-of-a-feather sessions, and vendor exhibits. In the tradition of previous events, we strive to make the IM 2007 Symposium the highest quality professional event of the year. Paper submissions will undergo a stringent review process implemented by the Technical Program Committee, which includes the most respected experts in the field. We encourage papers that break new ground or present insightful results based on experience with integrated management of networks, systems, applications and services.

Submission Instructions

Authors are invited to submit original contributions in PDF format through the IM 2007 web site. Papers must be written in English. Only original papers that have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere can be submitted. Self-plagiarized papers and multiple submissions will be rejected without further review. Full papers are required for review.
If accepted, the maximum length of each paper will be 10 printed pages including figures in IEEE 2-column style.
For samples and templates, please refer to the IM 2007 author instructions.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest to IM 2007 include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Management Paradigms, Theories and Models
    • AI techniques for management: knowledge-based, intelligent agents, machine learning, neural networks
    • Decentralized and Distributed Management
    • Policy and Role Based Management
    • Resilience, dependability and survivability
    • Theory (control, optimization, economic) for management
    • Biologically inspired management systems and techniques
    • Pro-active Management architectures
    • evaluation and benchmarking of management systems and technologies
  • Management and Virtual Environments
    • Managing virtual resources and services
    • Virtualization of Operations Centers, Help Desks
    • Information Modeling in Virtual Environments
    • Management of Grids, P2P environments, federations
  • Management Standards and Enabling Technologies
    • Integration and Middleware technologies for Management
    • Information models for Management (CIM, SID)
    • Service-Oriented Architectures and Management
    • Data mining and statistical methods in management
    • Next generation operation support systems
  • Operation and Management Functions
    • Security management, Federated Identity Management
    • Mobility management
    • Network, Systems and Service Monitoring
    • Event Correlation, Fault, Performance Management
    • Accounting Management and Service Level Reporting
  • Service Engineering and Operational Challenges
    • Service design and quality assurance
    • Resource and Operational Requirements
    • Service discovery and service negotiation
    • Quality-of-Service management
  • Management of Emerging Networks and Services
    • Ad hoc networks
    • Overlay networks, virtual topologies and VPN services
    • Integrating Wireless Networks (2.5G, 3G, WLAN)
    • Optical networks (WDM, DWDM, optical IP)
  • Organizational Aspects of IT Service Management
    • Process Engineering and Process Frameworks (ITIL, eTOM)
    • Quality Management for IT Service Provisioning
    • Workflow Management for IT Service Provisioning
    • Risk Management and IT Governance Issues
    • Business alignment of IT service management
  • Autonomic Computing and Self-Management
    • Self-managed networks, systems and services
    • Self-organization in P2P applications
    • Self-organized ad hoc and sensor networks
    • Self-adaptive applications
    • Self-repairing distributed systems
    • Self-configured networks
    • Self-organized service deployment
    • Self-adaptive e-business services
    • Decision making in self-* systems

Important Dates

  • Abstract Registration: August 24, 2006 midnight (GMT)
  • Submission: September 1, 2006 midnight (GMT)
  • Notification of Acceptance: December 1, 2006
  • Camera ready Copy: February 15, 2007

NOTE: No extensions will be granted for paper submissions. Please plan accordingly.

Further Information

IM 2007 Poster Sessions

In addition to regular papers presented in technical sessions, IM 2007 also offers poster sessions for more informal interactions and presenting work in progress. Short papers (4 pages long, IEEE 2-column style, PDF only) can be submitted for consideration as poster presentations. Posters will be selected from these short papers and regular papers. You can submit your work selecting "Poster session" in the IM 2007 submission system (JEMS) at https://submissoes.sbc.org.br/im2007.
Further questions related to posters should be addressed to the poster co-chairs:

Radu State, INRIA-LORIA, France
Nazim Agoulmine, University of Evry Val d'Essonne, France

Technical Program Committee Co-Chairs

Ehab Al-Shaer, DePaul University, USA
Heinz-Gerd Hegering, Leibniz Supercomputing Center, Germany
Alexander Keller, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

IM 2007 Application Sessions

IM 2007 will include an Application Session program. Application Sessions aim to complement the Technical Sessions with contributions that emphasize practical experiences and lessons learnt in conjunction with anagement technology. They will focus on aspects such as real-world deployment scenarios, experiences with the anagement of new services and technology, industrial applications of management technology, implementation examples of new management technology, organizational impact, and business cases. The intended audience especially includes decision makers and experts from industry.
Papers for the Application Sessions should be written in English. The paper format will be one of annotated slides - papers should have a visual in the upper half of a page and the explanatory text in the lower half. Paper submissions should consist of no more than 15 annotated visuals in PDF only. Detailed author instructions are available on the author information page on the conference web site. Further questions related to the application session should be addressed to appsessions@im2007.org or directly to the application sessions co-chairs:

Alexander Clemm, Cisco Systems, USA
Bernhard Neumair, GWDG, Germany

IM 2007 Workshops

Workshops on specialized topics will be held on the days before and after the IM technical program. Contributions to these workshops will be solicited and reviewed separately from those for IM. A proposal to organize a full-day workshop should contain the following information

  • A draft of the CFP (includes title, description, topics and dates)
  • Why is the topic area important?
  • Likely contributors and target audience
  • Organizing committee
  • Plan for workshop advertising and publicity
  • Biography of the main organizer (100-200 words)

Deadline for submission is September 1, 2006.

For a point of reference, see the workshops held in conjunction with NOMS 2006 at http://www.noms2006.org. Workshop proposals should be sent to one of the workshop co-chairs:

Olivier Festor, INRIA, France
Choong Seon Hong, Kyung Hee University, Korea
Rolf Stadler, KTH, Sweden

IM 2007 Tutorials

IM 2007 will feature state-of-the-art tutorials from leading experts in their fields on the days before (May 21, 2007) and after (May 25, 2007) the technical program. Topics will cover different levels, ranging from introductory to highly advanced skills. All tutorials will address highly important and relevant subject areas of systems, network, and service management.
To provide the best possible tutorial offerings, IM 2007 solicits proposals and ideas for half-day (3.5 hours) and full-day (7 hours) tutorials.
Proposals will be evaluated by the IM 2007 Technical Program Committee. Tutorial presenters will receive a honorarium. If you are interested in presenting a tutorial at this conference or you do have an idea for a tutorial you would like to see offered please contact the Tutorial Chair:

Burkhard Stiller, University of Zürich and ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Deadline for submitting Tutorial Proposals: 15 September 2006.

A proposal to present a tutorial should contain the following information:

  • Tutorial Title
  • Full Name(s) and Affiliation(s) of the Instructor(s)
  • Extended Abstract (500-1000 words) detailing (a) the technical subject, (b) its importance, and (c) its relevance and benefits to IM 2007 attendees
  • Table of content in a medium level of granularity including sections and subsections as well as literature
  • Potential attendee profile
  • Biography of the Instructor (100-200 words)

If the tutorial or its earlier version has been given before, please indicate those respective events, dates, and content.