The Feature Interaction Workshop is the primary international forum for discussion and reporting on research in the feature interaction problem in telecommunications and software systems. The forum includes:
FIW'03 is the seventh in a series of international events addressing the issue of feature interactions. The workshop aims to bring together representatives of the telecommunications industry, the software industry, and the research community working on various aspects of feature interactions in order to discuss possible solutions and their practical applications, as well as setting directions for further research. Active debates will be encouraged; participants are invited to contribute topics for discussion. Poster presentations and tool demonstrations are also warmly welcomed. Original research papers are solicited, as well as brief reports on ongoing research and research already published elsewhere. 'Best paper' prizes will be awarded. As for previous workshops in the series, the proceedings will be published in a hard-cover book by a major international publisher.
- Invited speakers
- Presentation of research papers
- Short presentations
- Tool demonstrations
- Excellent networking opportunities
Feature interaction occurs when one feature modifies or subverts the operation of another one. This phenomenon is not unique to the domain of telecommunications systems: it can occur in any software system that is subject to changes (not to mention areas of medicine, engineering, and law that are not directly covered in this workshop, but which may be taken into consideration in order to exploit useful analogies).
Although interactions among classical telephony features are now fairly well understood, the feature interaction problem presents new challenges in emerging types of systems based on policies, dynamic (Web) services, mobility, or new architectures such as Parlay, 3G, .NET, or GRID and active networks. The proliferation of players and software/service engineering techniques coupled with the constant pressure for the rapid introduction of new services and applications lead to undesirable interactions that jeopardize the quality of the products delivered as well as the satisfaction of the users. Detecting, solving, preventing, and managing such interactions at different stages of the development process are more than ever important problems that need to be addressed with cost-effective techniques and tools. Techniques successfully applied to conventional telecommunications systems are still useful in many cases, yet they may no longer be able to cope with the complexity of emerging systems.
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
N. Griffeth, Y.-J. Lin
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
L.G. Bouma, H. Velthuijsen
K.E. Cheng, T. Ohta
P. Dini, R. Boutaba, L. Logrippo
K. Kimbler, L.G. Bouma
M. Calder, E. Magill
We propose to focus the workshop on the topics listed below. Contributions extending beyond this list and addressing other issues related to the interaction problem (e.g. classification, taxonomy or benchmarking) will be welcomed also.
- New application areas
- feature interactions in software systems outside the telecommunication domain, including but not limited to home networks, appliances, components, medical, transport, presence/location/contextual services, instant messaging, security, and mobile code.
- Feature interactions in emerging architectures
- Internet, Internet telephony (e.g. SIP, H.323, Megaco), agent architectures, policy-based services and architectures, Web services, 3G, Parlay, .NET, GRID networks, active networks.
- Current industrial practice and experience
- interaction management, organisational solutions, software frameworks, inter-working.
- Enterprise-level aspects of the interaction problem.
- multi-provider environment, business models and processes, responsibility for interaction handling, legal and regulatory aspects.
- Mechanisms for off-line interaction detection and resolution
- service modelling, formal validation, testing techniques, software tool support, scalability and efficiency, filtering methods.
- Mechanisms for on-line interaction detection and resolution
- management solutions, runtime mechanisms, signalling capabilities, inter-working of domains and platforms.
- Feature interactions in mobile and broadband services
- proliferation of the problem, inter-working with existing networks, new manifestations and problem areas.
- User-centric view on the interaction problem
- service personalization, usage scenarios, behaviour modelling, user-specified features, statistical usage profiles, service reliability aspects.
- Software-engineering view on the interaction problem
- notations, languages, requirements engineering, service software design, quality aspects, privacy and security concerns.
Technical papers will be published by IOS Press in a hard-cover book as the 7th book in the series on Feature Interactions in Telecommunication and Software Systems. Accepted papers must be presented at the workshop by one of the authors.
These papers must be unpublished and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Submissions should not exceed 16 pages, 15.6 cm wide and 25.2 cm long (on A4 size paper), 12 pitch in a common font such as Times or similar.
In order to make the workshop as complete as possible from the point of view of coverage of current research in the area, we also solicit short papers. These can be industrial reports (I), position papers (P), or summaries of research already published elsewhere (S). Such papers should not exceed 5 pages with the same format and font characteristics mentioned above, but should be sufficiently self-contained to be appreciated on their own. Each paper should be clearly labelled as I, P, or S. Industrial reports should describe industrial case studies or industrial research directions. Position papers should propose novel research directions. Summaries should contain appropriate citations.
All submissions must be in English. Electronic submission via http://lotos.site.uottawa.ca/fiw2003/ is mandatory. Acceptable file formats for electronic submission are PostScript (compressed) and PDF. Authors should ensure that their paper is printable in other systems around the world, since printing problems may jeopardize the review process. Camera-ready copies of accepted papers will have to adhere to the format outlined on the IOS Press Web page and be sent in Word or PDF.
NEW: Proposals for poster presentations, including title, authors, and short description (400 words maximum), or the poster itself, should be sent to FIW03@site.uottawa.ca before May 17th. Posters should not be larger than 12 pages (letter or A4).
NEW: Proposals for tool demonstrations, including title, authors, and short description (400 words maximum) should be sent to FIW03@site.uottawa.ca before May 17th. Special requests for equipment should be included (although it would be best to bring your own).
Two prizes will be awarded at the workshop:
This prize will be awarded to the paper that investigates feature interaction in the most novel domain of application (feature interactions elsewhere). This mostly excludes areas emphasized in the past, such as (POTS) telephone systems. Examples of new areas are enumerated in the first item of the suggested topics list, but others are warmly welcomed.
This award will be selected by the programme committee based on the excellence of the paper.
NEW! December 9, 2002
Deadline for title, authors, and abstract
NEW! December 15, 2002 Deadline for paper submissions to http://lotos.site.uottawa.ca/fiw2003/ February 3, 2003 Notification of acceptance February 24, 2003 Submission of Camera-Ready Paper May 17, 2003 Deadline for poster/demo submissions
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The University of Ottawa is a major research centre in Canada, with a history of over 150 years and over 25,000 students. The School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE) is a joint school of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, and Computer Engineering. The Workshop will take place in its shining new building , with good computer facilities and a food court, near sports facilities and nice walks.
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More details on the venue will be provided later.
School of Information Technology and Engineering
University of Ottawa
800 King Edward
Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5 (Canada)
Phone: (613) 562-5800 ext 6947
Fax: (613) 562-5664
Université du Québec en Outaouais
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Hull, QC, J8X 3X7(Canada)
Phone: (819) 595-3900 ext 1885
Fax: (613) 562-5664
University of Waterloo, Canada
University of Lancaster, England
University of Glasgow, Scotland
Bernie Cohen City University, England
Pierre Combes France Telecom, France
Cisco Systems / Concordia University, USA
J. Paul Gibson
NUI Maynooth, Ireland
Robert J. Hall
AT&T Labs Research, USA
Uppsala University, Sweden
Concordia University, Canada
Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Bell Labs Research, China
SUNY Stony Brook, USA
University of Stirling, Scotland
Global Inventures, USA
Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Soka University, Tokyo, Japan
LSR-IMAG, Grenoble, France
University of Birmingham, England
Columbia University, USA
Telcordia Technologies, USA
University of Stirling, Scotland
Sonim Technologies, USA
University of Birmingham, England
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