Call for Papers

To participate to the Cloud Forward 2016 Conference, authors are invited to submit papers related to the following topics of interest.

Topic of Interests

Track “Distributed and cloud computing”

  • Modelling approaches and programming models
  • Model-based service engineering
  • Performance prediction and analysis
  • Data mobility and interoperability
  • Cross-provider service portability
  • Choreography and orchestration of services
  • Service management techniques
  • Big data management and analytics
  • Placement and scheduling approaches
  • Energy-efficient design and management
  • High availability in virtualized environments
  • Quality assurance and optimization
  • Data privacy and protection, ownership management and sharing mechanisms
  • Multi-cloud environments /applications engineering, operation and management
  • Distributed applications security and management
  • Data and services sharing among private clouds
  • Policy access modelling, enforcement and governance mechanisms
  • Service Level Agreements modelling, monitoring, and lifecycle support services
  • Federated (private) Cloud infrastructures management
  • Time-critical applications management
  • Experiences of utilising products from CLOUD computing research efforts
  • Experiences from the public procurement of CLOUD computing services
  • Utilisation and validation of CLOUD computing in the public and private (industrial) sector
  • Monitoring and evaluation of CLOUD computing service level objectives

Track “Towards complete computing”

  • Problems encountered in utilising CLOUD computing
  • Requirements of ICT systems beyond CLOUD computing
  • Innovative solutions beyond CLOUD computing
  • Influence of Big data, Internet of Things and mobile devices on beyond Cloud developments
  • Legal and technical standardization efforts

Best Papers Awards

A Best Paper Award will be conferred to the author(s) of a paper presented at the conference, selected by the International Program Committee based on the best combined marks of paper reviewing and the paper presentation quality.The CF2016 best paper award carries with it the publication of an extended paper in IEEE Cloud Computing Magazine

Selection criteria are:

The best paper awards were chosen by a subset of the ISC using the following criteria:

  1. Excellence
  2. Forward-looking
  3. Potential impact
  4. Ease of understanding

A Best Joint Paper Award will be conferred to the author(s) of a paper presented at the conference that focuses on evaluation, comparison, integration, interoperability of research approaches developed in the framework of different projects and efforts.

Additional selection criteria for the joint award are:

  1. Authors representing >=2 projects or initiatives
  2. The work related to joint work between those projects/initiatives


Conference proceedings will be published by Elsevier Science in the open-access Procedia Computer Science series as for CF2015. Procedia Computer Sciences is hosted on Elsevier website and on Elsevier content platform ScienceDirect, and will be freely available worldwide. All papers in Procedia will also be indexed by Scopus. The papers will contain linked references, XML versions and citable DOI numbers. All accepted papers will also be indexed in DBLP.

Paper submissions should be formatted according to the Elsevier Procedia Computer Science series proceedings (guidelines and templates – including LaTex -are available) and they should not exceed 10 pages including figures and references. Original papers can be submitted via EasyChair.

In addition the conference provides opportunities for posters and demonstrations. Proposals (including title, short abstract and contact information) should be submitted on the same schedule and in the same way as the papers.

Each paper and poster must be original and unpublished work, not submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers will be reviewed by at least three experts in the relevant field ensuring the publication of only top quality contributions. Submission of a paper should be regarded as an undertaking that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and present orally the paper in the conference. Failure to do so shall lead to exclusion of the paper for the current year proceedings.

Journal Special Issue!

We expect, as for CF2015 (currently in final negotiations), that extended versions of up to 10 accepted CF2016 papers will be invited to be published by Elsevier in a special issue of the Journal of Future Generation Computer Systems. For additional information and clarifications please contact the conference chairs: Keith Jeffery or Lutz Schubert.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: CLOSED
  • Author notification: 30/06/2016
  • Camera ready:  31/07/2016


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Cloud Forward is an initiative of the Hola Cloud Project (Effective collaboration for European R&D and Innovation in Software, Services and Cloud computing: Knowledge discovery and Roadmapping). This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 645197

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