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14th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2021)

Call for Workshop

Workshop proposals and any inquiries should be sent by e-mail to the workshops chairs:

Context & Scope

UCC is the premier IEEE/ACM conference covering all areas related to utility computing, cloud and edge computing services, and other forms of advanced distributed computing. UCC provides an international forum for leading researchers and practitioners in this fundamental and growing multidisciplinary area.

Cloud Computing delivers computational resources on-demand as services that are commoditized and delivered comfortably analogous to traditional utilities such as electricity, gas, water and telephony. Cloud service offerings for compute, storage and communication resources as well as for hosted software and data are growing at a tremendous rate. It is essential to understand how to effectively transform these services into Utilities that provide value to both users and providers. There is also increasing interest from commercial providers to offer business and revenue models around the services they offer, including edge computing capabilities. Understanding how these models could be used to provide utility for users, intermediary brokers (aggregators) and providers is also an area of active research. Moreover, resource management from the edge to the cloud continuum is of paramount importance to efficiently provide utility computing that can support a large set of heterogeneous application with a wide range of requirements.

This will be the 14th UCC in a successful conference series of community-driven events. Previous events were held in Shanghai, China (Cloud 2009), Melbourne, Australia (Cloud 2010 & UCC 2011), Chennai, India (UCC 2010), Chicago, USA (UCC 2012), Dresden, Germany (UCC 2013), London, UK (UCC 2014), Limassol, Cyprus (UCC 2015), Shanghai, China (UCC 2016), Austin, Texas, USA (UCC 2017), Zurich, Switzerland (UCC 2018), and Auckland, New Zealand (UCC 2019), and the 2020 edition was held online.

Proposals for workshops should be submitted in PDF format, must not exceed 2 pages in length and contain the following information.

1. Title and brief technical description of the workshop, specifying the goals and the technical issues that will be the focus of the workshop.

2. A brief description of why and to whom the workshop is of interest.

3. A list of related workshops or similar events held in the last 3 years, or to be held in 2021.

4. The names and contact information (web page, email address) of the proposed technical program committee. This international committee should consist of at least 10 people knowledgeable about the technical issues to be addressed and preferably not more than two members of the same institution. Ideally, there should also be two organizers from distinct institutions and countries.

5. A description of the qualifications of the organizers (who would be the Workshop Chairs) with respect to organizing this workshop. This can include papers published in the proposed topic area, previous workshop organization, and other relevant information.

Important Dates

  • Workshop Proposals Due:April 25, 2021
  • Notification of Acceptance:May 10, 2021
  • URL of Workshop:May 20, 2021
  • Camera-ready & Registration:October 1, 2021
  • Workshops:December 2021

Note: Workshops may be approved and announced early based on quality of the proposal.

Topics of Interest

We encourage workshops on both established research topics to promote newly developed ideas as well as workshops on emerging topics with sufficient body of research being carried out. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Principles and theoretical foundations of Utility Computing, including pricing and service models
  • Policy languages and programming models, such as cloud-native and cloud-enabled applications
  • Programming models for fog and F2C (fog to cloud) computing.
  • Utility-driven models and mechanisms for Cloud federations
  • Autonomic techniques for Cloud applications
  • Utility-/comfort-driven platforms for Clouds
  • Architectural models to achieve Utility in Clouds
  • Architectural models for F2C (Fog to Cloud)
  • Designs and deployment models for Clouds: private, public, hybrid, federated, aggregated
  • Cloud Computing middleware, stacks, tools, delivery networks and services at all layers (XaaS)
  • Integration of Cloud systems and fog systems with edge devices
  • Cloud to edge continuum for Internet of Things, Smart Industries, and Smart Cities
  • Virtualization technologies and other enablers
  • Economic models and scenarios of use
  • Scalability and resource management: brokering, scheduling, capacity planning, parallelism and elasticity, as well as marketplaces
  • Cloud management: autonomic, adaptive, self-*, SLAs, performance models and monitoring
  • Fog and edge management: resource discovery, clustering and identification of devices, new SLAs models for fog
  • Applications: games, social networks, scientific computing (e-science) and business, as well as large-scale foundations for Big Data and analytics
  • Mobile and energy-efficient use of Clouds
  • Cloud business and legal implications beyond technology, such as government regulation, security, privacy, trust and jurisdiction especially in Utility Computing contexts


Workshop chair(s) will be responsible for the following:

  • Producing a web page and a "Call for Papers/Participation" for their workshop. The URL should be sent to the UCC Workshops chairs. The call must make it clear that the workshop is open to all members of the Cloud, Edge, Fog, Big Data, Grid, and Cluster Computing community. It should mention that at least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop and that all workshop participants must register under the UCC 2021 workshop day registration fee or the conference fee. The CfP should make it clear that the registration of at least one author requires the full (non-student, non-workshop) rate.
  • Ensure that all workshop papers are a maximum of 6 pages in length (in IEEE format). It is the responsibility of the workshop organizers to ensure that this page limit has been adhered to. Additional pages may be purchased (in some circumstances) subject to approval by the proceedings chair.
  • Provide a brief description of the workshop for the conference web page and program.
  • Select the participants and the format of the workshop. The publication of proceedings will be by the IEEE in the same volume as the main conference or in a companion volume.
  • Advertising the workshop beyond the conference web page.
  • Assistance in producing a camera-ready version of the workshop proceedings.

The UCC 2021 Conference Organizing Committee will be responsible for the following:

  • Providing a link to a workshop's local page.
  • Providing logistics support and a meeting place for the workshop.
  • In conjunction with the organizers, determining the workshop date and time.
  • Providing copies of the workshop proceedings to attendees.

Details and Important Notes

1. If the workshop is too small (i.e. does not attract enough submissions) the UCC 2021 Organizing Committee may decide to merge that workshop with another. We encourage workshop organizers to attract a large community. In extreme situations we may also cancel workshops if there are not enough submissions.

2. Workshop organizers must ensure that suitable quality measures have been taken to ensure that the accepted papers are of high quality. All papers must be reviewed by an International Technical Program Committee with a minimum of 3 reviews per paper. The workshop organizers should also try to observe an acceptance rate that is no higher than 50%.

3. Workshops are not automatically endorsed by IEEE or ACM and should not use the names of these organizations in their titles.

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