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CLOSER is sponsored by INSTICC – Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication

The 1st International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science, CLOSER 2011, focuses on the emerging area of Cloud Computing, inspired by some latest advances that concern the infrastructure, operations, and available services through the global network. Further, the conference considers as essential the link to Services Science, acknowledging the service-orientation in most current IT-driven collaborations. The conference is nevertheless not about the union of these two (already broad) fields, but about Cloud Computing where we are also interested in how Services Science can provide theory, methods and techniques to design, analyze, manage, market etc. Cloud Computing.

Emerging Enterprise Technologies are profoundly changing the way we think of IT - from economics and efficiency to process and usage models. Many organizations look to the “externalized” IT systems and services as a potential cost-savings advantage by moving internally hosted IT services to external providers. Other organizations view the “external” IT as potential disaster recovery systems or as on-demand capacity to boost business continuity and customer service levels. We need to take a closer look, discerning what emerging enterprise technologies are and how they can catalyze creativity and produce a competitive advantage. There is hence a new wave of interest in 'Externalization of IT' - anything as a service (including Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service), On Demand delivery, outsourcing, and so on. This emerging facilitation and way of utilizing services through IT is what we are referring to as Cloud Computing.

The four perspectives in which we are addressing the area of Cloud Computing in this conference are: (i) Fundamentals of Cloud Computing; (ii) Services Science foundations for Cloud Computing; (iii) Cloud Computing platforms and applications; (iv) Cloud Computing enabling technology.

Conference Tracks

CLOSER'11 invites papers that address one or more of the perspectives mentioned above. We offer below further elaboration (in terms of tracks and topics). Authors should not feel limited by the topics mentioned. Unlisted but related topics are also acceptable, provided they fit the main conference perspectives:


  • Cloud Computing Architecture
  • Cloud Standards
  • Cloud Application Portability
  • Cloud Interoperability
  • Cloud Delivery Models
  • Cloud Deployment Models: Public/Private/Hybrid Cloud
  • Cloud Risk, Challenges, and Governance
  • Business Cloud vs. Software Cloud


  • Service-Oriented Architecture
  • Web Services
  • Internet of Services
  • Semantic Web Technologies
  • Service Modeling and Specification
  • Service Composition
  • Service Discovery
  • Service Monitoring and Control
  • Business Services Realized by IT Services
  • Service Innovation
  • Service Operation
  • Service Strategy
  • Service Marketing and Management
  • Information and Service Economy
  • Human Beings in Service Systems
  • Enterprise Architectures and Services


  • Cloud Middleware Frameworks
  • Cloud Application Architectures
  • Cloud Application Portability
  • Cloud Application Scalability and Availability
  • SaaS, PaaS, IaaS
  • COTS and Cloud
  • Cloudsourcing
  • Cloud Applications Performance and Monitoring
  • Development Methods for Cloud Applications
  • Economics (ROI, Costs, CAPEX/OPEX,…)
  • Outsourced Production Environments
  • Collective Intelligence/Crowd Computing
  • Context-aware Computing and Peer to Peer Computing
  • e-Banking
  • e-Business
  • e-Governance
  • e-Health
  • e-Learning
  • Mobility
  • Social Networks
  • Agent-based Cloud Computing


  • Autonomic Computing
  • Virtualization Technologies
  • Utility Computing vs. Cloud Computing
  • Grid Computing vs. Cloud Computing
  • Performance Development and Management
  • Cloud Ilities (Scalability, Availability,Reliability)
  • Load Balancing
  • Cloud Security
  • Monitoring of Services, Quality of Service, Service Level Agreements
  • Troubleshooting and Best Practices
  • Disaster Recovery

Keynote Speakers

Tony Shan, Keane Inc., U.S.A.
Donald Ferguson, CA Technologies, U.S.A.
Michael Sobolewski, Multidisciplinary Science and Technology Center, AFRL/WPAFB, U.S.A.
Wil Janssen, Novay, The Netherlands


All accepted papers (full, short and posters) will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.
A short list of presented papers will be selected so that revised and extended versions of these papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in a SSRI Series book.
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SciTePress Digital Library (http://www.scitepress.org/DigitalLibrary/).
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index, INSPEC, DBLP and EI.


The conference was held at the NH Hotel Leeuwenhorst, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.
The NH Hotel Leeuwenhorst is located in Noordwijkerhout, in the middle of the bulb area and near Noordwijk aan Zee and Katwijk. The North Sea coast is easy to reach and cities as Amsterdam, Leiden and Den Haag (The Hague) can be reached in about 30 minutes by car.

Conference Chair

Boris Shishkov, IICREST, Bulgaria

Program Co-chairs

Frank Leymann, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Ivan Ivanov, SUNY Empire State College, U.S.A.
Marten van Sinderen, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Program Committee

Sebastian Abeck, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Antonia Albani, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, Germany
Liliana Ardissono, Universita' Di Torino, Italy
Alvaro Arenas, Instituto de Empresa, Spain
Steven Van Assche, VRT, Belgium
Amelia Badica, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Craiova, Romania
Janaka Balasooriya, Arizona State University, United States
Simona Bernardi, Centro Universitario de la Defensa - Academia General Militar, Spain
Stefano Bocconi, Cyntelix, Netherlands
Anne-marie Bosneag, Ericsson, Ireland
Richie Bowden, RB Consulting, Ireland
Ivona Brandic, Vienna UT, Austria
Iris Braun, Dresden Technical University, Germany
Ralf Bruns, Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany
Anna Brunstrom, Karlstad University, Sweden
Rebecca Bulander, Pforzheim University of Applied Science, Germany
Tomas Bures, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Miriam Capretz, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Valentina Casola, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Rong N. Chang, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, United States
Ying Chen, IBM Almaden Research Lab, United States
Eduardo Huedo Cuesta, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Robert van Engelen, Florida State University, United States
Stefano Ferretti, University of Bologna, Italy
Chiara Francalanci, Politecnico Di Milano, Italy
Roberto Furnari, University of Torino, Italy
Maria Ganzha, SRI PAS and University of Gdansk, Poland, Poland
Chirine Ghedira, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
Katja Gilly, Miguel Hernandez University, Spain
Anna Goy, University of Torino, Italy
Stephan Groß, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Dirk Habich, TU Dresden, Germany
Michael Hafner, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Shanmugasundaram Hariharan, B.S.Abdur Rahman University, India
Manfred Hauswirth, DERI, NUIG, Galway, Ireland
Keqing He, Wuhan University, China
Frans Henskens, University of Newcastle, Australia
Marianne Huchard, Lirmm Université Montpelier 2, France
Ilian Ilkov, IBM Nederland B.V., Netherlands
Yoshiro Imai, Faculty of Engineering, Kagawa University, Japan
Anca Daniela Ionita, University "Politehnica" of Bucharest, Romania
Fuyuki Ishikawa, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Yiming Ji, University of South Carolina, United States
Xiaolong Jin, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Carlos Juiz, Universitat De Les Illes Balears, Spain
Cameron Kiddle, University of Calgary, Canada
Claus-Peter Klas, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
Carsten Kleiner, University of Applied Sciences Hannover, Germany
Dimitri Konstantas, University of Geneva / IICREST, Switzerland
Dimosthenis Kyriazis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Alexander Lazovik, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Miguel Leitão, ISEP, Portugal
Wilfried Lemahieu, K. U. Leuven, Belgium
Kuan-ching Li, Providence University, Taiwan, China
Donghui Lin, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan
Shikharesh Majumdar, Carleton University, Canada
Moreno Marzolla, University of Bologna, Italy
Jose Ramon Gonzalez de Mendivil, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain
Andreas Menychtas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Merik Meriste, University of Tartu, Estonia
José Merseguer, Centro Politécnico Superior, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
Dejan Milojicic, HP Labs, United States
Owen Molloy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Jose A. Montenegro, University of Malaga, Spain
Rubén S. Montero, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Reagan Moore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
Hiroyuki Morikawa, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Víctor Méndez Muñoz, Port d'Informació Científica, PIC, Spain
Hidemoto Nakada, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
Fei Nan, CISCO, United States
Philippe Navaux, UFRGS - Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil
M. Nikolaidou, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
Alexander Paar, University of Pretoria, South Africa
George Pallis, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Fabio Panzieri, Universita' di Bologna, Italy
David Paul, University of Newcastle, Australia
Mikhail Perepletchikov, RMIT University, Australia
Maria chiara pettenati, Universitity of Florence, Italy
Wolter Pieters, University of Twente, Netherlands
Agostino Poggi, University of Parma, Italy
Juha Puustjärvi, University of Helsinki, Finland
Francesco Quaglia, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
Rajendra Raj, Rochester Institute of Technology, United States
Arkalgud Ramaprasad, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States
Manuel Ramos-cabrer, University of Vigo, Spain
Norbert Ritter, University of Hamburg, Germany
Elena Sanchez-Nielsen, Universidad De La Laguna, Spain
Michael Schumacher, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Switzerland
Giovanni Semeraro, Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy
Carlos Serrao, ISCTE-IUL, Portugal
Eduardo Goncalves da Silva, University of Twente, Netherlands
Ben Kwang-Mong Sim, Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology, Korea, Republic of
Kai Simon, Averbis GmbH, Germany
Cosmin Stoica Spahiu, University of Craiova - Faculty of Automation, Computers and Electronics, Romania
Frédéric Suter, IN2P3 Computing Center / CNRS, France
Yehia Taher, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Vagan Terziyan, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Maria Beatriz Toledo, State University of Campinas, Brazil
Orazio Tomarchio, University of Catania, Italy
Eddy Truyen, K. U. Leuven, Belgium
Konstantinos Tserpes, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
Manuel Isidoro Capel Tuñón, University of Granada, Spain
Geoffroy Vallee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States
Bruno Volckaert, Ghent University, Belgium
Lizhe Wang, Indiana University, United States
Martijn Warnier, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Dennis Wegener, Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems, Germany
Norman Wilde, University of West Florida, United States
Jan-Jan Wu, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, China
Ustun Yildiz, University of California, Davis, United States
Michael Zapf, University of Kassel, Germany