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The First International Conference on Performance, Safety and Robustness in Complex Systems and Applications


April 17-22, 2011 - Budapest, Hungary

Call for Papers

There is a relation between organizational, design and operational complexity of organization and systems and the degree of robustness and safety under given performance metrics. More complex systems and applications might not be necessarily more profitable, but are less robust. There are trade-offs involved in designing and deploying distributed systems. Some designing technologies have a positive influence on safety and robustness, even operational performance is not optimized. Under constantly changing system infrastructure and user behaviors and needs, there is a challenge in designing complex systems and applications with a required level of performance, safety and robustness.

PESARO 2011 inaugurates a series of events dedicated to fundamentals, techniques and experiments to specify, design, and deploy systems and applications under given constraints on performance, safety and robustness.

We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.

Industrial presentations are not subject to the format and content constraints of regular submissions. We expect short and long presentations that express industrial position and status.

Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions.

Fundamentals on system safety
Robustness technology and evaluation
Metrics for risk assessment
Performance-oriented design
Safety-oriented system design
Performance metrics and dependable metrics
Active and passive safety
Performance warning delay

Methodologies, techniques and algorithms
Systems modeling
Hazard analysis
System measurement and monitoring
Evaluation of safety data, and mitigation and prevention strategies
Model verification and validation
Fault-tolerant systems
Simulation, statistical analysis, and experimental design analysis
Language and runtime systems

Performance basics
Performance-oriented design
Performance methodology techniques and algorithms for analytic modeling
System measurement and monitoring
Model verification and validation, simulation, statistical analysis
Experimental design, and reliability analysis
Performance evaluation of various technologies and systems (mobile devices and wireless networks, distributed and parallel systems, file and storage systems, power management, database systems, computer networks and architectures, operating systems, fault-tolerant systems, and language and runtime systems)
Performance in dedicated service systems (Web services, Financial services, Healthcare and pharmaceuticals, Telecommunications services, Industrial Manufacturing, Education services, Transportation services, Energy and utilities)

Safety in industrial systems
Fundamentals on system safety
Safety of software systems and software engineering
Safety requirements
Safety for critical systems
Engineering for system robustness and reliability
Control of mission critical systems
Safety-oriented system design
Human tasks and error models
Hazard analysis
Cost and effectiveness of system safety
Verification and validation of safety
Safety tools
Evaluation of  safety data, and mitigation and prevention strategies
Safety control and management
System Safety Implementation Guidelines and Standards
Transferring safety knowledge
Metrics for Risk Assessment
Contingency Planning and Occurrence Reporting
Preparedness Activities
Industry specific safety systems (Medical devices, Aerospace, Chemical industry, Nuclear power plants, Public health, Biological Safety)

Basic concepts and applications
Theory and mechanisms for robustness
Uncertainty and robustness
Statistic robustness
Computation and optimization of robustness
Robustness estimation and approximation
Robustness correction
Robust systems
Robustness tests and benchmarking

Applications and services
Mobile Web performance
Multiple data center management
Network latency and impact on performance/robustness
Performance and robustness of cloud-based solutions
Scalable safe and robust solutions
Mobile devices and wireless networks
Mission critical systems and applications
Industry specific safety systems (medical devices, aerospace, chemical industry, nuclear power plants, public health, biological systems)



Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.

Publisher: XPS (Xpert Publishing Services)
Archived: ThinkMindTM Digital Library (free access)
Prints available at Curran Associates, Inc.
Articles will be submitted to appropriate indexes.

Important deadlines:

Considering the upcoming holidays, submission deadline is extended:
Submission (full paper) November 30, 2010 December 18, 2010
Notification January 18, 2011
Registration February 5, 2011
Camera ready February 5, 2011

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received papers will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.


Posters are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as poster.  Submissions are expected to be 6-8 slide deck. Posters will not be published in the Proceedings. One poster with all the slides together should be used for discussions. Presenters will be allocated a space where they can display the slides and discuss in an informal manner. The poster slide decks will be posted on the IARIA site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Work in Progress

Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as work in progress.  Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals:

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.

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Workshop proposals

We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to


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