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Subject:

QEST 2020: Updated Call for Papers

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"Carlos E. Budde" <[log in to unmask]>

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Carlos E. Budde

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Updated Call for Papers for: QEST 2020

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, QEST has decided to move ON-LINE, 
with a new format for safe and worldwide-open meeting.

17th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems
http://www.qest.org/qest2020/

QEST 2020 will be held ONLINE, without a physical meeting
August 31 - September 3, 2020

Co-located with CONCUR, FORMATS, and FMICS, QEST will be part of 
QONFEST 2020
http://qonfest2020.conf.tuwien.ac.at/

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Important Dates (updated)

Abstract submission:  April 24
Paper submission:     April 30
Poster submission:    May 15
Author notification:  June 19
Final version due:    August 3
Tutorials:            August 31
Conference:           September 1-3

All deadlines are in 2020, Anywhere on Earth

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Important Changes

- QEST 2020 will be held fully online.
- We expect every accepted submission to be supported by a pre-recorded 
video presentation.
- The video presentation needs to be handed in together with the 
camera-ready version of the submission.
- The presentation will be made publicly available online.  (Please 
contact us, if you have reservations in this respect.)
- The proceedings will be available 4 weeks after the conference.
- Details w.r.t. the online platform used will be made available at a 
later point in time.

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Scope and Topics

The International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems 
(QEST) is the leading forum on quantitative evaluation and verification 
of computer systems and networks. Areas of interest include 
quantitative specification methods, stochastic and non-deterministic 
models and metrics for performance, reliability, safety, correctness, 
and security. QEST is interested in both theoretical and experimental 
research. QEST welcomes a diversity of modelling formalisms, 
programming languages and methodologies that incorporate quantitative 
aspects such as probabilities, temporal properties and other forms of 
non-determinism. This includes work on the combination of quantitative 
evaluation and verification with machine learning techniques. Papers 
may advance empirical, simulation and analytic methods. Of particular 
interest are case studies that highlight the role of quantitative 
specification, modelling and evaluation in the design of systems. 
Systems of interest include computer hardware and software 
architectures, communication systems, cyber-physical systems, 
infrastructural systems, security systems and biological systems. 
Papers that describe novel tools to support the practical application 
of research results in all of the above areas are also welcome.

QEST 2020 will organize a special session under the topic "Predictive 
performance by machine learning." Submissions that address the 
combination of machine learning and performance prediction are 
particularly welcomed. Ph.D. students whose work is not yet finished 
are encouraged to register for the Ongoing Work session. This session 
offers opportunity to discuss, not to publish formally.

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Submissions

QEST 2020 considers six types of papers:

  - THEORETICAL: advance our understanding, apply to non-trivial 
problems and be mathematically rigorous.
  - METHODOLOGICAL AND TECHNICAL: describe situations that require the 
development and proposal of new analysis processes and techniques.
  - APPLICATION: describes a novel application, and compares with 
previous results.
  - TOOL: should motivate the development of the new tools and the 
formalisms they support, with a focus on the software architecture and 
practical capabilities.
  - TOOL DEMONSTRATION: describe a relevant tool, as well as its 
features, evaluation, or any other information that may demonstrate the 
merits of the tool.
  - SHORT PAPER: provide a shorter contribution focusing on on-going 
research activities, that are still not mature enough to complete a 
full paper.

All accepted papers will be discussed online during the conference by 
at least one of the authors. The QEST 2020 proceedings will be 
published in the Springer LNCS series and indexed by ISI Web of 
Science, Scopus, ACM Digital Library, dblp, Google Scholar. All 
submitted papers will be evaluated by at least three reviewers on the 
basis of their originality, technical quality, scientific or practical 
contribution to the state of the art, methodology, clarity, and 
adequacy of references.

Authors should consult Springer's authors' guidelines [0] and use 
Springer's LaTeX templates [1] for the preparation of their papers. 
Submitted full papers must not exceed 16 pages excluding references. 
Short papers (including tool demonstrations) must not exceed 4 pages, 
also excluding references. Papers must be unpublished and not be 
submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers should be submitted 
electronically using EasyChair [2]. Springer encourages authors to 
include their ORCIDs in their papers.

Authors of tool papers (both regular and demonstration) must make their 
tools and input data available to reviewers; reproducibility of results 
will be taken into account during the evaluation process, and the 
conference will include the possibility of a remote demo session or 
online interaction with the authors. Authors should present use cases, 
distinctive features, and computational/memory requirements through 
motivating examples. Theoretical background need not be presented in 
tool demonstration papers. If accepted after peer-review, the authors 
may choose to have a short description (4 pages long) included in the 
proceedings. Tools full papers (16 pages long) must describe 
substantial improvements if they present new versions of existing tools.

We expect authors of tool papers (regular and short) to provide 
instructions detailing the steps which need to be taken to reproduce 
the results presented in the tool papers to ensure reproducibility. 
(Further details are provided on the website.)

Full papers will participate in the competence for the best paper 
award, elected by the programme committee. We thank Springer for 
support with this award. A selection of the best full papers will be 
invited to submit an extended version of their paper to a special issue 
in the Performance Evaluation journal [3].

[0] 
ftp://ftp.springernature.com/cs-proceeding/svproc/guidelines/Springer_Guidelines_for_Authors_of_Proceedings.pdf
[1] ftp://ftp.springernature.com/cs-proceeding/llncs/llncs2e.zip
[2] https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=qest2020
[3] https://www.journals.elsevier.com/performance-evaluation/

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Contact & links

Submissions: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=qest2020
Call for Papers as PDF: 
http://www.qest.org/qest2020/publicity/QEST_2020_CfP.pdf
Publicity chair: Carlos E. Budde (c dot e dot budde <at> utwente dot nl)

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