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Subject:

QEST 2020: First 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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Tue, 3 Dec 2019 18:50:34 +0100

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Call for Papers for: QEST 2020

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

QEST 2020 will be held in Vienna, Austria
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

Abstract submission: March 27
Paper submission: April 3
Poster submission: May 15
Author notification: May 30
Final version due: June 23
Tutorials: August 31
Conference: September 1-3

All deadlines are in 2020, Anywhere on Earth

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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.
  - TOOLS: 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.
  - POSTERS: provide a short abstract of work that you want to present 
in an elevator pitch.

All accepted papers must be presented at the conference by 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 (i.e. tool demonstrations and extended poster abstracts) 
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 a demo session. Authors should present use 
cases, distinctive features, and computational/memory requirements 
through motivating examples. Theoretical background need not be 
presented in tool demonstration papers; substantial improvements are 
required for existing tools. If accepted after peer-review, the authors 
may choose to have the extended poster abstract (4 pages long) included 
in the proceedings.

Full papers will participate in the competence for the best paper 
award, elected by the programme committee. A best poster award will be 
elected by the QEST 2020 participants among the posters presented in 
the venue. Accepted tool demonstrations are invited to join the poster 
competition. We thank Springer for support with these awards. 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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