NCC 2005

4th International Workshop on Net-Centric Computing (NCC 2005)

Theme: "Middleware: The Next Generation"

Sunday, September 25, 2005
Danubius Thermal Hotel Margitsziget
Budapest, Hungary

Held as part of The 13th Software Technology and Engineering Practice Conference (STEP 2005)
Co-located with The 21st IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM 2005)

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and the Reengineering Forum


Workshop Organizers

Scott Tilley
Department of Computer Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology

Kostas Kontogiannis
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Waterloo

Workshop Description

The 4th International Workshop on Net-Centric Computing (NCC 2005) will be held as part of the 13th Software Technology and Engineering Practice conference (STEP 2005). The theme of NCC 2005 is "Middleware: The Next Generation". The workshop will focus on issues related to emerging middleware technologies in an NCC environment. Representative topics include gap analysis of current middleware offerings, empirical studies of middleware as an enabling technology for NCC applications, and forecasts for new directions in middleware in the coming years. The goal of the workshop is to produce a roadmap for middleware in an NCC context for the next five years.

Keywords: net-centric computing, middleware, technology, roadmap

Workshop Objectives

The underlying principle of Net-Centric Computing (NCC) is a distributed environment where applications and data are downloaded from servers and exchanged with peers across a network on as as-needed basis. NCC is an ongoing area of interest to a wide-variety of software engineering researchers and practitioners, in part because it is an enabling technology for modern distributed systems (e.g., Web applications). As such, knowledge of NCC is essential requirement in architecting, constructing, and evolving the complex software systems that power today's enterprises.

One of the key components of NCC technology is middleware. It is the "glue" that connects disparate components in a heterogeneous environment across a network. Middleware is a well-established research topic in software engineering. In an NCC context, middleware functionality informs the decisions made by all stakeholders, since applications must be engineered within the constraints of the available technology.

As NCC applications become more pervasive, the need for new developments in middleware technology becomes apparent. The unique requirements of today's NCC operational environment, such as the need to incorporate security policies across all aspects of the system, expose gaps in current offerings. The identification of such shortcomings in turn provides opportunities for novel developments in the area in the coming years.

Workshop Structure

NCC 2005 will be a half-day event, held in a single room to accommodate the expected 15-20 participants. The workshop will be structured around a small number of theme-oriented presentations by the workshop organizers and recognized experts in the field. Following each presentation, the workshop participants will engage in structured discussion. The idea is to foster the exchange of ideas and information in an informal setting, but with some boundaries placed on topics and time to ensure that the workshop stays on schedule.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for the exchange of information related to areas including (but not limited to):

A summary document containing the workshop findings will be submitted for consideration of inclusion in the STEP 2005 post-conference proceedings, which will be published by IEEE CS Press.

Workshop Participation

As with all STEP workshops, NCC 2005 is a limited-attendance event that offers a unique opportunity to blend the perspectives of software practitioners and university researchers in the use of advanced software engineering practices. Prospective attendees should submit a completed application form to participate in the workshop. The application form can be found at the STEP 2005 Web site.

Prospective attendees are also invited to submit a short position paper (2-5 pages) for the workshop. The workshop organizers will review the position paper submissions for acceptance. Position papers from NCC 2005 may be expanded into full papers and submitted for peer review and possible inclusion in the STEP 2005 post-conference proceedings, which will be published by IEEE CS Press. Please note that submitting a position paper is NOT required to grant attendance to the NCC 2005 workshop, but it will help provide input to the discussions.

Important Dates

Send your position paper as an email attachment to (with a copy to by August 22, 2005.

Notification of position paper acceptance will be made by August 29, 2005.

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