About IEEE EDGE 2017

Human beings have been cooperating, competing, and entertaining ourselves by providing and consuming all kinds of services. We build, deploy, publish, and discover services, and with the current prevailing technology, we use clouds that are formed of computers and servers connected by the Internet, and developed using wire-based and wireless technology. Many enterprises and large organizations have begun to adopt small and mobile devices, sensors and actuators that provide data and services to users or other devices, and those devices will become more intelligent as technology progresses. We must deal with huge amount of data, big data that must be transferred from/to distant, sometimes very distant sources, stored and processed by data and compute clouds. As direct service links between clouds may not enable fast enough data access, reliability could be jeopardized, availability cannot be completely guaranteed, and the entire system is subject to security attacks, there is a need for significant future improvements. Due to the sizes of enterprises and large organizations, some smaller clouds, that could be stationary as well as mobile, are being proposed to improve these metrics. This is where the concept of Edge Computing, together with the necessary and possible intelligent management and control at the edge, comes to play.

“Edge Computing” is a process of building a distributed system in which some applications, as well as computation and storage services, are provided and managed by (i) central clouds and smart devices, the edge of networks in small proximity to mobile devices, sensors, and end users; and (ii) others are provided and managed by the center cloud and a set of small in-between local clouds supporting IoT at the edge. This dual architecture allows for Edge Computing. Edge Computing is practically a cloud-based middle layer between the center cloud and the edges, hardware and software that provide specialized services. The problem is how to execute such a process, how to manage the whole system, how to define and create Fogs and Edges, provide workflow, and how to provide Edge Computing (compute, storage, networking) services. Many open problems still exist, as they are not even properly specified, as the Edge Computing itself is not fully yet defined.

IEEE International Conference on Edge Computing (EDGE) aims to become a prime international forum for both researchers and industry practitioners to exchange the latest fundamental advances in the state of the art and practice of Edge computing, identify emerging research topics, and define the future of Edge computing. EDGE covers the localized resource sharing and connections with the cloud.

EDGE is co-located with IEEE 2017 International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2017),IEEE 2017 World Congress on Services (SERVICES 2017), the 10th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD 2017), the 14th IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2017), the 6th International Congress on Big Data (BigData Congress 2017), the 1sh International Congress on Congnitive Computing (ICCC 2017), the 1st International Congress on Fog Computing (ICFC Congress 2017), and the 6th IEEE International Conference on AI & Mobile Services (AIMS 2017). All nine co-located theme topic conferences will all center around "services," while each focusing on exploring different themes (industry-specific services and enaling technologies, web-based services, cloud-based services, Big Data-based services, services innovation lifecycle, and mobile services).

From technology foundation perspective, Services Computing has become the default discipline in the modern services industry. As a major implementation technology for modernizing services industry, Web services are Internet-based programmable application components published using standard interface description languages and universally available via uniform communication protocols. In its 24th version, the program of ICWS 2017 will continue to feature research papers with a wide range of topics, focusing on various aspects of Internet and web-based services. Some of the topics include Web services discovery and composition, Web services specifications and enhancements, Web services QoS (e.g., security, performance, reliability, fault tolerance, etc.), Web services standards and formalizations, Web services modeling, Web services engineering, Web services testing, Web services-based applications and solutions, Web services realizations, semantics in Web services, Web services supporting Cloud Computing, Web services lifecycle management, and all aspects of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) infrastructure and middleware.

Extended versions of selected papers will be invited for special issues in the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC), International Journal of Services Computing, International Journal of Web Services Research (JWSR), and International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management (IJBPIM). Both TSC and JWSR are indexed by SCI and EI [Link]. ICWS Proceedings are EI indexed. To date, ICWS has become the most prestigious international conference in the field. The acceptance rates of its Research Track are listed as follows:

Services Conference Federation (SCF 2017)

As the foundational discipline in the services space, Services Computing covers all aspects of science, technology, and business that are used for transforming products into services and for modernizing traditional services into digital services ecosystem. The enabling technologies of Services Computing include but not limited to Web/Internet Services, Mobile Services, Internet of Things, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Cloud Computing. In 2017, we will use Services Conference Federation (SCF 2017) as the code name for us to host our biggest annual conference, which will be held on June 25-30, 2017, Hawaii, USA.

The Services Conference Federation (SCF 2017) include two major parts. The first part includes 6 "old" conferences in our worldwide Services Computing community.

The second part of the SCF 2017 will include the following 3 "new" topic conferences to reflect the fast growing directions in the field of Services Computing. All the "new" conference web sites will be open very soon along with the organizing committee's information:

The above 9 co-located conferences are sponsored by IEEE Computer Society's Technical Committee on Services Computing (TC-SVC) and Services Society.

About IEEE

IEEE is the world's largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted "voice" for engineering, computing and technology information around the globe.

About IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society (CS) is the world's leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 38 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the CS is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology.

About the Technical Committee on Services Computing

Founded in 2003, IEEE Computer Society's Technical Committee on Services Computing (TC-SVC) is a multidisciplinary group whose purpose is to advance and coordinate work in the field of Services Computing carried out throughout the IEEE in scientific, engineering, standard, literary and educational areas

Services Computing has become a cross-discipline that covers the science and technology of bridging the gap between Business Services and IT Services. The underneath breaking technology suite includes Web services and service-oriented architecture (SOA), cloud computing, business consulting methodology and utilities, business process modeling, transformation and integration. This scope of Services Computing covers the whole lifecycle of services innovation research that includes business componentization, services modeling, services creation, services realization, services annotation, services deployment, services discovery, services composition, services delivery, service-to-service collaboration, services monitoring, services optimization, as well as services management. The goal of Services Computing is to enable IT services and computing technology to perform business services more efficiently and effectively.

About the Services Society

The Services Society is a non-profit professional organization that has been created to promote worldwide research and technical collaboration in Services Computing among academia and industrial professionals. Its members are volunteers from industry and academia with common interests. The Services Society is registered in the USA as a "501(c) organization", which means that it is an American tax-exempt nonprofit organization. The Services Society collaborates with other professional organizations such as the IEEE to sponsor conferences and to promote an effective services curriculum in colleges and universities. The Services Society initiates and promotes a "Services University" program worldwide to bridge the gap between industrial needs and university instruction. It has created Services Society Young Scientist Forums (SSYSF) worldwide. The Services Society has provided professional services for more than 30,000 researchers, practitioners, professors, and students directly.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or queries on EDGE 2017, please send email to icfc AT ServicesSociety.org.

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