IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications


The ubiquitous explosion of the Internet and the fast proliferation of networked devices and applications such as sensor networks, mobile systems, Grids, and Peer-to-Peer communications create a unique challenge for network and system administrators. Future applications will involve mobile users, possibly with on-body sensors interacting with a pervasive computing environment that detects their activity, current context and adapts accordingly. Innovative solutions are required for managing the plethora of network devices and systems, multiple inter-connected networking technologies -- wired and wireless, and the complexity of distributed applications. The promise of pervasive computing environments will not be realized unless these systems can effectively "disappear"; and for this they need to become autonomous by managing their own evolution and configuration changes without explicit user or administrator action. The term Autonomic communications and computing is used for this form of self-managing systems able to support self-configuration, self-healing and self-optimization. The importance of this research area has been recently stressed by the increasing demand for securely programmable and autonomous network elements. The ultimate aim is to assist in the design of next generation self-organizing, context-aware pervasive systems and service-oriented computing environments so as to better support highly dynamic and mobile users and vitual organizations. In this context, original contributions are solicited in all relevant areas, including but not limited to:

  • Theoretical foundations of autonomic communication systems
  • Tools and techniques for designing, analyzing and building autonomic systems and networks
  • Adaptive security for self protection of systems and networks
  • Economic, biological and social models used for autonomic communications
  • Advanced information processing techniques for autonomic communications including policies, context-awareness, machine learning, statistical and optimization techniques, control theory, knowledge bases, planning, and goal driven role based management
  • Enabling technologies for self-managing systems and networks including Service-oriented Architectures, Web Services, XML, Peer-to-Peer and Open Grid Services
  • Sensing, monitoring and measurements for self-managing systems and networks
  • Languages, development and securely programmable environments for autonomic communications systems
  • Human interaction with autonomic communication systems

Prospective authors should prepare their manuscript in accordance with the IEEE J-SAC format described in the Information for Authors. Authors should submit an electronic version (PDF format) to according to the following schedule:

Manuscript submission:

OCTOBER 1, 2004

Acceptance notification:

March 1, 2005

Final manuscript due:

June 1, 2005


4th Quarter 2005


Raouf Boutaba
University of Waterloo
School of Computer Science

Germán Goldszmidt
IBM Research - Hawthorne

Heinz-Gerd Hegering
Leibniz Supercomputing Center
Munich University


Jürgen Schönwälder
International University Bremen

Morris Sloman
Imperial College London