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Special Issue of THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE

on

Quantitative Aspects of Programming Languages and Systems (QAPL 2011/12)




CALL FOR PAPERS


We invite the submission of papers on Quantitative Aspects of Programming

Languages and Systems for publication in a special issue of the Journal of

Theoretical Computer Science (TCS). In particular we welcome papers which

are revised versions of the submitted to and presented at the QAPL 2011

Workshop in Saarbruecken and QAPL 2012 in Tallinn. We will additionally

also welcome submissions of papers not presented at QAPL, provided they

fall into the scope of the call.



SCOPE



Quantitative aspects of computation are important and sometimes essential in

characterising the behaviour and determining the properties of systems. They

are related to the use of physical quantities (storage space, time, bandwidth,

etc.) as well as mathematical quantities (e.g. probability and measures for

reliability, risk and trust). Such quantities play a central role in defining

both the model of systems (architecture, language design, semantics) and the

methodologies and tools for the analysis and verification of system

properties. This special issue will be devoted to research papers which

discuss the explicit use of quantitative information such as time and

probabilities either directly in the model or as a tool for the analysis of

systems. In particular, contributions should focus on


  • the design of probabilistic and real-time languages and the definition of
 semantical models for such languages;


  • the discussion of methodologies for the analysis of probabilistic and timing
 properties (e.g. security, safety, schedulability) and of other quantifiable
 properties such as reliability (for hardware components), trustworthiness
 (in information security) and resource usage (e.g. worst-case
 memory/stack/cache requirements);


  • the probabilistic analysis of systems which do not explicitly incorporate
 quantitative aspects (e.g. performance, reliability and risk analysis);


  • applications to safety-critical systems, communication protocols, control
 systems, asynchronous hardware, and to any other domain involving
 quantitative issues.


  • the investigation of computational models and paradigms involving
 quantitative aspects, such as those arising in quantum computation, systems
 biology, bioinformatics, etc.



TOPICS



Topics include (but are not limited to) probabilistic, timing and general

quantitative aspects in:


Language design, language expressiveness, quantitative language extension,

semantics, logic, verification, automated reasoning, testing, model-checking,

program analysis, performance analysis, resource analysis, safety, security

and protocol analysis, risk and hazard analysis, for biological systems,

quantum languages, information systems, multi-tasking and multi-core systems,

time-critical systems, embedded systems, coordination models, scheduling

theory, distributed systems, concurrent systems, etc.



SUBMISSION



Papers should be 20-25 pages long, including appendices, and should be

formatted according to Elsevier's elsart document style used for articles in

the Journal of Theoretical Computer Science (see the Guide for Authors at

http://ees.elsevier.com/tcs).


http://support.elsevier.com/


Submissions are through the Elsevier Editorial System for TCS located at

http://ees.elsevier.com/tcs/default.asp. To ensure that all manuscripts are

correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, please make sure

you select/specify "SI:TCS_B QAPL 2011/12" when you reach the step in the

submission process.



IMPORTANT DATES


         * Paper submission: 15 August 2012
         * Notification:     30 November 2012



EDITORS


         Gethin Norman
         University of Glasgow, UK
         gethin@dcs.gla.ac.uk


Mieke Massink

CNR-ISTI, Pisa, Italy

mieke.massink@isti.cnr.it


Herbert Wiklicky

Imperial College London, UK

herbert@doc.ic.ac.uk




Further information at http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/qapl11/special_issue.html