CFP: Economics of Grids, Clouds, Systems, and Services (GECON13)

The 10th International Conference on Economics of Grids, Clouds, Systems, and Services

September 18-20, 2013, Zaragoza, Spain

Call for Papers :
Main page :

Important Dates
– Paper Registration Deadline: May 1st, 2013
– Paper Submission Deadline: May 11th, 2013
– Notification of Paper Acceptance: July 1st, 2013
– Camera Ready Paper Deadline: July 15th, 2013

GECON solicits works that are interdisciplinary, combining business and
economic aspects with engineering and computer-science related aspects.
Works can describe extensions to existing technologies, successful
deployments of technologies, economic analyses, analysis of technology
adoption, and theoretical models. We welcome papers that combine micro-
and macro-economic principles with resource management strategies in
computer science and engineering. Case studies that demonstrate
practical use of economic strategies and their benefits (and
limitations) are particularly encouraged. The purpose of this event is
to gather original work and build a strong multidisciplinary community
in this increasingly important area of a future information and
knowledge economy.

Topics of Interest
The way in which IT resources and services are being provisioned is
currently in flux. Advances in distributed systems technology have
allowed for the provisioning of services on an unprecedented scale and
with increasing flexibility. Businesses have started to embrace models
based on this technology wherein third-party services, which can be
acquired with minimal service provider interaction, replace or
complement those services that are managed internally. However,
enterprises, academia, and policy makers have only started to grasp the
economic implications of this evolution.

As a global market for infrastructure, platform, and software services
emerges, the need for understanding and dealing with these implications
is quickly growing. In addition, a multitude of new challenges arise.
These are inherently multidisciplinary and relate to aspects such as the
operation and structure of service markets, the alignment of cost,
revenue and quality-related objectives when taking on a service consumer
or provider role, the adoption of these new technologies on a wide
scale, the creation of innovative business models, and the optimization
of value chains.

These challenges do not exclusively emerge in the IT field but rather in
all service domains that rely on an IT-based infrastructure. An example
is the coordinated operation of the next generation smart electricity
grids that are characterized by distributed generation facilities and
new consumption patterns. The alignment of IT with social networks in
order to increase efficiency as well as collect and analyze user data is

GECON invites researchers and practitioners from industry to present and
discuss economics-related issues and solutions associated with these
challenges. The topics of interest are:
– Analysis of software industry and cloud computing industry
– Market mechanisms, auctions models, and bidding languages
– Decision support for providers, service selection, and procurement
– Revenue and energy-aware resource management
– Pricing schemes and revenue models
– Capacity planning
– Resource allocation and scheduling
– Automated trading and bidding support tools
– Incentive design and strategic behavior
– Development of sustainable infrastructures
– Desktop grids, volunteer computing and crowd-sourcing
– Economic modeling of networks, systems, software, and data
– Business models and strategies
– Service value chains and value networks
– Metering, accounting, and billing
– Negotiation, enforcement and monitoring of SLAs
– Trust, reputation, security, and risk management
– Performance monitoring and prediction
– Reports and analysis on operational markets and testbeds
– Techno-economic analysis
– Standardization and legal aspects
– Cost modeling, cost-benefit analysis, game theory
– Smart electricity grids
– Social network systems
– IaaS, SaaS, PaaS
– Services Science
– Technology acceptance models
– Benefits to small and medium-sized enterprises

Publication and Submission Guidelines
Original full papers and work-in-progress papers, which are not
currently under review by another conference, will be considered.
Submitted papers should not exceed 14 pages in Springer LNCS format
(including references and appendices). For further details, visit the
GECON 2013 Web page.

Manuscripts will be reviewed based on technical merit, soundness,
originality, and relevance. Past acceptance rates have been below 33%.

Paper submissions are managed electronically through the EasyChair
Website (

The proceedings will be published by Springer LNCS. Extended versions of
up to 10 accepted papers in the Computer Science field will be invited
for publication by Elsevier in a special issue of the Journal of Future
Generation Computing Systems. For papers targeting pure business and
economic aspects within the conference, a special issue of the Springer
Electronic Markets Journal with up to 5 papers is foreseen.

Conference Chairs
Jörn Altmann (Seoul National University, Korea)
Kurt Vanmechelen (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Omer F. Rana (Cardiff University, UK)
JoséA. Bañares (University of Zaragoza, Spain)

Steering Committee
Jörn Altmann (Seoul National University, South-Korea)
Kurt Vanmechelen (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Omer F. Rana (Cardiff University, UK)
Rajkumar Buyya (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Junseok Hwang (Seoul National University, South-Korea)
Hing-Yan Lee (National Grid Office, Singapore)
Jysoo Lee (Kisti, South-Korea)
Steven Miller (Singapore Management University, Singapore)
Dirk Neumann (University of Freiburg, Germany)

Program Committee
The list of program committee members can be found at

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