COORDINATION 2020: CfP - Malta, June 15-19

by Simon Bliudze, Dec. 23, 2019

22nd International Conference on Coordination Models and Languages

15-19th of June, 2020 at the University of Malta, Valletta

COORDINATION 2020 is one of the three conferences of DisCoTec 2020



  03/02/2020: abstract submission
  14/02/2020: paper submission

Keynote Speaker

Peter Kriens: “Formal Specifications to Increase Understanding” (

There will be two other joint keynote speakers at DisCoTec, invited by FORTE and DAIS respectively (TBA)

Submission link

Types of contribution

Following the success of previous years, we welcome a range of contributions other than regular full papers: survey papers, short papers and tool papers

Special topics

We plan to have dedicated sessions in the program on two special topics: Microservices and Digital Contracts


Modern information systems rely increasingly on combining concurrent, distributed, mobile, adaptive, reconfigurable and heterogeneous components.  New models, architectures, languages and verification techniques are necessary to cope with the complexity induced by the demands of today’s software development.

Coordination languages have emerged as a successful approach, in that they provide abstractions that cleanly separate behaviour from communication, therefore increasing modularity, simplifying reasoning, and ultimately enhancing software development.

Building on the success of the previous editions, this conference provides a well-established forum for the growing community of researchers interested in models, languages, architectures, and implementation techniques for coordination.

Main topics of interest

Topics of interest encompass all areas of coordination, including (but not limited to) coordination related aspects of:

  • Theoretical models and foundations for coordination: component composition, concurrency, mobility, dynamic, spatial and probabilistic aspects of coordination, logic, emergent behaviour, types, semantics;
  • Specification, refinement, and analysis of architectures: patterns and styles, verification of functional and non-functional properties, including performance and security aspects;
  • Dynamic software architectures: distributed mobile code, configuration, reconfiguration, networked computing, parallel, high-performance and cloud computing;
  • Nature- and bio-inspired approaches to coordination;
  • Coordination of multiagent and collective systems: models, languages, infrastructures, self-adaptation, self-organisation, distributed solving, collective intelligence and emerging behaviour;
  • Coordination and modern distributed computing: web services, peer-to-peer networks, grid computing, context-awareness, ubiquitous computing, mobile computing;
  • Coordination platforms for infrastructures of emerging new application domains like IoT, fog- and edge-computing;
  • Programming methodologies, languages, middleware, tools, and environments for the development and verification of coordinated applications;
  • Tools, languages and methodologies for secure coordination;
  • Industrial relevance of coordination and software architectures: programming in the large, domain-specific software architectures and coordination models, case studies;
  • Interdisciplinary aspects of coordination;
  • Industry-led efforts in coordination and case studies.

Special topics

COORDINATION 2020 is seeking contributions that enable the cross-fertilisation with other research communities in computer science or in other engineering or scientific disciplines.

Depending on the quality of the contributions, we plan to have dedicated sessions in the program, possibly together with a panel discussion.

1. Microservices

Microservices are a novel architectural style, taking to an extreme the ideas of service oriented computing. In microservices, applications are composed by loosely coupled entities, the microservices. Beyond that, single microservices should be small enough to be easily managed, modified, and if needed removed and rewritten from scratch. Microservices aim at obtaining high flexibility, reconfigurability and scalability, thanks also to the exploitation of containerization technologies such as Docker. Given that microservice-based applications are composed by many loosely-coupled microservices, techniques allowing one to coordinate their execution in order to obtain the desired behaviour are of paramount importance.


2. Techniques to reason about interacting digital contracts

With the rise of blockchains and cryptocurrencies, digital contracts have become popular in the form of smart contracts, which encode a financial transaction between possibly distrusting parties using a distributed consensus protocol. Although smart contracts bear the potential to benefit society quite fundamentally (e.g., equalize access to financial infrastructure, increase fairness), the benefits are shadowed by the existence of severe security vulnerabilities in deployed smart contracts and smart contract languages.  In the 2020 instantiation of COORDINATION, we are soliciting contributions on new programming language paradigms and patterns for expressing digital contract interactions, verification and analysis techniques for checking safety and liveness properties and guaranteeing correctness of digital contracts, as well as compositionality and scalability of digital contract reasoning techniques. 


Tool papers

We welcome tool papers that describe experience reports, technological artefacts and innovative prototypes (including engines, APIs, etc.), for coordinating, modelling, analysing, simulating or testing systems, as well as educational tools in the scope of the research topics of COORDINATION.  In addition, we welcome submissions promoting the integration of existing tools relevant to the community. Submissions to the tool track must include an extended abstract and a link to a demo video that previews the potential tool presentation at the conference.  Both the abstract and the video will be decisive criteria in the selection process. Authors of accepted contributions will be asked to produce a regular (full) paper to appear in the conference proceedings, which will be subject to a lightweight revision process.



Important Dates

  03/02/2020 - abstract submission
  14/02/2020 - paper submission
  10/04/2020 - notification
  24/04/2020 - camera ready version

Submission instructions

Authors are invited to submit papers electronically in PDF using a two-phase online submission process.  Registration of the paper information and abstract must be completed according to the DisCoTec submission dates.  Submissions are handled through the EasyChair conference management system, accessible from the conference web site:

Contributions must be written in English and report on original, unpublished work not submitted for publication elsewhere (cf. IFIP’s Author Code of Conduct, see under Publications/Links).  The submissions must not exceed the total page number limit (see below) prepared using Springer’s LNCS style.  Submissions not adhering to the above specified constraints may be rejected without review.

Submission categories

  • Full papers (up to 15 pages + 2 pages references): describing thorough and complete research results and experience reports.
  • Short papers (up to 6 pages + 2 pages references): describing research in progress or opinion papers on the past of Coordination research, on the current state of the art, or on prospects for the years to come.
  • Survey papers (up to 25 pages + 2 pages references): describing important results and successful stories that originated in the context of COORDINATION.
  • Tool papers (up to 6 pages + 2 pages references): describing technological artefacts in the scope of the research topics of COORDINATION. The paper must contain a link to a publicly downloadable MPEG-4 demo video of at most 10 minutes length.

The conference proceedings, formed by accepted submissions will be published by Springer in the LNCS Series.

Special issues

Selected papers will be invited to a special issue of Logical Methods in Computer Science and a separate special issue dedicated to tool papers is being planned. Special issues for last year’s edition are under preparation in Logical Methods in Computer Science for selected research papers, and in Science of Computer Programming for selected tool papers (as a collection of Original Software Publications.


Program committee chairs

  • Simon Bliudze (INRIA, France)
  • Laura Bocchi (University of Kent, UK)

Tool track chairs

  • Omar Inverso (Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy)
  • Hugo Torres Vieira (C4 - Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal)

Program committee

  • Stephanie Balzer (CMU, USA)
  • Chiara Bodei (Università di Pisa, Italy)
  • Marius Bozga (Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
  • Roberto Bruni (Università di Pisa, Italy)
  • Ornela Dardha (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Fatemeh Ghassemi (University of Tehran, Iran)
  • Roberto Guanciale (KTH, Sweden)
  • Ludovic Henrio (CNRS, France)
  • Omar Inverso (Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy)
  • Jean-Marie Jacquet (University of Namur, Belgium)
  • Eva Kühn (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
  • Ivan Lanese (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Alberto Lluch Lafuente (DTU, Denmark)
  • Michele Loreti (University of Camerino, Italy)
  • Anastasia Mavridou (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)
  • Mieke Massink (CNR-ISTI, Italy)
  • Hernan Melgratti (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Claudio Antares Mezzina (Università degli studi di Urbino, Italy)
  • Rumyana Neykova (Brunel University London, UK)
  • Luca Padovani (Università di Torino, Italy)
  • Kirstin Peters (TU Darmstadt, Germany)
  • Danilo Pianini (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Rene Rydhof Hansen (Aalborg University, Denmark)
  • Gwen Salaün (Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
  • Meng Sun (Peking University, China)
  • Hugo Torres Vieira (C4 - Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal)
  • Emilio Tuosto (University of Leicester, UK & Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy)

Steering committee

  • Gul Agha, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
  • Farhad Arbab, CWI and Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Wolfgang De Meuter, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium
  • Rocco De Nicola, IMT - School for Advanced Studies, Italy
  • Giovanna di Marzo Serugendo, Université de Genève, Switzerland
  • Tom Holvoet, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Jean-Marie Jacquet, University of Namur, Belgium
  • Christine Julien, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Eva Kühn, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Alberto Lluch Lafuente, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Michele Loreti, University of Camerino, Italy
  • Mieke Massink, ISTI CNR, Italy
  • Jose Proença, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Rosario Pugliese, Università di Firenze, Italy
  • Hanne Riis Nielson, DTU, Denmark
  • Marjan Sirjani, Reykjavik University, Iceland
  • Carolyn Talcott, SRI International, California, USA
  • Emilio Tuosto, University of Leicester, UK & Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy
  • Vasco T. Vasconcelos, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Mirko Viroli, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Gianluigi Zavattaro, University of Bologna, Italy (Chair)