Conference Aim and Scope


GECON 2018 builds upon the very successful tradition of the conference previous editions since 2003, ( GECON solicits contributions that are interdisciplinary, combining business and economic aspects with engineering and computer science related themes. Contributions to this conference can include extensions to existing technologies, successful deployments of technologies, economic analyses, analyses of technology adoptions, and theoretical models. We welcome papers that combine micro- and macro-economic principles with resource management strategies in computer science and engineering. Case studies, which demonstrate practical use of economic strategies, 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.

Upon request from several authors, we are extending the deadlines for submitting abstracts and full contributions.

 Important dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: May 15th May 27th, 2018
  • Paper and Paper-in-Progress Submission Deadline: May 22nd June 4th, 2018
  • Notification of Paper and Paper-in-Progress Acceptance: June 15th June 25th, July 2nd 2018
  • Camera Ready Deadline: June 22th July 2nd, July 20th 2018
  • Poster Submission Deadline: June 15th, 2018
  • Notification of Poster Acceptance: June 21st, 2018
  • Camera-Ready Poster Deadline: June 24th, 2018


GECON 2018 Runs Three Special Sessions

Special Session on IT Service Ecosystems enabled through Emerging Digital Technologies

Using technologies including open APIs, digital platforms, IoT, wearable technology, and cloud computing, new business ecosystems become possible. Well-functioning and innovative digital businesses in this ecosystem continuously monetize, manage, and measure information as an asset for having a competitive advantage in the market. The ecosystems are based on a new way of integration of people, resources, processes, and technologies. This also affects the management of systems and resources (e.g., network management and cloud management). Techno-economic analyses (e.g., value creation modeling) are vital for understanding the requirements for an uninterruptible operation of infrastructure, the needs for future technologies, sustainable business operation, and a society that benefits. In this call, we are inviting submissions of papers in the following areas:

  • Software ecosystems
  • IT service platforms
  • Digital business model innovation (opportunities and barriers)
  • New value creation models over new technologies such as cloud computing, IOT, wearable Tech, blockchain
  • Digital transformation and event thinking
  • Open source software
  • Implementations of distributed business logics
  • Digital process re-engineering
  • Data-driven business model innovation (Acceptance and Barriers)
  • Social Impact of Digital Business Transformations
  • Software service systems

Contact: Somayeh Khaghighi (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) - Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

Special Session on Machine Learning, Cognitive Systems and Data Science for System Management

It is well recognized in this digital world, businesses, government, and people depend on reliable technical infrastructure for all aspects of daily operations such as Real Estate, Banking, retail, transportation and even socializing. And today, with the growing trend for the internet of thing, demands for a safe management system has tremendously increased.  Infrastructure failures are expensive, e.g., network downtime or outages should be avoided by all means as it might impact business operations and might, also, generate a tremendous cost due to the Mean Time to Repair in Network Infrastructure (MTR). There are many reasons why infrastructure such computers, devices, network, Information systems management failures occur. According to some
studies, human errors account is often cited. Therefore, several studies focus on defining new approaches that could help to automate some of the operation function of the systems management. Today, the emerging trend is to use techniques from Artificial Intelligence such as Machine Learning and data science in order to increase systems
Management performance. In this call, we are inviting submissions of papers in the following areas:

  • Machine Learning and their potential applications in Systems Management
  • Self-Autonomous System Management
  • Network, Devices and Computers Management
  • IT and IoT Infrastructure
  • Software as a Service
  • AI & Cloud computing
  • Robots, drones network management
  • Advanced Software for Managed Service Providers

Contact: Aurilla Aurelie Arntzen (University of South-Eastern, Norway) - Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!


Special Session on Blockchain Technologies and Economics

The blockchain technology is raising increasing expectations, with many promising applications being proposed in several fields that go far beyond the crypto-currency applications that have popularized the technology.  The special session on Blockchain Technology and Economics will focus on the theory and the applications of Blockchains to systems and service infrastructures, their impact on the economics and management of these services, the performance and modeling of blockchain based systems, the viability of new economic and business models, as well as on issues that stem from the new applications and involve essential properties of the affected systems, including but not limited the legal, privacy and security viewpoints. This special sessions invites submissions related to:

  • Privacy and anonymity on blockchain
  • Smart Contracts
  • Smart Contracts analysis
  • Performance of blockchain based systems
  • Scalability of blockchain based systems
  • Lightweight protocols based on blockchain
  • Attacks on blockchain based systems
  • Transactions analysis
  • Energy consumption issues
  • Blockchain in Grid and Cloud systems
  • Other applications of the Blockchain Technologies
  • Economics and technological evaluation of blockchain applications to service infrastructures
  • Legal aspects of blockchains

Contacts: Paolo Mori (CNR-IIT, Italy) Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!and Stefano Bistarelli (University of Perugia, Italy) Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!


General Topics of interest

Advances in distributed systems technology have allowed for the provisioning of IT services on an unprecedented scale and with increasing flexibility. As a global market for infrastructures,
platforms and software services emerge the need to understand and deal with these implications, and a multitude of new challenges is quickly growing. Therefore, the general topics of interest at GECON 2018 are:

  • Software service platforms and networked systems
  • Analysis of software industry and cloud computing industry
  • Market mechanisms, auctions models, and bidding languages
  • Decision support for service selection and procurement
  • Revenue and energy-aware resource management
  • Pricing schemes, service level agreements (SLAs), and revenue models
  • Negotiation, enforcement and monitoring of service level agreements
  • Open source ecosystem
  • Economically efficient resource allocation, scheduling, and capacity planning
  • Automated trading and bidding support tools
  • Incentive design, strategic behavior & game theory
  • Development of sustainable infrastructures
  • Desktop grids, volunteer computing and crowd-sourcing
  • Metering, accounting, and billing
  • Business models and strategies for SMEs
  • Trust, reputation, security, and risk management
  • Reports and analysis on operational markets and test-beds
  • Economics of big data, software, services, service composition, and selection
  • Cost modeling, cost-benefit analysis
  • Performance monitoring, optimization and prediction
  • Community networks, social network systems, and resource sharing models
  • Techno-economic analysis: Emerging computing paradigms (fog, edge, osmosis computing), and technologies (micro-services, containers)
  • Efficient resource management based on different virtualization technologies
  • Cross-technology, self-managing mechanisms, tooling to increase productivity in Platform-as-a Service environments.
  • Smart grids, smart cities, smart buildings, energy-aware infrastructures and services
  • Standardization, interoperability, and legal aspects
  • Economics of IaaS, SaaS, PaaS and Federation of resources
  • Economic modeling of networks, systems, software, and data
  • Service Science
  • Clouds & Services for Internet-of-Things
  • Computational and economic aspects of blockchain
  • Machine learning, Cognitive Systems and Data Science for system management

Proceedings and Previous Editions

GECON 2018 follows the very successful previous editions GECON conferences, where high-quality technical papers have been presented. As in the previous conferences,

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