International Workshop on the Role of Services, Ontologies, and Context in Mobile Environments
(RoSOC-M '09)

May 19, 2009, Taipei, Taiwan

in conjunction with the 10th International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM'09)


Important Dates


Previous editions:
RoSOC-M '08



General Overview

Today, computers are changing from big, grey, and noisy things on our desks to small, portable, and ever-networked devices most of us are carrying around. This new form of mobility imposes a shift in how we view computers and the way we work with them.

Services offer the possibility to overcome the limitations of individual mobile devices by making functionality offered by others available to them on an “as-needed” basis. Thus, using the service-oriented computing paradigm in mobile environments will considerably enlarge the variety of accessible applications and will enable new business opportunities in the mobile space by delivering integrated functionalities across wireless networks. Network hosted mobile services will allow mobile operators and third party mobile services provider to extend their businesses by making their network services available to a broader audience (e.g. developers, service providers, etc.); device hosted service will allow great potential for big innovations for applications and services that can be provided by individual mobile device owners.

These mobile service-oriented systems offer functionalities and behaviors that can be described, advertised, discovered, and composed by others. Eventually, they will be able to interoperate even though they have not been designed to work together. This type of interoperability is based on the ability to understand other services and reason about their functionalities and behaviors when necessary. In this respect, mobile service-oriented systems can benefit from marrying the Semantic Web, which provides the infrastructure for the extensive usage of distributed knowledge, to be deployed for modeling services and add meaning, through ontologies, enabling lightweight discovery and composition of mobile services. The ability to appropriately combine mobility and semantic grounded data sharing has generated and is continuously triggering challenging questions in several areas of computer science, engineering and networking.

A third dimension is added when taking context information into account: Now, we are no longer dealing with the information system any more, but the real world is intermingled with the computing and will immediately affect and interact with the processing of data and communication. Real-world context information can help to more efficiently exploit the limited resources in mobile environments by supporting better ways to provide data relevant to the user, to enable improved interoperability with the environment and with other mobile users, and to decide when and how to process data.

So far, the contextual and semantic aspects of mobile environments have received insufficient attention from the research community as the specific intricacies and resource issues of mobile environments have not been considered and in mobile data management only limited attention has been paid to context and semantics. In this workshop we plan to address the interdisciplinary issues of the domain and bring together researchers and industry attendees from mobile data management, knowledge management/semantics, distributed systems, service-oriented computing, and software engineering to discuss the common interests, share and exchange expertise and results, appreciate each other's results and contributions. The long-term goal is to provide application developers with facilities (middleware, infrastructures, agent systems, service platforms, etc.) that enable the development and deployment of context-aware applications in mobile and pervasive environments.

The RoSOC-M '09 workshop is a follow-up edition of the RoSOC-M '08 workshop, which in turn was a joint event of the previous MoSO and MCISME workshop series: MoSO'07, MCISME'07, MoSO'06, MCISME'06.

Workshop Venue

tba, Taipei, Taiwan. The workshop is to be held in conjunction with the 10th International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM'09).



  • service-oriented architectures for mobile internet services
  • languages and methodologies for describing mobile Service-oriented systems
  • discovery and matchmaking of ontology based services in the context of mobile service-oriented architectures
  • adaptive selection of services in mobile service-oriented architectures
  • ontology management in mobile environments
  • contracting and negotiation with ontology-based mobile services (service level agreements)
  • approaches to composition of ontology based services in the context of mobile service-oriented systems
  • invocation, adaptive execution, monitoring, and management of mobile services
  • interaction protocols and conversation models for mobile services-oriented architectures
  • ontology-based security and privacy issues in mobile service-oriented systems
  • applications of mobile service-oriented architectures
  • analysis and design approaches for mobile service-oriented architectures and services
  • reasoning with mobile services
  • ontology-based policies for mobile service-oriented architectures
  • tools for discovery, matchmaking, selection, mediation, composition, management, and monitoring of services in a mobile world in particular tools that take context into account
  • mobile service development
  • acquiring and disseminating context information from physical and logical sensors
  • semantic sensor networks
  • exploiting new types of context information such as network context, social context, and system context, and enabling infrastructures to support management of context information and semantics in mobile environments
  • community-based semantics in mobile environments
  • activity-based computing and its relation to context-aware mobile computing
  • context-aware mobile database transactions and query processing
  • semantic indexing, caching, and replication techniques for mobile environments
  • context-adaptive applications and algorithms
  • case studies


Important Dates

Submissions (extended): February 8 , 2009
Acceptance: March 1 , 2009
Final copy: March 15, 2009
Workshop day: May 19 , 2009


Organization of the Workshop

Organizing Commitee

Birgitta König-Ries
University of Jena
Jena, Germany
Phone: +49 3641 9 46 430
Fax: +49 3641 9 46 430

Wathiq Mansoor
American University in Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dumitru Roman
University of Innsbruck / STI Innsbruck
Innsruck, Austria
Phone: +43 512 507 6463
Fax: +43 512 507 9872

Jari Veijalainen
University of Jyvaskyla
Jyvaskyla, Finland
phone +358 14 2603674
fax: +358 14 2603011


Program Committee

Klemens Böhm, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Erik Buchmann, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, MIT, USA
Nikolaos Georgantas, INRIA, France
Takahiro Hara, Osaka University, Japan
Hagen Höpfner, International University, Germany
Nafaâ Jabeur, Dhofar University, Oman
Qun Jin, Waseda University, Japan
Vana Kalogeraki, University of CA, Riverside, USA
Takahiro Kawamura, Toshiba Corp, Japan
Manolis Koubarakis, University of Athens, Greece
Antonio Liotta, Univ. of Essex, UK
Andreas Nauerz, IBM Research and Development, Germany
Vladimir Oleshchuk, University of Agder, Norway
Davy Preuveneers, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Gerald Reif, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Thomas Risse, L3S, Germany
Brahmananda Sapkota, DERI Galway, Ireland
Kai-Uwe Sattler, TU Ilmenau, Germany
Michael Sheng, University of Adelaide, Australia
Vlad Tanasescu, Open University, UK
Vagan Terziyan, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
Ioan Toma, STI Innsbruck, Austria
Kristian Torp, University of Aalborg, Denmark
Aphrodite Tsalgatidou, University of Athens, Greece
Can Türker, ETHZ, Switzerland
Ouri E. Wolfson, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA


Paper Submissions

Two categories of submissions are solicited:

(1) Full papers (up to 6 pages).
(2) Short/Position papers (up to 3 pages).

All submissions should be formatted in the IEEE Two-Column Format. Formatting instructions can be found here.

All the papers should be submitted in electronic format (pdf version) using the link:

All accepted full papers as well as all short/position papers of attendees will be archieved in IEEE Xplore and IEEE Computer Society (CSDL) digital libraries.



Time: May 19, 2009; in conjunction with MDM 2009 conference
Location: tba, Taipei, Taiwan

09:45 - 10:10 Utilizing Existing Semantic Knowledge Bases for Creating Annotations on Mobile Devices (by Antti Nummiaho, Sari Vainikainen and Timo Laakko)
10:10 - 10:35 Context-Aware, Policy-Based Seamless Mobility using the FOCALE Autonomic Architecture (by John Strassner)
10:35 - 11:00 Effects of Different Hibernation Behaviors on The Service Distribution Protocol For Mobile Networks and its Replica Placement Process (by Mohamed Hamdy and Birgitta König-Ries)
11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 11:40 Mobile Data Protection Using Handheld Usage Context Matching (by Wen-Chen Hu)
11:40 - 12:05 Towards an XML-Based Query and Contextual Information Model in Context-Aware Mobile Information Systems (by Essam Mansour, Hagen Höpfner)
12:05 - 12:30 Adaptive Query Routing on Distributed Context - The COSINE Framework (by Lukasz Juszczyk, Harald Psaier, Atif Manzor, Schahram Dustdar)
12:30 - 12:55 A security ontology for mobile applications (by Sofien Beji, ENSI-RIADI, Tunisia Nabil El Kadhi)
12:55 - 13:20 Exploring the Energy Consumption of Data Sorting Algorithms in Embedded and Mobile Environments (by Christian Bunse, Hagen Hoepfner, Essam Mansour, Suman Roychoudhury)



Those who are interested in attending the workshop should register through the main conference.