International Workshop on the Role of Services, Ontologies, and Context in Mobile Environments
(RoSOC-M 2010)

May 23, 2010, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
in conjunction with the 11th International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM 2010)

Note: Deadline extended to Feb. 24, 2010! THIS IS HARD! We solicit also papers that did not make it to the main conference. Pls, indicate this while submitting.



Important Dates



Previous editions:

 RoSOC-M '09
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.

The intermingling of the real world with computing has lately been called Internet of Things. It can be seen as a step towards Mark Weiser's vision about "Ubiquitous Computing" where the computing and communicating components and thus also the corresponding intelligence is everywhere - like the air we breath - and serves us without a special effort from our side. Keeping in mind that distinguisable (portable) devices will be used to access and provide the services in the IoT world for years to come, we can also speak about MObile Internet of Things (MIoT).

In this vein, 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, especially in the context of MIoT. 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 reaching out towards MIoT.

The RoSOC-M 2010 workshop is a follow-up edition of the RoSOC-M '09 and RoSOC-M '08 workshops - that 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, Kansas City, Missori, USA. The workshop is to be held in conjunction with the 11th International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM 2010).



  • Service-oriented architectures for Mobile Internet of Things (MIoT)
  • Languages and methodologies for describing the MioT
  • Discovery and matchmaking of ontology based services in the context of MIoT
  • Adaptive selection of services in the MIoT
  • 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 the MIoT
  • Invocation, adaptive execution, monitoring, and management of mobile services
  • Interaction protocols ann conversation models for the MIoT
  • Ontology-based security and privacy issues in the MIoT
  • Applications of mobile service-oriented architectures
  • Analysis and design approaches for  the MIoT
  • Reasoning techniques for the MIoT
  • Ontology-based policies for the MIoT
  • 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
  • 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: February 19, 2010 Extented!
Acceptance: March 10 , 2010
Final copy: March 17, 2010
Workshop day: May 23, 2010


Organization of the Workshop

Organizing Committee

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
Oslo, Norway
phone: +47 22067647

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


Program Committee (as of Feb. 2, 2010)

Yuki Arase, Osaka University, Japan
Klemens Böhm, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Erik Buchmann, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
Erdogan Dogdu,TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey
Nikolaos Georgantas, INRIA, France
Takahiro Hara, Osaka University, Japan
Nafaâ Jabeur, Dhofar University, Oman
Qun Jin, Waseda University, Japan
Takahiro Kawamura, Toshiba Corp, Japan
Antonio Liotta, Univ. of Essex, UK
Andreas Nauerz, IBM Research and Development, Germany
Vladimir Oleshchuk, University of Agder, Norway
Tore Risch, Uppsala University, Sweden
Brahmananda Sapkota, Univ. of Twente, Netherlands
Kai-Uwe Sattler, TU Ilmenau, Germany
Quanzheng Sheng, University of Adelaide, Australia
Vagan Terziyan, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
Ioan Toma, STI Innsbruck, Austria
Aphrodite Tsalgatidou, University of Athens, Greece


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: Easychair

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



RoSoc-M 2010 workshop on May 23, 2010 09:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Location: Ballroom C.
Chair: Jari Veijalainen

Anand Ranganathan
Supporting Location-Based Services through Composable Stream-Processing Flows (Invited paper)

Mauricio Lin, Thomaz Philippe Silva, Roberto Santos and Andre Neto.
SMBots - An architecture to manage dynamic services based on SMS

Jari Veijalainen, Waseem Rehmat
Mobile communities in developing countries



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