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Extended deadline: 18 July 2010

2nd International Workshop on Quality in Techno-Social Systems

at the Fourth IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems 
SASO 2010 - September 28, 2010, Budapest, Hungary


Techo-social systems are ICT systems in which many people collectively coordinate and 
cooperate to achieve their goals without central control. These systems, for example 
Wikipedia, eBay, Web2.0 sites, social networks and peer-to-peer networks, have both 
self-organizing and self-adaptive aspects. 

In this workshop we aim to put the quality aspect of these complex systems into focus. 
Quality outcome can be produced by the individual users through selecting, producing and 
rating certain kinds of content. For example, trust and reputation may emerge among a 
community and be used to enhance quality. The workshop will consider mechanisms by which 
individual peers can be brought together automatically into collectives whose members 
share interests and agree about the evaluation of quality in the domain.

The SASO conference focuses on how to make computer systems operate autonomously in a 
reliable, efficient and useful way with minimal user or operator intervention. 
The workshop addresses this very problem narrowing the focus down to techno-social 
systems. The question we ask is: how can one let a system self-organize to a high quality, 
desirable state, where users and their behavior form an integral part of the system 
(i.e., a techno-social system), and where self-organization at the system level has to 
be aligned with self-organization at the social level.

The workshop is centered around the following technical issues:
* incentive mechanisms for self-organizing and self-adaptive systems
* evolving social interaction structures for quality
* ranking, rating, reputation and recommendation in distributed systems
* conflict and consensus detection, correction in distributed systems
* realistic models of user behaviour and the dynamic social structures that they create
* analysis of empirical and experimental data for quality
* computational sociology of online communities
* distributed social networks
* quality metrics - how to measure in distributed systems

Papers are welcome from the fields of theoretical and algorithmic foundations, algorithm 
design and simulation, as well as empirical data-sets collection, processing and validation.


The workshop is inherently interdisciplinary. Relevant areas include: sociology and 
psychology,in particular, the evolution of cooperation, opinion dynamics, the evolution 
of norms and trust relationships, etc; physics, in particular complex (social and technical) 
networks and models of the dynamics of group behavior; computer science, in particular
P2P systems, data mining (ranking and recommendation), information retrieval, and distributed 

Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit original unpublished papers that are neither accepted nor 
submitted elsewhere. All submissions will be carefully peer reviewed by the program committee.

Inclusion in Proceedings

The proceedings of all SASO workshops will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press as a 
bundle with the main conference proceedings, and made available as a part of the IEEE digital 


Paper submission: July 18, 2010
Acceptance Notification: August 6, 2010
Camera-ready version: August 20, 2010
Early registration deadline: August 13, 2010
Workshop: September 28, 2010

Author Guidelines

Submissions should not exceed 6 pages and formatted according to the IEEE Computer Society 
Press proceedings style guide and submitted electronically in pdf format. Please register 
as authors and submit your papers using the conference management system that will be linked 
at the http://qlectives.eu/qteso website well in advance of the submission deadline.

Organization Comittee

Nigel Gilbert, University of Surrey, UK
Mark Jelasity, Hungarian Academy of Science and University of Szeged, Hungary 
Tamas Vinko, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Program Committee

Fred Amblard, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, France
Nazareno Andrade, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Alastair Gill, University of Surrey, UK
David Hales, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Dirk Helbing, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Sergi Lozano, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Matus Medo, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Andrzej Nowak, University of Warsaw, Poland
Johan Pouwelse, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Camille Roth, CNRS, France
Dario Taraborelli, University of Surrey, UK
Yi-Cheng Zhang, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Dario Taraborelli

Research Fellow
Centre for Research in Social Simulation
University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

Editor, Review of Philosophy and Psychology

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