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The IBM Cloud Academy,
IBM Centers for Advanced Studies and
The Institute of Statistical Mathematics 
invite you to the
6th International IBM Cloud Academy Conference
ICA CON 2018
Thursday through Saturday, May 24-26, 2018
at The Institute of Statistical Mathematics 
(Tokyo, Japan)

Conference website: 
Best papers will be published in special issues of the
 International Journal of Cloud Computing (IJCC) and International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing (IJCAC)

Extended abstracts can be submitted at:

For more information, contact 

Andy Rindos (
[log in to unmask]) and/or Kozo Kitamura ([log in to unmask]) 

ICA CON 2018, the 6th International IBM Cloud Academy Conference, will provide an exciting opportunity for educators, researchers, and practitioners to share ideas and experiences in cloud computing and their impacts. The conference is open to K-12 (secondary) and higher education institutions already or considering implementing cloud technologies and services. 

The program will include invited keynote talks by Dr. Naguib Attia (VP, IBM Global University Programs), Dr. Mladen Vouk (NC State U Assoc. V Chancellor for Research), Dr. Hiroshi Maruyama (Chief Strategy Officer, Preferred Networks, Inc.) and Dr. Ryo Yoshida (Director, ISM Data Science Center for Creative Design and Manufacturing), as well as technical papers, position papers, workshops and a technology showcase. The technical papers portion of the conference program will feature experience reports and original research papers. The technology showcase will feature poster presentations and demonstrations on cloud computing research or implementations in progress. Selected papers from conference proceedings will be published as a special edition of the International Journal of Cloud Computing (IJCC) ( and International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing (IJCAC; 

In addition, we will provide a hands-on Watson and Cloud workshop (hosted by Prof. Anand Singh), as well as special sessions by faculty from NC State, Clemson, ASU, UMBC and other universities showcasing the application of Watson, analytics, IoT etc. (as cloud services) in support of a diverse set of important real world projects (from tracking the world wide spread of antimicrobial resistance to the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases). 

ICA CON 2018 will be an excellent venue for presenting original work, exchanging new ideas, embracing cloudtechnologies, sharing results, business impacts, and experiences, and networking with other leading institutions and businesses that are already implementing cloud solutions. 

Call for Papers
We invite submission of papers / presentations or posters on the use of cloud computing for educational and research purposes. Of particular interest will be submissions featuring original research or experience reports that address how the transition to cloud computing is helping to transform education. The latter is intended to facilitate the sharing of best practices with real-world examples illustrating improvements in quality, outcomes, lessons learned and return-on-investment.

A range of topics relevant to cloud computing in education and research will be considered. Here are some areas to show the range of interests and possibilities:

Institutional Strategy and Organization Design for Cloud Computing

·      Building the institution's future infrastructure on a cloud

·      Management and organization design impacts by clouds

·      Value chain redesign, culture change and skill shift challenges in transitioning to cloud computing

·      Economic Models of, and Economic Development through, Cloud Computing

·      Financial impact and benefits of cloud computing

·      Roadmap for adoption, integration and transition to cloud computing

Data Management and Analytics on the Cloud

·       Cognitive computing through cloud

·       Business Intelligence for education and research purposes using cloud computing

·       Analytics and predictive analytics in cloud environments

·       Big Data in clouds

·       Storage management and clouds

User Productivity with Cloud Computing

·       Collaboration using cloud computing

·       Enhancing accessibility through cloud services

·       Workloads and Use Cases of cloud for education and research

Cloud Computing Implementation Strategies

·       Data Center migration to cloud computing

·       Energy Management Considerations

·       Integration and workflow of cloud services

·       Impact on IT Infrastructure Management with cloud computing

·       IT Service and Relationship Management (Business and IT)

·       Software development services with cloud computing

Research Computing in the Cloud

·       High Performance Computing and cloud computing

·       Research computing models using cloud computing

Pedagogical Impact of Cloud Computing

·       Impact on learning and teaching with cloud computing

·       Delivering educational resources via a cloud

·       New and Innovative Pedagogical Approaches with cloud

·       Service Sciences, Management and Engineering (SSME)

Standards and Open Source Strategies for Cloud Computing

·       Innovations in IP (especially as relates to Open Source)

·       Open standards for cloud computing

Systems Management in a Cloud Computing Environment

·       Service level agreements and clouds

·       Security, identity, trust and privacy on clouds

·       Software licensing in education for cloud computing

Papers / presentations proposals on the implementation and research issues associated with various commercial or open source virtualization technologies, management and security policies and user applications are also encouraged, as there is presently significant interest in these areas within the academy community. 

Please submit extended abstracts to
(Initial extended abstracts should be no more than 2 pages; see below for submission format instructions.)

Important dates

·       March 20, 2018 (extended)
Extended Abstract Submission Deadline 

·       April 7, 2018 
Notification of Paper Acceptance 

·       April 30, 2018 
Camera Ready Paper Submission and Authors Registration Deadline 

·       May 24-26, 2018 
Conference Dates

Review Procedure

All submissions will be peer reviewed by appropriate domain experts among those listed on the Technical Committee. The reviewers know that the ICA CON 2018 conference aims to produce innovative as well as quality work, and that authors of selected papers / presentations will be selected and invited to have work published in special issues of the International Journal of Cloud Computing (IJCC; and International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing (IJCAC;

Submission Format

Submissions should follow the guidelines below:

·       Initial extended abstract up to 2 pages; conference paper submissions should not exceed 10 pages (selected IJCC submissions can be longer)

·       Anonymized (remove author names and affiliations) for the review process.

·       To facilitate the subsequent publication of selected manuscripts, we suggest you check with the guidelines used by the International Journal ofCloud Computing: (

Submission implies willingness of at least one author to register and present at the conference. 

Again, submissions of extended abstracts can be made at

For more information, contact 
Andy Rindos ([log in to unmask]) and/or Kozo Kitamura ([log in to unmask]).

General Co-Chairs:
Andy Rindos (IBM) 
Junji Nakano (ISM)

Steering Committee:
Diem Ho (IBM) 
Yaser Jararweh (JUST) 
Imre Kocsis (BME) 
Yi Pan (GSU) 
Andras Pataricza (BME)
Jim Spohrer (IBM)
Yannis Viniotis (NCSU)
Mladen Vouk (NCSU) 
Yelena Yesha (UMBC)

Program Committee Co-Chairs:
Elhadj Benkhelifa (Staffordshire U)

Yaser Jararweh (JUST) 
Toshikazu Kato (Chuo University)

Proceedings Co-Chairs:

B.B. Gupta (N ​ITK) 
Keisuke Honda (ISM)

Publicity Co-Chairs: 
Mohammad Alsmirat (JUST)
Moayad Aloqaily (Carleton U)
Zilong Ye (Cal State) 

Local Chair:
​​Kozo Kitamura (ISM)

Technical Committee:

Andrea Bondavalli (U of Florence) 
Andrea Ceccarelli (U of Florence) 
Krishnendu Chakrabarty (Duke)
Jeff Chase (Duke)

Rada Chirkova (NCSU)
Paula Cray (NCSU)

Mike Devetsikiotis (UNM)
Xiaojun Ding (Yulin Normal U) 
Patrick Dreher (NCSU)

Louis Freund (SJSU) 
Hiroka Hamada (ISM)
Akihito Hiromori (Osaka U) 
Lap Huynh (IBM)

Szeberényi Imre (BME-IIT) 
Anupam Joshi (UMBC)
Karuna Joshi (UMBC)

Zsolt Kocsis (IBM)
Hamid Krim (NCSU)
Wei Lu (Beijing Normal U) 
Richard Lucic (Duke)

Henrique Madeira (U of Coimbra
Alisha Malloy (NCCU)

Fabio Martinelli (IIT-CNR) 
Young Oh (IBM)
Robert Owor (ASU)

Dimitrios Serpanos (U Patras) 
Anand Singh (NCSU)
Nasseh Tabrizi (ECU)

Mio Takei (ISM) 
Ling Tian (U Elec Sci & Tech of China) 
Kishor Trivedi (Duke)

Marco Vieira (U of Coimbra) 
Kuangching Wang (Clemson)
Yingwei Wang (UPEI)

Xuefeng Yan (Nanjing U Aeronautics & Astronautics) 
Xianqing Yu (IBM)


Institute of Statistical Mathematics

Founded in 1944, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM) is Japan's premiere national research institute for statistical science. Founded in 1944, it has been part of the Research Organisation of Information and Systems (ROIS), and is represented on the national Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction. Its new campus in Tachikawa (which is hosting ICACON 2018), its primary goals include reinforcing of inter-university research through the development of Networks of Excellence (NOEs), while supporting long-term open and collaborative joint research projects that contribute to academic and social development.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is the capital city of Japan with over 9 million people in the city proper. It is also one of the country's 47 prefectures, with a total population exceeding 13 million. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, with upwards of 37.8 million people. Formerly known as Edo, it has been the de facto seat of Japanese government since 1603, and has been the home of the Emperor of Japan since 1868. It is also an economic powerhouse, ranked first in the Global Economic Power Index and third in the Global Cities Index, and hosts over 50 of the Fortune Global 500 companies. As a major international finance center, the city houses the headquarters of several of the world's largest investment banks and insurance companies, and serves as a hub for Japan's transportation, publishing, electronics and broadcasting industries. While it is ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world (as far as cost-of-living), it has also been named the most liveable and safest city in the world by numerous magazine polls.

Tokyo is rich in historical and cultural sights. The chief attraction of Tokyo's Marunouchi district is the Imperial Palace with its beautiful 17th-century parks surrounded by walls and moats, as well as the Nijubashi Bridge leading to its interior. One can also visit Edo Castle, built in 1457 and located in Tokyo's Chiyoda district. The Sensō-ji Temple in the Asakusa district, established in AD 645 and rebuilt numerous times, is the city's most famous shrine. Its highlights include the Kaminari-mon Gate with its 3.3-meter-high red paper lantern, the much-loved Incense Vat (reputed to drive away ailments) and the temple doves (Kannon's "sacred messengers" and fortune-tellers). The Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken, first completed in 1926 and then rebuilt after being destroyed during WWII, remains one of Tokyo's most important religious sites. Surrounded by a 175-acre evergreen forest, the shrine's highlights include its Inner Precinct (Naien) with its museum containing royal treasures, and the Outer Precinct (Gaien), home to the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery. Ueno Park is an oasis of green in the heart of busy Tokyo, and one of its most popular tourist attractions. The park boasts the Ueno Park Zoo (Japan's oldest zoo, famous for the pandas presented by the People's Republic of China), the Aqua-Zoo (one of the largest aquariums in Asia) and numerous temples and museums to explore, including the reed-fringed Shinobazu pond around a little island with its Bentendo Temple, the 17th-century Toshogu Shrine with its 256 bronze and stone lanterns. Tokyo also has many museums, including the Tokyo National Museum, the country's largest museum and specializing in traditional Japanese art, and the National Museum of Western Art. And Ginza is Tokyo's busiest shopping area.


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