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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: *
papers will be published in a special issue of the International Journal
of Cloud Computing*

*Extended abstracts can be submitted at:*

*For more information, contact *
*Andy Rindos (**[log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>) and/or Kozo Kitamura
([log in to unmask] <[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 and higher education institutions
already or considering implementing cloud technologies and services.

The program will include invited keynotes, 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) (

ICA CON 2018 will be an excellent venue for presenting original work,
exchanging new ideas, embracing cloud technologies, 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

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 cloudcomputing
                     - 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
                     - 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

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
                     - IT Service and Relationship Management (Business and
                     - 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
(Initial extended abstracts should be no more than 2 pages; see below for
submission format instructions.)

*Important dates*

*March 10, 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 a special issue of the International
Journal of Cloud Computing (IJCC)

*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 of Cloud 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]
<[log in to unmask]>) and/or Kozo Kitamura ([log in to unmask]
<[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)

*Location: *

*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.


*Moayad Aloqaily*​

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