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IEEE DEST-CEE 2012 will be organized in two areas:



Area I: Foundations and Technologies


Area I deals with the basic ICT foundations of digital ecosystems, including large-scale, virtualized infrastructures, hosting ecosystem services and processes. Ecosystems require a novel approach to ICT technology development, closely related to the engineering of complex systems.

Area I includes two one-day tracks that feature contributions on how the technological support for digital ecosystems is emerging.

Track A: Foundations of Digital Ecosystems and Complex Environment Engineering

Track B: Technology Infrastructure for Digital Ecosystems


Area II: Sustainable Domain Solutions


Area II presents contributions in various application domains, organized in half-day tracks.

Just as the development of Smart Grids required the convergence of energy and information system infrastructures, radically new approaches to the design, convergence, and adoption of systems are required for future solutions in a variety of domains. Radically increasing the involvement of stakeholders with complex environments is one potential route for providing solutions in these domains, for example in energy systems or healthcare. In the longer term, approaches for enabling collaborative ecosystems may lead to high-impact solutions for today´s most pressing challenges.

The "Sustainable Domain Solutions" tracks will identify domain requirements, research challenges and systems solutions with respect to the concept of Digital Ecosystems and Complex Environment Engineering, as outlined in the background and objectives of IEEE DEST 2012:

Digital Ecosystems inherit concepts of open, loosely coupled, demand-driven, domain-clustered, agent-based, self-organized, collaborative environments, where species/agents form a temporary (or longer-term) coalition for a specific purpose or goal.

Within this context, the tracks will focus on, but not be limited to, the following issues:

  1. Scalability and availability, with respect to large infrastructure platforms
  2. Evolvability, with respect to the introduction and life-cycle of service platforms
  3. Usability, with respect to human factors and user benefits

Track C: Cyber-Physical Energy Systems

Track D: Healthcare and Sustainable Living

Track E: Digital Humanities

Track F: Collaborative Platforms for Sustainable Logistics and Transportation

Track G: Platforms for Social and Community Involvement/Engagement

Track H: Cyber-Physical Ecosystems in Robotics and Telematics