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First Workshop on Monitoring, Adaptation and Beyond (MONA+)

by Andreas Metzger last modified Jan 20, 2010 11:01

A Workshop held at the ServiceWave 2008 Conference.

2nd edition of MONA+ to take place at ICSOC/ServiceWave 2009


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The advances in modern technology and the constantly evolving requirements implied by dynamic business environments impose new challenges for engineering and provisioning Service Based Applications (SBAs). SBAs have to become drastically more flexible; they should be able to operate and evolve in highly dynamic environments, being able to adequately identify and react to various changes in these environments. In such a setting, adaptability becomes a key feature of SBAs as it enables these applications to continuously change themselves in order to satisfy new requirements and demands dictated by the environment. The ability of the application to adapt strongly relies on the presence of monitoring mechanisms and facilities. With monitoring we mean all methods and mechanisms that allow identifying, detecting, and even foreseeing critical events and situations that occur in the SBA environment and that require SBA to change its configuration, behaviour, presentation, and so on.

A variety of approaches and techniques addressing different forms of monitoring and adaptation have been proposed to date, but these results are still very fragmented. The definition of more comprehensive and holistic approaches is crucial for delivering robust, dependable, and highly adaptable SBAs. This requires the integration of the efforts of researchers from various disciplines and research areas and includes the “vertical” integration, where the business process management and service infrastructure should be brought together, as well as the “horizontal” integration, where different competences, such as requirements engineering, design, quality assurance, and realization/implementation, should be considered.

To this end, the MONA+ workshop aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners from different disciplines with varying research background, with the goal of trying to understand and establish the shared knowledge-base necessary for developing comprehensive approaches for SBA monitoring and adaptation.

Topics of interest for the MONA+ workshop include but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring at the business, service, and/or infrastructure level
  • Adaptation at the business, service, and/or infrastructure level
  • Adaptation and monitoring of SBAs in a Grid environment
  • Cross-layer adaptation and monitoring
  • Self adaptation versus human-in-the-loop adaptation
  • Design for monitoring
  • Design for adaptation
  • Pro-active adaptation
  • Predictive adaptation
  • Verification of adaptation
  • Architectures of adaptive SBAs


SBA monitoring and adaptation are key research challenges identified by the S-Cube Network of Excellence ( The analysis of the state of the art undertaken by S-Cube clearly points out that the fragmentation in the research and the lack of a holistic framework are amongst the most relevant obstacles in this area. 

The main motivation for the MONA+ workshop is hence to bring together researchers from the different communities working on SBA monitoring and adaptation and to start identifying shared research challenges and developing comprehensive approaches.

The MONA+ workshop will target integration both within the S-Cube consortium (which include partners from different research communities, including Software Engineering, Service Oriented Computing, Business Process Modelling, Grid, Formal Methods), and with the broader scientific community working in the area of services.

Important Dates

Deadline for Submissions: November 14, 2008

Early Registration Deadline (together with ServiceWave): November 15, 2008

Registration Deadline (together with ServiceWave): November 30, 2008

MONA+ Workshop: Saturday, December 13, 2008; 9.00 -- 14.00h


Prospective speakers (which can be people from various research projects addressing service related issues) are invited to submit one of the following contributions:

  • a technical paper on SBA monitoring and/or adaptation (max. 12 pages);
  • a position paper on SBA monitoring and/or adaptation (max. 6 pages);
  • an extended abstract describing the research SBA monitoring and/or adaptation (max. 2 pages).

These contributions will appear in the workshop (pre-)proceedings.

Postworkshop publications (postproceedings or journal special issue) will be considered.

Please send your contributions to one of the organizers.



"Monitoring and Adaptation in Open-world Software", Invited talk
Sam Guinea, Politecnico di Milano

  10:00-10:20 "Towards Monitoring of Key Performance Indicators Across Partners in Service Networks"
B. Wetzstein, O. Danylevych, F. Leymann, M. Bitsaki, C. Nikolaou, W.-J. van den Heuvel, M. Papazoglou
 10:20-10:40 "Monitoring Adaptable SOA-Systems using SALMon"
M. Oriol, J. Marco, X. Franch, D. Ameller
10:40-11:00 "A quality model for service monitoring and adaptation"
C. Cappiello, K. Kritikos, A. Metzger, M. Parkin, B. Pernici, P. Plebani, and M. Treiber
 11:00-11:30 coffee break
 11:30-11:50 "Online Testing, Requirements Engineering and Service Faults as Drivers for Service Composition Adaptation"
A. Gehlert, J. Hielscher, O. Danylevych, D. Karastoyanova
 11:50-12:10 "Strategies for Automated Performance Simulation Model Adjustment"
M. Pinzger
 12:10-12:40 "Adaptation and Monitoring in S-Cube: Global Vision and Roadmap"
M. Pistore, A. Metzger
12:40-13:15 Discussion Panel


You can find the post-workshop proceedings of MONA+ here. The proceedings have been published as an ICB Research Report




Dimka Karastoyanova, IAAS, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Mail: karastoyanova_AT_iaas.uni-

Phone: +49(0)711 7816 476

Raman Kazhamiakin, FBK-IRST, Trento, Italy


Phone: +39 0461 314937

Andreas Metzger, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany


Tel.: +39 0461 314937


Marco Pistore, FBK-IRST, Trento, Italy


Phone: +39 0461 314880


Links to research projects

This workshop is sponsored by the S-Cube Network of Excellence.

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