Policy 2007
          8th IEEE International Workshop on Policies
             for Distributed Systems and Networks

                       13-15 June 2007
                       Bologna, Italy


Held every year since 1999, the Policy Workshop has become the premier
forum for exchange of research results and experience reports on all
aspects of policy-based management of IT systems. Policy 2007 aims to
bring together researchers and practitioners working on policy-based
management across a wide range of application domains including
networks, security and privacy, storage, and databases.

This year, the workshop will have a special focus on the Semantic Web.
The Semantic Web provides promising technologies for policy-based
management both for the Web and other distributed systems such as the
pervasive environments, grid computing, and multi-agent systems. We
invite semantic web researchers to attend, and contribute to, Policy
2007, for a unique opportunity to introduce the latest developments in
semantic web policies to researchers in other policy areas, and also
to learn from the latter's experiences. Policy 2007 would like to
bring together researchers of both the semantic web and policy in an
attempt to explore the utility of semantic web based policy frameworks
to various applications. We are also organizing a special issue of
Elsevier’s Journal of Web Semantics. Authors of the best papers
covering topics relevant to Semantic Web will be invited to submit
extended versions of their work to this issue.

POLICY 2007 invites unpublished novel contributions on all aspects of
policy-based management. Papers must describe original work and must
not have been accepted or submitted for publication elsewhere.
Submitted papers will be evaluated for technical contribution,
originality, and significance. Topics of interest include, but are not
limited to the following:

Policy Models and Languages:
  - Abstract models and languages for policy specification
  - Policy standards, their extensions and refinements
  - Formal semantics of policies
  - Relationships between policies, both going vertically from
    policies for IT processes to policies for IT devices, and
    crossing horizontally through multiple application domains
  - Methodologies and tools for discovering, specifying, analyzing,
    and refining policy
  - Models of policy negotiation
  - Representation of belief, trust, and risk in policies
  - Systems and tools for the management of policies

Policy Applications:
  - Case studies of applying policy-based management in different
    application domains
  - Application of policies for  resource allocation, autonomic
    computing, systems management, QoS adaptation, security.
  - Application of policies for identity and privacy management
  - Policy based networking, including active networks, pervasive
    computing, and mobile systems
  - Business rules and organizational modeling
  - Risk adaptive policy systems
  - Database policies
  - Policy applications in on-demand, utility based computing
  - Resource virtualization and policy-based collaboration

Semantic Web Policies --- special focus track
  - Representing policies in XML, RDF, and OWL
  - SW rule languages (such as N3Logic, SWRL, Rule-ML, RIF) for
    policy reasoning
  - Policy conflict management
  - Case studies for policy management using semantic web technologies
    - Network routing
    - Storage management
    - Grid computing
    - Mobile computing
    - Information filtering
    - Digital rights management
    - Collaboration
  - Access control models for the Web/Semantic Web
  - Privacy and accountability on the Web
  - Identity management
  - Policy authoring based on SW languages
  - Modeling belief and trust using SW technologies
  - Web services security
  - Analysis of or systems based on proposed policy standards
    (such as WS-Policy, WSPL, and XACML)
  - Semantic Web and eGovernment management

Important Dates:
Paper submission deadline: 10 December 2006
Author notification: 21 February 2007
Camera ready copy due: 21 March 2007
Workshop dates: 13-15 June 2007

Submission Information

Papers under review elsewhere must NOT be submitted to Policy 2007.

The proceedings of the workshop will be published by IEEE Computer
Society and submissions must be in IEEE Proceedings format

Policy 2007 invites contributions in the form of either:
- Technical papers (max. length 10 pages).
- Short position papers describing preliminary experimental results,
   experiences with deployed policy systems, new applications or new
   policy research challenges (max. length 4 pages)

We particularly encourage contributions from industry in the form of
long or short papers.

Organizing Committee
General Chairs:
  - Claudio Bartolini, HP
  - Rebecca Montanari, University of Bologna

Program Chairs:
  - Dakshi Agrawal, IBM Research
  - Elisa Bertino, Purdue University

Semantic Web Track Chair:
  - Lalana Kagal, MIT

Finance Chair:
  - Julian Newman, Glasgow Caledonian University

Local Arrangement Chair and Web Chair:
  - Alessandra Toninelli, University of Bologna

Publicity Chair:
  - Arosha Bandara, The Open University, UK

Program Committee
Gail-Joon Ahn			UNC Charlotte
Anne Anderson			SUN
Chris Bizer			FU Berlin
Piero Bonatti			University of Naples
Marcus Brunner			NEC
Mark Burgess			University of Oslo
Seraphin Calo			IBM TJ Watson
Marco Casassa-Mont		HP
Ritu Chadha			Telcordia Technologies
Lorrie Cranor			CMU
Bruno	Crispo			University of Trento
Grit Denker			SRI
Naranker Dulay			Imperial College London
Tom Finin			University of Maryland at BC
Francisco Garcia		Agilent
Virgil Gligor			University of Maryland at CP
Jennifer Golbeck		University of Maryland at CP
Christian Jensen		Technical University of Demark
Jorge Lobo			IBM TJ Watson
Emil Lupu			Imperial College London
Hanan Lutfiyya			University of Western Ontario
Naftaly Minsky			Rutgers University
Mukesh Mohania			IBM India
Filip Perich			Shared Spectrum
Babak Sadighi Firozabadi	SICS
Akhil Sahai			HP
Andreas Schaad			SAP
Nahid Shahmehri			Linkopings Universitet
Anoop Singhal			NIST
Morris Sloman			Imperial College London
Anna C. Squicciarini		Purdue University
Joe Sventek			University of Glasgow
Bhavani Thuraisingham		UT Dallas
Duminda Wijesekera		George Mason University
William Winsborough		UT San Antonio