Co-located with CAiSE 2021

About NeGIS

NeGis workshop aims to collect contributions and stimulate discussions on next generation information systems, where new technologies such as cloud and fog computing are employed and (sensitive) data are heavily used, produced and distributed.

Next Generation Information Systems (NeGIS)
Emerging Challenges in Fog and Cloud Computing

The amount of data and services supported by Information Systems (ISs) has increased exponentially during the last few years. To improve their efficiency and reduce costs, modern organizations have been shifting their services, with part of their ISs, to the Cloud. More recent developments have shown an inversion towards decentralization and distribution of applications and services in the huge pool of devices and computing facilities available nearer to the customers. This shift is due to the impact of the Internet of Things, which is further increasing the amount of data to be stored and computed. The next generation of Information Systems will further push these trends to create seamless and pervasive systems.  Fog Computing, in particular, is the last frontier for ISs, where data and services can be moved in the continuum of resources between the cloud and the edge.

In this context, the management of ISs can exploit the diversification of the resources available, but at the same time is getting more and more complex and challenging. The management of next generation ISs should, therefore,  take into consideration the heterogeneity of the cloud/fog infrastructure. Such complex architecture is posing new challenges in the management of modern applications, especially in reference to enhancement of quality of service, security, privacy, and energy efficiency.  In particular, security and privacy need to be considered for the amount of sensitive data possibly produced, while energy efficiency is central, due to the high amount of computational nodes involved. Approaches such as blockchains and distributed learning can be exploited to face these emerging challenges, but universally accepted solutions for next generation ISs are yet to be found.

In this workshop, we aim to collect contributions investigating the management of cloud and fog computing in next generation Information Systems.



Topics of the workshop include but are not limited to: 

  • Modelling, Monitoring, and Managing Cloud and Fog computing solutions
  • Models, methods, and tools for data management in Cloud and Fog Computing
  • Energy-awareness and sustainability in Distributed Information Systems
  • Quality of Service, energy efficiency and security in Fog Computing
  • Blockchain proposals for IoT and edge devices
  • Blockchain-based architectures for Fog Computing
  • Distributed and Federated Learning in heterogeneous Information Systems
  • Synergy between  Distributed Information Systems and the Internet of Things
  • Security and privacy solutions for next generation Information Systems

Fast track publication process in the International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems (IJCIS)

Submission and Deadlines

The workshop is addressed to researchers with a background in the field of Modeling, Monitoring and Management of information systems in Cloud and Fog Computing. Contributions will be evaluated for their relevance to the workshop topics and will be blind reviewed by at least three PC members. The workshop will be divided into two main parts. In the first part, authors of accepted papers will present their work. This part will be divided into sessions according to the topics emerged from the contributions. The second part will be a round table for discussing issues and solutions, aiming at enhancing collaboration.


Paper Submission: 20 March 2021 (extended)
Notification: 6 April 2021
Camera Ready: 12 April 2021
Workshop: 29 June 2021

Contributions are accepted in the form of:

  • Full Papers describe original solutions (theoretical, methodological or conceptual) in the field of sustainable IS engineering.
  • Short Papers describe an initial approach towards an innovative idea in the field of sustainable IS engineering.

Papers should be submitted in PDF format via Easychair. The results described must be unpublished and must not be under review elsewhere. Submissions must conform to Springer’s LNBIP format and should not exceed 12 pages (6 pages for short papers), including all text, figures, references and appendices. Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or Word, for the preparation of their papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers.


Program Committee

  • Marco Aiello, Full Professor, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Achim Brucker, Full professor University of Exeter, UK 
  • Georges Da Costa, Associate Professor, IRIT, University of Toulouse, France
  • Vasiliki Diamantopoulou, Adjunct Professor, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Christina Herzog, Researcher, IRIT, University of Toulouse, France
  • Carlo Mastroianni, Researcher, ICAR-CNR, Italy
  • Giovanni Meroni, Research Assistant, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Haris Mouratidis, Full professor, University of Brighton, UK
  • John Mylopoulos, Visiting Researcher, University of Ottawa, Canada 
  • Pierluigi Plebani, Researcher, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Patricia Stolf, Associate Professor, IRIT, University of Toulouse, France
  • Haiyang Yu, Assistant Professor, Beijing University of Technology, China