May 17 - 21, 2010
The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Special Session on Role-Based Collaboration (RBC 2010)


As part of
The 2010 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS 2010)

Submission Deadline:  January 18, 2010

Role-Based Collaboration (RBC) is an emerging computational methodology to facilitate well-defined organization structures, provide conceptualization, abstraction, classification, interaction, separation of concerns, orderly system behaviour, and consolidate system security for both human and non-human entities that collaborate and coordinate their activities with or within systems. RBC is a promising candidate methodology to support adaptive collaboration. Many challenges are open to investigate.
The concept of role has been adapted from diverse fields including behavioural science, management, sociology, and psychology. Distributed system architectures have utilized roles to anthropomorphize software agents and systems so they can integrate and interact more seamlessly with their human counterparts. By providing role conceptualizations we can improve complex system understanding and management by providing the end user a modelled environment they are more accustomed to, resembling objects and activities they are exposed to daily like authority and organizational structures, responsibilities, functions and interactions between peers and management.
The session will present techniques, methodologies, and architectures focusing on issues inherent to implementing Role-Based Collaboration for specific environments.  Collaborative Systems mentioned here include Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Groupware, Group Support Systems (GSS), Computer Mediated Communication (CMC), Social Computing Systems, Workflow Systems, Distributed Intelligent Systems, Multi-agent systems, and Collaborative Games.

Topics of Interest include (but not limited to):
Solicited topics are welcomed to address roles from the viewpoint of collaboration and include, but are not limited to:

You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to Adaptive Collaboration. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author and include up to 6 keywords from the above list of topics and an abstract of no more than 400 words.  The full manuscript should be at most 10 pages using the two-column IEEE format.  Additional pages will be charged at additional fee. Some papers can be accepted as short papers, with a total length reduced to 5 pages. Please include page numbers on all submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments. Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript via email to the Workshop organizer at and . Paper reception will be acknowledged by e-mail within 2 days. 

Only PDF files will be accepted, sent by email to the workshop organizers. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, technical clarity and presentation. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be registered and presented at the workshop.

Accepted papers will be published in the Symposium proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2010 Symposium web site later. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed accordingly.

Paper submission Deadline     January 18, 2010
Notification of Acceptance February 9, 2010
Registration and Camera Ready Manuscript Due March 1, 2010

Haibin Zhu
Department of Computer Science and Mathematics
Nipissing University, 100 College Drive
North Bay, ON P1B8L7, Canada

Technical Program Committee:
All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the special session technical program committee members.

For information or questions about the special session and the paper submission procedure, please contact the special session organizers.

For information or questions about Symposium's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral consortium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Symposium's web site at URL:   or contact one of the Symposium's Co-Chairs: Bill McQuay at and Waleed W. Smari at


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