The 2008 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems
(CTS 2008)

May 19-23, 2008
The Hyatt Regency Irvine
Irvine, California, USA


Special Session on Collaborative Logistics

Submission Deadline:  January 21, 2008

Brief Description

Traditionally companies have focused on improving their own internal business processes when faced with pressures to operate more efficiently.  However, a system-wide focus, e.g., a collaborative focus, opens up cost saving opportunities that are impossible to achieve with an internal company focus.  With the availability of timely and accurate information, new collaborative opportunities which create mutual benefit by taking advantage of operational synergies between buyers, sellers, or buyers and sellers are now arising.  Collaborative logistics is viewed by many logistics professionals as a promising opportunity for reducing logistics costs and therefore increasing profitability and economic prosperity.  Hence there is a need to develop a fundamental knowledge base for designing, analyzing, implementing, and managing such collaborative logistics initiatives.

We are soliciting original papers describing empirical, analytical, and conceptual approaches to these classes of problems on logistics networks.  The emphasis will include support for logistics teamwork and decision making, coordinated and collaborative planning and replanning, human-centered logistics operations issues, and policy-related questions.  All logistics applications are solicited.

Topics of Interest include (but are not limited to):

Instructions for Authors:

All submissions should be emailed to and  Paper reception will be acknowledged by e-mail within 48 hours.  The format should follow the CTS 2008 format (instructions available at  Papers drafts submitted for review should not exceed 10 pages.  If accepted, the final manuscript must follow the CTS 2008 format that is to be made available on the conference Web site.  The format is similar to ACM/IEEE conference formats.

Submissions should include the title, authors name, affiliation, e-mail address and postal address.  In case of multiple authors, an indication of which author is responsible for correspondence should also be included.

All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the technical program committee members and the reviewers they invite.  Papers will be selected based on their originality, timeliness, significance, relevance, and clarity of presentation.

Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, once accepted.  All accepted papers are required to be presented and will be included in the conference proceedings which will be made available at the conference.

Special Session Organization

Dr. Ozlem Ergun
School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia  30332
Phone: 404-894-2369
Fax: 404-894-230

Dr. Lori Houghtalen
Division of Mathematics and Science
Babson College
Babson Park, Massachusetts 02457
Phone: 781-239-5508
Fax: 781-239-6416

Technical Program Committee:

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

(To be announced shortly.)


Important Dates:

Paper Submission Deadline                                                  January 21, 2008
Notification of Acceptance                                                  February 11, 2008
Registration & Camera-Ready Paper Due                          March 6, 2008


For information or questions about the full Symposium's program, tutorials, exhibits, demos, panel and special sessions organization, please consult the conference web site at URL: or contact the symposium co-chairs: Bill McQuay at AFRL/RYT, WPAFB ( or Waleed W. Smari at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton (