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

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


Workshop on Collaboration and Security (COLSEC'08)

Submission Deadline: January 28, 2008

 Brief Description:

Collaboration relies on distributed systems that provide the required security properties.  Virtual organizations often use the Internet to support collaboration.  The Internet, operating systems and distributed environments currently suffer from poor security support and cannot resist common attacks (spamming, worms, session hijacking, buffer overflow, denial of service, social engineering, etc.).  Collaborative organizations require better security properties (strong authentication, efficient encryption, Mandatory Access Control, integrity, non-repudiation and availability).  Nowadays, collaborative organizations use new technologies such as mobile devices, smartcards, wireless networks, high performance networks, grid computing, multi-agent systems.  These environments introduce new needs, requirements and difficulties related to security.  Hence, collaborative organizations and technologies face several challenges in the field of security.

This Workshop on Security and Collaboration - to be held as part of the 2008 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS’08) - will focus on security issues related to collaborative systems with emphasis on distributed environments, smartcards, grid, clusters and multi-agent systems, mobile and wireless cooperation.  The aim is to have a dedicated workshop that fosters closer interactions among researchers and users communities, providing an excellent opportunity for them to meet and discuss their ideas.  It addresses specifically relationships between collaborative systems and security.  It intends to present new challenges and solutions related to latest security requirements, specific methods of access control enabling large scale cooperation, usage of mobile technologies and smartcards, new security infrastructures supporting better prevention, detection, recovery and healing in the context of cooperative systems.

We invite original contributions from researchers in academia, research institutions and industry on these emerging and important areas of information technology.

Workshop topics must address security and collaboration:

Submission Instructions:

Papers reporting original and unpublished research results on above and any other related topics are solicited.  Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliations, addresses, fax and phone numbers, and email addresses.  Please indicate clearly the corresponding author.  Include up to 6 keywords from the above list and an abstract of no more than 300 words.  Please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript not to exceed 8 pages in length in single-space, two columns IEEE format Conference style.  If accepted the final camera ready version will be following the CTS 2008 template and requirements to be posted on the CTS web site.  Electronic submissions will be accepted only in PDF format uploaded at
For other electronic formats, please check with the organizers.

Consistent with standard practice, each submitted paper will receive a minimum of three reviews.  Papers will be selected based on their originality, timeliness, significance, relevance, and clarity of presentation. Initial selection will be based on full papers.  Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted.  All accepted papers in the Workshop are required to be presented and will be included in the Symposium proceedings.  It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the web site later.

Further instructions will be provided at

Organizers Information:

Dr. Patrice Clemente and Dr. Jean-François Lalande
Laboratoire d’Informatique Fondamentale d’Orléans (LIFO)
10 Bld Lahitolle
18020 Bourges Cedex France
Emails: ,

Technical Program Committee:

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

Program committee chair:  Prof. Christian Toinard
LIFO, ENSI-Bourges, France

* Final acceptance pending

Important Dates:

Extended Paper Submission Deadline: ---------------- January 28, 2008
Notification of Acceptance: ------------------------------- February 11, 2008
Registration & Camera-Ready Paper Due: ---------------- March 6, 2008

For information or questions about the workshop and the paper submission procedure, please contact the Workshop organizers.

For information or questions about Symposium's paper submission, tutorials, exhibits, demos, panels, posters, workshops 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 (