The 2004 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS04)

Catamaran Resort Hotel, San Diego, California, USA

January 18-23, 2004

In conjunction with the 2004 Western Multi conference (WMC04)


Special Session II


Mobile Collaborative Work




Paper Submission Deadline: October 15, 2003



Brief Description:

The Internet now has 350 million users. It is expected to be 3 billion mobile phones world-wide in 2004, and 1/10 of these will have Internet access and be attached to powerful computers (source: IDC). More and more companies are therefore working as virtual organizations, where people are distributed, and collaborate over several locations and time zones. That is, distributed, collaborative, mobile and partly asynchronous technology enables sharing of documents and work plans. However, the infrastructure and tools for carrying out projects in virtual organizations are still immature. We must deal with heterogeneity of tools, equipment (laptops, PDAs, mobile phones) and work models. In addition, mobility of devices and partial lack of connectivity require regular synchronization of such devices against stationary servers and PCs. Hence, there are several challenges that must be faced.


This special session on Mobile Collaborative Work - to be held as part of the 2004 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS'04) - will focus on the area of mobile collaborative computing, with emphasis on cooperative mobile devices, systems and work processes. The aim is to have a dedicated session that fosters closer interactions among researchers and users communities, providing an excellent opportunity for them to meet and discuss their ideas. We invite original contributions from researchers in academia and computer industry on these emerging and important areas of information technology.


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

* Cooperative mobile systems/devices

* Cooperative mobile modeling

* Characterization of mobile work

* Requirement analysis

* Mobile work process environments

* Mobile modeling framework

* Usability of mobile systems

* Mobile databases


Instructions for Author:

Authors are invited to submit original papers to the special session organizers by October 15, 2003. Electronic (postscript or pdf) submissions are encouraged and should be sent to or For other electronic formats, please check with the organizers. Papers should not exceed 5000 words. Include up to 5 keywords and an abstract of no more than 250 words. Submissions should also include the title, authors name, affiliation, e-mail address, fax number and postal address. In case of multiple authors, an indication of which author is responsible for correspondence should also be included. For non-electronic submission, please send four copies of the manuscript to one of the special session co-organizers. All accepted and presented papers will be included in the CTS04 Proceedings.


Important Dates:

Paper Submission Deadline:..................................... October 15, 2003

Notification of Acceptance:............................... October 22, 2003

Registration & Camera-Ready Paper Due:............. October 31, 2003



Special session Organizers:

Dr. Heri Ramampiaro

Dept. of Computer and Information Science (IDI)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

S. Saelandsv. 7-9

N-7491 Trondheim, NORWAY



Dr. Alf Inge Wang

Dept. of Computer and Information Science (IDI)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

S. Saelandsv. 7-9

N-7491 Trondheim, NORWAY



If you have questions concerning session paper submission or the session content, please contact the organizers. If you have questions concerning symposium paper submissions or the symposium program, please contact the symposium co-chairs: Bill McQuay at AFRL/IFSD, WPAFB ( or Waleed Smari at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton (