The 2006 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS 2006)

In Technical Cooperation with
The IEEE Computer Society
Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (TCPP) and
Task Force on Human Centered Information Systems (TFHIS)
The IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetic Society (SMCS)

Preliminary Call for Papers

(Extended Submission Deadline: January 15, 2006)


You are cordially invited to participate in and attend the International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems to be held May 14-17, 2006 at the Luxor Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The symposium is to address, explore and exchange information on the state-of-the-art in collaborative enterprises, their modeling and simulation, design and use, and their impact. Participation is extended to researchers, designers, educators and interested parties in all CTS disciplines and specialties.


The symposium will include invited presentations from experts from academia, industry, and government as well as contributed paper presentations describing original work on the current state of research in collaborative technologies, collaborative systems and all related issues. There will also be tutorial sessions, workshops, special sessions, demos, panel discussions and exhibits.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Frameworks and Methodologies for Collaboration
  • Architectures and Design of Collaborative Systems
  • Coordination, Cooperation and Collaboration
  • Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises (CE)
  • Collaboration Enabling Technologies
  • Analysis & Visualization of Collaborative Applications
  • Tools for Collaborative Environments
  • Enterprise and CE Heterogeneity
  • Information Infrastructure for Collaboration
  • Platforms for Collaboration
  • Mobile and Wireless Collaborative Systems
  • Web Infrastructure for Collaborative Applications
  • Collaborative Human-Centric Systems
  • Data Mining & Warehousing for Collaborative Technologies
  • Collaborative Knowledge Management
  • Collaborative Decision Making and Support
  • Information Exchange and Fusion in CE
  • Interfaces for Collaborative Work
  • Shared Virtual Reality and Applications
  • Intelligent Agents in Collaborative Applications
  • Multi Agent Systems in Collaboration
  • Cluster-based Collaborative & Distributed Systems
  • Grid-based Collaborative Environments
  • Collaborative Enterprise Security & Access Control
  • Trusted and Reputation Based Collaboration
  • Role-based Policies and Algorithms
  • Coordination and Cooperation Mechanisms
  • Context-& Situation based Collaboration
  • Awareness in Collaborative Systems
  • Work and the Virtual Collaborative World
  • Collaborative Machines and Robots
  • Designing Collaborative Organizations
  • Collaborative Autonomous Systems & Vehicles
  • Group Characteristics and Social Factors in CE
  • Cognitive and Psychological Issues in Collaboration
  • Cultural Aspects in Collaboration
  • Affective, Emotive & Conative Aspects in Collaboration
  • Collaborative Conflict Management
  • Ontologies and Ethnographic Approaches
  • Virtual and Remote Project Coordination
  • Collaborative and Shared Planning and Logistics
  • Distributed Team Management and Issues
  • Collaborative Prototyping Environments
  • Web-Enabled Collaboration
  • Distributed Shared Design and Development
  • e- , Distance-, and Collaborative- Learning
  • e- Business, Commerce, Government and Collaboration
  • Information Spaces for the SocioTech
  • Electronic Notebooks and Artifacts
  • Collaborative Applications
  • Workflows in Collaborative Operations
  • Modeling and Simulation of Collaboration
  • Requirements Engineering in CE
  • Collaborative Distributed Simulation Approaches
  • Collaborative Environments for Simulation Based Acquisition
  • Collaborative and Virtual Simulation Environments
  • Collaboration M&S for Exercise Support and Wargaming
  • Collaborative Simulation for Distributed Mission Training
  • Collaboration Technologies in Industry and Businesses

  • Submission of Papers:

    Papers reporting original and unpublished research results on above and any other related CTS 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 an electronic copy of your full manuscript (not to exceed 10 pages in IEEE format, single-spaced, double-column, including figures, tables, and references) using the conference web site submission link at This submission will be strictly for reviewing and evaluation. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the web site later.

    Electronic submissions will be accepted only in PDF format, uploaded to the web site above. 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 Symposium are expected to be presented and will be included in the conference 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.

    For information or questions about Symposium's paper submission, please contact Waleed W. Smari at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-0226, USA, Voice: (937) 229-2795, Fax: (937) 229-4529, Email:

    Tutorials, Workshops and Special Sessions:

    The symposium will also offer tutorials (2-4 -hour) on the state-of-the-art topics in CTS. Each tutorial proposal should provide a title, topics to be covered, targeted audience, prerequisites, and a brief biography and qualifications of the instructor. Workshops and special sessions on CTS related topics are welcomed too. A workshop/special session proposal should include a title, topics covered by the workshop, organizers information, submission instructions, review process, important dates, total number of expected accepted papers, and any other information for the authors. Proposals should be submitted by January 15, 2006.


    Demos and experiential showcases of interactive collaborative environments are highly encouraged. These may include any of the themes outlined in the symposium's topics. Proposals for demos are welcomed and should be submitted by January 15, 2006.


    Panel sessions will examine innovative, promising, or controversial CTS issues today. The panel will also address CTS challenges and future prospects. Audience participation will be welcomed. If you have ideas or questions concerning symposium's panels, please contact Panel Coordinator Vance Saunders, Ball Aerospace, 2875 Presidential Drive, Suite 180, Fairborn, OH 45324, USA, Voice: (937) 320-7031, Fax: (937) 429-1687, Email: Proposals for panels are welcomed and should be submitted by January 15, 2006.


    Exhibit booths will be available to display your newest products and technologies. Make plans now to take advantage of this prime advertising opportunity.


    Interested parties, companies and organizations who would like to sponsor events and activities at CTS 2006 can contact any of the co-general chairs as early as possible.

    Important Dates:

    Paper Submission Deadline January 15, 2006
    Notification of Acceptance February 14, 2006
    Registration & Camera-Ready Manuscripts Due March 10, 2006

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

    Bill McQuay
    Room 200.G
    2241 Avionics Circle
    WPAFB, OH 45433
    Voice: (937) 904-9214
    Fax: (937) 255-4511

    Waleed W. Smari
    Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    University of Dayton
    300 College Park
    Dayton, OH 45469-0226
    Voice: (937) 229-2795
    Fax: (937) 229-4529