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)

Special Sessions

Special Session I: Mobile Collaborative Work
Submission Deadline: Feb. 3, 2006 html pdf

Special Session II: Collaborative Robots and Human-Robot Interaction
Submission Deadline: Feb. 3, 2006 html pdf

Special Session III: Collaborative Networking Infrastructure
Submission Deadline: Feb. 3, 2006 html pdf

Special Session IV: Multi Agent Systems and Collaboration (MASC'06)
Submission Deadline: Feb. 3, 2006 html pdf

Special Session V: Collaborative SenseMaking
Submission Deadline: Feb. 3, 2006 html pdf

Special Session VI: Collaboration Grids and Community Networks
Submission Deadline: Feb. 7, 2006 html pdf

Special Session VII: Logistics Collaboration Technologies: Socio-Technical Challenges
Submission Deadline: Feb. 3, 2006 html pdf

CALL FOR PAPERS

Special Session on
Mobile Collaborative Work

Submission Deadline: February 3, 2006

Brief Description:

The Internet now has more than 350 million users. It is expected to be more than 3 billion mobile phones world-wide in 2005, and 1/10 of these will have Internet access and be attached to powerful computers (source: IDC). Several companies are already working as virtual organizations, where people are distributed, and collaborate over several locations and time zones. Thus it is crucial that distributed, collaborative, mobile and partly asynchronous technology enables sharing of documents and work plans. The infrastructure and tools for carrying out projects in virtual organizations must still be improved. We must still 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 addressed.

This special session on Mobile Collaborative Work - to be held as an integrated part of the 2006 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS'06) - 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 and devices
  • Mobile information retrieval
  • Cooperative mobile modeling
  • Characterization of mobile work
  • Requirement analysis for mobile collaboration
  • Mobile work process/workflow environments
  • Mobile modeling frameworks
  • Usability of mobile systems
  • Mobile context-aware workflow
  • Mobile databases
  • Mobile applications for digital library
  • Data mining for mobile application
  • Security in Mobile Collaborative environments
  • Mobile computing in health environments and applications

  • Instructions for Authors:

    Authors are invited to submit original papers to the special session organizers by February 3, 2006. Electronic (postscript or pdf) submissions are encouraged and should be sent to heri@idi.ntnu.no and alfw@idi.ntnu.no. For other electronic formats, please check with the organizers. Papers submitted for review 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. If accepted, final manuscript will follow the CTS 2006 format that will be available on the conference web site. ALL ACCEPTED PAPERS WILL BE PUBLISHED AS CTSĄŻ06 PAPERS IN THE CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS.

    Important Dates:
    Paper Submission Deadline: February 3, 2006
    Notification of Acceptance: February 17, 2006
    Registration & Camera-Ready Paper Due: March 10, 2006

    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
    Email: heri@idi.ntnu.no

    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
    Email: alfw@idi.ntnu.no

    Technical Program Committee:

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

    Jeff Axup, University of Queensland, Australia
    Louise Barkhuus, University of Glasgow, UK
    Sami Beydeda, The Federal Finance Office, Germany
    Sergiu Dascalu, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
    Monica Divitini, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
    Mikael B. Skov, University of Aalborg, Denmark
    Stephane S. Some, University of Ottawa, Canada
    Carl-Fredrik Sorensen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
    Pierre F. Tiako, Langston University, Oklahoma, USA

    If you have questions regarding session paper submission or the session content, please contact the organizers listed above.

    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: http://www.engr.udayton.edu/faculty/wsmari/cts06/ or contact the symposium co-chairs: Bill McQuay at AFRL/IFSD, WPAFB (William.McQuay@wpafb.af.mil) or Waleed W. Smari at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton (Waleed.Smari@notes.udayton.edu).

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    CALL FOR PAPERS

    Special Session on
    Collaborative Robots and Human - Robot Interaction

    Submission Deadline: February 3, 2006

    Brief Description:

    The presence of robotic technologies (from small unmanned ground sensors to multi-ton unmanned vehicles) and concurrent existence of research and development programs is growing in many field applications, in both civilian and military operational environments. In the near future, we anticipate that robots will be increasingly employed collaboratively to achieve common goals. The interaction among collaborative robots as well as between robots and their human operators is critical to the successful employment of robots, and, therefore, needs careful examination.

    This special session on collaborative robots - to be held as part of the 2006 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems, May 14-17, 2006, at the Luxor Hotel, Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - will focus on the areas of collaborative robotic technologies (including all unmanned vehicles, aerial, ground, etc) and human-robot-interaction. We invite original contributions from researchers in academia, research laboratories, and the computer industry on these emerging and important areas of information technology. Our goals are to provide a dedicated session that fosters closer interaction among researchers and user communities, and to provide a forum in which researchers and users can exchange their findings and ideas.

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

    Collaborative Robots and Unmanned Vehicles

  • Intelligent autonomous vehicles and systems
  • Control of a team of robots in a mission
  • Cooperating autonomous robots
  • Robots in crisis management
  • Agent-based distributed robotic systems
  • Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)

  • HRI for heterogeneous teams
  • Adjustable/adaptive automation
  • HR coordination, cooperation and collaboration
  • HRI metrics
  • HRI applications
  • HRI Multi-modal interfaces
  • User interface designs and usability evaluations

  • Instructions for Authors:

    Authors are invited to submit original papers to the special session organizers by February 3, 2006. Electronic (postscript or pdf) submissions are encouraged and should be sent to klin@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu, jessie.chen@us.army.mil, or Louis.Chan@wpafb.af.mil. For other electronic formats, please check with the organizers. All submitted manuscripts will have at least three reviewers. Paper drafts should not exceed 5000 words. In addition, 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 must be indicated. For non-electronic submission, please send four copies of the manuscript to one of the special session co-organizers.

    Special Session Organizers:

    Dr. Kuo-Chi "Kurt" Lin
    Institute for Simulation and Training (IST)
    University of Central Florida
    3280 Progress Drive
    Orlando, FL 32826, USA
    Voice: (407) 882-1331
    Fax: (407) 658-5059
    Email: klin@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu

    Dr. Jessie Chen
    Army Research Laboratory- Human Research & Engineering Directorate
    12423 Research Parkway
    Orlando, FL 32826, USA
    Voice: (407) 384-5435
    Fax: (407) 384-5454
    Email: jessie.chen@us.army.mil

    Mr. Louis Chan
    Integrated Demonstrations and Applications Laboratory (IDAL)
    Sensors Directorate
    Air Force Research Laboratory
    AFRL/SNZW
    Bldg 620, 2241 Avionics Circle
    Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433, USA
    Voice: (937) 255-5900 ext 3552
    Email: Louis.Chan@wpafb.af.mil

    Technical Program Committee:

    To Be Announced.

    Important Dates:

    Abstract Submission Deadline February 3, 2006
    Notification of Acceptance: February 17, 2006
    Registration & Camera-Ready Paper Due: March 10, 2006

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

    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: http://www.engr.udayton.edu/faculty/wsmari/cts06/ or contact the symposium co-chairs: Bill McQuay at AFRL/IFSD, WPAFB (William.McQuay@wpafb.af.mil) or Waleed W. Smari at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton (Waleed.Smari@notes.udayton.edu).

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    CALL FOR PAPERS

    Special Session on
    Collaborative Networking Infrastructure

    Submission Deadline: February 3, 2006

    Brief Description:

    A Special Session on collaborative networking infrastructure is being organized under the 2006 Collaborative Technologies Symposium (CTS'06) to be held May 14-17, 2006, Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This special session is planned to bring together people from industry, government and academia who are working to innovate, develop and use networking infrastructure for the purpose of collaborative work in various fields of knowledge. Some of the recent examples of collaborative work via networking include SPARC that researchers in upper atmospheric and space physics from around the world are able to use. SPARC provides the users with a set of online collaboration tools and workspaces that link together scientific instruments, data, and models. Work is in progress to design and test portable mobile collaborative networks that can be created to deal with emergencies.

    This special session looks at all hardware and software issues that are involved in providing a reliable, robust and ubiquitous networking infrastructure to build collaborative tools and services and the state of the art as well as experimental results and posters about ongoing work in this direction. We invite original contributions on these emerging and important areas of information technology.

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

  • High Speed Networking for Collaboration
  • Collaborative Sensory Networks
  • Group and Cooperative Communications
  • Event Detection, Classification and Tracking
  • Wireless, Mobile and Portable Collaborative Networking and Issues
  • Protocols for Collaborative Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks
  • Data Transport in Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks
  • Power-aware and Energy-efficient Designs
  • Localization and Synchronization in Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Data Gathering, Fusion, and Dissemination in Collaborative Wireless Sensors
  • Routing Protocols and Routing Metrics
  • Cross-layer Design and Optimization Methods
  • Application, Operating System and Middleware Support
  • Reliability, Security, and Trustworthiness in Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks
  • Fault-tolerance, Self-healing, and Reliability of Networks
  • Location Discovery and Time Synchronization Techniques
  • Network Coverage and Connectivity
  • Topology Discovery, Management and Self-organization
  • Network Scalability and Limitations
  • Building Community Networks Issues
  • Performance Modeling and Analysis
  • Quality of Service Issues
  • Query Processing and Data Aggregation
  • Implementation and Management of Collaborative Websites and Services
  • Tools and Techniques for Web based Collaborative Multimedia Communications
  • Software Development for Data Visualization from Distributed Data Centers

  • Paper Submission:

    Papers reporting original and unpublished research results on above and any other related networking 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 and the name of the special session. Include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 300 words. Please submit an electronic copy of your full manuscript (not to exceed 15 double-spaced pages including figures, tables, and references or not exceeding 7 pages in length in single-space, two columns IEEE format) for consideration, to session organizer at zubairi@fredonia.edu by February 3, 2006.

    Consistent with standard practice, each submitted paper will receive 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.

    Important Dates:

    Paper Submission Deadline: February 3, 2006
    Notification of Acceptance: February 17, 2006
    Registration & Camera-Ready Paper Due: March 10, 2006

    Special Session Organizers:

    Dr. Junaid Ahmed Zubairi
    Department of Computer Science
    State University of New York at Fredonia
    Fredonia, NY 14063, USA
    Tel: +1-716-673-4694
    Fax: +1-508-256-8324
    Email: zubairi@fredonia.edu
    WWW: http://www.cs.fredonia.edu/~zubairi

    Technical Program Committee:

    Arshad Ali, NIIT, National Univ of Science and Technology, Pakistan, (drarshad@niit.edu.pk)
    Mohiuddin Ahmed, IIUM, Malaysia (mohiudin@iiu.edu.my)
    Tarique Haider, Hamdard University, Pakistan (tahaider@yahoo.com)
    Muhammad Jaseemuddin, Ryerson University, Canada (jaseem@ee.ryerson.ca)
    Omer Mahmoud, IIUM, Malaysia (omer_one@yahoo.com)
    Sohail A Sattar, NED University of Engineering, Pakistan (sattar@neduet.edu.pk)
    Imran Tasadduq, Sir Syed University, Pakistan (tasadduq@gmail.com)

    (Partial. To be completed)

    If you have questions concerning session paper submission or session content, please contact the Special Session organizer at the address above.

    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: http://www.engr.udayton.edu/faculty/wsmari/cts06/ or contact the symposium co-chairs: Bill McQuay at AFRL/IFSD, WPAFB (William.McQuay@wpafb.af.mil) or Waleed W. Smari at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton (Waleed.Smari@notes.udayton.edu).

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    CALL FOR PAPERS

    Special Session on
    Multi Agent Systems and Collaboration (MASC'06)

    Submission Deadline: February 3, 2006

    Brief Description:

    Agents and Multi Agent based Systems (MAS) are becoming widely used due to their ability to handle complex tasks and systems, in autonomous and intelligent ways.Agents are popular computational technologies contributing to diverse domains such as computer games, computer mediated collaboration, education and training, electronic commerce, information retrieval, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, robotics, service-oriented computing, social simulation, and user interfaces. Thanks to their growing communication abilities, agents can collaborate efficiently with each other, support human interaction, and even collaborate with humans.Nowadays many new areas of research and applications emerge using collaborative and communicative agents to perform a variety of complex tasks.There are theories of agent-based collaboration that model teamwork, coalitions, crowds, and embodied conversational agents.

    This special session on Multi Agent Systems and Collaboration - to be held as an integrated part of the 2006 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS'06) - will focus on recent problems concerning the collaboration of agents (software, physical, or human), and related communication issues and new needs; what the collaboration of agents can bring in terms of computing performance, task repartition, architecture deployment, security enforcement, simulation, high performance computing, etc.New concepts, theories, models, agent communication languages (ACL), algorithms, frameworks, implementations and systems are meant to be covered in this session.

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

  • Collaborative intelligent agents
  • Coordination, Cooperation, Mediation
  • Rational agency and collaboration
  • Frameworks for the design of collaborative MAS
  • Agent communication protocols, languages and semantics for collaboration
  • Collaboration and communication in massive multi agent systems (MMAS)
  • Security in collaborative multi agent systems / secure collaborative agents
  • Using multi agent systems for security
  • Software agents and collaboration in user centric systems
  • Collaboration in agent based HCI (Human Computer Interaction) systems
  • Collaboration between embodied and/or conversational agents and human agents
  • Collaboration between web agents
  • Mobile collaborative agents / remote collaboration
  • Collaboration between agent based systems and non-agent based systems
  • Collaborative social agents
  • Human-agent interaction and teaming
  • Role(s) of formal/applied ontology in collaboration
  • Agent based high performance computing systems
  • Use of MAS in modeling and simulation
  • Agent collaboration for complex and fine-grained simulation
  • Agent collaboration for artificial/real life/world simulation
  • Task distribution within collaborative multi agent systems

  • Instructions for Authors:

    Papers reporting original and unpublished research results on above and any other related collaborative (multi-)agent topics are solicited.Electronic (postscript or pdf) submissions are encouraged and should be sent to patrice. clemente@ensi-bourges.fr, hexmoor@uark.edu and christophe.rosenberger@ensi-bourges.fr by February 3, 2006.For other electronic formats, please check with the organizers.For non-electronic submissions, please send four copies of the manuscript to one of the special session co-organizers.

    Papers submitted for review should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliations, addresses, fax and phone numbers, email addresses, and the name of the special session. In case of multiple authors, an indication of which author is responsible for correspondence should also be included.Include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 300 words.Submissions should not to exceed 15 double-spaced pages including figures, tables, and references or not to exceed 7 pages in length in single-space, two columns IEEE format.

    As a special session, each submitted paper will receive three reviews.Papers will be accepted 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. Final accepted manuscript will follow the CTS 2006 format that will be available on the conference web site.

    All accepted papers in the Symposium are expected to be presented and will be published as CTS6 papers 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.

    Important Dates:

    Paper Submission Deadline: February 3, 2006
    Notification of Acceptance: February 17, 2006
    Registration & Camera-Ready Paper Due: March 10, 2006

    Special Session Organizers:

    Dr. Patrice Clemente
    Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale d'Orlns (LIFO)
    ENSI de Bourges
    10, Boulevard Lahitolle
    18020 Bourges Cedex
    Email: patrice.clemente@ensi-bourges.fr

    Dr. Henry Hexmoor
    Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering
    University of Arkansas
    Engineering Hall, Room 328
    Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
    Voice:479-575-2420
    Fax:479-575-5339
    Email: hexmoor@uark.edu

    Dr. Christophe Rosenberger
    Laboratoire Vision & Robotique (LVR)
    ENSI de Bourges
    10, Boulevard Lahitolle
    18020 Bourges Cedex
    Email: christophe.rosenberger@ensi-bourges.fr

    Technical Program Committee:

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

    Dr. Patrice Clemente (University of Orlns, France)
    Dr. Henry Hexmoor (University of Arkansas, USA)
    Dr. Vincent Louis (France Tom R&D, France)
    Pr. Philippe Mathieu (University of Lille, France)
    Pr. Sascha Ossowski. (University Rey Juan Carlos, Spain) *
    Dr. Franck Panaget (France Tom R&D, France)
    Dr. Alois Reitbauer (PROFACTOR, Austria) *
    Dr. Christophe Rosenberger (University of Orlns, France)
    Dr. Jean-Christophe Routier (University of Lille, France)
    (Partial. To be completed)
    * final acceptance pending

    If you have questions concerning session paper submission or session content, please contact the Special Session organizer at the address above.

    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: http://www.engr.udayton.edu/faculty/wsmari/cts06/ or contact the symposium co-chairs: Bill McQuay at AFRL/IFSD, WPAFB (William.McQuay@wpafb.af.mil) or Waleed W. Smari at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton (Waleed.Smari@notes.udayton.edu).

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    Special Session on
    Collaborative SenseMaking

    Submission Deadline: February 3, 2006

    Brief Description:

    This session will explore research in reasoning and learning technology in support of sensemaking for process of creating situation awareness in situations of uncertainty. Sensemaking and situation awareness are viewed as working concepts that enable us to investigate and improve the collaborative interaction between human and information technology. Within this perspective, it is recognized that humans play a significant role in adapting and responding to unexpected or unknown situations, as well as recognized situations. Accordingly, as we move from concepts, metrics, and analysis to testable theories, we need to attribute the relative contributions of both humans and information technology in models of system performance.

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

    A range of investigation technologies include:
    Innovative techniques in Cognitive Information Science including Reasoning and Learning, Information Understanding, Knowledge Capture and Acquisition, Knowledge Use and Discovery, Knowledge Representation, Knowledge Fusion, Knowledge Tracking, Information Privacy, Knowledge Scalability, Knowledge-Intensive Problem Solving, Knowledge Architecture Organization, and Knowledge Creation.

    Instructions for Authors:

    Authors are invited to submit original papers to the special session organizer by February 3, 2006. Electronic (postscript or pdf) submissions are encouraged and should be sent to both liuzzir@rl.af.mil and PopsMamaL@msn.com. For other electronic formats, please check with the organizer. All submitted manuscripts will have at least three reviewers. Paper drafts should not exceed 5000 words. In addition, 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 must be indicated. For non-electronic submission, please send four copies of the manuscript to both address of the special session organizer.

    If accepted, final manuscript will follow the CTS 2006 format that will be available on the conference web site. All accepted papers will be published as CTS'06 papers in the conference proceedings.

    Important Dates:

    Paper Submission Deadline: February 3, 2006
    Notification of Acceptance: February 17, 2006
    Registration & Camera-Ready Paper Due: March 10, 2006

    Special Session Organizers:

    Dr. Raymond A. Liuzzi
    RAL Technologies
    14 Bermuda Road
    Whitesboro, New York 13492
    Voice: (315) 736-6424
    Email: Raymond.Liuzzi@rl.af.mil and PopsMamaL@msn.com

    Technical Program Committee:

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

    (This committee will be announced later)

    If you have questions regarding session paper submission or the session content, please contact the organizer listed above.

    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: http://www.engr.udayton.edu/faculty/wsmari/cts06/ or contact the symposium co-chairs: Bill McQuay at AFRL/IFSD, WPAFB (William.McQuay@wpafb.af.mil) or Waleed W. Smari at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton (Waleed.Smari@notes.udayton.edu).

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    Special Session on

    Collaboration Grids and Community Networks

    A Joint Call from CTS 06 and the Global Grid Forum

    Submission Deadline: February 7, 2006

    Brief Description:

    This special session on Collaboration Grids and Community Networks - to be held as an integrated part of the 2006 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS'06) - 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. Collaboration is being revolutionized by the increasing power of communication infrastructure which allows both new modes of collaboration and new technologies to support existing approaches. Traditional central (MCU) approaches to audio-video conferencing are being challenged by P2P (peer to peer) models like Skype. Grids are enabling scientific collaboratories that will be essential for managing the deluge of information coming from sensors and instruments from the tiniest environmental monitor to distributed high throughput biological devices and the mammoth CERN LHC and shared international satellites. Social or community (social) networks are being created by intelligent bookmarking tools like del.icio.us and linked back to scientific grids by projects like Connotea. Further Wikis and collaborative collections of MP3 files point to other models of resource sharing. We believe that Collaboration will drive new approaches to business, science and the harmonizing of civilizations. Further, it seems likely that we will support multiple modes of collaboration with multiple technologies. Thus this special session of CTS06 will bring together researchers interested in bridging the gaps between technologies and applications. We invite original contributions from researchers in academia and computer industry on the technology practice and user experience for these emerging and important areas.

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

  • Technology practice and User experience for Collaboration and Community Networks
  • Linkage of Grids and P2P systems and other collaboration, resource sharing and network building technologies
  • Service oriented architectures for Collaboration and Community Networks
  • Any practice and experience bridging application areas and technologies
  • The implications of issues like trust and technologies like the Semantic Web and Grid
  • Digital Libraries and Grids and Community Networks

  • Instructions for Authors:

    Authors are invited to submit 4 page extended abstracts to the special session organizers by February 7, 2006. Electronic (postscript or pdf) submissions should be sent to gcf@indiana.edu. All submitted manuscripts will have at least three reviewers. 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 must be indicated. If accepted, final manuscript will follow the CTS 2006 format (up to 10 IEEE pages) that will be available on the conference web site. All such accepted papers will be published as CTSĄŻ06 papers in the conference proceedings. We will accept and evaluate late extended abstracts if there is space available in the session with an absolute cutoff date of April 1, 2006. Only abstracts submitted by February 7, 2006 can be published in CTSĄŻ06 proceedings, once accepted. Further, all session speakers (whether or not they met CTSĄŻ06 proceedings deadline) may submit enhanced manuscripts for a refereed special issue of the journal Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, with full papers due July 1 2006. Abstracts and Presentations for all accepted submissions will be made available on both GGF and CTSĄŻ06 web sites.

    Important Dates:

    Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: February 7, 2006
    Notification of Acceptance: February 15, 2006
    Full CTSĄŻ06 Paper Due: March 10, 2006
    Journal Special Issue due date: July 1, 2006

    Special Session Organizers:

    Dr. Geoffrey Fox
    Community Grids Laboratory
    Indiana University
    501 N. Morton, Suite 224
    Bloomington, IN 47404
    Email: gcf@indiana.edu

    Dr. Wenjun Wu
    Community Grids Laboratory
    Indiana University
    501 N. Morton, Suite 224
    Bloomington, IN 47404
    Email: wewu@indiana.edu

    Technical Program Committee:

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

    (This committee will be announced later)

    If you have questions regarding session paper submission or the session content, please contact Geoffrey Fox at gcf@indiana.edu.

    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: http://www.engr.udayton.edu/faculty/wsmari/cts06/ or contact the symposium co-chairs: Bill McQuay at AFRL/IFSD, WPAFB (William.McQuay@wpafb.af.mil) or Waleed W. Smari at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton (Waleed.Smari@notes.udayton.edu).

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    Special Session on
    Logistics Collaboration Technologies: Socio-Technical Challenges

    Submission Deadline: February 3, 2006

    Brief Description:

    Improvements in logistics system are being propelled by advances in information and networking technologies. Within governmental agencies and the military contexts, these advances are embodied in overarching concepts such as Sense and Respond Logistics (also called Distributed Adaptive Logistics), Focused Logistics, and Knowledge-Enabled Logistics. Traditional supply chain management is evolving toward demand networks in many industries and in the military logistics system. Total asset visibility provided by inexpensive sensors and ubiquitous computing are allowing much more precise control of logistics pipelines. Automated logistics planning tools for supply sourcing and transportation are examples of the modern net-centric approach to logistics. Although much remains to be done to perfect and extend these systems, the overall direction for logistics information technology is clearly marked. We are moving toward automated logistics systems organized around self-synchronizing networks. Networks will sense demand signals early and produce adaptive responses automatically. Various tools (such as intelligent agents and optimization schemes) will promote more efficient logistics support and more effective operations.

    Logistics Transformation (in the DoD context, industry, or others) also highlights organizational and training factors in bringing about desired results. The Joint Futures Laboratory at Joint Forces Command is providing relevant venues for this Ą°socio-technicalĄ± research to be done in a military environment. But for the most part, the emphasis has been on building what might be termed the inside of the network, where the IT is. Yet, more research attention should fall on the network edge, where the people are. For example:

  • How will multi-function, multi-national logistics teams collaborate effectively in the emerging logistics Ą°infosphere?Ą±
  • How do we design and implement network-based solutions to take better advantage of what we know about human-network operations, computer-supported cooperative work, and Ą°distributedĄ± teams?
  • How do we capitalize on lessons learned from both IT successes and failures?
  • How does training and doctrine have to change to accommodate the transformations we need?
  • Are there better strategies for selecting and managing a workforce that will require greater adaptivity to better match the adaptive organizations we envision?
  • How can dispersed teams gain and maintain a common operating picture (or shared awareness) in information rich but ambiguous situations (i.e., extracting relevant information from noise)?
  • How do we avoid automation surprise and promote emergent trust in network-centric logistics?

  • We are soliciting original papers describing empirical, analytical, and conceptual approaches to these classes of problems on the human side of networked logistics. The emphasis will be on the socio-technical or human/system level to include support for logistics teamwork and decision making, coordinated planning and replanning, human-centered command and control issues, training/selection and organizational doctrine, and policy-related questions. Both civilian and military logistics applications are solicited.

    Instructions for Authors:

    Authors are invited to submit original papers to the special session organizers by February 3, 2006. Electronic (postscript or pdf) submissions are encouraged and should be sent to cheryl.batchelor@wpafb.af.mil and gregory.bonafede@wpafb.af.mil. For other electronic formats, please check with the organizers. All submitted manuscripts will have at least three reviewers. Paper drafts should not exceed 5000 words. In addition, 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 must be indicated. For non-electronic submission, please send four copies of the manuscript to one of the special session co-organizers.

    Submissions should not exceed 15 double-spaced pages including figures, tables, and references or not to exceed 7 pages in length in single-space, two columns IEEE format. Papers will be accepted 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. Final accepted manuscript will follow the CTS 2006 format that will be available on the conference web site. All accepted papers in the special session are expected to be presented and will be published as CTSĄŻ06 papers in the Symposium proceedings.

    Special Session Organizers:

    Mr. Edward Boyle
    Chief, Logistics Readiness Branch
    Human Effectiveness Directorate/Air Force Research Laboratory
    2698 G Street, Bldg 190
    Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7604, USA
    Voice: (937) 255-5169 Fax: (937) 255-4250
    Email: edward.boyle@wpafb.af.mil

    Ms. Cheryl Batchelor
    Technical Advisor, Logistics Readiness Branch
    Human Effectiveness Directorate/Air Force Research Laboratory
    2698 G Street, Bldg 190
    Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7604, USA
    Voice: (937) 656-4392 Fax: (937) 255-4250
    Email: cheryl.batchelor@wpafb.af.mil

    Technical Program Committee:

    TBA shortly.

    Important Dates:

    Abstract Submission Deadline: February 3, 2006
    Notification of Acceptance: February 17, 2006
    Registration & Camera-Ready Paper Due: March 10, 2006

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

    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: http://www.engr.udayton.edu/faculty/wsmari/cts06/ or contact the symposium co-chairs: Bill McQuay at AFRL/IFSD, WPAFB (William.McQuay@wpafb.af.mil) or Waleed W. Smari at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton (Waleed.Smari@notes.udayton.edu).

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