Preliminary Call for Participation

The 2009 International Symposium on Collaborative
Technologies and Systems (CTS 2009)

May 18-22, 2009

The Westin Baltimore Washington International Airport Hotel
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP

(Paper Submission Deadline: January 21, 2009)

Workshops and Special Sessions are available in the top menu under Documents.
Agenda and Program are also available under Documents.
Tutorials, Keynote, and Plenary Notes are available now under Documents.

CTS 2009 Proceedings and Papers are posted on the IEEE Xplore Digital Library and available at

You are cordially invited to participate in and attend the International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems to be held May 18-22, 2009 at the Westin Baltimore Washington International Airport Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, 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, posters, and exhibits.  Conference sponsorships are welcomed.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

Collaboration Infrastructure, Tools and Technologies
  º   Architectures and Design of Collaborative Systems   º   Cluster-based Collaborative & Distributed Systems
  º   Collaboration Enabling Technologies   º   Collaborative Enterprise Security & Access Control
  º   Data Mining & Warehousing for Collaborative Technologies   º   Distributed Collaborative Trusted Sensor Systems
  º   Electronic Artifacts and Notebooks   º   Enterprise and CE Heterogeneity / Interoperability
  º   Executable Models of Architectures   º   Frameworks and Methodologies for Collaboration
  º   Grid-based Collaborative Environments   º   Information Exchange and Fusion in CE
  º   Information Infrastructure for Collaboration   º   Information Spaces for the SocioTech
  º   Intelligent & Autonomous Agents in Collaboration   º   Management of Metadata for Collaboration
  º   Mobile and Wireless Collaboration Systems   º   Modeling and Simulation of Collaboration
  º   Multi Agent Systems in Collaboration   º   Platforms for Collaboration
  º   Requirements Engineering in CE   º   Role-based, Privacy and IP Policies and Algorithms
  º   Soft Computing Solutions for Collaboration Systems   º   Trusted and Reputation Based Collaboration
  º   Web Infrastructure for Collaborative Applications    

Human Systems and Collaboration
  º   Affective, Emotive & Conative Aspects in Collaboration   º   Awareness in Collaborative Systems
  º   Cognitive and Psychological Issues in Collaboration   º   Collaborative Human-Centered Systems
  º   Coordination and Cooperation Mechanisms   º   Cultural Aspects & Human Factors in Collaboration
  º   Group Characteristics and Social Factors in CE   º   Human-machine Collaborative Interaction
  º   Interfaces for Collaborative Work   º   Social Multimedia and Networks
  º   Social Software Based Collaboration   º   Visualization of Collaborative Processes & Applications

Collaboration Work and Processes
  º   Collaborative Conflict Management   º   Context & Situation based Collaboration
  º   Coordination, Cooperation and Collaboration   º   Designing Collaborative & Virtual Organizations
  º   Distributed Shared Design and Development   º   Distributed Team Management and Issues
  º   Ontologies and Ethnographic Approaches   º   Virtual and Remote Project Coordination
  º   Work and the Collaborative Virtual World   º   Workflows in Collaborative Operations & Systems

Collaboration Applications and Domains
  º   Collaboration in Education and Sciences   º   Collaboration in Emergency and Disaster Response
  º   Collaboration M&S for Exercise Support and Gaming   º   Collaboration Technologies in Industry and Businesses
  º   Collaborative and Shared Planning and Logistics   º   Collaborative and Virtual Simulation Environments
  º   Collaborative Applications in Financial Systems   º   Collaborative Autonomous Systems & Vehicles
  º   Collaborative Decision Making and Support   º   Collaborative Environments for Simulation Based Acquisition
  º   Collaborative Knowledge Management   º   Collaborative Machines and Robots
  º   Collaborative Open Innovation   º   Collaborative Prototyping Environments
  º   Collaborative Simulation for Distributed Mission Training   º   Distributed Systems Engineering Environments
  º   e- , Distance-, and Collaborative- Learning   º   e-Business, e-Comm, e-Gov and Collaboration
  º   Shared Virtual Reality and Applications   º   Tele & Collaborative Medicine and Healthcare
  º   Web- and Internet-Enabled Collaboration    

Papers reporting original and unpublished research results on above and any other related CTS topics are solicited.  Submission should include a cover page (or completed web based form) 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 350 words.  Please submit an electronic copy of your full draft manuscript (not to exceed 10 pages in the IEEE format, single-spaced, double-column, including figures, tables, and references, posted on the CTS 2009 web site) using the conference web site submission link at

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 firm willingness and availability of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted.  All accepted papers in the Symposium are required 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 Department 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:

The symposium will also offer tutorials (typically 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.  If you have any questions, please contact Tutorials Chair.  All proposals should be submitted by January 15, 2009.

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 full contact information, submission instructions, review process, important dates, total number of expected accepted papers, program committee, and any other information for the authors.  It is expected that the organizer will attend and chair the workshop/special session organized.  If you have any questions, please contact Workshops and Special Sessions Chair.  All proposals should be submitted by November 2, 2008.

Demos and experiential showcases of interactive collaborative environments are highly encouraged.  These may include any of the themes outlined in the symposium's topics.  If you have any questions, please contact Demos Chair. Proposals for demos are welcomed and should be submitted by January 21, 2009.

Panel sessions and forums will examine innovative, promising, or controversial CTS issues today.  They will also address CTS challenges and future prospects.  Audience participation will be welcomed.  If you have ideas or questions concerning symposium's panels and forums, please contact Panel Coordinator Vance Saunders, Ball Aerospace, 2875 Presidential Drive, Suite 180, Fairborn, OH  45324, USA, Voice: (937) 320-4036, Fax: (937) 429-1687, Email:  Proposals are welcomed and should be submitted by January 21, 2009

Posters addressing preliminary results, innovative ideas, work in progress, late-breaking results, collaboration tools, platforms and products, and other work not suitable for a formal paper and best presented in an interactive setting are solicited.  Posters will be held in a special session where presenters will demonstrate their work directly to symposium attendees, and will remain in place during the remainder of the symposium.  If you have any questions, please contact Posters Chair. Proposals for posters are welcomed and should be submitted by January 21, 2009.

Exhibit booths will be available to display your newest products and technologies.  Make plans now to take advantage of this prime advertising opportunity.  If you have any questions, please contact Exhibits Chair.  Proposals are welcomed and should be submitted by January 21, 2009.

The CTS 2009 Symposium seeks interested Industry Partners who would be willing to sponsor symposium events or social activities (e.g., exhibit reception, speaker sponsorship, registration handout packets, special break snacks, etc.).  If an industry representative is interested in becoming a CTS 2009 Industry Partner or would like to propose an event or activity at the symposium, please contact the Industry Liaison Chair.


Extended Paper Submission Deadline   January 21, 2009
Notification of Acceptance   February 14, 2009
Registration & Camera-Ready Manuscripts Due (Hard Deadline)         March 6, 2009

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

or contact one of the Symposium's Co-Chairs:

Bill McQuay
Room 3DU75
2241 Avionics Circle
WPAFB, OH 45433
Voice: (937) 255-4947, ext. 3607
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


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