Call: 2014 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2014)

Call for Papers and Participation

The 2014 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2014)

May 19-23, 2014
The Commons Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP (Pending)

(Extended Paper Submission Deadline:  January 14, 2014)
http://cts2014.cisedu.info  or  http://cisedu.us/rp/cts14

INVITATION:
You are cordially invited to participate in and attend the International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems to be held May 19-23, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.  Participation is extended to researchers, designers, educators and interested parties in all CTS disciplines and specialties.

PURPOSE:
The Conference will include invited presentations by experts from academia, industry, and government as well as contributed paper presentations describing original work on the current state of research in collaboration technologies, collaboration systems, the Internet of things, people social networks and media, virtual worlds, services computing, social clouds, and related issues.  There will also be tutorial sessions, symposia, workshops, special sessions, demos, panels and forums, posters, doctoral dissertation colloquium, and exhibits.  Conference sponsorships are welcomed. 

SCOPE:
During the conference, attendees will see and interact with a broad spectrum of methodologies and technologies that relate to cooperation, coordination, communication, and collaboration at both the client and backend (cloud) levels.  This year’s conference targets a wide array of papers, posters, workshops, panels, demonstrations, exhibits, presentations, and tutorials addressing a broad range of topics including sensors, people, clouds, collaborative robots and human-robot interaction, social networks and analysis, language and culture, multimedia and visualization, e-learning, e-business, e-health, emergency response, knowledge management, decision making and support, global grids, P2P, multi-agent systems, trust and cyber security, mobile clients and wireless interactions, Web 2.0 collaboration technologies, virtual environments, ubiquitous collaboration, wearable gadgets and tools, social innovation, user interfaces and related human and socio-technical collaboration issues.

Topics include (but are not limited to):
Collaboration Systems Infrastructure, Tools and Technologies
Human Systems and Collaboration
Collaboration Work and Processes
Collaboration Applications, Domains, and Emerging Trends and Technologies

[see http://cts2014.cisedu.info for more detailed topic list]

SUBMISSION OF PAPERS:
Papers reporting original and unpublished research results on above and any other related CTS topics are solicited.  Manuscripts submitted should not be under simultaneous consideration by any other conference or venues.  Submission should include a completed online web based form (or a cover page) with authors’ names, affiliations, addresses, fax and phone numbers, and email addresses of all authors.  Please indicate clearly the corresponding author(s), although all authors are equally responsible for the paper and its content.  Include up to 6 keywords from the above list and an abstract of no more than 400 words.  Please submit an electronic copy of your full draft manuscript, not to exceed 8 pages in the IEEE format (single-spaced, double-column, including figures, tables, and references) posted on the CTS 2014 web site using the conference web site submission (Upload) link at http://cts2014.cisedu.info/.  Additional pages will be charged additional fee.  If accepted, the final camera-ready manuscript will follow the format posted, which will be made available to all authors.

Electronic submissions to main Conference track 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 and language.  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.  No withdrawal after the acceptance decision is permitted unless there is reasonable cause as determined by the conference organizers.  All accepted papers in the Conference are required to be presented and will be included in the conference proceedings.  It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published and be available at the time of the conference.

For information or questions about Conference’s paper submission, please contact the organizers.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Extended Paper and Poster Submission Deadline:  January 14, 2014
Notification of Acceptance:  February 10, 2014
Registration & Proceedings Manuscripts Due:  February 28, 2014
Conference Dates:  May 19 – 23, 2014

Journals Opportunities
Plans are underway to have the best accepted papers be selected for publication in some journal special issue(s). Detailed information will soon be announced, and will be made available on the official conference website.

TRACKS, SYMPOSIA, WORKSHOPS AND SPECIAL SESSIONS:
Tracks, Symposia, Workshops and Special Sessions on CTS related topics are welcomed.  A track/symposium/workshop/special session proposal should include a title, topics covered, organizers full contact information and affiliation, submission instructions, review process, important dates, total number of expected accepted papers, track program committee, and any other information for the authors.  It is required that the organizer will attend and chair the track/symposium/workshop/special session organized.  Proposals for tracks, symposia, workshops and special sessions should be submitted by October 30, 2013 as a Word file email attachment.  Please refer to Tracks, Symposia, Workshops and Special Sessions page for more information.  If you have any questions, please contact the Tracks, Symposia, Workshops and Special Sessions Co-Chairs.

TUTORIALS:
The conference will offer tutorials (typically 2 to 4 hours) 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(s).  All proposals should be submitted to Tutorials Chairs by December 30, 2013.  Please refer to the Tutorials page for more information.  If you have any questions, please contact the Tutorials Co-Chairs.

PANELS AND FORUMS:
Panel sessions and forums will examine innovative, promising, or controversial CTS issues and trends today.  They will also address CTS challenges and future prospects.  Audience participation will be welcomed.  See Panels page for more information.  Proposals are welcomed and should be submitted by December 30, 2013.  If you have ideas or questions concerning Conference’s panels and forums, please contact the Panels Co-Chairs.

DEMONSTRATIONS:
Demos and experiential showcases of interactive collaborative environments and tools are highly encouraged.  These may include any of the themes outlined in the Conference’s topics.  See Demos page for further information.  Proposals for demos are welcomed and should be submitted by December 30, 2013.  If you have any questions, please contact the Demos Co-Chairs.

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION COLLOQUIUM:
The CTS Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium is intended to bring together PhD students working on CTS related topics, to provide them a friendly forum and an opportunity to present, discuss and illustrate their ongoing research in a constructively critical and informal atmosphere, to obtain valuable feedback from conference attendees, particularly senior researchers and experts in the field.  Doctoral students who have not defended their thesis before CTS 2014 are invited to participate in the CTS Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium.  Students at various stages of their PhD program are encouraged to submit their work, either as full papers or as extended abstracts.  Students presenting their work at CTS 2014 may apply for Student Travel Grant as posted on the CTS 2014 web site.  Refer to the DDC page for more information.  Proposals for DDC are welcomed and should be submitted by January 14, 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact the DDC Co-Chairs.

POSTERS:
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 Conference attendees, and will remain in place during the remainder of the Conference.  See Posters page for more information.  Proposals for posters are welcomed and should be submitted by January 14, 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact the Posters Co-Chairs.

EXHIBITS:
Exhibit booths will be available to display your newest products and technologies.  Make plans now to take advantage of this prime advertising opportunity.  Proposals are welcomed and should be submitted by January 14, 2014.  Please refer to the Exhibits page for more information.  If you have any questions, please contact the Exhibits Co-Chairs.

SPONSORSHIP AND INDUSTRY LIAISONS:
The CTS 2014 Conference seeks interested Industry Partners who would be willing to sponsor conference events or social activities (e.g., speaker sponsorship, student attendance, registration handout packets, exhibit reception, special break snacks, etc.).  If an industry representative is interested in becoming a CTS 2014 Industry Partner or would like to propose an event or activity at the conference, please contact the Industry Liaisons & Sponsorships Co-Chairs.  Please refer to the Sponsorships page for more information.

For information or questions about Conference’s paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral dissertation colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference web site at URLs:

http://cts2014.cisedu.info/    or    http://cisedu.us/rp/cts14

or contact one of the Conference’s organizers or General Co-Chairs: Loren Terveen (terveen@cs.umn.edu), Geoffrey Fox (gcfexchange@gmail.com), Waleed W. Smari (smari@arys.org).

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