Final CFP: WORKSHOP ON AGENT SUPPORTED COOPERATIVE WORK (ASCW01)

From: Yiming Ye (yiming@watson.ibm.com)
Date: Sat Mar 10 2001 - 19:04:38 MET

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                                Final CALL FOR PAPERS

                WORKSHOP ON AGENT SUPPORTED COOPERATIVE WORK (ASCW01)
                     Montreal, Canada, Tuesday, May 29, 2001
                at 5th International Conference on Autonomous Agents

               http://www.research.ibm.com/people/y/yiming/ASCW01.html

    The increasing use of networking, coupled with an increasing
    distribution in the operations of organisations, has resulted in
    increasing problems of administration, management and control of
    information and co-ordination of work. With the aim of providing
    solutions to such problems, research into Computer Supported
    Co-operative Work (CSCW) is concerned with investigating
    approaches and technologies for the support of group work, both
    within and among organisations, in which the group members may be
    distributed geographically.

    In parallel with recent advances in CSCW there have been also
    been interesting developments in the fields of Intelligent Agents
    and Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI), notably in the
    concepts, theories and deployment of intelligent agents as a
    means of distributing computer-based problem solving expertise.
    The concept of intelligent agents has given rise to an exciting
    new technology of wide potential applicability. In particular,
    the paradigm of multi-agent systems forms an appropriate basis
    for the design of CSCW architectures, the support of CSCW
    operations and for investigating the problems of co-operative
    working, noted above. The application of a multi-agent approach
    to CSCW can potentially help to make information exchange among
    the participants easier, provide support to the participants
    (e.g. in the form of Decision Support Systems), assist workflows
    and procedures, and provide convenient user interfaces to CSCW
    systems. Furthermore, the ideas inherent in such an approach are
    also applicable to other domains, for example, support for
    interactive learning. Many organisations, that seek to exploit
    the advantages offered through CSCW, could derive benefit from
    the integration of agents in the management and use of their
    corporate knowledge.

    WORKSHOP AIMS:

    - to bring together researchers and practitioners, from industry
      and academia, in the areas of intelligent agents,
      computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) and their
      interaction,
    - to provide a forum for the presentations and discussion of
      current developments in the theory and applications in the
      field,
    - to identify important research issues and potential areas for
      future work,
    - to explore the particular benefits of, and technological
      problems in the employment of agents in CSCW,
    - to identify common and complementary research interests among
      participants which may lead to possible collaboration in
      future research into the application of intelligent agents
      to CSCW

    TOPICS OF INTERESTS:

    The Workshop will address both theoretical and practical issues.
    Appropriate topics for papers include, but are not limited to,
    the following:

    - multi-agent macroscopic modelling of group work
    - multi-agent cooperation and coordination in social group work
    - multi-agent mechanisms for task decomposition, dispatch and
      synthesis in group work
    - multi-agent architectures and CSCW
    - multi-agent engineering design support
    - user agents in CSCW
    - interface agents in CSCW
    - mobile agents in CSCW
    - agent support for distributed working
    - the influence of agents on the work environment
    - the role of agents in virtual work environments
    - agent-assisted Web-based distributed awareness
    - agent-assisted group-awareness
    - agent-assisted collaborative editing
    - agents and multi-agent systems in peer-to-peer computing

    PAPER SUBMISSION:

    All submitted papers will be reviewed on the basis of technical
    quality, relevance, significance, and clarity. Electronic
    submission is encouraged and preferred. Submissions should be
    sent by email in either MS-Word, PDF, or PostScript format, to
    either of the organisers, by March 16th, 2001.If electronic
    submission is NOT possible, four hardcopies of the paper by
    regular mail should be sent.

    ADDRESSES FOR SUBMISSIONS:

      Dr. Yiming Ye Dr. Brian Lees
      Email: yiming@watson.ibm.com Email: lees-ci0@paisley.ac.uk

      IBM T.J. Watson Research Center Computing & Information Systems
      30 Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A) University of Paisley
      Hawthorne, N.Y. 10532 Paisley PA1 2BE
      USA Scotland, UK
      Tel: (914) 784-7460 Tel: + 44 (0)141 848 3311

    Hardcopy papers should arrive before March 16th, 2001.

    Submitted papers are expected to be formatted in the style of ACM
    conference proceedings. Paper length should be limited to 10
    pages. Templates (Word, Word Perfect and LaTeX) are available at:

            http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html

    PUBLICATION:

    The workshop notes, comprising all accepted papers, will be
    published in the workshop proceedings. In addition, it is
    anticipated that authors of selected papers may be invited to
    extend their paper, to be considered for subsequent publication
    as a book chapter in the Kluwer International book series on
    Multiagent Systems, Artificial Societies, and Simulated
    Organizations (Series Editor: Dr. Gerhard Weiss) and also
    possibly in a special issue of the journal Computer Supported
    Cooperative Work, Kluwer Academic Publishers.

    IMPORTANT DATES:

           Submission of papers to Workshop Organizers: March 16th, 2001
           Notification to authors of paper acceptance: April 1, 2001
           Submission of camera-ready copy: April 21, 2001
           Workshop date: May 29, 2001

    WORKSHOP ORGANISERS / CO-CHAIRS:

           Dr. Brian Lees, University of Paisley, UK
           Dr. Yiming Ye, T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

    PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEMBERS

           Dr. Elizabeth F. Churchill, FX Palo Alto Lab, USA
           Dr. Werner Geyer, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
           Dr. Olivier Liechti, ATR MIC Labs, Kyoto, Japan
           Prof. Jiming Liu, HongKong Baptist University, Hong Kong
           Dr. John Muller, IBM Silicon Valley Lab, USA
           Dr. Zsolt Haag,, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
           Mr. Mathias Petsch, Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany
           Prof. Ahmed Seffaah, Concordia University, Canada
           Dr. Huaglory Tianfield, Cheltenham & Gloucester Coll. of H.E., UK

           Prof. Rainer Unland, University of Essen, German

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