Call for Book Chapters: Agent Supported Cooperative Work

From: Yiming Ye (yiming@watson.ibm.com)
Date: Sun Sep 30 2001 - 17:52:10 MET DST

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    * Call for Book Chapters *
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    * Agent Supported Cooperative Work *
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    * Co-editors: Yiming Ye and Elizabeth F. Churchill *
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    * Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers (intended) *
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    * Paper Due Date: January 15th, 2002 *
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    * Introduction *
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    Improvements in computer networking have heralded great expectations for
    computer-mediated distributed work. However, experience has revealed that,
    as information flow improves, a central problem for distributed workers is
    the administration, management and control of that information. Research
    into Computer Supported Co-operative Work (CSCW) investigates design
    methods and technologies for the support of collaboration, communication
    and coordination of distributed group work, both within and among
    organisations.

    In tandem with this focus on the support of distributed communication
    and collaboration, there have been exciting 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 many claims of wide applicability for
    these new technologies. In particular, the paradigm of multi-agent systems
    forms a proposed basis for the design of CSCW architectures, the support
    of CSCW operations and for addressing some of the problems of co-operative
    working. 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. However, if agent technologies are to be
    effective, design issues need careful consideration: how are multi-agent
    architectures to be designed for maximum effect? Can such architectures be
    used effectively to support and enhance existing work practices? What kinds
    of information processing work and for what domains? How can such systems
    be designed to successfully complement people's existing practices and
    preferences?

    The proposed volume will offer an introduction and overview to this exciting
    new area, and will cover theoretical foundations and practical applications.
    We are particularly interested in the following topics:

    * multi-agent macroscopic modeling 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
    * influence of agents on the work environment
    * 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

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    * Paper Submission *
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    All submitted papers will be peer reviewed on the basis of technical
    quality,
    relevance, significance, and clarity. Only electronic submission is
    accepted.
    Submissions should be sent by email in MS-Words, PDF, or PostScript
    format,to
    yiming@watson.ibm.com

    by January 15, 2002.

    Submitted papers should be formatted in the style of Kluwer Academic
    Publishers.
    The length of the paper should be between 15 to 25 pages. Templates (Word,
    Word
    Perfect and LaTeX) are available at:
    http://www.wkap.nl/kaphtml.htm/BOOKSTYLES

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    * Important Dates *
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    Submission of papers: January 15, 2002
    Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2002
    Submission of final camera-ready papers: April 15, 2002

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    * Further Information *
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    Feel free to send email to Yiming Ye at yiming@watson.ibm.com
    or Elizabeth F. Churchill at churchill@pal.xerox.com if you
    have questions.

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