2nd International Workshop on
Distributed and Mobile Collaboration

June 14-16, 2004
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

13th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies:
Infrastructures for Collaborative Enterprises WETICE-2004

Final DMC program

Workshop Theme

Business processes and distributed collaboration have been changing radically over the last years. Business environments demand increased flexibility, interconnectivity, and autonomy of involved systems as well as new coordination and interaction styles for collaboration between people. The latest trends in distributed and mobile collaboration technologies allow people to move across organizational boundaries and to collaborate with others within/between organizations and communities. The ability to query the company's distributed knowledge base and to cooperate with co-workers is still a requirement, but new paradigms such as Service-oriented computing (e.g. Web Services), increased pervasiveness, and mobility enable new scenarios and lead to higher complexity of systems. Some questions include: How to enable users to retain their ability to cooperate while displaced in a different point of the enterprise? What is the role of context and location in determining how cooperation can be carried out? How to provide support for ad-hoc cooperation in situations where the fixed network infrastructure is absent or cannot be used? How will Service-oriented computing change collaborative software?

Software architectures for distributed and mobile cooperative communities must support the fundamental requirements for distributed cooperation: efficient information sharing across a widely distributed enterprise environment; constant and timely update and placement of the distributed knowledge base with many different sites acting both as potential users and potential providers of information; shared access to a set of services. The approaches and technologies for supporting these new ways of work are still the subject of research. Nevertheless, they are likely to "borrow" concepts and technologies from a variety of fields, such as workflow systems, groupware and CSCW, event-based systems, software architecture, distributed database systems, mobile computing, and so on. A particularly interesting line of research is exploring a peer-to-peer paradigm enriched with sharing abstractions in which each network node is both a potential user and provided of information for the rest of the community.

Topics include, but not are limited to:

Collaborative Services

* Process-aware collaboration
* Mobile and pervasive collaboration systems
* Coordination models, languages, and systems for distributed and mobile teamwork
* Interaction patterns for distributed and mobile collaboration
* Contextual information on collaborative work activities
* Virtual Project Communities
* Service Oriented Computing - models and architectures for loosely coupled teamwork
* Software services and protocols for teamwork
* Collaborative Web Services - description, modeling, composition, and enactment
* Quality of Service aspects of collaborative Web Services
* Methodologies and techniques for web service composition
* Standards and design principles for Web Service flows (e.g. BPEL4WS, ebXML, etc.)
* Process modeling, mining, and enactment of Web Services
* Transaction management issues (e.g., extending distributed transaction models)

Middleware & Platforms
* Middleware for mobile teamwork support
* Message-oriented Middleware
* Tuple-Spaces
* Peer-to-peer services (modeling and enactment issues)
* Systems for ad hoc and virtual (project) communities


Program Committee Co-Chairs

Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Harald Gall, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Program Committee

W.M.P van der Aalst, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Farhad Arbab, CWI, The Netherlands
Boualem Benatallah, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Fabio Casati, HP Labs, USA
Christoph Bussler, DERI, Ireland
Jose Fiadeiro, University of Leicester, UK
Dimitrios Georgakopoulos, Telcordia, USA
Volker Gruhn, University of Leipzig, Germany
Paul Grünbacher, University of Linz, Austria
Manfred Hauswirth, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Paola Inverardi, Universita' dell'Aquila, Italy
Engin Kirda, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Frank Leymann, IBM, Germany
Heiko Ludwig, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
Cecilia Mascolo, University College London, UK
Michael zur Mühlen, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Moira Norrie, ETH, Switzerland
Mike Papazoglou, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands
Giacomo Piccinelli, University College London, UK
Wolfgang Prinz, Fraunhofer Institut FIT, Germany
Thomas Risse, Fraunhofer IPSI, Germany
Stefan Tai, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
Mathias Weske, University of Potsdam, HPI, Germany
Gianluigi Zavattaro, University of Bologna, Italy

Liang-Jie (LJ) Zhang, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

Submission Details

DMC 2004 intends to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss the key issues, approaches, open problems, innovative applications, and trends in this research area.

Papers should contain original contributions not published or submitted elsewhere, and references to related state-of-the-art work. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their views of the field at the oral presentation. Papers up to six pages (including figures, tables and references) can be submitted. Papers should follow the IEEE format, which is single spaced, two columns, 10 pt Times/Roman font. Papers should include a title, the name and affiliation of each author, an abstract of up to 150 words and no more than eight keywords. Authors should also provide contact addresses, if different from the submitting electronic address. All submissions should be electronic (in PDF) and will be peer-reviewed by a minimum of three programm commitee members.

Full papers accepted for the workshop will be included in the proceedings, published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.

If you have further questions or remarks, please do not hesitate to contact the workshop organizers.

Please submit your paper via this link. In case of problems with the Cyberchair submission please submit your paper via email.

We are exploring the possibility of publishing extended versions of WETICE best papers in a journal. Currently we are in contact with the IEEE Transactions of Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. It will be confirmed soon.

Important Dates

Deadline for paper submission 12. March 2004 (was 1. March)
Decision to paper authors 16. April 2004
Camera Ready version of accepted papers due to IEEE 21. May 2004
Advance Registration discount until 21. May 2004
WETICE 2004 Workshops and On-site registration 14-16. June 2004