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Call for Papers

1st International Workshop on Maps Based Interaction in Social  
Networks (MapISNet '07)
Google Maps-based website:

Held in conjunction with INTERACT'2007
11th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
September 1014, 2007, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Aims and goals of the workshop

In social networking maps can greatly improve the users perception of  
the social environment through the visual representa-tion of other  
people's social properties and of the relations inside a community.  
Maps improve also interaction among users, who are able to visually  
identify and relate each other.  Maps are particularly useful as a  
real-time representation of the social environment dynamics, and for  
localizing events such as meeting, entertainement, public places,  
that can affect the virtual community evolution.
Social maps occur in two categories: conceptual maps and geolocated  
maps. Conceptual maps are useful for identifying social parameters  
such as friendship relations, or commonalities of interests.  
Geolocated maps represent the social environ-ment in relation to the  
location in the real or in a virtual world.
Maps can also be the expression of a general social 'mood' of a part  
of the environment, derived from example from an interpolation of  
events related to the locations of the humans participating to the  
social network (such as a map of the risks associated to different  
areas of the city).
This one-day workshop aims at answering a number of open questions  
related to the use of maps for representing the so-cial environment  
and interacting with it:

   - Which are the most useful social parameters that the map  
representation can efficiently communicate to the users?
   - Which are the social communication and interaction processes  
that can be effectively improved by a map based approach?
   - Which are the tools that can enable the user to seamlessly  
communicate the modification of his/her social parameters?
   - Which is the role of geographical versus conceptual maps in  
dealing with people physical and emotional neighborhood?
   - How can individual parameters be integrated and interpolated to  
visualize a (possibly evolving) social 'mood' of the network?
   - How can novel visualization and interaction techniques improve  
the perception of the user social environment?
   - How is the development of context-aware and ubiquitous systems  
contributing to improve the map based interaction to discover and  
access social services?
   - Which are the privacy concerns related to the representation of  
the social environment?
   - While most people agree that individual data should not be  
shared without the user consent, what about the commu-nication  
through a graphical map of the social mood of a certain environment?


The workshop addresses both theoretical and practical issues related  
to the above questions, providing an opportunity to discuss both the  
state-of-the art and the expectations in the definition and use of  
maps for social interaction.  Relevant topics include (but are not  
limited to):

   - Models for visualization of social networks
   - Map design and visualization
   - Social parameters representation
   - Geolocated representation of social information
   - Abstract vs. location-based representation
   - Tools for map interaction
   - Mobile and personal devices
   - Multimodal map interaction
   - Map annotation
   - Cultural diversity in map representation
   - Context-aware support for map interaction
   - Map based interaction and communication tools
   - Privacy and security issues

Paper submission

Submissions are solicited as full papers describing completed work  
(up to 5,000 words) or position papers (up to 2,000 words).  
Submissions will be evaluated according to relevance, originality,  
ability to represent different perspectives on the theme and to  
generate discussions between the participants. The paper format must  
follow the Springer LNCS format. Papers should be submitted in PDF  
format through the workshop submission site (in preparation).  
Submission implies the willing-ness of at least one of the authors to  
register and present the paper.

Important dates

Abstract submission: June 22, 2007
Paper submission: June 29, 2007
Acceptance notification: August 6, 2007
Camera ready: August 25, 2007
Workshop: September 10 or 11, 2007


Informal proceedings will be posted on the workshop web site and  
distributed to attendees. Revised versions of the papers will be  
published as post-workshop proceedings by Springer Verlag in HCI  
Series (approval pending).

Workshop Co-Chairs

Augusto Celentano
Universita' Ca' Foscari di Venezia, Dipartimento di Informatica
e-mail auce

Piero Mussio
Universita' di Milano, Dipartimento di Informatica e Comunicazione
e-mail mussio

Fabio Pittarello
Universita' Ca' Foscari di Venezia, Dipartimento di Informatica
e-mail pitt

Programme Committee (to be extended)

Gennady Andrienko, Fraunhofer Institut for Intelligent Analysis and  
Information Systems, Germany
Yiwei Cao, University of Aachen, Germany
Shi-Kuo Chang, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Danyel Fisher, Microsoft Research, USA
Fernando Ferri, IRPPS-CNR, Italy
Elisa Giaccardi, University of Colorado, USA
Athula Ginige, University of Western Sidney, Australia
Robert Laurini, INSA de Lyon, France
Mark T. Maybury, MITRE Corporation, USA
Esteban Zimanyi, ULB, Belgium


MapISNet'07 Scientific Secretary
Universita' Ca' Foscari di Venezia, Dipartimento di Informatica
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Augusto Celentano
Dipartimento di Informatica, Universita' Ca' Foscari di Venezia
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