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                          Workshop on
                Adaptive Collaboration Support

Held in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on
   Adaptive Hypermedia & Adaptive Web-based Systems (AH2008)
          Hannover, Germany, July 28 – August 1, 2008

First Call for Papers

You  are  kindly invited to contribute to the First Workshop
on  Adaptive Collaboration Support to be held in conjunction
with AH2008.

This   workshop  tackles  an  emerging  topic  in   adaptive
hypermedia:  Adaptive Collaboration Support.  Traditionally,
Adaptive  Hypermedia  Systems  were  mainly  geared  towards
adaptation  of content and its delivery. Classic  techniques
such  as adaptive link annotation, adaptive fragment  hiding
or  sequencing manipulate the content or the presentation of
the  content  to  suit  the user’s  individual  needs.  Most
methods work at the content level, too. Only recently,  have
attempts  been made to exploit adaptive techniques in  order
to support user activities.

A  prominent  case where activity support becomes  vital  is
collaboration: when two or more people work together  toward
a  common  goal,  there is usually no given  content  to  be
presented,  but  the  participants engage  in  an  activity-
oriented process. This process can be supported or optimized
in  a  number  of ways. For example, systems  might  observe
interaction   patterns   and   suggest   the   creation   of
communication  sub-channels (e.g.,  a  chat-room  for  three
participants) or recommend suitable collaborators.

Application areas for Adaptive Collaboration Support include
but  are  not limited to collaborative learning, synchronous
and  asynchronous  on-line discussion,  video  conferencing,
group decision support, etc.

Workshop web site:

Thematic Areas

The  workshop aims to answer the following question: How can
adaptation  be  of benefit in modelling and supporting  that
process?  This  can be further subdivided  into  three  main
workshop themes that will be addressed:

-    Models: Which aspects of users and groups (and their
      activities) need to be modelled and can be inferred  or
      observed in the interaction between users or between user
      and system in order to support collaboration?

-    Adaptation Methods & Techniques: Which existing methods
      and techniques can be reused or tailored to activity-
      oriented collaboration?

-    Adaptation Languages: How can collaborative activities
      be formally described? How to author adaptations to and
      of collaborative activities?

Workshop Format and Solicited Contributions

We  plan  to  apply a format that facilitates  goal-oriented
group  discussions  (among  the  workshop  participants)  in
addition  to the standard paper presentations. The  workshop
will  have  two general sessions (to be held in succession),
as outlined below.

The  first  session  will be organized  around  the  general
research themes discussed earlier, i.e., submissions are  to
be  evaluated in regard to their relevance to / contribution
towards  the themes, and the discussion during the  workshop
will  be structured around the themes. Participants  of  the
workshop are expected to share their experiences and discuss
the  advantages  and drawbacks of approaches and  prototypes
presented. As an additional input and to facilitate  debate,
this session will also feature an invited talk by Dr. Judith
Masthoff  (University  of Aberdeen,  UK)  on  the  topic  of
adapting  to  groups  rather than adapting  to  individuals,
providing  an overview of methods and techniques  that  have
been applied successfully.

A  second session will then be explicitly dedicated  to  the
identification and discussion of current issues  and  future
directions  in this emerging field. Techniques to facilitate
discussions that have proven efficient in previous workshops
include informal collection of questions at the beginning of
the workshop, group work, and interactive creation of an on-
line mind-map.

Submission Format
Submissions should not exceed 10 pages for full papers and 4
pages for "work in progress" papers, and should be formatted
according to the Springer LNCS guidelines (in line with  the
main conference submission guidelines).

Workshop  papers  will be published in full  length  in  the
workshop proceedings and presented in talks at the workshop.
Please, submit your paper by e-mail to acs2008-workshop@easy- until April 14, 2008.

Portable Document Format (*.pdf) and Postscript (*.ps) files
are preferred.

Important Dates
April 14, 2008: Submission of papers
May   14, 2008: Notification of authors
June   1, 2008: Delivery of camera ready copy
July  28, 2008: Workshop day; the conference lasts from  the
                 July 28th to the August 1st, 2008.

Programme Committee
1. Paul de Bra, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
2. Alexandra Cristea, Warwick University, UK
3. Jon Dron, Athabasca University, Canada
4. Tom Gross, Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
5. Judith Masthoff, University of Aberdeen, UK
6. Alexandros Paramythis, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
7. Julita Vassileva, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
8. Stephan  Weibelzahl, National College of Ireland, Ireland
9. Gerhard  Weber, University of Education Freiburg, Germany


Alexandros Paramythis
Institute  for  Information Processing  and  Microprocessor
Technology (FIM)
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenbergerstr. 69
A-4040 Linz, AUSTRIA
43 732 2468 8442
alpar at

Dr.Stephan Weibelzahl
National College of Ireland Dublin
Mayor Street IFSC
Dublin 1
+353 1 4498 579
sweibelzahl at

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