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Call for Participation
Workshop: Visual communication environments to support group  
collaboration
ACM GROUP 2007: Sanibel Island, Florida, USA, November 4 - 7, 2007
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-= Description =-

Intense collaboration usually involves synchronous, often time- 
critical and tightly coupled activities. People collaborating in  
these environments are often co-located because supporting intense  
collaboration between distributed persons is very challenging. Large  
meetings require acute and timely coordination as well as efficient  
technology applications to maintain individual and group engagement.  
With falling prices for videoconferencing and digital video  
equipment, a growing array of web services for online video, and  
higher bandwidth available to offices and homes in both urban and  
rural areas, visual communication over the Internet or another  
broadband network is increasingly accessible to support intense group  
collaboration.

In this workshop we will explore the technology as well as the  
theories and methods for understanding how to effectively support  
intense collaboration between large numbers of people in different  
locations. We want to build a cross-disciplinary community of  
researchers and practitioners in academia and industry to foster  
collaboration and for the coordination of future research efforts.  
The workshop addresses two linked research directions within the area  
of remote collaboration. First, we would like to discuss new  
concepts, tools, research approaches and results from studies that  
will enable us to gain insight into this type of collaboration and  
associated research challenges. The second research focus is visual  
communication, which is a crucial element of collaboration. We would  
first like to identify the state of the art in synchronous,  
asynchronous and combined visual communication environments to  
support group collaboration.

Topics of interests include:
* Intense group collaboration using large displays, locally or remotely.
* Human factors associated with large displays used for collaboration.
* User interface and cognitive demands in visual communication  
environments.
* Synchronous, asynchronous and combined modes of visual  
communication technologies.
* Meeting design and facilitation for visual communication environments.
* Social and cultural aspects of visual communication environments.
* Research methodologies for measuring and assessing group and  
individual participation and collaboration in visual communication  
environments.
* Theory for understanding group collaboration including visual  
communication theory, group dynamics and audience research.

-= Proposals =-

Potential participants are asked to submit a position paper (2 pages)  
that will be judged on its relevance to the topic. All workshop  
submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the  
advisory board and a maximum of 15 papers will be selected. Submitted  
papers must follow the ACM proceedings format (http://www.acm.org/ 
sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html).

First, we are looking for CSCW and HCI researchers who have worked in  
domains characterized by (intense) collaboration over distance.  
Ideally the participants are making contributions to the support of  
distributed intense collaboration through field studies, experimental  
or evaluative approaches, tool design, or are themselves involved in  
intense collaboration.

Furthermore, we seek participants with a broad range of expertise  
with social sciences, human-computer interaction, video collaborative  
systems, and video conferencing systems. The workshop will  
additionally be pertinent to designers or developers who are  
interested in adding a visual component to their work. We hope to  
attract participants from both industry and academia.

The position papers will be assembled and distributed to attendees  
before the conference, with the expectation that readers will read  
and comment on them before arrival. The workshop will be organized in  
two parts: the morning will consist of short presentations (10  
minutes), followed in the afternoon by break out groups focused on  
specific themes and a plenary.

Conference webpage: http://www.acm.org/conferences/group/conferences/ 
group07/

Workshop webpage: http://softwareresearch.ca/talks/group2007/

-= Deadlines =-

Deadline for submissions is September 15th. We will screen  
submissions for quality and relevance to the workshop. Announcements  
of acceptance will be sent on October 1st. The workshop will be held  
on Sunday, November 4, 2007.

-= Organizers =-

Bruno Emond, NRC-IIT, Canada
Susan O'Donnell, NRC-IIT, Canada
Janice Singer, NRC-IIT, Canada
Mary Milliken, NRC-IIT, Canada
Markus Rittenbruch, National ICT Australia
Cara Stitzlein, CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia
Anja Wessels, CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia
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-= Advisory board =-

Markus Rittenbruch, National ICT Australia (NICTA)
Anja Wessels, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research  
Organisation (CSIRO)
Cara Stitzlein, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research  
Organisation (CSIRO)
Gregor McEwan, National ICT Australia (NICTA
Tim Pattison, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)
Peter Evdokiou, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)
Christian Mueller-Tomfelde, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial  
Research Organisation (CSIRO)
NICTA Researchers (TBA)
Bruno Emond, National Research Council Canada, Institute for  
Information Technology
Susan O’Donnell, National Research Council Canada, Institute for  
Information Technology
Janice Singer, National Research Council Canada, Institute for  
Information Technology
Mary Milliken, National Research Council Canada, Institute for  
Information Technology
Martin Brooks, National Research Council Canada, Institute for  
Information Technology
John Spence, Communication Research Centre Canada

  
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