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         HICSS-43 Call for papers for the minitrack on:
  Part of the Collaboration Systems and Technology Track of the
Forty-Third Annual Hawai'i International Conference on Systems
                        Sciences (HICSS)
                 Kauai, HI - January 5 - 8, 2010

                      Submission deadline:
              June 15, 2009 (abstract appreciated by May 15)

We invite submissions for the minitrack on "Context-aware
Computing and Collaboration" as part of the Collaboration
Systems and Technology Track at the Hawaii International
Conference on System Sciences (HICSS).

Context-aware computing refers to computing systems that adapt
their behavior based on context information of the users, the
environment and the system itself. Context-aware systems often
have emerged from research settings to products and use
practice. The systems support user interaction, coordination
and collaboration in professional and domestic settings.
Complementing research on the technological feasibility of
context-aware systems, questions regarding the manageability
and transparency of context-based services from a user
perspective come to the fore. In particular, ubiquitous
computing applications help bridge between virtual and
real-world context dimensions (both, concerning virtual and
real context sensors and virtual and real context factors). The
resulting systems often remain opaque to users, and their
workings and reactions are difficult to interpret and use based
on traditional computer usage experience.

This minitrack aims to contribute, on the one hand, to the
collection of use-oriented problems in context-based
collaboration. Furthermore, we aim to discuss resulting
implications regarding the technical design of interfaces as
well as software and hardware architectures. Special attention
is given to context modeling and implementation of the various
collaborative scenarios as well as to the associated
possibilities of manual (adaptability) or automatic
(adaptivity) in-use-adjustment. A further special area of
interest within a user-oriented perspective is the
understanding of problem dynamics in scenarios with
multiple-context systems and technologies, and problem dynamics
of emergence or evolution of context-based systems,
particularly as they relate to collaboration.

We would like to invite contributions of researchers and
practitioners on (but not limited to) the following questions:
- What practical experiences ñ positive as well as negative ñ
have been made with regard to the usage of context-aware
computing and collaboration in real organizational settings?
What experiences have been made with adaptation mechanisms
(automatic as well as interactive) of such systems in these
- How can relations between context descriptions/models,
context sensors and context-based services for context-aware
collaboration be described in a way that they can be inform end
users? What challenges have to be met with regard to
visualization and manipulation interfaces?
- What experiences have been collected with ontologies and
folksonomies in use? When do we need standardized, defined
ontologies, and when can we use folksonomies providing rich
context descriptions? How do systems have to be designed to
support the adaptation of context descriptions over their
- What are suitable models for context management? How can
context concepts be retrieved and represented?
- How can context architectures be effectively designed for
sustainable usages (context evolution, context adaptation,
traceability for end-users) in collaborative settings?
- What do appropriate architectures for the realization of
context-adaptive collaboration systems that remain modifiable
in-use look like? What services have to be provided by such a
context-adaptive collaboration system? What interfaces are
needed for a context-dependent adaptation of the system

We are looking for contributions on those topics in relation to
research  as well as practice. Thus, contributions are welcome
that contain original ideas on context modeling, analysis,
design and evaluation for collaboration processes and systems.
There are no preferred methodological stances for this
minitrack: this minitrack is open to both qualitative and
quantitative research, to research from a positivist,
interpretivist, or critical perspective, to studies from the
lab, from the field, or developmental in  nature.

Themes and topics of relevance to this minitrack include, but
are not limited to (related topics not listed are especially
- Context-based Information Retrieval
- Location-based Services
- Mixed-Media Environments
- Tagging Systems, other Semantic Web Applications
- Mobility Services
- Knowledge Management and Knowledge Media Creation
- Community Applications
- Collaborative Virtual Environments

Extended versions of selected papers will be considered for a possible
Special Issue of the Journal on Personal and Ubiquitous Computing and/
or a book publication.


Dr. Anind K. Dey
Assistant Professor
Carnegie Mellon University
HCI Institute
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3891
P: +1 (412) 268-9378
F: +1 (412) 268-1266
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Dr. Stephan Lukosch
Assistant Professor Collaboration Technology
Delft University of Technology
Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management
Department of Systems Engineering
PO box 5015, 2600 GA Delft
The Netherlands
P: +31 (0)15-2783403
F: +31 (0)15-2783429
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Prof. Dr. Volkmar Pipek
Assistant Professor for CSCW in Organizations
University of Siegen
Institute for Information Systems
Hˆlderlinstr. 3
57068 Siegen
P: +49 271 740 4068
F: +49 271 740 3384
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The purpose of HICSS is to provide a forum for the interchange
of ideas, research results, development activities, and
applications among academicians and practitioners in
computer-based systems sciences. The conference consists of
tutorials, advanced seminars, presentations of accepted papers,
open forum, tasks forces, and plenary and distinguished guest
lectures. There is a high degree of interaction and discussion
among the conference participants because the conference is
conducted in a workshop-like setting.

Instructions for submitting papers:
1. Submit an electronic copy of the full paper, 10 pages
including title page, abstract, references and diagrams using
the review system available at the HICSS site, make sure that
the authorsí names and affiliation information has been removed
to ensure an anonymous review.
2. Do not submit the paper to more than one minitrack. The
paper should contain original material and not be previously
published or currently submitted for consideration elsewhere.
3. Provide the required information to the review system such
as title, full name of all authors, and their complete
addresses including affiliation(s), telephone number(s) and
e-mail address(es).
4. The first page of the paper should include the title and a
(max) 300-word abstract.

- May 15:  OPTIONAL: Abstracts submitted to Minitrack Chairs
for guidance, indication of appropriate content and to receive
instructions on submitting full paper.
- June 15:  Full papers uploaded in the directory of the
appropriate minitrack.
- August 15:  Notification of accepted papers mailed to
- September 15:  Accepted manuscripts, camera-ready, uploaded;
author(s) must register by this time.

Prof. Dr. Volkmar Pipek
Juniorprofessur für Computerunterstützte Gruppenarbeit in  
Organisationen/FB 5
Universität Siegen
Hölderlinstr. 3
57068 Siegen
Tel.: +49 271 740 4068
Fax.: +49 271 740 3384
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