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                  International Workshop on

           Adaptive Support for Team Collaboration
           ---------------------------------------

                in conjunction with UMAP 2011,
                Girona, Spain, 11-15 July 2011


                 http://astc2011.ascolla.org



Contents: Motivation – Topics of Interest – Format /
          Submission – Important Dates – Organizing
          Committee – Programme Committee – Contact


Motivation
----------

The increasing availability of computing and communication
facilities in our environment, along with the resulting ease
with which tasks previously undertaken individually can now
be shared, have given rise to new paradigms of collaboration
that permeate many facets of human activity. Collaborative
learning, co-operative knowledge discovery and maintenance,
argumentative spaces, communities of practice, are only a
few examples of new forms of collaboration enabled and
fostered by recent technological advances. These have been
trialled and explored in domains such as scientific
research, medical diagnosis and trials, innovative learning
environments, business analytics, and collaborative
environments.

Despite the increased attention this area is receiving,
research in adaptive support for collaboration is still
unsystematic, and is carried out mainly on "technological
terms". Little input is received from the Social Sciences
-that have a wealth of foundational wisdom to offer in terms
of how groups, teams and communities collaborate-, and
experiments are usually constrained to the application
domain of collaborative learning. Although there exist
obvious connections to issues examined in "neighbouring"
research fields, such as applications of collaborative
filtering, adaptive social software, etc., the requirements
of adaptive support for collaboration are quite distinct and
relate to the very nature of collaboration (the existence of
a team as a cohesive social entity, the fact that there is
often a specific set of concrete and temporally constrained
goals underlying the collaboration process, the possible
production and use of artefacts around which collaboration
revolves, etc.)

The International Workshop on Adaptive Support for Team
Collaboration (ASTC) 2011 aspires to contribute towards
mitigating these problems by offering a venue for targeted
discussion on adaptive support for collaboration. The
workshop aims to bring together researchers from different
scientific fields and research communities to exchange
experiences and discuss the topic of how collaboration
within teams can be supported through the employment of
adaptivity that is grounded on the characteristics of the
teams and their individual members, their activities (which
are increasingly data-intensive and cognitively complex) and
social bonds.


Topics of Interest
------------------

The workshop will be structured around a number of main
questions, including:
- How can we model teams as entities with their
  individual and collective characteristics, social evolution,
  maturity, etc?
- What (types of activities) can be monitored during the
  collaboration process, and how can their significance be
  established?
- What are the types of interventions that may have a
  beneficial effect on collaboration?
- What are the possible roles of a system in this
  respect?
- What are the effects of the application domain on the
  collaboration process, and on the ways in which this can be
  supported?
- What social and group processes are important for team
  collaboration and how can these be supported using UMAP
  techniques?

The list below provides possible topics of interest of this
workshop (other topics directly related to the
aforementioned questions are also welcome):
- Theoretical issues on adaptation methods and techniques
  for groups.
- User- and Group- modeling to cater for adaptive system
  design.
- Adaptive and intelligent forms of tutoring / scaffolding /
  scripting in CSCW/CSCL systems.
- Practical approaches to adaptive collaboration support.
- Methods and tools for the design and implementation of
  adaptativity for collaboration.
- Formalization efforts of the adaptive collaborative
  learning activity.
- Interaction analysis techniques to inform the adaptable
  and flexible behavior of CSCW systems.
- Information extraction from large/multiple datasets to
  provide adaptive support for collaboration.
- Adaptive support for collaborative innovation networks
- Methodologies & tools: mixed or new methods, approaches
  and tools applied to studying or building collaborative
  systems.
- Adaptation in data-intensive Web 2.0 / Social
  networking collaboration environments
- Adaptive collaboration systems based on emerging
  technologies such as mobile and ubiquitous computing.


Format / Submission
-------------------

The workshop will comprise a keynote speech by Prof.
Gloria Mark (University of California, Irvine, USA --
http://www.ics.uci.edu/~gmark), presentations of accepted
papers, and discussion among workshop participants.

We welcome original work at all stages of development:
papers can describe applied systems, empirical results or
theoretically grounded positions.

Submissions should be either full papers (10 pages), or
short papers (5 pages). All submissions should be formatted
according to the general UMAP2011 submission guidelines and
must adhere to the Springer LNCS format. Additional sub-
mission information can be found on the workshop's web site
(http://astc2011.ascolla.org).

Submissions will be peer reviewed by the workshop organizing
committee. Accepted papers will be published on the workshop
site. The authors will deliver a presentation of the papers
during the workshop.

As already mentioned, the workshop will also include a
session devoted to discussion amongst the participants. The
goal of this session will be to arrive at an outline of a
research agenda for the field.


Important Dates
---------------

Abstract submission deadline: 8 April 2011
Paper submission deadline: 15 April 2011
Notification to authors: 13 May 2011
Camera-ready paper due: 20 May 2011


Organizing Committee
--------------------

Alexandros Paramythis, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Lydia Lau, University of Leeds, UK
Stavros Demetriadis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
  Greece
Manolis Tzagarakis, University of Patras, Greece
Styliani Kleanthous, University of Leeds, UK


Programme Committee
-------------------

Liliana Ardissono, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
Rafael A. Calvo, University of Sydney, Australia
Michaela Cocea, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Ioannis Dimitriadis, University of Valladolid, Spain
Vania Dimitrova, University of Leeds, UK
Nikos Karacapilidis, Research Academic Computer Technology
  Institute, Greece
Judy Kay, The University of Sydney, Australia
Florian König, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Milos Kravcik, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Eleni Kyza, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
George Magoulas, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Gloria Mark, University of California, Irvine, USA
Estefanía Martín Barroso, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Judith Masthoff, University of Aberdeen, UK
Toshio Okamoto, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Asma Ounnas, University of Southampton, UK
Jose Palazzo M. de Oliveira, Federal University of Rio
  Grande do Sul, Brazil
Liana Razmerita, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Peter Sloep, Open University of the Netherlands, the
  Netherlands
Michael Sonntag, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Marcus Specht, Open University of the Netherlands, the
  Netherlands
Haibin Zhu, Nipissing University, Canada


Contact
-------

For any queries please contact the workshop's organizers at:
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-- 

Dr. Alexandros Paramythis

Institute for Information Processing and Microprocessor Technology (FIM)
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenbergerstr. 69, A-4040 Linz, AUSTRIA

Tel: +43 (0) 732 2468 8442
Fax: +43 (0) 732 2468 8599
URL: http://www.fim.uni-linz.ac.at/staff/paramythis/
Email: [log in to unmask]

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