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CFP Summary:

Workshop on Adaptive Collaboration Support
Sunday, June 20, 2010, Big Island of Hawaii
http://acs2010.ascolla.org/

In conjunction with the 18th International Conference on User Modeling,
Adaptation and Personalization
http://www.hawaii.edu/UMAP2010/

Paper submission deadline: 29th March 2010


The full CFP follows.

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                        Call for Papers

                 2nd International Workshop on
                Adaptive Collaboration Support

                 in conjunction with UMAP2010


                  http://acs2010.ascolla.org


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 through such facilities, have given rise to new
paradigms of collaboration that permeate many facets of human
activity.  Collaborative learning, co-operative  knowledge
discovery  and maintenance, group recommendation,  social
software  supporting  professional,  personal  and  even
recreational needs, are only a few examples of new forms of
collaboration enabled and fostered by recent technological
advances. As these progressively become established and widely
used, the question naturally arises: can we support the
related collaboration activities and how?

This workshop is the second in a series to examine the
question "How can adaptation be of benefit in modeling and
supporting collaboration processes?" The first workshop in the
series was held in conjunction with the AH2008 conference
(ACS2008, http://www.ah2008.org/index.php?section=38), and
several related workshops have been organized in recent years:
- the "Competitive Challenge on Adapting Activities Modeled
  by CSCL Scripts" [1],
- the workshop on "Scripted vs.  Free CS Collaboration:
  alternatives and paths for adaptable  and flexible CS
  scripted collaboration" [2];
- the workshop on "Adaptive Systems for Collaborative
  Learning" [3]


Thematic Area and Goals
-----------------------

One might think that the accumulated knowledge and experience
on user modeling and adaptation would more than suffice in
addressing the new challenges that arise when one attempts to
provide adaptive support for collaboration. But is this really
the case? Traditional adaptive systems (with their origins in
adaptive user interfaces in the 80s) and intelligent support
systems (such as intelligent tutoring systems) have been
almost exclusively concerned with adapting to the individual
user.  The more recent strand of research on  adaptive
hypermedia systems has sometimes addressed groups of people
(e.g., groups of learners), and there has even research
“dedicated” to groups of users, such as group recommender
systems. Most often, however, such research has looked at the
users’ utilization of content, and ways of modifying such
content for the benefit of the whole, rather than modeling,
monitoring, and supporting the groups’ activities themselves.
These and other shortcomings of past research render adaptive
support for collaboration a timely topic of discussion and
work.

The ACS-2010 workshop will center on the question "How can
adaptation  be  of benefit in modeling  and  supporting
collaboration processes?". Irrespectively of the application
domains in which collaboration is examined and the provision
of adaptive support is attempted, the main questions remain
the same:

- How can groups (of various sizes, levels of connectivity,
  goals, etc.) and their activities (all the way from free-form
  to fully-structured) be modeled?

- How can we monitor, analyze and interpret the
  interconnected activities of individuals, as well the behavior
  of groups as wholes, to establish the need of, and appropriate
  ways for intervention?

- What types of intervention are possible, and what are
  their potential effects? How can we best support group
  formation, scaffolding, communication, organization, joint
  artifact creation, etc.?

The workshop will strive to address the above questions from
the  perspectives  of theoretical issues,  methodological
approaches,  practical techniques, formal representations,
supporting design-time, run-time and analysis-time tools, etc.
The issue of adaptively managing and supporting collaborative
activity can be approached from different but complementary
perspectives and may be of interest for researchers of various
backgrounds (Adaptive Hypermedia, User Modeling, Intelligent
Tutoring  Systems, Intelligent Agents, Group  Recommender
Systems, Computer Supported Collaborative Work, Computer-
Supported Collaborative Learning, Social Software,  etc.)
Consequently, the focus of the workshop is  broad  and
contributions that approach the problems and questions from
different perspectives are explicitly encouraged.

The aims of this workshop are twofold: Firstly, to bring
together interested researchers and practitioners from the
different communities in a setting which facilitates the
dissemination of knowledge in the field, providing useful
insights on state-of-the-art research. Secondly, to identify
and outline issues that need to be addressed, along with
future directions. The second session of the workshop will
explicitly work towards a roadmap for adaptive collaboration
support in the form of a preliminary research agenda that
sketches open issues and promising approaches to tackle them.


Workshop format
---------------

The workshop will follow 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 positions
presented. In case of a high number of relevant submissions
the organizers will consider the option of accepting some of
the contributions as poster presentations, a format that
worked very well in previous workshops and that allows to
dedicate more time to topic oriented discussions.

A second session will then be explicitly dedicated to the
identification and discussion of current issues and future
directions in this emerging field. Collection of questions at
the beginning of the workshop, group work, and interactive
creation of an on-line mind-map, will be employed to foster
and facilitate discussions. As already stated, the goal of
this second session will be to arrive at an outline of a
research agenda for the field.


Solicited Contributions
-----------------------

The workshop will solicit short and long papers, describing
case studies, theoretical work, position statements, etc.
Contributions will be reviewed by the workshop’s programme
committee, with an anticipated three reviews per submission.
The papers to be presented will be selected on the basis of
the quality of the work described therein, the quality of the
papers themselves, their relevance to the workshop’s main
themes, and their potential to foster fruitful discussions
during the workshop. Depending on the number of submissions,
selected contributions may be invited for presentation as
posters, to be discussed in a free-form session that will kick
off the workshop’s discussion session.


Submission Format
-----------------

Submissions should not exceed 6 pages for short papers and 12
pages for long papers, and should be formatted according to
the Springer LNCS guidelines. Please refer to the submission
section of the workshop's web site for more information on the
submission format, templates, etc.
(http://acs2010.ascolla.org/submission/)

Workshop papers will be published in full length in the
workshop proceedings and presented in talks at the workshop.
Authors of accepted workshop papers will be invited to submit
an extended and updated version of their work for inclusion in
a selected journal or edited volume.

Please, submit your paper by e-mail to acs2010 at ascolla.org
until March 29th 2010.

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


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

-  29th March 2010:  Submission of papers
-   3rd May   2010:  Notification of authors
-  24th May   2010:  Delivery of camera-ready copy
-  20th June  2010:  Workshop day (the workshop takes
                     place in the morning); the conference
                     lasts from the 20th to 24th of June.


Programme Committee
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 1. Paul de Bra, Eindhoven University of Technology, The
    Netherlands
 2. Rafael Calvo, University of Sydney, Australia
 3. Thanasis Daradoumis, Open University of Catalonia,
    Spain
 4. Stavros Demetriadis, Aristotle University of
    Thessaloniki, Greece
 5. Yannis Dimitriadis, University of Valladolid, Spain
 6. Tom Gross, Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
 7. Davinia Hernandez-Leo, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
 8  Toshio Okamoto, University of Electro-Communications,
    Japan
 9. Jose Palazzo M. de Oliveira, Federal University of Rio
    Grande do Sul, Brazil
10. Alexandros Paramythis, Johannes Kepler University Linz,
    Austria
11. Kyparissia Papanikolaou, School of Pedagogical &
    Technological Education, Greece
12. Stephan Weibelzahl, National College of Ireland, Ireland
13. Gerhard Weber, University of Education Freiburg, Germany
14. Haibin Zhu, Nipissing University, Canada


Organizers
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Dr. Alexandros Paramythis
Institute for Information Processing and Microprocessor
Technology (FIM)
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenbergerstraße 69, A-4040 Linz, Austria
+43 732 2468 8442
alpar at fim uni-linz ac at
http://www.fim.uni-linz.ac.at/staff/paramythis/

Dr. Stavros N. Demetriadis
Department of Informatics
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
PO BOX 114, 54124, Thessaloniki, Greece
+30 2310 997902
sdemetri at csd auth gr
http://mlab.csd.auth.gr/sdemetri/


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[1] 
http://www.lama.univ-savoie.fr/wiki/index.php/CSCL_Workshop_Challenge_on_Adaptation

[2] http://mlab.csd.auth.gr/cscl2009/sfc-workshop.htm
[3] http://mlab.csd.auth.gr/iwascl2009/

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