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Wolfgang Prinz <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 9 May 1997 06:42:24 PDT
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                         FINAL Call for Papers
                        Deadlines: 15. May 1997

                              GROUP '97

           International Conference on Supporting Group Work

                    - The Integration Challenge -

                        November 16-19, 1997
                        Phoenix, Arizona USA



GROUP '97 is interested in topics related to computer-based systems which
have an impact on groups, organizations and social networks. A strong
emphasis of GROUP '97 is the integration of multiple computer-based tools
and technologies. Relevant issues include design, implementation,
deployment, evaluation, methodologies, and effect of these systems.

In the last few years, the functionality and applicability of systems for
supporting group work has expanded, leading to their growing application to
organizational information, communication, and cooperation processes. This
provides opportunities to study their technical and social aspects. Often the
integration of new technology with existing or new organizational practices is
very challenging. The knowledge gained from such experiences is a valuable
resource for all those who plan to integrate, or have integrated,
computer-based tools for the support of group interaction. At the same time
we observe a growing influence of the Internet, mobile computing, agent
systems, ubiquitous computing, and virtual reality. We can expect that these
new technologies will also exert a large influence on group/organizational
structures, processes, and our daily life. These new technologies are exciting
in their own right, but their technological and organizational integration to
support groups raises many interesting questions and is a challenging new
research agenda.

GROUP '97 is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and
the Special Interest Group on Supporting Group Work (SIGGROUP).
This conference builds on the tradition of COOCS, while recognizing change
of mission and name from SIGOIS to SIGGROUP.


GROUP '97 addresses the integration challenge in two tracks: a Social
Aspects Track to address organizational and behavioral issues and a
Technical Aspects Track to address modeling and implementation issues. It brings
together researchers and practitioners from different areas working on the
development, introduction, management, deployment, and analysis of
computer-based systems supporting group work within organizations. We
particularly encourage submissions and participation from industry.

The scope of the conference is intended to cover areas including, but not
limited to:

Social Aspects Track:

   *  Experiences with the application of computing systems for the support
      of group or organizational processes
   *  Strategies or experiences with business process re-engineering in
      combination with the application of computing systems
   *  Social impact of re-engineering and the introduction of computing
   *  Workflow systems, models, theory, and applications
   *  Understanding and modeling groups or organizations and their
   *  Organizational computing and the Internet
   *  Strategies and solutions for the combination/integration of the
      emerging Internet business
   *  Ramifications of the mobile office
   *  Social aspects of globally distributed computing and group work
   *  The effects of new technologies on group work
   *  Digital communities: experiences and evaluation
   *  Measurement-based approaches to organizational analysis
   *  Issues of qualitative analysis of large-scale cooperative work

Technical Track:

   *  Organizational computing systems and infrastructure
   *  New groupware solutions and technologies
   *  Computer-supported collaboration and negotiation
   *  Coordination and workflow technology
   *  Cooperative knowledge management and organizational or group
   *  Application of the Internet/Intranet for the support of organizational
      and group procedures
   *  WWW as a means for the collection, management, and distribution of
      knowledge in Intranets
   *  New technologies for the support of groups, e.g., agent technology,
      ubiquitous computing, virtual reality
   *  Object and database models or systems for the support of groups
   *  Multimedia information storage, retrieval, and communications
   *  Human-computer interaction aspects of groups
   *  Social networks and digital communities

Submission categories

Submissions to the conference can be in the form of papers, workshops,
tutorials, or panels.

Paper submissions on original research or industrial papers on any of the
conference topics are invited. Research papers should make clear the novel
aspects of the work they present and their contribution to the development
of systems for supporting groups, organizations or social networks. Industrial
papers should describe technical or key business issues in applying group
technology. All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Press
conference proceedings.

Paper Submission Format:

     10 pages max. length
     2 columns, single space
     point size 10pt Times Roman

Each submission should have a cover page containing: title, authors, postal
and electronic addresses of the contact author.
Please submit 6 copies of your paper to the program chair of the track that is
most appropriate for the topic of your paper. If your paper bridges the
scope of the two tracks, please do not submit you paper to both program
chairs, but mention this on your cover page. Feel free to contact the
conference or program chairs in advance if you have any further questions.
Papers are due to be received by the program chairs on May 15th.

Workshops provide a informal and focussed environment for information
exchange and discussion of group work topics. A workshop proposal
should contain a title, aim and objective, intended participants, description of
the proposers. Furthermore specify the max. number of participants,
duration (half-day, full-day) and the technical equipment needed. Workshop
organizers are requested to provide a short presentation on the discussions
and outcome of their workshop in a special session of the conference.
Workshops will take place on Nov. 16th.

Please send your proposal (max 3 pages) by email to Wolfgang Prinz:
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Deadline for the submission is May, 15th 1997.

The tutorial program will offer the opportunity to learn about concepts,
methods, systems, and techniques for specific aspects of supporting group
work. Experts on any field of the conference scope are encouraged to
submit a tutorial proposal. The proposal should contain a title, aim and
objectives, content outline, intended audience and description
of the qualifications and expertise of the instructors. Furthermore specify the
max. number of participants, duration (half-day, full-day) and the technical
equipment needed. Tutorials will take place on Nov. 16th.

Please send your proposal (max 3 pages) by email to Wolfgang Prinz:
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Deadline for the submission is May, 15th 1997.

The aim of panels is to stimulate thought and discussion about ideas and
issues of interest supporting group work. Ideally panels focus on
controversial or emerging issues and they are designed to bring out the
range of viewpoints on the topic through the medium of informed debate.
The panel proposal should contain a title, list of all panel members,
including affiliation and address, description, format of the panel, and a
compilation of the position statements.

Please send your proposal (max 5 pages) by email to Wolfgang Prinz:
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Deadline for the submission is May, 15th 1997.

Important Dates

 Submissions due to arrive
 at the Program chairs:            May 15, 1997
 Notification of acceptance:       June 30,1997
 Camera ready paper due:           August 25, 1997
 Conference dates:                 November 16-19, 1997

Conference Committee

Conference Co-Chairs

Stephen C. Hayne
Arizona State University West
School of Management
4701 West Thunderbird Road
Phoenix, AZ 85069-7100,

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phone: +1 602-543-6256

Wolfgang Prinz
German National Research Center for Information Technology
Institute for Applied Information Technology
Schloss Birlinghoven
53754 Sankt Augustin

email: [log in to unmask]
phone: +49 2241 14-2730/2717

Program Chairs and Program Committees

Social Track Program Chair

 Kjeld Schmidt
 Systems Analysis Dept.
 Risoe National Laboratory
 DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark

 Email: [log in to unmask]
 Phone: (+45) 4677 5146
 Fax: (+45) 4675 5170

Social Track Program Committee:

Mark Ackerman (UC Irvine)
Liam Bannon (University of Limerick)
Geof Bowker (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Graham Button (Rank Xerox Research Centre)
Giorgio De Michelis (University of Milano)
Pierre Falzon (CNAM)
Joey George (FSU)
Thomas Herrmann (University of Dortmund)
John King (UC Irvine)
Kari Kuutti (University of Oulu)
Kalle Lyytinen (University of Jyvaeskylae)
Allan MacLean (Rank Xerox)
Karen Ruhleder (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Walt Scacchi (University of Southern California)
Ina Wagner (Technical University, Vienna)

Technical Track Program Chair

 Mark Pendergast
 Business Faculty
 Washington State University
 100 Sprout Rd
 Richland, WA 99352

 Email: [log in to unmask]
 Phone: (509) 372-7359
 Fax: (509) 372-7100

Technical Track Program Committee:

Doug Vogel (Arizona)
Terry Winograd (Stanford)
George A. Papadopoulos (University of Cyprus)
Carson Woo (UBC)
Kregg Aytes (Idaho State)
Tom Rodden (University of Lancaster)
Skip Ellis (Colorado)
Simon Gibbs (GMD)
Gail Rein (Xerox Systems Architecture)
Thomas Kreifelts (GMD-FIT)
Keith Swenson (Netscape)