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The Fourth International Conference on Advanced Collaborative Networks, Systems and Applications

COLLA 2014

June 22 - 26, 2014 - Seville, Spain

Call for Papers

Collaborative systems became a norm due to the globalization of services and infrastructures and to multinational corporation branches. While organizations and individuals relied on collaboration for decades, the advent of new technologies (Web services, Cloud computing, Service-oriented architecture, Semantics and Ontology, etc.) for inter- and intra- organization collaboration created an enabling environment for advanced collaboration.

As a consequence, new developments are expected from current networking and interacting technologies (protocols, interfaces, services, tools) to support the design and deployment of a scalable collaborative environments.  Innovative systems and applications design, including collaborative robots, autonomous systems, and consideration for dynamic user behavior is the trend.

COLLA 2014 continues a series of events dedicated to advanced collaborative networks, systems and applications, focusing on new mechanisms, infrastructures, services, tools and benchmarks.

We solicit both academic, research, and industrial contributions. We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.

Industrial presentations are not subject to the format and content constraints of regular submissions. We expect short and long presentations that express industrial position and status.

Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

All topics and submission formats are open to both research and industry contributions.

Open collaborative research

Open collaboration research
Research via wikis and social media
Open research access
Open sources for collaboration
Open WEB and public data research
Education for Open research
Scientific trust and legal aspects in open collaboration

Cooperation and collaboration mechanisms

Collaborative computing
Cooperation as interface sharing
Collaboration as knowledge sharing
Ethics and trust in collaborative cross-domains
Cooperative emotion
Planning and managing collaborative applications and projects
Semantic and ontology challenges in collaborative environments
Cooperation and collaboration pitfalls
Groupware supporting single-display collaboration
Sharing data and decisions
Coalitions and negotiations in cooperative environments
Adaptive collaboration
Integrating cross-organizational applications
Cooperative data extraction and data integration
Secure collaboration
Dynamic cooperative environments
Visualization of cooperative processes

Collaborative architectures and mechanisms

Fundamental theoretical aspects of distributed collaboration
Methodologies and tools for design and analysis of collaborative user applications
Frameworks for human-centric based group collaboration
Distributed collaborative workflows
Architectures, protocols, and technologies for collaborative networks and systems
Collaboration and negotiation protocols
Quality of collaboration in collaborative networks, systems, and applications
Modeling for collaboration
Cloud-based collaboration
Agent-based collaborative environments
Collaboration techniques in resource intensive environments
Security, privacy and trust in collaborative networks, systems, and applications

Collaborative applications

Collaboration in pervasive computing applications
Collaborative e-education, e-learning, and collaborative computing in digital libraries
Models and mechanisms for real-time collaborative applications
Distributed technologies for group collaboration
Collaborative games
Web-based communities
New data distribution models to facilitate group collaboration
Social computing and inter-cultural collaboration

Collaborative infrastructures

Collaborative, context-aware infrastructure
Collaborative mobile networks and infrastructures
Collaborative, location-aware mobile systems/applications
Collaborative sensor networks, unmanned air and ground vehicle networks and applications
Peer-to-peer and overlay networks, systems, and applications

Collaborative services

Collaborative technologies for fast creation and deployment of new mobile services
Web services technologies and collaboration
Service-oriented architectures for collaborative networking and applications
Trusted collaborative services
Collaborative entertainment systems and services
Computer supported cooperative design
Adaptive content distribution
Semantic and ontology challenges in collaborative environments

Collaborative users

Human/robot collaboration
Collaborative social networks and web-based collaboration
Computer supported collaborative work with distributed systems
Human-centric ubiquitous collaboration
Social networks and community discovery
Markets, auctions, exchanges, and coalitions

Tools and benchmarking

Methodologies and tools for design and analysis of collaborative user applications
Simulation, performance evaluation, experiments, and case studies of collaborative networks and applications
Dedicated hardware and software enabling collaboration
Technologies for creating dynamic social networks
P2P platforms for supporting collaboration
Energy management for collaborative networks
Tools for collaborative decision making processes
Trustworthy collaborative business processing in groupware organizations
Visualization techniques and interaction devices
Visual languages for collaborative networks and applications
Workflow management for collaborative networks/systems



Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.

Publisher: XPS (Xpert Publishing Services)
Archived: ThinkMindTM Digital Library (free access)
Prints available at Curran Associates, Inc.
Articles will be submitted to appropriate indexes.

Important deadlines:

Submission (full paper) January 28, 2014 February 28, 2014
Notification March 31, 2014
Registration April 15, 2014
Camera ready May 10, 2014

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received submissions will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Regular Papers (up to 6-10 page article)

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here. Latex templates are also available.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.

We would recommend that you not use too many extra pages, even if you can afford the extra fees. No more than 2 papers per event are recommended, as each paper must be separately registered and paid for. At least one author of each accepted paper must register to ensure that the paper will be included in the conference proceedings.

Work in Progress (short paper up to 4 pages long)

Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as work in progress.  Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page

Posters (poster or collection of 6 to 8 slides)

Posters are intended for ongoing research projects, concrete realizations, or industrial applications/projects presentations. Acceptance will be decided based on a 1-2 page abstract and/or 6-8 .pdf slide deck submitted through the conference submission website. The poster may be presented during sessions reserved for posters, or mixed with presentation of articles of similar topic. The slides must have comprehensive comments. One big Poster and/or the associated slides should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Ideas (2 page proposal of novel idea)

This category is dedicated to new ideas in their early stage. Contributions might refer to PhD dissertation, testing new approaches, provocative and innovative ideas, out-of-the-box, and out-of-the-book thinking, etc. Acceptance will be decided based on a maximum 2 page submission through the conference submission website. The contributions for Ideas will be presented in special sessions, where more debate is intended. The Idea contribution must be comprehensive, focused, very well supported (details might miss, obviously). A 6-8 slide deck should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.

For more details, see the Ideas explanation page.

Technical marketing/industrial/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.

For more information,

Workshop proposals

We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to


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