Welcome to the 7th International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing (CollaborateCom 2011). This year¡¯s conference has been jointly sponsored by Create-Net, the Institute for Computer Sciences, and Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (ICST), and IEEE Computer Society.
We have an impressive scientific and technical conference program this year, featuring 19 research papers, 11 industrial/application papers, 16 invited papers, 8 posters, 3 keynotes, 2 panels, 3 workshops! As in past years, the CollaborateCom technical program and technical proceedings are represented by a worldwide collection of academic and industrial researchers, practitioners, and students interested in systems, networks, and applications that support collaboration. This program was made possible by the tireless work of our outstanding program committee this year. Committee members rigorously reviewed each paper (on average each paper received 4.6 reviews) and engaged in follow-up discussions, leading to a final selection of 19 research papers (an acceptance rate of 30%). The authors were asked to address each and every comment made by the referees for improving the quality of their papers.
We would like to thank many dedicated people who contributed to the success of this event. In particular, we want to express our gratitude to the Program Committee members and the external referees. Their diligent work in reviewing the papers and participating in follow up discussions has been instrumental in raising the quality of the accepted papers. We extend our sincere and deepest gratitude to Panel Chairs: Prof. Ling Liu, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and Prof. Barbara Carminati, University of Insubria, Italy; Workshop Chairs: Prof. Mohamed Eltoweissy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Virginia Tech, USA and Prof. Lotzi Boloni, University of Central Florida, USA; Industry Program Chairs: Dr. Venu Vasudevan, Motorola Mobility, Inc., USA and Prof. Heri Ramampiaro, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; Publication Chair: Surya Nepal, CSIRO, Australia; Publicity Chairs: Heri Ramampiaro, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway and Konstantinos Pelechrinis, University of Pittsburgh, USA; Local Arrangements Chair: Prof. Damian Dechev, University of Central Florida; Webmaster: Amirreza Masoumzadeh & Lei Jin, University of Pittsburgh, USA.
Our appreciation also goes to the Keynote Speakers. Thanks to Prof. Mahadev Satyanarayanan, the Carnegie Group Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, to Prof. Calton Pu, Jr. Chair in Software, Co-Director in the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems at the College of Computing, Georgia Tech, and to Dr. Rasu B Shrestha, MD, MBA, V.P. of Medical Information Technology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). We are also grateful to the panelists for sharing their insights and experiences with the conference attendees. We also extend special thanks to the organizers of the CCSocialComp-2011, CyPhyCard2011 and TrustCol-2011 workshops for their effort in organizing these events complementing CollaborateCom.
We would like to express our deepest thanks to the General Chairs, Prof. Dimitrios Georgakopoulos of CSIRO (Australia) and Prof. James Joshi of University of Pittsburgh (USA), as well as the steering committee of CollaborateCom for their continuous help/feedback and unequivocal support throughout the year, without which this conference could not have been brought to fruition. Our gratitude also goes to the Conference Coordinator and Finance Chair, Hugo Estrella, ICST/EAI, and other members of the ICST technical and publication team, who did all the hard work.
Finally and most importantly, we want to thank the authors for submitting excellent papers; it is because of their work that we have an outstanding program covering a variety of important topics in the area of collaborative systems, applications and technologies.
We hope that you will enjoy CollaborateCom 2011 as much as we have enjoyed helping organizing it.
Technical Program Committee Co-Chairs
Calton Pu, Georgia Tech
James Caverlee, Texas A&M University
Orlando, FL, USA, October 15, 2011