You are kindly invited to contribute to the First Workshop on Adaptive Collaboration Support to be held in conjunction with AH2008. This workshop tackles an emerging topic in adaptive hypermedia: Adaptive Collaboration Support. Traditionally, Adaptive Hypermedia Systems were mainly geared towards adaptation of content and its delivery. Classic techniques such as adaptive link annotation, adaptive fragment hiding or sequencing manipulate the content or the presentation of the content to suit the user's individual needs. Most methods work at the content level, too. Only recently, have attempts been made to exploit adaptive techniques in order to support user activities. A prominent case where activity support becomes vital is collaboration: when two or more people work together toward a common goal, there is usually no given content to be presented, but the participants engage in an activity-oriented process. This process can be supported or optimized in a number of ways. For example, systems might observe interaction patterns and suggest the creation of communication sub-channels (e.g., a chat-room for three participants) or recommend suitable collaborators. Application areas for Adaptive Collaboration Support include but are not limited to collaborative learning, synchronous and asynchronous on-line discussion, video conferencing, group decision support, etc.
The workshop aims to answer the following question: How can adaptation be of benefit in modelling and supporting that process? This can be further subdivided into three main workshop themes that will be addressed:
We plan to apply 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 prototypes presented. As an additional input and to facilitate debate, this session will also feature an invited talk by Dr. Judith Masthoff (University of Aberdeen, UK) on the topic of adapting to groups rather than adapting to individuals, providing an overview of methods and techniques that have been applied successfully.
A second session will then be explicitly dedicated to the identification and discussion of current issues and future directions in this emerging field. Techniques to facilitate discussions that have proven efficient in previous workshops include informal collection of questions at the beginning of the workshop, group work, and interactive creation of an on-line mind-map.
Submissions should not exceed 10 pages for full papers and 4 pages for "work in progress" papers, and should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS guidelines (in line with the main conference submission guidelines).
Workshop papers will be published in full length in the workshop proceedings and presented in talks at the workshop.
Please, submit your paper by e-mail to email@example.com until April 14, 2008.
Portable Document Format (*.pdf) and Postscript (*.ps) files are preferred.
April 21, 2008: submission of papers (extended!)
May 14, 2008: notification of authors
June 1, 2008: delivery of camera ready copy
July 28, 2008: Workshop day; the conference lasts from the July 28th to the August 1st, 2008.
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