SS01-CTOI 2013

Special Session on

Collaboration Technologies and Open Innovation (CTOI 2013)

Call for Papers and Participation

As part of

The 2013 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2013)

May 20-24, 2013

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

San Diego, California, USA

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP

Extended Submission Deadline: February 04, 2013

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters


Innovation is universally recognized as a strategic leverage for growth and jobs in a competitive global market. Researchers have taken up the challenge of working on the development of innovation concepts, models, methodologies, tools as well as computer-supported innovation. Among the most recent innovation models, open innovation is gaining ground and indicating some promising results. Open innovation is defined as “a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market”. The definition reflects the global trends towards social collaboration and networks. Active subjects of the innovation process are final users, research centers, partners or even competing companies living outside the enterprise boundaries, hence defining a distributed network of entities collaborating towards the goal of producing innovation. In this scenario, technological, organizational and social aspects contribute to identifying socio-technical environments fostering creativity, ideas exchange, knowledge creation, product evolution, and ultimately successful innovations.

The objective of this multidisciplinary Special Session is to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss what is the relationship between collaboration and innovation; how collaboration technologies will impact innovation practices; methodological, technical and organizational aspects of open innovation. Researches and practitioners are invited to propose recent advances in methodologies, models and tools for supporting innovation, and to discuss experiences of successful or unsuccessful open innovation projects.

We are also inviting papers on the Next Generation Internet frameworks and projects including GENI Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) and other ultrafast high gigabit networks which hold significant potential in supporting adoption of agile engineering and other collaborations. Researchers involved in the GENI, IGNITE and Mozilla Challenge initiatives are also encouraged to submit papers of their current work with application potential to manufacturing, engineering and other domains.

After the conference, we plan to invite a selected number of authors to submit an extended paper which will be reviewed for publication in one of the leading journals.

Special Session Topics of Interest include, but are not limited to:

• Open Innovation

• Virtual Innovating Enterprises

• Collaborative methodologies and tools supporting innovation

• Cyber Technologies for Innovative Collaborative Partnerships

• Cyber Collaboration for Innovative Engineering Practices

• Next Generation Internet frameworks (GENI related and other ultrafast high gigabit networks)

• Collaborative idea generation

• Collaborative creativity

• Ethnography in the context of innovation

• Social creative gaming

• Social networks and social network analysis in innovation

• Crowdsourcing approaches

• Communities of Practice

• Collaborative knowledge creation and management

• Knowledge elicitation

• Social innovation

• Computer supported creativity

• Group creativity

• Organizational memories for managing innovation

• Innovation management and governance in open contexts

Instructions for Authors:

You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to collaboration aspects of innovation. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author and include up to 6 keywords from the above list of topics and an abstract of no more than 400 words. The full manuscript should be at most 8 pages using the two-column IEEE format. Additional pages will be charged at additional fee. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and poster (please refer to for the posters submission details) will also be accepted for submission. In case of multiple authors, an indication of which author is responsible for correspondence must be indicated. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments.

Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript via email to the Special Session organizers at, and

Only PDF files will be accepted, sent by email to the Special Session organizers. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, contributions, technical clarity and presentation. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be registered and presented at the conference.

Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2013 web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed by major indexing services accordingly.

If you have any questions about paper submission or the workshop, please contact the Special Session organizers.


Paper Submissions: --------------------------------------------- February 04, 2013

Acceptance Notification: --------------------------------------- February 21, 2013

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due: ---------- March 11, 2013 (extended)

Conference Dates: ----------------------------------------------- May 20 - 24, 2013


Claudia Diamantini

Università Politecnica delle Marche

Via Brecce Bianche

60131 Ancona, Italy

Phone: +39


Domenico Potena

Università Politecnica delle Marche

Via Brecce Bianche

60131 Ancona, Italy

Phone: +39


J. Cecil

School of Industrial Engineering

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK,USA 74078

Phone: +1


Technical Program Committee*:

All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the Workshop Technical Program Committee members following similar criteria used in CTS 2013.

  • Albena Antonova, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Prasad Calyam, Ohio State University, Ohio, USA

  • Hannu Kärkkäinen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

  • Benjamin Knoke, BIBA, Bremen, Germany

  • Michele Missikoff, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

  • Hervé Panetto, University of Lorraine - Nancy, France

  • Rajiv Ramnath, Ohio State University, Ohio, USA

  • Daniel Schall, Vienna University of Technology, Wien, Austria

  • Amit Sheth, Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing, Ohio, USA

  • Peter B. Sloep, Open University of the Netherlands, Heerlen, Netherlands

  • Fabrizio Smith, CNR-IASI - Rome, Italy

  • Emanuele Storti, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

  • Francesco Taglino CNR-IASI, Italy

  • Paul Armand Verhaegen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven,Leuven, Belgium

  • Levent Yilmaz, Auburn University, Alabama, USA

(*TPC is Partial and will be finalized shortly.)

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL: or contact one of the Conference's organizers or Co-Chairs: Geoffrey C. Fox at and Waleed W. Smari at