CooperativeThird International Workshop on



Internet Computing
CIC 2004





Call for Papers



Collaborative Internet Learning


Hong Kong, China, 12 Dec. 2004

Held in conjunction with ISPA 04


Organized by Department of Computing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University






Organizing Committee


General Chair

      Stephen Chan, HK PolyU, HK


Program Co-chairs

      Vincent Ng, HK PolyU, HK

      Edward Ho, HK PolyU, HK


Local Arrangement Chair

      Allan Wong, HK PolyU, HK


Publication Chair

      Alvin Chan, HK PolyU, HK


Publicity Chair

      Hareton Leung, HK PolyU, HK




Important Dates


Paper submission due:

      24 Sept. 2004


Acceptance notification:

      30 Oct. 2004


Camera ready due:

      22 Nov. 2004

Cooperative computing aims at enabling different parties to work together towards a pre-defined non-trivial goal. In the past few years, the prosperity of cooperative computing has been accelerated by the ubiquity of the Internet and the advent of wireless technologies, giving rise to the new research discipline of Collaborative Internet Computing (CIC). At the same time, we have also witnessed an enormous leap in communication speed/bandwidth. This has opened up a wide range of new cooperative applications that were not feasible in the past. 


One of the emergent applications is Collaborative Internet Learning (CIL). In recent years, online education has become more and more popular, where the Internet has become a platform for delivering various kinds of courses. Traditional approaches, however, provide a passive and unidirectional learning environment only. Pedagogical studies have revealed that they may not yield the best learning outcome. Recently, researchers have advocated the use of collaborative learning, whereby students work together as a small group toward a common goal, like co-authoring a report or finishing a graphics design work. A critical success factor of collaborative learning is whether the students can interact freely, efficiently, and ubiquitously, so as to coordinate, plan, and help each other. Toward the aim of enhancing learning efficiency, CIC can contribute to the provision of a reliable, efficient, and accessible application middleware platform that can facilitate interaction between the students. With the huge market potential of online education, driven by the move of the world towards a knowledge-based community, we envision CIL to be one of the main foci of research of cooperative computing in the years to come. Therefore, stemming on the success of the previous two workshops on CIC, we organize the third CIC workshop, with a theme on CIL. The one-day workshop will feature papers on both the theoretical and technological aspects of CIC as well as their applications to CIL.




The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


*   Evaluation Methodologies

*   Agents and Brokers for Cooperative Computing

*   Pedagogical Theories for CIL

*   Human-Computer Interaction for Cooperation

*   Interaction Models and Protocols for CIL Systems

*   Cooperative Information System Architectures

*   Innovative and Emergent CIL Applications

*   Internet Communication Infrastructure for Collaboration

*   Interoperability of CIL Systems

*   Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing

*   Case Studies of CIL Systems

*   Workflow Systems

*   Mobile Collaborative Learning

*   Distributed Multimedia Systems

*   Enterprise Knowledge Management

*   Computer-Supported Cooperative Work

*   Middleware for Collaborative Learning Systems

*   Java, CORBA, DCOM, and XML Cooperative Application


Submission guidelines:


Email your submission to: cic2004@comp.polyu.edu.hk. Submissions may be in PDF, PostScript, or MS Word format, and should include an abstract, key words, and the e-mail address of the corresponding author. The paper should not exceed 15 pages, including tables and figures. Hard copies will be accepted only if electronic submission is not possible. One author of each accepted paper is expected to present the paper at the workshop.