ACW07: First International Workshop on Agent supported Cooperative Work

In conjunction with the Second IEEE International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM 2007)

29 October, 2007, Lyon, France

In today’s challenging global market, companies have to innovate in order to improve competitiveness and business performance. They must bring innovative products to market more effectively and more quickly to maximize customer interest and sales. The pressures to reduce time, improve product quality, and lower costs have not gone away; they are being reaffirmed and folded into programs that focus on delivering the “right” product. Companies must continue to enter new markets with innovative products. This requires leveraging and reusing the product-related intellectual capital created by partners working together. Business innovation must occur in several dimensions: project organization, product definition, production engineering, ergonomics design, environmental impacts, etc. Several approaches exist for supporting companies in this innovation challenge. They are mainly based upon Knowledge Management techniques. Agents and Multi-Agent Systems may offer solutions to model (multiple) organisations involved in collaborative design activities. Agents may also support the capitalization process and constitute knowledge bases transparently for the users. This workshop will focus on the use of agents and multi-agent systems for modelling and supporting collaborative design activities in the context of a knowledge management approach.


A non-exhaustive list of topics for the workshop includes the following:

  • Methods and Models:
    • Agent based CSCW
    • Agent oriented analysis and design methods for CSCW systems
    • Agent based models of collaborative activities
    • Ontologies and theories about collaborative design
    • Agent based capitalization
    • Reuse of knowledge
    • Collaborative design of products and software
    • Formal models of agent-based CSCW
    • Organizational applications of agent use in CSCW
  • Implementation of CSCW systems:
    • Agent-oriented architecture for multi-enterprise collaborations
    • Architectures and platforms for agent-based CSCW deployment
    • Human-computer interaction in CSCW
    • CAD and virtual reality design-helper agents
    • Practical application examples

Workshop Organizers

  • Contact Point: Vincent HILAIRE
  • Workshop Co-Chairs:
    • Sonia BERGAMASCHI, University of Modena (Italy)
    • Massimo COSSENTINO, ICAR-CNR (Italy) and UTBM (France)
    • Stéphane GALLAND, UTBM (France)

International Program Committee

  • Carole BERNON, IRIT University Paul Sabatier France
  • Aliaksandr BIRUKOU, University of Trento, Italy
  • Anarosa BRANDAO, Intelligent Techniques Laboratory Brasil
  • Valérie CAMPS, IRIT University Paul Sabatier France
  • Ricardo CHOREN, Instituto Militar de Engenharia (IME) Brasil
  • Ernesto DAMIANI, DTI Italy
  • Virginia DIGNUM, ICS The Netherlands
  • Jacques FERBER, LIRMM France
  • Giancarlo FORTINO, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Salvatore GAGLIO, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Zahia GUESSOUM, LIP6 France
  • Salima HASSAS, LIESP-UCB Lyon 1, France
  • Gordan JEZIC, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Abderrafiaa KOUKAM, SET Laboratory, Univ. of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard, France
  • Mario KUSEK, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Vito MORREALE, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica Italy
  • James ODELL, James Odell Associates, USA
  • Andrea OMICINI, DEIS Italy
  • Anna PERINI, IRST-Trento, Italy
  • Luca SABATUCCI, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Valeria SEIDITA, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Ludger VAN ELST, KMRG Germany
  • Franco ZAMBONELLI, University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, Italy


You are invited to submit full length papers, not exceeding 4-6 pages (3000-4000 words) in length, in two-column format including diagrams and references, following IEEE publication guidelines. Papers that do not follow these guidelines may be rejected without consideration of their merits.

Papers must be submitted electronically to the contact point in PDF format. All workshops will be published by IEEE in a single total conference volume and fully indexed by IEEE Xplore. Selected papers after extension will be published in the following journals:

  • Journal of Digital Information Management (JDIM) (ISSN 0972-7272)
  • Journal of Information Assurance and Security (JIAS) (ISSN 1554-1010)
  • International Journal of Computanional Intelligence Research (ISSN 0973-1873)
  • International Journal for Infonomics (IJI) (ISSN 1742-4712)
  • International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions (IJITST) (ISSN 1748-569X)

All papers will be reviewed by at least three Program Committee members on the basis of technical quality, originality, clarity, and relevance to the track topics listed below. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. At least one author of each paper must attend the workshop to present the paper.

Camera Ready papers should follow the IEEE conference templates.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline : june 15
  • Notification (delayed) : july, 27
  • Final date for camera-ready copy (extended) : 17 august 2007



We would like to inform you that a secure payment system is now available for registration. Please check the website at for the workshop registration. You must register ONLINE before September 3rd, 2007. If you have already sent your registration form by fax, we are sorry to inform you that we have not yet processed the payment transaction. Please re-submit your registration through the online registration system. You will not be charged twice.


In case you are in need of an invitation letter to apply for an entry visa, please contact us at your earliest convenience. Entry visas to FRANCE can be obtained at French Embassies and Consulates abroad. Please anticipate a minimum of three weeks to fulfill visa request requirements.


The conference website provides a non exhaustive list of hotels with their contact information and the special fare code. You are responsible for your own organization, booking and payment of hotels. We highly recommend that you secure your accommodation as soon as possible as hotels are quickly filled.


Once you arrive at the Lyon Saint Exupery Airport you can opt to take either a taxi or the Satobus shuttle ( to Part Dieu for a two-way ticket which costs 15.20 euros. In addition, you will receive in your registration materials full day tickets to access Lyon's transport network (including buses, tramways and the subway).

Please keep looking regularly on the web site of ICDIM'07, further details including the conference timetable and final program will be issued shortly.

Final Program

Time Details
10h30-11h M. Cossentino, L. Sabatucci, V. Seidita, S. Gaglio
An Expert System for the Design of Agents
11h-11h30 D. Beneventano, S. Bergamaschi, F. Guerra, M. Vincini
The SEWASIE MAS for Semantic Search
11h30-12h D. Monticolo, V. Hilaire, A. Koukam, S. Gomes
A Multi Agents model to support the Knowledge Management Process inside Professional Activities
12h-12h30 P.G. Taranti, R.C. Noya
Dominium: an Approach to regulate Agents Societies in Dynamic Environments
12h30-13h I. Ljubi, V. Podobnik, G. Jezic
Cooperative Mobile Agents for Automation of Service Provisioning: a Telecom Innovation
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