Friday, January 9, 2009

Security in Virtual Worlds and 3D Webs: Models for Development and Management

Call for Chapter Proposals: Security in Virtual Worlds and 3D Webs

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 31, 2009
http://docrea.org/igi

Security in Virtual Worlds and 3D Webs: Models for Development and Management
A book edited by Dr. Alan Rea
Western Michigan University, USA


Introduction

Although one finds much discussion and research on the features and functionality of Rich Internet Applications (RIAs), the 3D Web, and Virtual Worlds in both scholarly and popular publications, very little is written about the issues and techniques one must consider when creating, deploying, and managing them securely. A secure environment is especially crucial when sensitive business data is manipulated via these applications. Reports of cross-site scripting exploits in poorly implemented Webtops, risks of embedded viruses in social computing platforms, such as Facebook or MySpace, and technical and social engineering exploits in Multi-user Virtual Environments (MuVEs) represent the security challenges contemporary organizations face as they deploy business processes and share data across the virtual sphere.

This project will bring together the issues that managers, practitioners, and researchers must consider when planning, implementing, and managing these promising virtual technologies for secure business processes and organizational initiatives.


Objective of the Book

In this book we will discuss the uses and potential of these virtual technologies and examine secure policy formation and practices that can be applied specifically to each. Authors will contribute guidelines, techniques, cases, and methods that explore security in Virtual Words and 3D Webs.

The book will focus on research and discussions about planning, implementing, managing, and supporting these powerful technologies using accepted system development models, secure testing techniques, and robust monitoring tools. Moreover, discussions on security policy creation to guide development, as well as user interaction with these technologies will play an important role in the book. The book will also use cases to illustrate successful, and unsuccessful, implementations of RIAs, Webtops, and Virtual Worlds. Of course, this book would not be complete without looking forward to the potential security considerations and questions that must be asked as more organizations move into virtual offerings.

Ultimately, this project will provide the latest research on virtual security in order to provide researchers, practitioners, and students the necessary background in theory and practice to deploy, plan, manage, and maintain robust and safe virtual offerings.


Target Audience

This book appeals to those interested not only in security but also advanced virtual offerings whether these are RIAs, the 3D Web, or Virtual Worlds. Security researchers, as well as researchers from diverse fields--computer science, information systems, psychology, sociology, and telecommunications--will find valuable research questions posed within the context of privacy, security, and trust as well. But this book appeals to more than just researchers. Practitioners and managers looking to offer robust virtual platforms will also benefit from the pragmatic techniques, case discussions, and implementation guidelines. In addition, upper-level and graduate-level students will find this research useful in their course work and research. Finally, this book will be a welcome addition to academic libraries' research collections.


Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following

• Case Studies of Secure or Insecure Virtual Applications

• Developing Secure Virtual Offerings

• Hacker Attacks on Virtual Offerings

• Identity or Data Theft in Virtual Offerings

• Implementing Secure Virtual Offerings

• Issues of Privacy and/or Trust in Virtual Offerings

• Managing secure virtual offerings

• Secure Policy Formation in Virtual Offerings

• Secure Virtual Models

• Security in 3D Web applications

• Security in Virtual Worlds

• Social Engineering in Virtual Worlds


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 31, 2009, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by February 15, 2009 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 30, 2009. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of books under IGI Publishing, IRM Press, Information Science Publishing, CyberTech Publishing, and Information Science Reference. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit http://www.igi-global.com.


Inquiries and submissions (Word document or RTF) can be sent electronically to:
Dr. Alan Rea
Computer Information Systems
Haworth College of Business
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5412
e-mail: rea@wmich.edu
phone: 1.269.387.4247
fax: 1.269.387.5410
http://docrea.org/igi

Advances in Research on Information and Technology

Call for Papers: Advances in Research on Information and Technology
Integrative Papers for Practitioners and Scientists, published internationally in electronic and paper formats by the Academy of Asian Scholars (AAS)

Launching Summer/Fall 2009


Journal Description:
The information field evolves quickly. Working professionals who manage information - in companies, libraries, government, education or non-profits - must strive to keep up with the rapid development of the field.

A new series of papers, entitled Advances in Research on Information and Technology will provide a concentrated dose of critical updates for busy professionals who must access the latest and most important findings in the information field. Advances will publish articles representative of the scholarship of "integration" -- defined by Ernest Boyer in his work, Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate (1990), as making connections across the disciplines, placing the specialties in larger context, illuminating data in a revealing way, and often educating non-specialists (18--19). Articles and publications representing the scholarship of integration are under-represented in the information and technology research literature, however such synthesis is increasingly necessary for effective and strategic practice in both the scholarly and professional domains.

Papers published in Advances will assemble, analyze, and synthesize primary research papers across the information disciplines, including: library and information science, information systems, information policy, and related, newly emerging areas. The journal will target the readership of advanced information professionals, as well as the scholarly community, keeping readers current to the most timely and resonant themes in research on information and technology. Comprehensive literature reviews (e.g., synthesis articles derived from theses) and meta-analyses are encouraged.

The publishers of the Advances series is exploring a unique sales royalties model, in which authors will be paid for each published paper, based on print circulation, library and institutional subscriptions, and individual electronic article downloads.

Presently, we are soliciting submissions for the ongoing series, scheduled to launch with its inaugural issue in July 2009. Submissions of integration pieces may be either in "bulletin" format (~2500--3000 words) or "monograph" format (~5000--6000 words). We also welcome proposals for longer publications. Each paper should cover one topic in depth, with clarity.

The standard issue will cover a range of topics targeted towards the advanced information professional. Some special volumes will be themed. You may also propose to guest-edit a themed volume, thoroughly defining the theme proposed, and providing a list of relevant authors and individual article topics, to broadly reflect the given theme.

Below is a suggested list of topics in the field of information technology field; all topics related to information and technology are welcome.

* Data mining

* Digital asset management

* Digital literacy

* Digital libraries

* Evidence-based decision making

* Human-computer interaction

* Information economics

* Information management

* Information policy

* Information privacy

* Information retrieval

* Information security

* Large system design

* Library management

* Metadata

* Network management

* Open source technology

* User behavior

* Virtual organizations

Advances in Research on Information and Technology will deliver content to laptops, mobile devices, and book readers in multiple languages, almost immediately after the manuscript is finalized. The publication will also be available in paper and electronic form by subscription to libraries, institutions, and other organizations.

The editorial selection process is led by Senior Editor, Dr. Jian Qin of Syracuse University, as well invited guest editors for themed volumes, and our distinguished Editorial Board, to be announced in the first quarter of 2009.

The deadline for manuscript submission for the inaugural paper series is January 31, 2009. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis, and should be made in electronic format. Please provide the full article, and including an abstract of approximately 500 words.

For further instructions regarding format and submissions, please visit:
http://arit.syr.edu/ojs/index.php?journal=arit&page=about&op=submissions

To submit an article online: Register at http://arit.syr.edu/ojs/index.php?journal=arit&page=index, then visit the "User Home" page, click "Author," and follow the instructions for uploading your file.

For questions and inquiries about manuscript topics and submission, or to propose a themed issue, please contact:

Jian Qin, Ph.D., Senior Editor
School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
235 Hinds Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244, USA
Tel: +1 (315) 443-5642, Fax: +1 (315) 443-5806, Email: arit [at] syr.edu

Rebecca Reynolds, Ph.D., Managing Editor
School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
223 Hinds Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244, USA
Tel: +1 (315) 443-5692, Fax: +1 (315) 443-5806, Email: arit [at] syr.edu

Food Sovereignty and Cultural Studies - Call for Papers

Food Sovereignty and Cultural Studies - a special issue of Politics and Culture
CALL FOR PAPERS



In a moment of acute historical potential, food and sovereignty each name a grave global crisis and a horizon of political hope. Together, they name the rallying cry for increasingly global diversity of social movements (both radical and reformist) prioritizing the "right" of local communities to manage their agriculture against global neoliberalism and neocolonialism.

This issue of Politics and Culture seeks to mobilize scholars invested in cultural studies-related approaches (defined very broadly) to bring together new research both on sovereignty and on food to deepen and enhance our understanding of both terms and to contribute to ongoing academic and activist debates around the concept of food sovereignty.

-• How are food and sovereignty connected in theory and practice, in power and resistance?

-• How do the demands for food sovereignty, which have characterized social movements around the world, represent, mobilize and/or call forth new forms of politics, democracy, rights, commons and community?

-• How is food sovereignty or the tension between food and sovereignty represented or articulated in different cultural milieus and media?

-• What can struggles grounded in the base materiality of food teach us about the nature of sovereignty today? How can recent scholarship on sovereignty provide tools for understanding food politics and help us imagine responses?

-• How is food sovereignty a part of or a response to ongoing and transformation of colonialism, racism, patriarchy and capitalism?

-• How do the questions provoked by food sovereignty challenge us to retool our theoretical approaches including theories of the body, the subject, biopolitics, gender, capital, rights, (neo)colonialism, neoliberalism, biopolitics, Empire and imperialism, globalization, hegemony, agency and post-coloniality.


The editors anticipate brief (1000-4000 words) submissions from a wide range of disciplinary and critical approaches. Submissions may take a variety of forms including:

-• Critical book (fiction or non-fiction), film or other media reviews of new or established work, mainstream or underground

-• Synopses and/or analyses of social movements, current or past

-• Brief theoretical interventions

-• Historical excurses

- Discursive analyses of non-fictive, fictive or policy texts

-• Creative engagements (Politics and Culture is an online journal please get in touch with regards to technical questions).

Please do not hesitate to contact the editors should you have any questions.

Please forward submissions (in RTF or DOC format) along with a brief bio and contact information to both haivenmf@mcmaster.ca and stonemsr@mcmaster.ca by March 1st, 2009.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Special Issue of E-Learning on globally networked learning in higher education

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of E-Learning on globally networked learning in higher education


E-Learning, a peer-reviewed international journal directed towards the study of e-learning in its diverse aspects, invites submissions for a special issue on “Globalizing Higher Education Across the Disciplines: Innovative Partnerships, Policies, and Pedagogies for Globally Networked Learning Environments,” guest edited by Doreen Starke-Meyerring.

Early national and global policy discourses around the role of the internet in higher education advanced utopian and dystopian understandings of the internet as a new global market for existing industrial-model, locally produced higher education courses and programs to be repackaged for global delivery and global trade online. As a result, hundreds of millions of public and private dollars have been spent on global internet-based higher education marketing consortia, many of which have since failed. As initial responses to digital technologies, these initiatives had largely tried to reproduce established institutionally bounded practices in digital environments, disregarding the networked nature and peer production potential of digital technologies, and therefore lacking pedagogical innovation to re-envision learning in a globally networked world.

At the same time, however, many faculty across the disciplines in higher education have begun to develop alternative pedagogies and learning environments that take advantage of the globally networked nature of digital technologies. These globally networked learning environments (GNLEs) connect students with peers, instructors, professionals, experts, and communities from diverse contexts to help students develop new ways of knowledge making and learn how to build shared learning and knowledge cultures across traditional boundaries, especially with peers and communities that have been the most marginalized and disadvantaged in the emerging global social and economic order. However, such GNLEs are difficult to develop because they require robust partnerships, must negotiate a multitude of divergent national and institutional local policies, and as innovations, face challenges of institutional support infrastructures and policies designed around traditional local classrooms.

The purpose of this special issue is to understand the current state of globally networked learning environments across disciplines in higher education and to advance insights into their development and sustainability. The special issue therefore invites both conceptual contributions that address larger questions surrounding GNLEs as well as research studies of GNLE development across disciplines, addressing questions such as these (among others):

- What is the current state of globally networked learning in higher education?

- How have GNLEs addressed issues of global and local social justice?

- What kind of disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge making do GNLEs enable that would be difficult to achieve in traditional institutionally bounded classrooms? How?

- What challenges do educators face in designing, implementing, and sustaining such partnered learning environments? How do they overcome them?

- How do national and global policies regulating higher education as well as those regulating digital technologies (e.g. privacy, intellectual property, and censorship policies) enable or constrain the development of GNLEs?

- How do local institutional policies, including policies regulating digital technologies, enable or constrain the development of GNLEs?

- What institutional initiatives (e.g., task forces, innovator networks, centres for research and faculty support, integrated support networks) have emerged to support the work of faculty innovators?

- What research is needed to advance globally networked learning environments in higher education?


Schedule:
- Proposals indicating the purpose, rationale, and possible approach of contributions (250-500 words): January 31, 2009

- Submissions (full manuscripts): May 31, 2009

- Accepted manuscripts revised for publication: September 1, 2009

- Scheduled publication of issue: Winter 2010
Please direct inquiries and proposals to the guest editor:

Doreen Starke-Meyerring
doreen.starke-meyerring@mcgill.ca

Please also contact the editor if you are interested in serving as a reviewer for this special issue.

Images of Virtuality: Conceptualizations and Applications in Everyday Life

Images of Virtuality: Conceptualizations and Applications in Everyday Life
An IFIP WG9.5 "Virtuality and Society" International Workshop

April 23-24, 2009
Athens, Greece
http://www.ImagesOfVirtuality.org


SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS & POSTERS


Aim and Scope
Following on last year's International Working Conference of IFIP 9.5 Working Group on Virtuality and Society: "Massive Virtual Communities" at Leuphana University Lueneburg, this workshop will focus on conceptualizations and applications of virtuality in everyday life, including socialization, governance, education, entrepreneurship and entertainment.

The main objective of this workshop is to encourage the continuation and enrichment of the discussion on virtuality and society, by focusing more on the technologies, arts, and practices of virtuality as they emerge in spaces and contexts of everyday life. The workshop constitutes an opportunity to bring together theoretical conceptualizations and practical applications of Images of Virtuality that affect everyday life in human interaction with information, nature and others.

Where and how can we experience Images of Virtuality in our everyday life? How do such such Images implicate information technologies, architectural artifacts, artworks, imagination, or combinations of such elements? What do these Images mean to our everyday life? How does the experience of such Images transform our everyday practices and shape our own individual of collective Image?

Current applications of virtuality make use of various technologies such as WEB2.0 & 3.0, ubiquitous computing with RFID, GIS and GPS, mobile networks, intelligent agents and context-aware systems, to construct a Cyberspace of virtual worlds and social networks. Trends point towards an integration of such systems at the point where the virtual and non-virtual will meld into a new digital space augmenting everyday life interactions. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in presenting and discussing conceptualizations of virtuality and current applications of Information Systems that supply virtual spaces of interaction.


Relevant topics and themes include, but are not limited to:

* Discussions on problems of design, construction, adoption, and use of IS of virtuality

* Exploring new e-research methodologies and techniques on inquiring social action in virtuality

* Identification of challenging social and ethical issues of socialization in virtuality

* Discuss on role of digital representation in multi-user remote collaboration

* Opportunities and challenges for education, governance, and entrepreneurship in virtual worlds

* Emerging issues of e-policy and e-quality of life


Schedule
The workshop will be a full day event and will be open to a maximum of 50-60 participants. It will include short presentations of full research papers (15-20min) while a discussant will be allocated and invited in each presentation in order to organize a 10 min discussion.

On 23 of April a pre-workshop day is scheduled with two special sessions: First, a morning session with presentations of in-progress research work in a looser format compared to typical conference-like paper presentations. Second, a mini doctoral research meeting will take place where PhD students will have the opportunity to present their work in an informal presentation (i.e posters, case studies and demos). Both of these two sessions are subject to an adequate participation. In case of limited offers to contribute to this event, the two sessions will merge in one half-day session.


Proceedings
Both full and in-progress research contributions will be included in a CD-ROM published with an ISBN. Workshop contributions will also be considered for publication in a Special Issue of a related International Journal.


Important Dates

* Paper submissions due: January 31, 2009

* Notification to authors: February 28, 2009

* Final papers submissions due: March 27, 2009

* Workshop: April 24, 2009


Submission Details
Participants should submit their position papers (6-10 pages) for the main workshop session or extended abstracts (no more than 2 pages) for the pre-workshop day event, by email to apaparg@aueb.gr no later than January 31, 2009. Instructions to authors can be found here: http://www.imagesofvirtuality.org/submit.html


Workshop Organizers
* Angeliki Poulymenakou (group leader of the ISTLab/OIS, Associate Professor in Information Systems Management, at Department of Management Science and Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business, akp@aueb.gr)

* Anthony Papargyris (PhD candidtate in Information Systems, at Department of Management Science and Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business, apaparg@aueb.gr)


Program Committee
* Chrisanthi Avgerou (Information Systems and Innovation Group, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, IFIP TC 9 Chair)

* Nikolaos Avouris (HCI Group, University of Patras, GR)

* Kevin Crowston (Inf. Studies, Syracuse University, USA)

* Paul C. van Fenema (Netherlands Defense Academy, and Tilburg University, NL)

* Dimitris Gouscos (New Technologies Laboratory in Communication, Education and the Mass Media, University of Athens, GR)

* David Kreps (Business Management, Salford University, UK)

* Alexandros-Andreas Kyrtsis (Political Science & Public Administration, University of Athens, GR)

* Niki Panteli (School of Management, University of Bath, UK)

* Dimitris Papalexopoulos (School of Architecture, University of Athens, GR)

* Anthony Papargyris (Management Science & Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business, GR)

* Angeliki Poulymenakou (Management Science & Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business, GR)

* Francois de Vaujany (Institute of Business Administration, Grenoble University, FR)

* Martin Warnke (Computer Science & Culture, Leuphana University Lueneburg, D)


For more information check the workshop's web site: http://www.ImagesOfVirtuality.org

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

5th International Conference on e-Social Science

5th International Conference on e-Social Science
24 - 26 June 2009
Maternushaus, Cologne.

CALL FOR PAPERS


The aim of the annual international conference on e-Social Science is to bring together leading representatives of the social science, e-Infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure and e-Research communities in order to improve mutual awareness and promote coordinated activities to accelerate research, development and deployment of powerful, new methods and tools for the
social sciences and beyond.

We invite contributions from members of the social science, e-Infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure and e-Research communities with experience of, or
interests in:

exploring, developing, and applying new methods, practices, and tools afforded by new infrastructure technologies - such as the Grid and Web 2.0 - in order to further social science research; and studying issues impacting on the wider take-up of e-Research.

Contributions from professionals working in and with data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences are especially welcome.

Submission categories include: full and short papers, posters, demos, workshops, tutorials and panels.



Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

- Case studies of the application of e-Social Science methods to substantive social science research problems

- Case studies of e-Research, including benefits and problems in collaboration across organisational, disciplinary and geographical boundaries

- Case studies of 'Open Access Science', social networking and 'Science 2.0'

- Best practice examples of social research data infrastructure, including virtual distributed databases, open access repositories, self-archiving

- Advances in tools and services for data discovery, harmonization, integration, management, annotation, curation and sharing

- Challenges of exploiting new sources of administrative, transactional and observational data, including security, legal and ethical issues in the use of personal and sensitive data

- Advances in analytical tools and techniques for quantitative and qualitative social science, including statistical modelling and simulation, data mining, text mining, content analysis, socio-linguistic analysis, social network analysis, data visualisation

- Case studies of collaborative research environments, including user engagement, development and use

- User experiences of e-Research infrastructure, services and tools

- Factors influencing the adoption of e-Research, including technical standards, user engagement and outreach, training, sustainability of digital artefacts, IPR and ethics

- New methods, metrics and tools for measuring the adoption and impact of e-Research and for informing policy-making

- The evolving research infrastructure technology roadmap, including grids, cloud computing and web 2.0

- National e-Infrastructure development programmes, international cooperation in e-Infrastructure development


Authors are requested to submit an abstract of approximately 1000 words.

Workshop, tutorial and panel organisers are requested to submit a one page outline of the topic, format, likely audience, special requirements.


Deadlines and submission instructions:

Paper abstracts: 26 January 2009.
Workshop, tutorial and panel outlines: 23 February 2009.
Poster and demo abstracts: 23 March 2009.

For full submission details and more information, please visit
http://www.ncess.ac.uk/conference-09/

WORLDCOMP'09: Call For Workshop/Session Proposals

CALL FOR PAPERS and Call For Workshop/Session Proposals

WORLDCOMP'09
The 2009 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing 

July 13-16, 2009, Las Vegas, USA

(composed of 22 Joint Conferences)


You are invited to submit a paper (and/or a proposal to organize a session/workshop). All accepted papers will be published in the respective conference proceedings.

The 2009 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing (WORLDCOMP'09) is composed of the following 22 conferences (all will be held simultaneously, same location and dates: July 13-16, 2009, USA):

BIOCOMP'09: The 2009 International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

- CDES'09: The 2009 International Conference on Computer Design

- CGVR'09: The 2009 International Conference on Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality

- CSC'09: The 2009 International Conference on Scientific Computing

- DMIN'09: The 2009 International Conference on Data Mining

- EEE'09: The 2009 International Conference on e-Learning, e-Business, Enterprise Information Systems, and e-Government

- ERSA'09: The 2009 International Conference on Engineering of Reconfigurable Systems and Algorithms

- ESA'09: The 2009 International Conference on Embedded Systems and Applications

- FCS'09: The 2009 International Conference on Foundations of Computer Science

- FECS'09: The 2009 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering

- GCA'09: The 2009 International Conference on Grid Computing and Applications

- GEM'09: The 2009 International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Methods

- ICAI'09: The 2009 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence

- ICOMP'09: The 2009 International Conference on Internet Computing

- ICWN'09: The 2009 International Conference on Wireless Networks

- IKE'09: The 2009 International Conference on Information and Knowledge Engineering

- IPCV'09: The 2009 International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision, and Pattern Recognition

- MSV'09: The 2009 International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Methods

- PDPTA'09: The 2009 International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques and Applications

- SAM'09: The 2009 International Conference on Security and Management

- SERP'09: The 2009 International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice

- SWWS'09: The 2009 International Conference on Semantic Web and Web Services

(a link to each conference's URL can be found at http://www.world-academy-of-science.org )


ACADEMIC CO-SPONSORS:

Currently being prepared - it will include a number of active research laboratories and centers that have helped to shape ourfield. The Academic Co-Sponsors of the last WORLDCOMP included research labs at Harvard University, UCLA, University of Minnesota, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University,
University of Texas at Austin, MIT, George Mason University, University of Iowa, Russian Academy of Sciences, NEMO/European Union, and others. Corporate Co-Sponsors included, Google, Salford Systems, Synplicity, Supermicro, NIIT, and others.

General Co-Chair and Coordinator:

H. R. Arabnia, PhD
Professor, Computer Science
Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Supercomputing (Springer)
Advisory Board, IEEE Technical Committee on TCSC
Vice President, Int'l Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine
The University of Georgia
Department of Computer Science
415 Boyd Building
Athens, Georgia 30602-7404, USA

Tel: (706) 542-3480
Fax: (706) 542-2966
E-mail: hra@cs.uga.edu


PURPOSE / HISTORY:

This set of joint conferences is the largest annual gathering of researchers in computer science, computer engineering and applied computing. Many of the joint conferences in WORLDCOMP are the premier conferences for presentation of advances in their respective fields. We anticipate to have 2,400 or more attendees from over 85 countries participating in the 2009 joint conferences.

The motivation is to assemble a spectrum of affiliated research conferences into a coordinated research meeting held in a common place at a common time. The main goal is to provide a forum for exchange of ideas in a number of research areas that interact. The model used to form these annual conferences facilitates communication among researchers from all over the world in different fields of computer science, computer engineering and applied computing. Both inward research (core areas of computer science and engineering) and outward research (multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, and applications) will be covered during the conferences.

WORLCOMP'09 will be composed of research presentations, keynote lectures, invited presentations, tutorials, panel discussions, and poster presentations. In recent past, keynote and/or tutorial speakers included: Prof. David A. Patterson (U. of California, Berkeley); Prof. Michael J. Flynn (Stanford U.); Prof. John H. Holland (U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor); Prof. Brian D. Athey (U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Prof. H. J. Siegel (Colorado State U.); Prof. Barry Vercoe
(MIT); Prof. Ruzena Bajcsy (U. of California, Berkeley); Prof. Jun Liu (Harvard U.); Dr. Jim Gettys (OLPC + developer of X Window); Dr. Chris Rowen (President and CEO, Tensilica, Inc.); and many other distinguished speakers.


SUBMISSION OF PAPERS:

Prospective authors are invited to submit their draft papers by uploading them to http://worldcomp.cviog.uga.edu/ .
Submissions must be received by Feb. 25, 2009 and they must be in either MS doc or pdf formats (about 5 to 7 pages - single space, font size of 10 to 12). All reasonable typesetting formats are acceptable (later, the authors of accepted papers will be asked to follow a particular typesetting format to prepare their papers for publication.)

The length of the Camera-Ready papers (if accepted) will be limited to 7 (IEEE style) pages. Papers must not have been previously published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. The first page of the draft paper should include: title of the paper, name, affiliation, postal address, and email address for each author. The first page should also identify the name of the Contact Author and a maximum of 5 topical keywords that would best represent the
content of the paper. Finally, the name of the conference that the paper is being submitted to must be stated on the first page. 

Papers will be evaluated for originality, significance, clarity, impact, and soundness. Each paper will be refereed by two experts in the field who are independent of the conference program committee. The referees' evaluations will then be reviewed by two members of the program committee who will recommend a decision to the chair of the track that the paper has been submitted to. The chair will make the final decision. Lastly, the Camera-Ready papers will be reviewed by one member of the program committee.


PROPOSAL FOR ORGANIZING SESSIONS/WORKSHOPS:

Each session will have at least 6 paper presentations from different authors (12 papers in the case of workshops). The session chairs will be responsible for all aspects of their
sessions; including, soliciting papers, reviewing, selecting, ...
The names of session chairs will appear as Associate Editors in the conference proceedings and on the cover of the books.

Proposals to organize sessions should include the following information: name and address (+ email) of proposer, title of session, a 100-word description of the topic of the session,
the name of the conference the session is submitted for consideration, and a short description on how the session will be advertised (in most cases, session proposers solicit papers
from colleagues and researchers whose work is known to the session proposer). email your session proposal to H. R. Arabnia (address is given above). We would like to receive the proposals by January 16, 2009.


IMPORTANT DATES:

Jan. 16, 2009: Proposals for organizing/chairing sessions/workshops
Feb. 25, 2009: Submission of papers (about 5 to 7 pages)
March 25, 2009: Notification of acceptance
April 25, 2009: Camera-Ready papers and Registration due
July 13-16, 2009: The 2009 World Congress in Computer Science,
Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing
(WORLDCOMP'09 - 22 joint conferences)


MEMBERS OF PROGRAM AND ORGANIZING COMMITTEES:

The Program Committee includes members of chapters of World Academy of Science (chapters: supercomputing; scientific computing; AI; imaging science; databases; simulation; software engineering; embedded systems; internet and web technologies; communications; computer security; and bioinformatics.) The Program Committee for individual conferences is currently being formed. Those interested in joining the Program Committee should email H. R. Arabnia
(hra@cs.uga.edu) the following information: Name, affiliation and position, complete mailing address, email address, a short biography together with research interests and the name of the
conference offering to help with.

Many who have already joined the committees of individual tracks are renowned leaders, scholars, researchers, scientists and practitioners of the highest ranks; many are directors of research laboratories, fellows of various societies, heads/chairs of departments, deans and provosts.


LOCATION OF CONFERENCES:

The conferences will be held in the Monte Carlo hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (with any overflows at other near-by hotels). This is a mega hotel with excellent conference facilities and over 3,000 rooms. It is minutes from the airport with 24-hour shuttle service to and from the airport. This hotel has many recreational attractions, including: waterfalls, spa, pools, sunning decks, Easy River, wave pool, lighted tennis courts, health spa, nightly shows, a number of restaurants, ... The negotiated room rate for conference attendees is very reasonable. The hotel is within walking distance from most other attractions (recreational destinations, Golf courses, ...)