5th International Workshop on Distributed and Mobile Collaboration
(DMC 2007)

June 19th, 2007, Paris, France.

Held at the 16th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructures for Collaborative Enterprises (WETICE-2007), Institute Nationale de Télécomunication, June 18-20, 2007, Paris, France.


Business processes and distributed collaboration have been changing radically over the last years. Business environments demand increased flexibility, interconnectivity, and autonomy of involved systems as well as new coordination and interaction styles for collaboration among people. The latest trends in distributed and mobile collaboration technologies allow people to move across organizational boundaries and to collaborate among/in organizations and communities. The ability to query the company's distributed knowledge base and to cooperate with co-workers is still a requirement, but new paradigms such as service-oriented computing increased pervasiveness, and mobility enable new scenarios and lead to higher complexity of systems. Independently of the business domain, private "collaboration" has become a hot issue. Virtual communities, may these be social networks or virtual enterprises, have enjoyed a tremendous popularity recently and are starting to require functionalities for collaboration in the broadest sense similar to those in business environments. The wide-spread availability of mobile devices makes support for mobility an arising topic in this domain as well.

Many questions to fully enable such scenarios are the subject of ongoing research and are attracting more attention still. For example: How to enable users to retain their ability to cooperate while not being in their home environment? What is the role of context and location in determining how cooperation can be carried out? How can resources be described semantically in a meaningful way to more efficiently exploit the limited resources in mobile environments by supporting better ways of providing data relevant to the user, enabling improved interoperability with the environment and with other mobile users, and deciding when and how to process data? How to provide support for ad-hoc cooperation in situations where the fixed network infrastructure is absent or cannot be used? How will service-oriented computing change collaborative software?


Software architectures for distributed and mobile cooperative communities must support the fundamental requirements for distributed cooperation: efficient and semantically enhanced information sharing across a widely distributed environment; constant and timely update of distributed knowledge bases with many different sites acting both as potential users and potential providers of information; shared access to a services; security and trust in these environments, different access modes to the same information, and so on. These cross-cutting questions require an interdisciplinary view on the domain and input from a variety of fields, such as workflow systems, groupware and CSCW, event-based systems, software architecture, distributed database systems, mobile computing, pervasive computing, etc. A particularly interesting line of research is exploring the peer-to-peer paradigm, enriched with sharing abstractions in which each network node is both a potential user and provider of information.

This workshop addresses the interdisciplinary issues of the domain and bring together researchers from distributed systems, workflow, CSCW, mobile data management, databases, knowledge management/semantics, and software engineering to discuss the common interests, share and exchange expertise and results, appreciate each other's results and contributions, and to provide application developers with facilities (middleware, infrastructures, architectures, etc.) that enable the development and deployment of applications supporting distributed collaboration in mobile and pervasive environments.


Please refer to the General agenda of Wetice.

Monday, June 18, 2007 Opening of WETICE

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 DMC workshop schedule (see below)

Wednesday, June 2007 Joint sessions- Research directions for future WETICEs, Final workshop reports, Closing of WETICE-2007.

Start End Sort Topic Authors
9:00 9:15
Welcome from the Chairs and introduction
9:15 9:45 FULL An Architectural Approach to Apply the Supervisor/Worker Collaboration Pattern to Nomadic Workspaces Manfred Bortenschlager, Gabriele Kotsis, Sigi Reich
9:45 10:10 short A software architecture for simple and reliable computing environments for collaborative work Patrizio Pelliccione, Hoa Dung Ha Duong, Christian Melchiorre, Eike Michael Meyer, Ignacio Nieto, Gerard Paris, Frederique Tastet-Cherel
10:10 10:30 short Collaborative Software Engineering Using Model-Driven Approach Vitaly Semenov

11:00 11:30 FULL Context-Aware, Collaborative Applications for Inter-Networked Cars Wolfgang Woerndl, Robert Eigner
11:30 12:00 FULL Virtual Storage Services for Dynamic Collaborations Shiping Chen, Surya Nepal, Jonathan Chan, David Moreland, John Zic
12:00 12:20 short A middleware for mobile spontaneous short-range ad-hoc networks Antonio Palmeira Filho, Francisco José da Silva

13:30 14:00 FULL A View-based Analysis of Distributed and Mobile Teams Christoph Dorn, Daniel Schall, Robert Gombotz, Schahram Dustdar
14:00 14:20 short An Extensible Co-Browsing Environment with Conference Support Christopher Viana Lima, Roberto Willrich, Roberta Lima Gomes, Guillermo de Jesús Hoyos Rivera, Jean-Pierre Courtiat
14:20 14:40 short An ontological approach for developing domain-independent groupware Jesús Gallardo Casero, Miguel Ángel Redondo Duque
14:40 15:00 short Mobile Information System, Health Work and Community Health Workers in Less Developed Countries Adesina Iluyemi, Jim Briggs, Carl Adams
15:00 15:30
Final discussion and closing


We encourage submissions in the areas of Distributed Systems, Service-Oriented Computing, CSCW, Mobile Data Management, Databases, Knowledge Management/Semantics, Pervasive Computing, and Software Engineering which specifically focus on distributed and mobile collaboration. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordination models, languages, and systems for distributed and mobile collaboration
  • Models and architectures for loosely-coupled teamwork
  • Models and enabling infrastructures for adaptive collaboration

  • Semantic process description, management, and collaboration
  • Semantic data management for distributed and mobile collaboration
  • Data placement and storage in distributed and mobile environments
  • Peer-to-peer based collaboration
  • Event-based, publish/subscribe and message-oriented middleware
  • Interaction patterns for distributed and mobile collaboration
  • Security, privacy, and trust in business process collaboration
  • Quality of service in mobile collaboration

  • Context-aware collaboration
  • Exploiting context information such as network context, social context, and system context
  • Enabling infrastructures to support collaboration in distributed and mobile environments

  • Cross-organizational process support and contracts
  • Support for ad-hoc and virtual communities
  • Collaboration in virtual enterprises
  • Collaborative applications for mobile users
  • Case studies


Marco Aiello, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (NL)
Schahram Dustdar, Technical University of Vienna (A)
Harald Gall, University of Zurich (CH)
Schahram Dustdar, Technical University of Vienna (A)
Harald Gall, University of Zurich (CH)
Michele Angelaccio Universitŕ di Roma 2 Tor Vergata (I)
Farhad Arbab Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI) (NL)
Boualem Benatallah University of New South Wales (AUS)
Athman Bouguettaya Virginia Tech (USA)
Christoph Bussler Cisco Systems (USA)
Fabio Casati University of Trento (I)
Vincenzo D'Andrea University of Trento (I)
Karl Michael Göschka Technical University of Vienna (A)
Paul Grefen Eindhoven University of Technology (NL)
Volker Gruhn University of Leipzig (D)
Manfred Hauswirth DERI Galway (IRL)
Paola Inverardi Universita' dell'Aquila (I)
Kerstin Johansen Linkoping University (S)
Alexander Lazovik Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI) (NL)
Frank Leymann IBM and Stuttgart University (D)
Heiko Ludwig IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (USA)
Zakaria Maamar Zayed University (AE)
Tiziana Margaria Postdam University (D)
Massimo Mecella Universita' di Roma La Sapienza (I)
Nikolay Mehandjiev University of Manchester (UK)
Wolfgang Nejdl University of Hannover (D)
Guadalupe Ortiz Extremadura University (E)
Claudio Riva Nokia Research Center (FI)
Stefan Tai IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (USA)
Paolo Traverso ITC-irst (I)
Willem-Jan van den Heuvel University of Tilburg (NL)
Mathias Weske University of Potsdam (D)
Andreas Wombacher University of Twente (NL)
Gianluigi Zavattaro University of Bologna (I)

Raman Kazhamiakin
Vit Novacek
Patrizio Pelliccione
Laurentiu Vasiliu
Jochem Vonk


The workshop solicits scientific papers that address problems specific to distributed and mobile collaboration environments. Additionally, position papers outlining interesting new research domains and approaches are welcome. The selection of papers is based primarily on their potential to influence future research. This influence can be exercised in many ways, exemplified by but not limited to the following:

  • Articulating a new perspective on distributed and mobile collaboration
  • Describing new problems regarding distributed and mobile collaboration that arise from the distributed and mobile environments and how to address them
  • Describing a novel approach to an existing problem that promises to influence future research
  • Describing a new problem that requires our attention
  • Debunking an old perspective about distributed and mobile collaboration
  • Reporting on a recent project that has opened new research challenges


Papers should contain original contributions not published or submitted elsewhere, and references to related state-of-the-art work. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their views of the field at the oral presentation. Papers up to six pages (including figures, tables and references) can be submitted. Papers should follow the IEEE format, which is single spaced, two columns, 10 pt Times/Roman font. Papers should include a title, the name and affiliation of each author, an abstract of up to 150 words and no more than eight keywords. Authors should also provide contact addresses, if different from the submitting electronic address. All submissions should be electronic (in PDF) and will be peer-reviewed by a minimum of three programm commitee members.

Formatting Instructions and templates are available at

Full papers accepted for the workshop will be included in the proceedings, published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.

To submit your paper, please log into the EasyChair webpage.


The best paper submitted to the workshop will be recognized with the best paper award. An extended version of the best paper will be invited for a regular issue of the International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing (IJAHUC).

The best paper recognition has been awarded to Shiping Chen, Surya Nepal, Jonathan Chan, David Moreland and John Zic for their article Virtual Storage Services for Dynamic Collaborations. Our sincere congratulations to the authors.


Full papers accepted for the workshop will be included in the proceedings, published by IEEE Computer Society Press.

Please note that each accepted paper should have at least one author register and present the paper at WETICE-2007 to get the paper published in the proceedings.


Paper submission (extended): March 4, 2007
Notification: April 13, 2007
Camera-ready papers: May 12, 2007
Advanced registration discount deadline: June 1, 2007
Workshop date: June 19, 2007

Workshop date

DMC will take place on June 19th, 2007.


Best Paper recognition awarded to S. Chen, S. Nepal, J. Chan, D. Moreland and J. Zic for Virtual Storage Services for Dynamic Collaborations.


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Previous Edition

DMC 2006.