October 31 - November 04, 2016

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center

Orlando, Florida, USA

Special Session on Collaborative Technologies for Online Communities of Support

(CTOCS 2016)

Call for Papers and Participation

As part of

The 2016 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems

(CTS 2016) or

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP

Paper Submission Deadline: July 20, 2016

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


This special session will look at the impact of designing technologies for online communities of support. Online communities of support are virtual communities whose members interact with each other primarily via the Internet, and through processes of participation and reification, community members both support and challenge one another, and where interaction with peers is seen as a critical process in the development of new understandings and negotiated meaning, within the community. These communities range from harm reduction and health and wellness communities to managing homelessness, and dealing with addictions.

Designing technologies based on the needs of online communities of support harness a lot of potential for amplifying the work of communities, in both engagement, activism and organizing. However, technologies have also brought about new challenges to both the designers and communities. As such in this special session we want to explore the challenges surrounding designing for online communities of support from both sides. Specifically, we want to focus on

I) issues around engaging with online communities of support;

II) on methods issues and practical considerations when designing for online communities of support;

III) on the abilities and limits of communities to control the design;

IV) on the impact of the designs to the communities; and

V) on the surrounding ethical issues.

The special session will be a collaborative and hands-on space in which we practically come and understand issue around data and share knowledge and experiences.

We are open to, but not confined to topics/themes relating to the 5 areas identified. Our criteria for participant selection will be based generating an inclusive, diverse discussion at the special session. We would like to have researchers and practitioners with a variety of experiences that relate to a range of different issues in respect to the special session topic.

We invite original research contributions that advance the state of the art as well as position papers that pose a new direction or present a controversial point of view on these subjects and related fields.


You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on the above and other topics related to collaborative Technologies for Online Communities of Support. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submissions must follow IEEE’s double-column formatting guidelines and can be of any of the following types (to be specified clearly in the submission):

• Full papers (up to 8 pages)

• Short papers (up to 4 pages)

• Poster papers or posters (please refer to for poster papers and posters submission details)

All papers must be submitted in PDF format, include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged an additional fee. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and all authors’ email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible for the manuscript. Please specify the type of submission you have. 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 to the special session organizers as email attachment. Main email to use is ( Please cc the other organizers as well. Acknowledgement will be sent within 48 hours of submission. If the submission is for a poster paper or short paper, indicate that as well on the manuscript.

Only PDF files will be accepted, using the emails above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance, technical clarity and presentation, and references. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper will have to register and attend the CTS 2016 conference to present the paper at the special session.


Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2016 Conference 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 in all major indexing services accordingly.

If you have any questions about paper submission or the special session, please contact the organizers.


Paper Submission Deadline: ------------------------- July 20, 2016

Acceptance Notification: ----------------------------- August 15, 2016

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due: ----- September 02, 2016

Conference Dates: ------------------------------------ October 31 - November 04, 2016


Alan Chamberlain

Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham

Jubilee Campus , Wollaton Road

Nottingham NG8 1BB, United Kingdom

Voice: +44 (115) 846 6534


Hai-Ning Liang

Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering

Xi’an Jiaotong - Liverpool University

Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu, 215123, P.R. China

Voice: +86 (0) 512 8816 1516


Konstantinos Papangelis

Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering

Xi’an Jiaotong - Liverpool University

Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu, 215123, P.R. China

Voice: +86 (0) 512 8816 3272


International Program Committee*:

All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the track's technical program committee members following similar criteria used in CTS 2016 and will be published as part of the CTS 2016 Proceedings.

  • Nilufar Baghaei, Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand

  • Mads Bodker, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

  • Paul Craig, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

  • Alan Dix, University of Birmingham , U.K.

  • Alessio Malizia, Brunel University, U.K.

  • Paul Parsons, Purdue University, IN, USA

  • Xingdong Yang, Dartmouth College, NH, USA

  • TBA, TBA

(* Committee formation is pending 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.