The 1st International Workshop on

Knowledge Technologies for Open Innovation

(KTOI 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 22, 2016

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


Knowledge Management has been occupying, at least since the beginning of the nineties, an important place within organizations. The necessity to manage both explicit and tacit knowledge created and used in organizations has increased rapidly in the recent years and has led to the development of a number of technologies such as corporate semantic web, fact-based decision-making, case-based reasoning approaches, ontology-based approaches, agent-based approaches, etc.

It is recognized, however, that new emerging needs generate additional expectations on knowledge management technologies. Among these needs, knowledge management is sought to support innovation "at large", including open innovation, and smart organizations and systems.

Open innovation stems from the recognition that "useful knowledge has become widespread and ideas must be used with alacrity… Such factors create a new logic that embraces external ideas and knowledge in conjunction with internal R&D." (Chesbrough, 2003). Many of the recent industry and government programs and initiatives have been started with the vision of knowledge-based, smart organizations or smart systems. For example, the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and several partners, have started initiatives on Smart Cities ( and Smart Manufacturing ( to investigate the potential of new approaches, including Knowledge Technologies (KT), by bringing communities and innovators together to encourage collaboration on a range of issues from disaster response to energy management to mass transit improvement as well as to fundamentally change how products are designed, manufactured, supplied, used, and remanufactured. Similar initiatives have been launched in Europe to explore impact of KT on open innovation at a very large scale and in support of open digital markets for Smart Manufacturing, Cyber-Physical Systems, and other emerging areas (see e.g., Also, South Korea has set up a research agenda recently where Artificial Intelligence and its related deep learning concepts are being applied to Smart Manufacturing for the purpose of emphasizing human roles on manufacturing systems (see e.g.,

In this rapidly evolving context, Knowledge Technologies (KT) have a significant potential to contribute to building open, smart innovative systems and organizations. However, novel solutions for the effective creation, exchange and exploitation of knowledge and ideas are deemed necessary in order to foster creativity, idea exchanges, product evolution, and ultimately successful innovations in newly conceived collaborative and open innovation ecosystems.

The objective of this multidisciplinary workshop is to gather both researchers and practitioners, coming from different disciplines (e.g., economics, engineering, sociology, management and organization) to discuss methodological, technical and organizational aspects related to the adoption of Knowledge Technologies in collaborative innovation ecosystems, discussing also the impact that Knowledge Technologies may have on shaping smarter systems and organizations. Researchers and practitioners are invited to present recent advances in methodologies, models and tools for using and managing knowledge in and for open innovation, and to discuss, successful or unsuccessful, experiences of knowledge-based open-innovation projects. We also welcome position papers presenting novel and innovative preliminary ideas, as well as analyses of currently unsolved problems that contribute to a better understanding of the domain. The acceptance of a position paper is restricted to the categories of "short paper", "poster paper", or "poster".

After the conference, we plan to invite a selected number of authors to submit an extended paper which will be reviewed for publication in one of the leading journals.

KTOI Workshop Topics of Interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Knowledge technologies and tools supporting innovation

  • Knowledge as an Artefact

  • Knowledge as a Service

  • Innovation as a Service

  • Knowledge and innovation apps and mashups for smart innovation support systems

  • Knowledge-based smart and innovative organizations

  • Knowledge discovery for innovation observatories

  • Interoperability for knowledge and innovation exchange

  • Innovation patterns and best practices

  • Standards in innovation: an oxymoron?

  • Innovation management systems and governance

  • Innovation monitoring and assessment

  • Collaborative idea generation and management

  • Collaborative creativity for open innovation

  • Collaborative knowledge creation and management

  • Social creative gaming

  • Social networks and social network analysis in open innovation

  • Crowdsourcing approaches for open innovation

  • Social innovation

  • Organizational memories for managing innovation

  • Cloud-inspired and service oriented innovation platforms

  • Innovation for Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing


You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to knowledge technologies and open innovation. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters (please specify). For Regular papers, please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 8 double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged 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. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and posters (please refer to for posters submission details) will also be considered. 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 workshop EasyChair paper submission site at 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 and in the submission form's Notes field.

Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the submission link 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 workshop.


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 are 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 workshop, please contact the organizers.


Paper Submission Deadline: ------------------------- July 22, 2016

Acceptance Notification: ----------------------------- August 12, 2016

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

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

October 31 - November 04, 2016

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center

Orlando, Florida, USA


Claudia Diamantini

Università Politecnica delle Marche

Via Brecce Bianche

60131 Ancona, Italy

Phone: +39


Nenad Ivezic

Systems Integration Division (SID), the Engineering Laboratory (EL)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8600

Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8600 USA

Phone: +1 301 975 3536

Fax: +1 301 258 9749


Michele Missikoff

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerce - IASI

Viale Manzoni 30

I-00185 Roma, Italy

Phone: + 39 06 6 771 61

Fax: + 39 06 771 6461


International Program Committee*:

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

  • Farhad Ameri, Texas State University, USA

  • Arne Berre, SINTEF, Norway

  • David Chen, IMS, University of Bordeaux, France

  • Hyunbo Cho, POSTECH University, South Korea

  • Ernesto Damiani, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

  • Antonio, De Nicola, ENEA, Italy

  • Asuman Dogac, Software Research & Development and Consultancy Ltd. (SRDC), Turkey

  • Raphael Giesecke, Aalto University, Finland

  • Albert Jones, NIST, MD, USA

  • Serm Kulvatunyou, NIST, MD, USA

  • Neil Maiden, City University London, United Kingdom

  • Zoran Marjanovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia

  • Igor Mozetic, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

  • David Osimo, Open Evidence and Open University of Catalunya, Spain

  • Christopher Peters, The Lucrum Group, USA

  • Domenico Potena, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

  • Francesco Taglino, CNR, Italy

  • Klaus-Dieter Thoben, University of Bremen, Germany

  • Serena Villata, CNRS and Laboratoire I3S Sophia Antipolis, France

  • Robert, Woitsch, BOC Asset Management GmbH, Austria

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.