Call for papers

Scope 

The document with the Call for Papers can be obtained here.

The document with the Papers Format can be obtained here .

The submission of abstracts and papers must be done folowing this link.

Image“Establishing the foundation of Collaborative Networks”
Collaborative Networks (CN) correspond to a very active and steadily growing area. Virtual Enterprises/Virtual Organizations (VE/VO) are already supported by a large research and business practice community. Also, Professional Virtual Communities (PVC) suggests new ways of work and put the emphasis on collaborative networks of human actors. Further to these main lines, other collaborative forms and patterns of collaborative behavior are emerging. This is not only in industry, but also in service sector, as well as governmental and non-governmental social organizations, e.g. the collaborative networks for rescue missions in disaster situations, time bank organizations, virtual labs, grid manufacturing, etc. The concept of breeding environment is now understood as a fundamental entity to enable the formation of dynamic collaborative organizations.

Recent research and developments emphasize the need for better understanding and characterization of the basic principles and mechanisms for planning and operation of collaborative networks. Building a sounder foundation, namely in terms of proper theoretical principles, ontology, and formal models capturing the concepts, entities, behavior, and operations of the CNs, continues as an important challenge. Understanding and being able to measure the benefits and risks of collaboration is another challenge. New value systems, adequate performance assessment methods and trust establishment approaches are needed in order to support value creation through collaborative networks.

In this context PRO-VE has already established its recognized position as the most focused scientific/technical conference in the area, offering a major opportunity for the presentation and discussion of both the latest research developments and industrial practice case studies. Following the IFIP vision, PRO-VE offers a forum for collaboration among different regions of the world.

This conference continues a series of successful conferences of PRO-VE 1999 (held in Porto, Portugal), PRO-VE 2000 (Florianópolis, Brazil), PRO-VE 2002 (Sesimbra, Portugal), PRO-VE 2003 (Lugano, Switzerland), PRO-VE 2004 (Toulouse, France), PRO-VE 2005 (Valencia, Spain) and PRO-VE 2006 (Helsinki, Finland).

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

- Dynamic Virtual Organizations
- Business ecosystems & emerging collaboration forms
- Reference models and modeling approaches
- Breeding environments and brokerage
- Management of distributed activities and distributed information
- Ontology and knowledge management
- E-Contracting and Contracts management in CN
- Legal frameworks and negotiation
- Professional Virtual Communities
- Mobility and Virtual Enterprises
- New value systems and performance measurement; benchmarking
- e-Services and service markets
- ICT infrastructures & interoperability
- Collaborative environments
- New technological support for CN: MAS, Grid, mobile/pervasive computing
- Group decision systems
- Formal models and theories for CN
- E-Science and Virtual Laboratories
- Trust modeling and building processes
- Business models
- Innovation and risk management
- Ambient intelligence, Virtual Labs
- Case studies: Manufacturing, Construction, Health Care, Pharmaceutical industry, Bio-technology, Tourism, Services, NGOs, etc.
- Training and education on CN

The conference will include technical papers and discussion panels. Proposals for organizing associated events, namely by project consortia focused on the area of Collaborative Networks are welcome.