Special Session on P2P and Cloud Collaborative Systems and Virtual Worlds

(P2PCS 2014)

Call for Papers and Participation

As part of

The 2014 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2014)

May 19-23, 2014

The Commons Hotel

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP

Submission Deadline: January 30, 2014

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


The recent advances in networking have witnessed an increasing use of information technology to support distributed cooperative applications. Several novel applications have emerged in this area, such as computer supported collaborative work (CSCW), large scale distributed virtual world, collaborative recommender systems, collaborative learning systems.

The definition of these applications requires addressing several challenges, like the development of new user interfaces, of coordination protocols, and of proper middleware and architectures supporting distributed cooperation.

P2P architectures are a suitable model for these kinds of applications. As a matter of fact, collaboration is intrinsically peer-to-peer since human interaction is such that the members of a team typically interact with each other, without the need of an intermediary, for example a server.

Collaborative applications may greatly benefit also from the support of cloud based architectures. As a matter of fact, with the emergence of readily available cloud platforms, collaborative applications developers have the opportunity of deploying their applications in the cloud, or by exploiting a hybrid P2P/Server-Client architectures with dynamically adapting cloud support. This brings interesting possibilities to smaller developers that were reserved for the big companies until recently. Furthermore, the integration of mobile/Cloud platforms for collaborative applications is another challenge for the widespread of these applications.

This track aims to provide a venue for researchers to present and discuss important aspects of P2P/Cloud collaborative applications and of the platforms that support these applications. The track's aim is to investigate open challenges for such applications, related to both the applications design and to the definition of proper architectures. Some important challenges are, for instance, collaborative protocols design, latency reduction/hiding techniques for guaranteeing real time constraints, large-scale processing of user information, privacy and security issues, state consistency/persistence.

The track will present assessment of the current state of the art as well as introduce further directions.

The P2PCS Special Session topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

· Large Scale Distributed Virtual Environments

· Distributed Computer Supported Collaborative Work

· Distributed Recommender Systems

· Distributed Collaborative Learning

· Distributed Collaborative Games

· Exploiting Cloud Elasticity for Collaborative Applications

· P2P Collaboration Infrastructures

· Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications

· P2P Overlays for Collaborative Applications

· P2P Collaborative Editing Systems

· P2P System for Distributed Wiki Applications

· Adaptive Protocols for Collaborative P2P Networks

· Hybrid P2P/Cloud Architectures

· Consistency/Persistence Issues

· Massive-scale State and User Data Processing

· Security and Privacy

· Integration of Mobile/Cloud Platforms for Collaborative Applications

· P2P Collaborative Systems in Wireless Environments

· Multi-platform Collaborative Applications Support (phones, tablets, laptop, ...)

· Multi-attribute Resources



You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to P2P and Cloud Collaborative Systems and Virtual Worlds. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author and include up to 6 keywords from the above list of topics and an abstract of no more than 400 words. The full manuscript should be at most 8 pages using the two-column IEEE format. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and posters (please refer to for the posters submission details) will also be accepted for submission. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments.

Authors are invited to submit a PDF copy of their manuscript to the Special Session using the following link . If the submission is for a poster, poster paper or short paper, indicate that as well on the manuscript.

Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the link above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, technical clarity and presentation. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be registered and presented at the workshop.

Accepted papers will be published in the International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2014 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 major indexing services accordingly.

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


Extended Paper Submission Deadline ------------- January 30, 2014

Notification of Acceptance -------------------------- February 17, 2014

Registration & Camera-Ready Paper Due --------- March 07, 2014

Conference Dates: ------------------------------------ May 19 - 23, 2014


Laura Ricci

CNR and University of Pisa, Italy

Voice: +39 050 221 2768

Fax: +39 050 221 2726


Ranieri Baraglia

CNR and University of Pisa, Italy

Voice: +39

Fax: +39


Technical Program Committee *:

All submitted papers will be reviewed by the workshop technical program committee members following similar criteria used in CTS 2014.

  • Emanuele Carlini, ISTI CNR, Pisa, Italy

  • Patrizio Dazzi, ISTI CNR, Pisa, Italy

  • Kalman Graffi, University of Dusseldorf, Germany

  • Yevgeni Koucheryavy, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

  • Salvatore Orlando, Universita' Ca Foscari, Venezia, Italy

  • Dana Petcu, West University of Timisoara, Romania

  • Radu Prodan, University of Innsbruck , Austria

  • Christian Scheideler, University of Padelborn, Germany

  • Gregor Schiele, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

  • Alexey Vinel, Halmstad University, Sweden

  • Spyros Voulgaris,Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherland

(*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.