CLOSING SOON: AIS community leader report on participation

Dear SIGOPEN members and non-members,

We want to know how we can improve your ability to participate in the AIS Special Interest Group on Open Research and Practice (SIGOPEN). To help us understand barriers to participation, we encourage you to complete the 15-minute survey linked below.

This survey is administered by SIG-Social Inclusion and supported by the AIS Leadership Council. The goal is to learn about members’ perceptions of inclusion and exclusion in the SIG-OPEN and broader AIS. We urge all members—irrespective of whether you perceive barriers to your participation or not—to help the AIS community improve member experiences and social inclusion practices.

You are not required to share your personally-identifiable information and all questions are voluntary. The survey deadline has been extended to this Friday, September 15, 2017.

Thank you on behalf of SIGOPEN and SIG-Social Inclusion.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Jaime Windeler:

Job Opening – Post-Doctoral Researcher (Transparency and Openness) in Cork, Ireland

Dear Colleagues,

The Cork University Business School, University College Cork, and the Technology-Enabled Organizational Transparency and Openness project (TOTO) are pleased to invite applications for a full time post-doctoral research position.

The TOTO project was established in October 2012. The project’s output to date includes dissemination of 20 research publications, co-organizing 18 international research events, and co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Information Technology. In December 2014, the TOTO project also played a key role in the formation of AIS SIGOPEN (Association of Information Systems Special Interest Group on Open Research and Practice), which was awarded Outstanding SIG designation by the AIS in both 2015 and 2016. TOTO is hosted by Business Information Systems in the Cork University Business School, University College Cork.

TOTO engages in two major streams of activity: (1) conducting empirical research on open phenomena, and (2) supporting the international openness research community through events, journal special issues, and the activities of SIGOPEN.

For the next three years (Q4 2017 to Q4 2020), TOTO’s empirical work will focus on investigating the business models, organizational forms, and ecosystems, that enable individuals, organizations, and communities to sustainably create and capture value through legal, technological, socio-cultural, and organizational openness.

The successful candidate will work within a team including the principal investigators, associate investigators, and post-graduate students, and will play a major role in designing and executing this research agenda within a range of related domains (e.g. open software/hardware/content/design; open innovation and co-creation; open science and education; sharing/collaborative/peer economy; etc.).

Project work will also involve collaboration and knowledge exchange with several allied research groups in the USA, Europe, and Australia, and coordination roles in international research events. The project has a strong ethos of mentorship and professional development and an ambitious publication agenda, and will provide the successful candidate with a collegial and supportive environment to establish themselves and their careers within the wider Information Systems community.

Full position details:

Please do pass on information about this exciting opportunity to all recent/eminent PhD researchers in your team, institution, or network.


Joseph Feller
Bank of Ireland Professor of Business Information Systems
Head of Business Information Systems

University College Cork, Ireland
T +353 (0)21 490 3337

[CFP] UMUAI special issue on personalized cultural heritage content

Digital cultural heritage is now a mature field, in which information technologies are used in the service of preserving cultural heritage. The digital form of resources allows for the exploitation of advances in data analytics, semantics, information retrieval, user interaction, profiling and personalization in order to develop new, exciting and stimulating cultural heritage experiences in tourism and education.

This special issue aims to form a reference point for the field of personalized delivery of cultural heritage content. We invite works that present and/or review the current state of the art in theory and practice, as well as promising recent advances in the area of aligning the delivery process for cultural heritage content to the needs, goals, characteristics and preferences of individual users and groups of users. The issue is broad in scope, with the caveat that emphasis should be on the link between cultural heritage and personalization techniques; works dealing exclusively with one of the two topics will be deemed out of scope.

Topics of interest

  • Semantic modelling for cultural heritage content and their application to personalized content delivery.
  • Advances in knowledge representation.
  • Metadata standards and datasets.
  • Automated reasoning and computational argumentation for personalized explanations and feedback.
  • Personalization/recommendation technologies applied to cultural heritage content.
  • Profiling techniques for individuals, groups and crowds.
  • Context awareness in cultural heritage venues and cities.
  • Applications in cultural, educational or touristic experiences.
  • Personalized storytelling.
  • Adaptive navigation and browsing.
  • Crowdsourcing and crowd computing methodologies, tools and case studies and their application to personalization in Cultural Heritage.
  • Creativity and collaboration.
  • Social interaction and argumentation.
  • Mixed Crowd and AI- based processing approaches to personalization
  • Personalized interaction with cultural heritage content.
  • PCs and mobile personal devices.
  • Multi-touch interfaces.
  • Information booths.
  • Public and shared displays

Paper submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit an extended abstract (up to four pages) to the special issue editors via EasyChair (

Promising and in-scope works will be invited for extension into full submissions, from which point on a standard reviewing process will be followed. Submission and detailed formatting instructions for full papers are available at the journal’s site (

Important dates

Abstract due: November 30th, 2017
Full submission invitation: December 15th, 2017
Manuscript due: February 28th, 2018
First notification to authors: April 30th, 2018
Revised submission deadline: June 15th, 2018
Final notification to authors: July 31st, 2018
Publication date: End of 2018 / start of 2019, as per UMUAI’s publication schedule

Guest editors

Manolis Wallace
??? LAB – Knowledge and Uncertainty Research Laboratory
Department of Informatics and Telecommunications
University of Peloponnese

Martín López-Nores
Department of Telematics Engineering
University of Vigo

Yannick Naudet
Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology (LIST)
5, avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux
L-4362 Esch/Alzette

Tsvi Kuflik
Information Systems Department
The University of Haifa

[CFP] 9th International Conference on Computational Collective Intelligence (ICCCI 2017)

*** Call for Participation ***

9th International Conference on Computational Collective Intelligence

ICCCI 2017

Hilton Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

27 – 29 September, 2017

(collocated with the 21st European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems,


Computational Collective Intelligence is most often understood as an AI subfield dealing with soft computing methods which enable making group decisions or processing knowledge among autonomous units acting in distributed environments. Web-based systems, social networks and multi-agent systems very often need these tools for working out consistent knowledge states, resolving conflicts and making decisions. ICCCI 2017 is the 9th edition of the conference organized by the University of Cyprus and Wroclaw University of Science and Technology in Poland, in cooperation with the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Computational Collective Intelligence. The aim of the conference is to provide an internationally respected forum for scientific research in the computer-based methods of collective intelligence and their applications in (but not limited to) such fields as group decision making, consensus computing, knowledge integration,semantic web, social networks and multi-agent systems.

The 114 high quality papers will be presented by researchers from 31 countries all over the world on the following topics:

– Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web
– Social Networks and Recommender Systems
– Data Mining Methods and Applications-
– Multi-agent Systems
– Sensor Networks and Internet of Things
– Decision Support & Control Systems
– Cooperative Strategies for Decision Making and Optimization
– Computational Swarm Intelligence
– Machine Learning in Medicine and Biometrics
– Cyber Physical Systems in Automotive Area
– Internet of Things – Its Relations and Consequences
– Text Processing and Information Retrieval
– Low Resource Language Processing
– Computer Vision Techniques
– Intelligent Processing of Multimedia in Web Systems

Keynote Lectures

1. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Nürnberger
Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
Title: Collaborative Exploration: Methods to Support Collaborative Searching and Sensemaking

2. Prof. Yannis Manolopoulos
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Title: Predicting the future evolution of scientific output

3. Prof. Slawomir Zadrozny
Systems Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Title: Consensual decision making: history and new trends

4. Prof. Constantinos S. Pattichis
University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Title: Cardiovascular Health Informatics: Predicting the Risk of Stroke Based on Ultrasound Image Analysis of the Atherosclerotic Carotid Plaque


The proceedings are published in Springer’s LNCS/LNAI series. According to the recent Springer Reports of May 2017 Proceedings of ICCCI 2016 and ICCCI 2015 belong to the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant SpringerLink eBook Collection in 2016.



Honorary Chairs
· Costas Christophides, Rector of University of Cyprus, Cyprus
· Pierre Lévy, University of Ottawa, Canada
· Cezary Madryas, Rector of Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland

General Chairs
· Ngoc Thanh Nguyen, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland
· George A. Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Program Chairs
· Costin Badica, University of Craiova, Romania
· Piotr J?drzejowicz, Gdynia Maritime University, Poland
· Kazumi Nakamatsu, University of Hyogo, Japan

Organising Chair
· Georgia Kapitsaki, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Special Sessions and Workshops Chairs
· Achilleas Achilleos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
· Bogdan Trawinski, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland

Doctoral Track Chair
· George Pallis, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Publicity Chair
· Christos Mettouris , University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Local Organising Committee
· Marios Komodromos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
· Christos Mettouris, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
· Rafa? Kern, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland
· Marcin Pietranik, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland
· Zbigniew Telec, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland

Steering Committee
· Ngoc Thanh Nguyen (chair), Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland
· Piotr J?drzejowicz, Gdynia Maritime University, Poland
· Shyi-Ming Chen, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
· Kiem Hoang, University of Information Technology, VNU-HCM, Vietnam
· Lakhmi C. Jain, University of South Australia, Australia
· Geun-Sik Jo, Inha University, Korea
· Janusz Kacprzyk, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
· Ryszard Kowalczyk, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
· Toyoaki Nishida, Kyoto University, Japan
· Manuel Núñez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain LM Opening

SIGOPEN participation survey

We want to know how we can improve your ability to participate in the AIS Special Interest Group on Open Research and Practice (SIGOPEN). To help us understand barriers to participation, we encourage you to complete the 15-minute survey linked below.

This survey is administered by SIG-Social Inclusion and supported by the AIS Leadership Council. The goal is to learn about members’ perceptions of inclusion and exclusion in the SIGOPEN and broader AIS. We urge all members—irrespective of whether you perceive barriers to your participation or not—to help the AIS community improve member experiences and social inclusion practices.

You are not required to share your personally-identifiable information and all questions are voluntary. The survey will be available until September 1, 2017.

Thank you on behalf of SIGOPEN and SIG-Social Inclusion.
If you have questions about the survey, please contact Jaime Windeler:

[CFP] SIGOPEN Pre-ICIS 2017 Workshop on Open Phenomena

Dear Colleagues,

We are extremely excited to announce the SIGOPEN 2017 Developmental Workshop for Research on Open Phenomena, collocated with ICIS 2017 ( in Seoul, Korea, on December 9th, 2017.

Building on the success of previous workshops at ECIS in 2013 and 2015,  and ICIS in 2013, 2015, and 2016, AIS SIGOPEN invites researchers to submit extended abstracts to the SIGOPEN 2017 Developmental Workshop for Research on Open Phenomena in the following broad areas:

  • The Peer Production of Knowledge Goods, e.g.:
    • Open source software, hardware, content and design,
    • The Sharing Economy,
    • Collaborative Consumption,
    • Openness as a driver of innovation, creator of economic activity, and agent for social well-being.
  • Collective Intelligence, Action and Resources, e.g.:
    • Open innovation and co-creation,
    • The wisdom, wealth, and power of crowds,
    • Social media in extreme events and social innovation,
    • Volunteer computing,
    • Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding.
  • Open Science and Education, e.g.:
    • Open data and data management challenges,
    • Open publishing, micro-scholarship, and open peer-review,
    • Open teaching, learning, and educational resources,
    • Citizen Science and Responsible Research and Innovation,
    • Barriers and enablers for shared and collaborative scientific research,
    • Progressing shared, open science across disciplines.

The focus of the workshop is on research project design and paper development. We invite you to present your research-in-progress. The SIGOPEN workshop is amenable to new ideas, and is open to all interested scholars and professionals who are researching in the area of openness as broadly conceived above. The unique and collegial character of the workshop will help ensure constructive, helpful, and high-quality feedback. This is a great opportunity for you to mature your ideas, meet other researchers in related areas, and learn about emerging research in a relaxed and supportive setting.

Papers will be presented, and then workshopped in small group discussions in a round-table format. Participants will be expected to read papers beforehand and comment on other papers in their group. The goal is to help move the work forward to research execution and/or publication in other venues.

Workshop Submissions:

Those interested in sharing and discussing their research-in-progress should submit an extended abstract of seven (7) single-spaced pages using the submission template. All text, figures, tables, and appendices must be included within the page limit. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count. Submissions should be emailed to Matt Levy (

Workshop papers will be hosted on the workshop page at Copyright remains with authors.

Workshop Dates:
Submission Date: October 4th
Notification of Acceptance to the Workshop: October 20th
Workshop: December 9th

Workshop Organizing Committee:
Joseph Feller – University College Cork
Matt Germonprez – University of Nebraska at Omaha
Georg Link – University of Nebraska at Omaha
Matt Levy – Hawaii Pacific University
Lorraine Morgan – LERO, NUI Galway
Daniel Schlagwein – UNSW Business School

Local Organizing Chair:
Matt Levy – Hawaii Pacific University

5th European Conference on the Engineering of Computer Based Systems (ECBS 2017): Call for Participation

5th European Conference on the Engineering of Computer Based Systems

ECBS 2017

Lordos Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus

31 August – 1 September, 2017

In Cooperation with ACM SIGAPP, SIGOPS and SIGSOFT

*** Early Registration Deadline: 19 August, 2017 ***

(collocated with the 8th International Conference on Information
Inteligence Systems and Applications,


ECBS 2017 is a formal meeting dedicated to formulating and advancing methods, techniques, and tools for engineering of computer-based systems. The conference is devoted to the design, development, deployment, and analysis of the complex systems whose behavior is largely determined or controlled by computers. Such systems are characterized by functional, performance, and reliability requirements that mandate the tight integration of information processing and physical processes.

ECBS integrates software, hardware, and communication perspective of system engineering through its many facets that include system modeling, requirements specification, simulation, architectures, safety, security, reliability, human–computer interaction, system integration, verification and validation, high performance/parallel computing, cloud-based technologies, and project management. The conference provides a bridge between industry and academia, blending academic research and industrial development.

The 5th edition of the conference will be held in Larnaca, Cyprus. Larnaca is known for its palm-tree seafront, the Church of Saint Lazarus, the Hala Sultan Tekke, the Kamares Aqueduct and its medieval fort. It is built on the ruins of ancient Citium, which was the birthplace of Stoic philosopher Zeno. Larnaca is home to the country’s primary airport, Larnaca International Airport. It also has a seaport and a marina. Larnaca is a highly touristic city and close to some of the best beaches of Cyprus in Ayia Napa and Protaras.

The conference venue is the well known 4* hotel, Lordos Beach Hotel. The Lordos Beach Hotel is one of the leading 4 star hotels in Cyprus. Standing directly on the sandy beach of the Larnaca Bay it is ideally located yet close to both the Larnaca International Airport and the city centre. Set in its own gardens the Lordos Beach boasts a comfortable and stylish environment with professional service from caring staff. Extensively refurbished during 2002 and 2006, the guest rooms on all floors are equipped with all the facilities a discerning traveller expects and are luxuriously decorated in a natural pastel tones.

The program of ECBS 2017 includes a keynote by Avgoustinos Constantinides, the Solutions Director of IBSCY Ltd. on the business value of the Cloud, and research papers. The conference attracted 42 paper submissions from 25 countries from many continents. After rigorous reviewing by at least three members of the Program Committee per paper, 16 full papers, 3 short papers and 3 posters were selected to form the technical program and be included in the conference proceedings to be published by ACM ICPS. Papers cover topics of interest in ECBS in areas of software engineering, parallel and distributed systems, embedded systems and networking.

We cordially invite you to attend ECBS 2017 in Larnaca, Cyprus!



General Chair
· George A. Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Program Chair
· Ondrej Rysavy, Brno University of Technology , Czech Republic

Program Co-Chair
· Valentino Vranic, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia

Steering Committee
· Hassan Charaf, ECBS-EERC 2013 General Chair
· George Angelos Papadopoulos, General Chair
· Miroslav Popovic, ECBS-EERC 2009 General Chair
· Ondrej Rysavy, ECBS-EERC 2015 General Chair
· Valentino Vranic, ECBS-EERC 2011 General Chair

Program Committee

[Book] Technology and Inequality: Concentrated Wealth in a Digital World

Author: Jonathan P. Allen

This book summarizes what we know about technology and inequality across disciplines, and seeks out new ways to analyze this relationship based on technology and business practices, with the objective of restoring digital technology as an engine of opportunity. Besides the unique focus on the role of technology in inequality, the book has a unifying theme of tracing wealth creation and wealth capture in the technology sector, and relating specific practices—what technology companies actually do—to larger shifts in wealth and power. A clear conceptual framework is used to analyze key industry case studies: search engines, social media, and the ‘sharing’ economy.

More Information on the publisher’s website or dedicated book website.

Key points from the book:

  • The main question: Why would digital technology increase inequality? Will more coding skills, or better regulations, reverse this trend?
  • To understand technology and inequality, focus on wealth. Wealth has shifted since the 1980s from real to financial assets, and away from the energy and commodities sectors towards technology and finance. These shifts have tended to increase wealth concentration.
  • Digital technology changes not just products and services, but how markets and the economy operate. Digital markets are different from classical ‘perfect’ or ‘free’ markets.
  • Digital technology offers unique opportunities to profit through taxation and regulatory avoidance. It’s no coincidence that tech companies have some of the largest overseas cash holdings.
  • When we look at new digital industries, like search, social media, and the more recent sharing economy, we see highly profitable, highly concentrated industries making complex technological choices about who receives what information—how reality and relationships are mediated by digital technology.
  • What’s the solution? More education and better regulation can help, but to make a real dent in wealth concentration, the business model for the basic ‘use cases’ of our digital world needs to change. For the three key information relationships we identify (connecting buyers to sellers, people to people, and people to external reality), non-transparent businesses that profit from maximizing ‘engagement’ and ‘conversion’ seem to concentrate wealth.
  • The tech industry may be a little bit too successful at value creation, and especially value capture. While wealth concentration is not an inevitable outcome of digital technology, there are few economic, political, or cultural forces acting as a balance against it.

Allen, Jonathan P. (2017). Technology and Inequality: Concentrated Wealth in a Digital World. Palgrave Macmillan., eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-56958-1, Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-56957-4


  MIKE 2017 – First Call for Papers
The Fifth International Conference on
will be organised by IDRBT, Hyderabad, India during December 13 – 15, 2017
   Full Paper submission deadline: 07 August, 2017
   (Contact us for Late Submissions)
Deadline is a firm deadline and we would like to invite you to submit your research paper(s) to MIKE 2017.
You could browse MIKE 2017 Call for papers from the following links:
Also kindly encourage your students and researchers in your circle to submit their papers to MIKE 2017.
Springer supports MIKE series and publishes MIKE 2017 as a post-proceeding in their popular LNCS/LNAI series.
The accepted papers will be indexed by various Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases like DBLP, Scopus and ArnetMiner; SCI Compendex; and others.
You could browse through the earlier MIKE editions via its DBLP page at:
A.S. Ramasastri, Director, IDRBT, Hyderabad
General Chairs
B. Yegnanarayana, INSA Senior Scientist, IIIT Hyderabad
Chaman Lal Sabharwal, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA
Program Chairs
Ashish Ghosh, Indian Statitstical Instititute, Kolkata, India
Byung-Gyu Kim, Sookmyung Womens University, Seoul, Korea
Organizing Chairs
Rajarshi Pal, IDRBT, Hyderabad, India
Rajendra Prasath, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Track Chairs
Susmita Ghosh, Jadavpur University, India
Alexander Gelbukh, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), Mexico
Paolo Rosso, Universitat Politecnica de Valancia, Spain
V. Ravi, IDRBT, Hyderabad, India
Yannis Stylianou, University of Crete, Crete, Greece
Anil Vuppala, IIIT Hyderabad, India
N. Subba Reddy, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea
Debi Prosad Dogra, Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India
Adrian Groza, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania
Maunendra Sankar Desarkar, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
Manish Shrivastava, IIIT Hyderabad, India
Hrishikesh Venkataraman, IIIT Chittoor, Sricity, India
Amit A Nanavati, IBM India Research Labs, New Delhi, India
Kumaran Raju, Geoscience S&T Consulting, Singapore
Aidan Duane, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland
T.Kathirvalavakumar, VHNSN College (Autonomous), Virudhunagar, India
Odelu Vanga, IIIT Chittoor, Sri City, India
P.V. Rajkumar, Texas Southern University, Houston, USA
Tanmoy Chakraborty, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Advisory Members
Sudeshna Sarkar, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
Agnar Admodt, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Tapio Saramäki, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Vasudeva Verma, IIIT Hyderabad, India
Pinar Ozturk, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Ildar Batyrshin, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), Mexico
Grigori Sidorov, NLTP Laboratory, CIC – IPN, Mexico
Genoveva Vargas-Solar, CNRS, France
Philip O’Reilly, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Mandar Mitra, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India
Ramon Lopez de Mantaras, IIIA – CSIC, Barcelona, Spain
Bjorn Gamback, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Nirmalie Wiratunga, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland
Niloy Ganguly, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
Krishnaiyya Jallu, Bharat Heavy Electronics Limited, Thiruchirappalli, India