5th ACM International Conference on
Collaboration Across Boundaries: Culture, Distance & Technology Kyoto, Japan, August 20-22, 2014

CABS 2014: Call for Papers

5th ACM International Conference on Collaboration Across Boundaries (CABS): Culture, Distance and Technology August 20-22, 2014, Kyoto, Japan

Collaboration across Boundaries: Culture, Distance, & Technology 2014 (CABS 2014) is an international and interdisciplinary conference focused on exploring the nature and ways to facilitate intercultural collaboration. CABS 2014 is the 5th international conference in the series formerly held as International Conference on Intercultural Collaboration (ICIC).

CABS aims to be a multidisciplinary forum that integrates the socio-cultural and technical perspectives, with the objective of exchanging the latest results of studying and supporting intercultural collaboration.

Full Papers

Full papers must present original work with contributions to research and practice of intercultural collaboration. All full papers will be evaluated using a double-blind review process. Accepted authors have the option of having their paper included or NOT to be included in the ACM digital library. If the authors choose not to have their full paper included, only the abstract of the paper will be included in the ACM Digital Library. Those unpublished papers can be re-submitted and published at other conference proceedings (including ACM conferences) or journals.

Full papers can be up to 10 pages long. Submission for a full paper should be thoroughly anonymized and formatted according to the ACM SIGCHI Publications Format using the SIGCHI Papers Template. Papers should be submitted through the Precision Conference System. Please see the SIGCHI author instruction page for more information and the downloadable templates.

Work that has previously been presented or published in a language other than English may be translated and submitted to CABS. Please refer to the statement by ACM SIGCHI regarding the statement on "Re-publication of work in English that was previously published in another language."

To facilitate the interdisciplinary reviewing process, authors of full papers are asked to categorize their papers by theme (one of three themes) to help us direct papers to the most appropriate reviewers. The three themes are: Communication & Management, Computer-Mediated Collaboration, and Cross-linguistic Communication. Although some papers will fit within multiple themes and others may not be an ideal fit for any of them, we ask the authors to choose the closest theme. We will strive to recruit the most appropriate reviewers for all papers.

Below are examples of types of contributions a paper in any of the three themes can make to CABS:

  • DESCRIPTIONS of intercultural and multilingual experiences: Dynamics of global teams, social networks and communities of practice, globally distributed work in virtual context, language use in multicultural and global teams.
  • METHODOLOGIES and frameworks for studying global collaboration: Developing instruments for measuring culture including surveys, experimental paradigms, computational frameworks, etc..
  • THEORIES and models for understanding cultures such as modeling culture, intercultural collaboration, and language varieties.
  • EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATIONS of intercultural collaboration: Field studies of intercultural collaboration in global organizations and/or in local communities, ethnographic studies on different infrastructure and media use across nations, laboratory studies on the use of technologies, etc..
  • TRANSLATION and transition of language and practice: Use of language on the Internet, translating different norms and shaping new practices in global teams, issues of translating language and practices, effects of e-learning on culture diversity.
  • DOMAIN-SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS for collaboration across boundaries: Education/learning, global enterprise, information and knowledge management/sharing.
  • INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES for collaboration across boundaries: HCI technologies, robots, conversational agents, language and speech technologies to overcome culture and language barriers.

Late-Breaking Papers (Work in Progress)

Authors are encouraged to submit their late-breaking papers to present as posters during the conference. Late-breaking papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Meanwhile, copyright will be retained by the authors. Late-breaking papers should be no longer than 4 two-column pages in length, formatted according to the Extended Abstract Format. Late-Breaking Papers should be submitted through the Precision Conference System. Late-breaking papers will not be blind reviewed. Authors should include their complete names and contact information at the top of their submitted PDF file. Submitted late-breaking papers will not be divided into three subcommittees. They will be reviewed by a panel of distinguished researchers in the area of intercultural collaboration.

Panels and Workshops

We invite submissions of proposals for panels and workshops at the conference. A panel consists of three to four talks on a theme related to intercultural collaboration. A workshop offers a chance for attendees with common interests to meet and have a focused discussion. Each submission should contain a title, theme and goals, organizers' names and backgrounds, and intended audience. Submissions for Panels should also provide each panelists' background and contact information, as well as a brief statement of his or her position on the panel theme. Workshop submissions should provide the duration and needed facilities. Submissions will not be archival, so an author may discuss previously published work. Submissions should be no longer than 3 pages in length using the ACM template (see above).

Panels and Workshops proposals should be submitted by email to dedicated email.

General Co-Chairs

  • Vanessa Evers University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Naomi Yamashita NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Japan

Program Co-Chairs

  • Computer Mediated Collaboration: Susan Fussell (Cornell University, USA)
  • Management and Communication: Mary Beth Watson-Manheim (University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), USA)
  • Cross-linguistic Communication: Carolyn Rose (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

Important Dates

March 6, 2014
Midnight PDT March 13, 2014
Deadline for Full Papers, Panels, and Workshops.
May 15, 2014
Notification of Acceptance for Full Papers, Panels, and Workshops.
May 21, 2014
Midnight PDT May 26, 2014
Deadline for Late-Breaking Papers.
June 10, 2014
Notification of Acceptance for Late-Breaking Papers.
June 25, 2014
Final camera-ready papers due.