MOBILE COLLABORATION IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD Workshop at the 2011 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2011) March 19, 2011 – Hangzhou, China

POSITION PAPERS DUE: December 12, 2010

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With the ever increasing use of mobile devices, especially in developing countries like China and India, we envision a new generation of applications that will change the ways that we work and live. In this workshop, we are interested in exploring how mobile devices and technologies are re-shaping collaboration among people in the developing world. For example, mobile collaboration technologies might help knowledge sharing among farmers, sales coordination among small commodity vendors, and family-based health care monitoring for the elderly. This forum will bring together researchers and practitioners in the areas of mobile computing, social collaboration, and technology for the developing world, as well as subject matter experts (e.g., experts in small commodity trading and family-based health care) to brainstorm and identify opportunities and test beds where we can develop and deploy new mobile collaboration applications in the developing world.

To encourage cross-organization, interdisciplinary collaboration, we will invite approximately 30 participants from various organizations, including universities, government agencies, and industrial research labs. Ideal participants will be top researchers in the areas of mobile computing, collaboration technologies, or technologies for the developing world. We will also invite several subject matter experts, to help ground the attendees in real problems faced by people in the developing world.

Participants will be selected on the basis of a submitted position paper that is evaluated by a program committee of experts in mobile technologies, collaboration, and technologies for the developing world. The position paper should briefly describe the authors’ background in these fields and present short descriptions of any of the authors’ relevant past, current, or future projects related to the topic.

Position papers may range in length from 1-4 pages in the standard ACM format, and should be submitted by email to the workshop chairs at

Michelle X. Zhou, Jeffrey Nichols
IBM Research – Almaden San Jose, California USA 
Gopal Pingali
IBM Research – India Bangalore, India
Ying Liu Nokia Research Center, China Beijing, China


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