16TH IFIP Working Conference on VIRTUAL ENTERPRISES Porto, Portugal, 03-05 October 2016

Collaboration in a Hyperconnected World.

A part of our everyday life is increasingly formed by hyperconnectivity. Digital interconnection of people and things is expanding to anytime and anywhere in the world. It is estimated that by 2020 over 50 billion networked devices will co-exist in the world. There are profound and challenging scientific, technical, social, political, and economic consequences associated with such a vast level of connectivity. In a hyperconnected world, humans, intelligent agents, machines and devices generate data, interconnect through data, and act together, evolving toward an increasingly effective collective intelligence within an exponentially growing platform.

In the last two decades, advances in ICT, Internet, and cloud have led to the explosion of collaborative networks, both at the level of people through social networks and virtual communities, and at the level of organizations through business ecosystems, dynamic supply chains, virtual organizations, and their breeding environments. This trend is amplified by the emergence of the Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems, addressing a pervasive interconnection of and collaboration among physical and virtual objects.

New collaboration structures, technologies, and governance models need to be envisioned and developed to deal with large amounts of diverse inter-connected objects and enable to reach new levels of collective awareness and intelligence, facilitating new forms of co-creation, more effective problem solving, and collective decision making.

PRO-VE 2016 will provide a forum for sharing experiences, discussing trends, identifying challenges, and introducing innovative solutions aimed at fulfilling the vision of a hyperconnected world.

Topics include, among others:

  • Collaborative models, platforms, and systems for blending virtual-physical worlds
  • Collaboration and collective awareness in the hyperconnected world
  • Collaborative big data intelligence
  • Dynamics of / evolution in collaborative virtual-physical ecosystems
  • Security in collaborative systems
  • Risks and performance in collaborative systems
  • Economic and social impact of collaboration
  • Development platforms and challenges supporting collaborative systems
  • Legal and policy aspects for the hyperconnected world
  • Collective Intelligence and collaboration in advanced/emerging applications:
    • Robotics
    • Manufacturing
    • Value-added services
    • Smart cities
    • e-Health and Care
    • Crisis/Disaster Management 
    • Logistics
    • Agribusiness
Besides advances in scientific and technological research on the above areas, papers from industry related to innovative case studies, as well as from decision makers on governing policies around the selected theme, are encouraged to be submitted. Therefore, cross-industry discussions are foreseen during the conference sessions to help decision-makers and researchers with a better understanding of the nature of the coming hyperconnected world, as well as reflecting on the collective role they can play in shaping it.
Both scientific works and case studies supported by advanced ICT systems with a sound experimental validation are expected

  • Full paper submission: 30 April 2016;
  • Acceptance notice: 03 June 2016;
  • Camera ready submission: 12 June 2016