COLLA 2012 COLLA 2012 Foreword COLLA 2012 Technical Program Committee

Katya Toneva, Abdulrahman Yarali, Imad Abugessaisa, Karolinska Institutet -Stockholm, Sweden Alem, Csiro, Yasmine Australia, Arafa, Cornelia Boldyreff, Kevin Curran, Claudia D'amato, Byoung Kim (+17 others)
The Second International Conference on Advanced Collaborative Networks, Systems and Applications [COLLA 2012], held between June 24-29, 2012-Venice, Italy, continued a series of events dedicated to advanced collaborative networks, systems and applications, focusing on new mechanisms, infrastructures, services, tools and benchmarks. Collaborative systems became a norm due to the globalization of services and infrastructures and to multinational corporation branches. While organizations and
more » ... duals relied on collaboration for decades, the advent of new technologies (Web services, Cloud computing, Service-oriented architecture, Semantics and Ontology, etc.) for inter-and intra-organization collaboration created an enabling environment for advanced collaboration. As a consequence, new developments are expected from current networking and interacting technologies (protocols, interfaces, services, tools) to support the design and deployment of a scalable collaborative environments. Innovative systems and applications design, including collaborative robots, autonomous systems, and consideration for dynamic user behavior is the trend. We take here the opportunity to warmly thank all the members of the COLLA 2012 Technical Program Committee, as well as the numerous reviewers. The creation of such a high quality conference program would not have been possible without their involvement. We also kindly thank all the authors who dedicated much of their time and efforts to contribute to COLLA 2012. We truly believe that, thanks to all these efforts, the final conference program consisted of top quality contributions. Also, this event could not have been a reality without the support of many individuals, organizations, and sponsors. We are grateful to the members of the COLLA 2012 organizing committee for their help in handling the logistics and for their work to make this professional meeting a success. We hope that COLLA 2012 was a successful international forum for the exchange of ideas and results between academia and industry and for the promotion of progress in the field of collaborative networks, systems and applications. We are convinced that the participants found the event useful and communications very open. We also hope the attendees enjoyed the charm of Venice, Italy.