Call for papers

The First International Workshop on
Intercultural Collaboration:
January 24-26, 2007
Kyoto University, Clock Tower International Conference Hall, Japan

The main theme of this workshop is intercultural collaboration, from both technical and socio-cultural perspectives. Topics will include collaboration support (such as natural language processing, Web, and Internet technologies), social psychological analyses of intercultural interaction, and case studies from activists working to increase mutual understanding in our multicultural world.
Submissions will be considered for papers, panels, demonstrations, and posters. Send all submissions to iwic2007[at]

This is a unique workshop in a world where physical borders disappear rapidly and people and cultures are more and more on the move and in contact. The workshop will feature four prominent invited speakers:

  • Christiane D. Fellbaum (Department of Psychology, Princeton University)
  • Yumiko Mori (NPO Pangaea)
  • Gary Olson (School of Information, University of Michigan)
  • Dana Ziyasheva(Adviser for Communication and Information, UNESCO Beijing Office)

Organized by:


Papers are solicited on any aspect of intercultural collaboration.
Papers can address technologies to support intercultural collaboration, laboratory and field studies of intercultural collaboration, and case reports from field workers. Examples of suitable paper topics include:

  • Field studies of intercultural teamwork
  • Cases of intercultural collaboration using IT
  • Computer supported intercultural collaboration
  • Internet and web technologies for intercultural collaboration
  • Ubiquitous/ambient technologies for intercultural collaboration
  • Multilingual dictionaries and translations
  • Multilingual NLP web services
  • Standardization issues on resources and tools for multilingual processing
  • Usability of multilingual resources and the Language Grid
Submit your abstract (ascii text, 300 words or less) and full paper (PDF) written in English, by e-mail to iwic2007[at] Full papers should be submitted camera-ready in Springer Lecture Note Series (LNCS) format. Please follow the instructions for authors available at the Springer Web page:
Submitted full papers should be 12 to 15 pages long in the LNCS format. Surface mail address, e-mail addresses should be included for all contributing authors. The post-proceedings of IWIC will be published as a volume of Springer LNCS.


Individuals may submit proposals for panels of three or four talks on a related theme in intercultural communication. Panel submissions should be no more than four pages in length. They will not be archival, so panelists may discuss previously published work. Submissions should provide each panelist's background and contact information, as well as a brief statement of his or her position on the panel theme.


Individuals may submit proposals to present demonstrations of new technologies for intercultural communication. Demonstration proposals should be no more than four pages in length. They should clearly describe the motivation for the tool and how it will be demonstrated at the workshop. Demonstration descriptions will not be archival; therefore, demonstrations can include both previously published work and work that is not yet ready for publication.


Individuals may submit proposals to present informal posters during the workshop. Poster proposals should be no more than four pages in length and summarize the poster content. Poster descriptions will not be archival; therefore, posters can describe both previously published work and work that is not yet ready for publication.

Review Process

Submitted papers, panels, and demonstrations will be reviewed by a panel of distinguished researchers in the area of intercultural communication.

Important Date:Deadline Extended

Deadline for abstracts September 8th, 2006
Deadline for papers, panels, posters and demonstrations September 22th, 2006
Author notification November 6th, 2006
Deadline for camera ready paper December 8th, 2006
Deadline for camera ready post-proceedings paper March 1st, 2007

Travel Support

We provide limited financial support to students and other researchers who are co-authors of accepted papers to give their presentation at the workshop. Instructions on how to apply for a grant will be provided with acceptance notifications.

General Co-Chairs
  • Yasuhiro Katagiri (Future University Hakodate, Japan)
  • Hitoshi Isahara (NICT, Japan)
Program Co-Chairs
  • Toru Ishida (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Susan R. Fussell (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Piek TJM Vossen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Program Committee
  • Pushpak Bhattacharyya (Indian Institute of Technology, India)
  • Francis Bond (NTT Corporation, Japan)
  • Nicoletta Calzolari (Istituto Linguistica Computazionale, Italy)
  • Key-Sun Choi (KAIST, Korea)
  • Catherine Cramton (George Mason University, USA)
  • Christiane D. Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA)
  • Yoshihiko Hayashi (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Susan Catherine Herring (Indiana University, USA)
  • Reiko Hishiyama (Kyoto Women's University, Japan)
  • Chu-Ren Huang (The Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
  • Nancy Ide (Vassar College, USA)
  • Katherine Isbister (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
  • Chigusa Kita (Kansai University, Japan)
  • Manolis Koubarakis (Technical University of Crete, Greece)
  • Kyoung Jun Lee (Kyung Hee University, Korea)
  • Fang Li (Shanghai Jiaotong University, China)
  • Shigeo Matsubara (NTT Corporation, Japan)
  • Micihiko Minoh (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Akiyo Nadamoto (NICT, Japan)
  • Hideyuki Nakanishi (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Gary Olson (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Judy Olson (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Yuanchun Shi (Tsinghua University, China)
  • Virach Sornlertlamvanich (Computational Linguistics Laboratory, Thailand)
  • Dan Tufis (University "A.I.Cuza" of Iasi, Romania)
  • Kiyotaka Uchimoto (NICT, Japan)
  • Zili Zhang (Southwest University, China and Deakin University, Australia)
  • Qiping Zhang (Long Island University, USA)
  • Michael Zock (CNRS, France)
For further information, please contact iwic2007[at]