Fourth IFCIS Conference on Cooperative Information Systems
(In cooperation with VLDB'99)
Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland, September 2-4, 1999



CoopIS is the premier conference in the area of large scale distributed collaborative information systems and draws on several inter-disciplinary research activities. The conference has grown in stature over the years and regularly draws a number of well known researchers. This is the sixth Conference in the series and the fourth conference organized by the International Foundation on Cooperative Information Systems (IFCIS). The conference includes two keynote addresses from well known researchers, two panels, one industrial session, one tutorial, and 29 outstanding research papers.

Edinburgh is an exciting and vibrant city and you will be visiting it at the peak of its festival season. It offers an outstanding range of museums, art exhibits, concerts, and other tourist attraction and this all combined with a lot of unique culture.

Preliminary Technical Program


DAY 1 (Sept 2)

8:45-9:00 OPENING

9:00-10:00 SESSION 1: Invited Talk

                    "Negotiating Agents for Corporate-Wide Business Process Management", Nick Jennings

10:15-12:15 SESSION 2: Integration & Interoperability

"Detection of heterogeneities in a multiple text database environment", W. Meng, C. Yu, K. Liu

"A unified graph-based framework for deriving nominal interscheme properties, type conflicts and object cluster similarities", L. Palopoli, D. Sacca’, G. Terracina, D. Ursino

"Access Keys Warehouse: a new approach to the development of cooperative information systems", F. Arcieri, E. Cappadozzi, P. Naggar, E. Nardelli, M. Talamo

"Discovering view expressions", Z. Kedad, M. Bouzeghoub

13:45-5:15 SESSION 3: Collaboration "Event Composition in Time-Dependent Distributed Systems", C. Liebig, M. Cilia, A. Buchmann

"Providing Customized Process and Situation Awareness in the Collaboration Management Infrastructure", D. Baker, D. Georgakopoulos, H. Schuster, A.R. Cassandra, A. Cichocki

"Modeling Interactions based on Consistent Patterns", S. Srinivas, M. Spiliopoulou

15:30-17:00 SESSION 4: Workflow Exceptions & Versioning "Dynamic Workflow Schema Evolution based on Workflow Type Versioning and Workflow Migration", M. Kradolfer, A. Geppert

"Generic Workflow Models: How to handle dynamic change and capture management information", W.M.P. van der Aalst

"Modeling and Managing Exceptional Behaviors in Commercial Workflow Management Systems", F. Casati, G. Pozzi

17:15-18:15 SESSION 5: Panel

                    "Annotations: Digital Post-Its as an Information Model?", Chairs: Arnon Rosenthal, Scott Renner

DAY 2 (Sept 3)

9:00-10:00 SESSION 6: Tutorial

"Web-based Information Access", T. Catarci
10:15-12:15 SESSION 7: Web Information Systems "Constructing a personal web map with anytime control of web robots", S. Yamada and N. Nagino

"Looking at the Web through XML glasses", A. Sahuguet, F. Azavant

"Learning Response Times for WebSources: A Comparison of a Web-based prediction tool (WebPT) and a neural network", L. Bright, L. Raschid, V. Zadorozhny, T. Zhan

"A Comprehensive Framework for Querying and Integrating WWW data and services", O. Shmueli, D. Konopnicki

13:45-15:15 SESSION 8: E-Commerce "E-Commerce Bargain-Hunting with an unBun Model", R. Yahalom, S.E. Madnick

"A Formal Yet Practical Approach to Electronic Commerce", L. Leiba, O. Shmueli, Y. Sagiv, D. Konopnicki

"A Distributed OLAP Infrastructure for E-Commerce", Q. Chen, U. Dayal, M. Hsu

15:30-17:00 SESSION9: Workflow Modelling "A case for increasing flexibility in workflow systems: modeling and implementation", J. Tang

"Conceptual Workflow Schemas", K. Meyer-Wegener, M. Boehm

"Cooperative Support for Office Work in the Insurance Business", A. Margelisch, U. Reimer, M. Staudt, T. Vetterli

17:15-18:15 SESSION 10: Panel

                    "Data Warehouse Quality Issues", Chair: Yannis Vassiliou

DAY 3 (Sept 4)

9:00-10:00 SESSION 11: Invited Talk

                    "Models and Tools for Designing Data-Intensive WEB Applications", Stefano Ceri

10:15-12:15 SESSION 12: Mediators & Query Processing

"Selectively materializing data in mediators by analyzing user queries", N. Ashish, C.A. Knoblock, C. Shahabi

"Using Fagin’s Algorithm for Merging Ranked Results in distributed multimedia information system", E.L. Wimmers, L.M. Haas, M. Tork Roth, C. Braendli

"Conflict Tolerant Queries in AURORA", L. Ling Yan, T. Ozsu

"Optimizing queries in distributed and composable mediators", V. Josifovski, T. Katchaounov, T. Risch

13:45-15:15 SESSION 13: Agents "The identification of missing resource information agents", M. Minock, M. Rusinkiewicz, B. Perry

"Information Aggregation and Agent Interaction Patterns in InfoSleuth", B. Perry, M. Taylor, A. Unruh

"ROPE: Role Oriented Programming Environment for Multiagent Systems", M. Becht, T. Gurzki, J. Klarmann, M. Muscholl

15:30-17:00 SESSION 14: Industry Session: CoopIS Technologies and Applications

17:15-18:15 SESSION 15: Workflow Transactions

"Modelling Extensions for Concurrent Workflow Coordination", A.P. Barros, A.H.M. ter Hofstede

"Semantics and Architecture of Global Transaction Support in Workflow Environments", P. Grefen, J. Vonk, E. Boertjes, P. Apers


Social Program


There will be a reception on Thursday 2nd September in the City Council Chambers and a banquet on Friday 3rd September in the Sinclair Library, Parliament Square. Both are historic venues on the Royal Mile in the very heart of the Old Town. The social program is included in the registration fee and additional tickets are available on request.



The conference is to be held in the University of Edinburgh Conference and Training Centre, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, Scotland. Tel: (+44) 131 650 9010. The centre is less than 5 minutes walk from the Royal Mile and 10 minutes walk from Waverley Train Station.

For the university web-site visit

Accommodation Information


Due to the central position of the venue, delegates attending other conferences such as VLDB’99 may be able to stay in the same hotel for the entire period. For other, a wide range of accommodation is available via the Edinburgh Convention Bureau. Rooms have been selected to satisfy a range of budgets and all are located within easy walking distance of the conference venue

The Edinburgh Convention Bureau may be contacted at

or more simply complete the Accommodation_Form and fax it to (+44) 131 473 3636 marked for the attention of "CoopIS’99 Accommodation" or post to Conference Accommodation Reservations, Edinburgh Conventions Bureau, "CoopIs’99 ", 4 Rothesay Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 7RY, UK.

Registration Information


Please complete the Registration_Form and fax it to (+44) 131 667 7209 marked for the attention of "CoopIS’99 Registration" or post to Kendal Reid, "CoopIs’99 Registration", JCMB, King’s Buildings. Mayfield Rd Edinburgh EH9 3JZ, UK.

CoopIS’99 Accommodation Form

Delegate Details




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Accommodation - please indicate your accommodation preference Guest House Approx 18 to 40 pounds

3 Star Hotel Approx 50 to 100 pounds

4 Star Hotel Approx 80 to 160 pounds

4 Star Hotel Approx 120 upwards

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CoopIS’99 Registration Form

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 Registration Fee Early Registration - Before July 31st : 280 pounds sterling – student fee 250 pounds sterling

Late Registration - After July 31st : 305 pounds sterling – student fee 270 pounds sterling

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 Bank Cheque Must be drawable on a UK bank. Make payable to the University of Edinburgh. Send with a copy of this form.  Bank Transfer - least preferred method of payment Transfer to the University of Edinburgh sort code: 80 02 24 acc no: 00 919 680 the Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh. Please quote CoopIS’99 in your transfer details and university account no. 747CSA-G40534.


Fax form to (+44) 131 667 7209 marked for attention of "CoopIS’99 Registration" or post to Kendal Reid, "CoopIs’99 Registration", JCMB, King’s Buildings. Mayfield Rd Edinburgh EH9 3JZ, UK.

Transportation Information


Edinburgh, a coastal city, is located in the south east of Scotland and is well served by a variety of transport networks, affording easy access from within Scotland, other parts of the United Kingdom, and from Continental Europe and the rest of the world.

For detailed maps and directions visit



Edinburgh is well served by the national rail network. All trains arrive at Waverly Station in the centre of the City. Example journey times by train to Edinburgh from:

Aberdeen 2hrs 30 mins; Manchester 3 hrs 50 mins; Birmingham4hrs 30 mins; Newcastle 1 hr 30 mins; Glasgow 50 mins; Liverpool 4 hrs 30 mins; Inverness 4 hrs; London 4 hrs 20 mins

Detailed information can be found on the Railtrack website, the Scotrail website or by contacting the National Rail Enquiry line on +44 (0) 345 484 500.

Air Edinburgh Airport has regular scheduled services to a wide range of destinations across the British Isles and Continental Europe. It is also well served by connecting flights via British and other European hub airports to almost anywhere in the world.

For more information, telephone +44 (0)131 333 0000.

Car Edinburgh is well connected to the UK trunk road and motorway network. The University of Edinburgh is accessible by car but in some areas parking is limited - please contact The University of Edinburgh Parking Office on +44 (0)131 650 2238 or email

The Central Area of the University is based around Chambers Street, Nicolson Street, and from the North by following North Bridge into South Bridge.

Visitors using the A1 can approach the University following the City Bypass (A720), turn off at the A701 junction until it becomes Mayfield Road (The Science and Engineering Faculty) and continue straight ahead until through Causewayside until you reach the central area.

For more information contact the Automobile Association (AA) or the Royal Automobile Club (RAC).

Bus A number of bus companies operate regular services to Edinburgh from major Scottish and British cities. Contact National Express for more information. USEFUL CONTACTS Lothian Regional Transport (local bus company) Telephone: + 44 (0) 131 555 6363

Edinburgh Travel Centre Telephone: + 44 (0) 131 650 2647

Call for Papers


Submitted papers should address cooperation and interoperability among information systems. Specific topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

* Advanced transaction models for cooperation * Agents for cooperative information management
* Business intelligence frameworks  * Business process modeling and reengineering
* Communication infrastructure for cooperation * Computer-supported cooperative work
* Digital libraries * Distributed AI
* Distributed GIS, spatio-temporal databases * Distributed multimedia information systems
* Distributed object management  * Distributed data warehousing and distributed data mining
* Electronic commerce * Enterprise knowledge management
* Federated databases and multi-databases * Human-computer interaction for cooperative info. systems
* Information resource discovery * Information, data and knowledge modeling
* Integration and interoperability * Legacy data access and management
* Mediators, wrappers, negotiation * Metadata use and management, repositories
* Multi-agent systems * Mobile computing for cooperation
* Organizational aspects of cooperative info. systems * Semantic interoperability
* Web-based information systems * Workflow modeling and management

Papers are solicited in two categories: regular research papers and industrial experience papers; and the category should be clearly identified. Regular research papers should contain original research concepts and results in one or more technologies relevant to cooperative information systems. Industrial experience papers should describe technical or key business issues and lessons learned in developing, applying, and deploying relevant technologies, highlighting aspects of cooperation and interoperation. Submitted papers should not be longer than 5000 words. Submissions should be unpublished and should not be under consideration by another conference or journal.

Papers Submission

The submission procedure is as follows. First, submit a cover page via e-mail to one of the Program Chairs by the first deadline listed below. The cover page should include the title of the paper, the names and addresses of the authors, the email address of the contact author, an abstract, and one or more keywords that describe the topic of the paper. In response, you will receive an e-mail message giving you a paper number, which you must include on the first page of the full paper. The full paper must be received by one of the Program Chairs by the submission deadline.

Electronic submissions in .pdf or .ps form are encouraged. Alternatively, you may choose to submit five paper copies.

In addition, proposals are solicited for panels and tutorials. These should address leading edge issues in cooperative information systems.  Papers in both categories, and proposals for panels or tutorials should be submitted to one of the Program Chairs.

The conference proceedings will be published by IEEE Coputer Society Press.  A few papers will be selected for publication, after appropriate expansion and review, in the International Journal of Intelligent and Cooperative Information Systems.

Updates and additional information regarding the conference and related events will be posted at the conference web sites:
Paper Electronic Cover Page Deadline March 15, 1999
Paper Submission Deadline March 29, 1999
Panel and Tutorial Proposal Deadline March 29, 1999
Author Notification May 30, 1998
Final Version Due June 30, 1998

General Chair
Mike P. Papazoglou
Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Program Chairs
Europe, Africa, Middle East:  Americas, Australia, Asia:
Maurizio Lenzerini Umeshwar Dayal
Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica Hewlett-Packard Laboratories
Universita' degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" 1501 Page Mill Road, 1U-4A
Via Salaria 113, I-00198 Roma, ITALY Palo Alto, CA  94304, USA
Phone: +39 - 6 - 8841954 Phone:  +1(650)857-8431
Fax: +39 - 6 - 85300849 Fax:       +1(650)852-81
E-mail:  E-mail:

Organizing Chairs
Dr. Michael O Boyle John Keane
Department of Computer Science, U. of Edinburgh Department of Computation, UMIST

Program Committee
Alex Borgida (USA) Athman Bougettaya (Australia)
Mokrane Bouzeghoub (France) Alex Buchmann (Germany)
Diego Calvanese (Italy) Arbee Chen (Taiwan)
Qiming Chen (USA) Daniela Florescu (France)
Anand Deshpande (India) Asuman Dogac (Turkey)
Carles Garcia Sierra (Spain) Michael Genesereth (USA)
Dimitrios Georgakopoulous (USA) Fausto Giunchiglia (Italy)
Luis Gravano (USA) Laura Haas (USA)
Rick Hull (USA) Michael Huhns (USA)
Matthias Jarke (Germany) Anant Jhingran (USA)
Simon Kaplan (Australia) Kamal Karlapalem (Hong Kong)
Matthias Klush (Germany) Witold Litwin (France)
Kecheng Liu (UK) Fred Lochovsky (Hong Kong)
Stuart Madnick (USA) Robert Meersman (Belgium)
Ami Motro (USA) John Mylopoulos (Canada)
Eric Neuhold (Germany) Maria Orlowska (Australia)
Aris Ouksel (USA) Luigi Palopoli (Italy)
Alain Pirotte (Belgium) Louiqa Raschid (USA)
Tore Risch (Sweden) Arnie Rosenthal (USA)
Marie Christine Rousset (France) Marek Rusinkiewicz (USA)
Felix Saltor (Spain) Sunil Sarin (USA)
Claudio Sartori (Italy) Arne Solvberg (Norway)
John Sowa (USA) Stefano Spaccapietra (Switzerland)
Martin Staudt (Switzerland) Kyu-Young Whang (Korea)
Carson Woo (Canada) Clement Yu (USA)