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CFP: The 31st Annual Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS'21)

  • 1.  CFP: The 31st Annual Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS'21)

    Posted 13 days ago
    Edited by Junming Yin 12 days ago

    WITS 2021 Call for Papers

    Dear Colleagues,

    We invite submissions for the 31st Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS 2021) to be hosted in Austin, TX, USA from December 15-17 in a hybrid mode to allow in person and remote participation. WITS is the premier academic forum for the discussion of IT-driven solutions to complex business problems as well as societal issues.

    The theme of WITS'21 is
    Fair and Inclusive Information Systems by Design. Fairness and inclusiveness are widely perceived as important values by societies worldwide. Because information systems are integral to a broad array of activities -- from finance, e-commerce, to health care, education, and one's social life -- it is important to consider how these constructs can and should be integrated in the design of systems, and what approaches can productively and efficiently promote such socially desirable values. This edition of the workshop seeks to promote research that considers different aspects of fairness and inclusion issues in information systems. We are particularly seeking papers that rigorously study fairness and inclusiveness of systems for their diverse stakeholders through careful theoretical analysis or that include sound and meaningful empirical evaluations.

    Submission Instructions:

    All submissions must be sent in electronic form using the WITS 2021 submission system at:

    Please select your submission category from one of the following three in the process of submission:

    • Completed Research Paper (maximum 15 pages)
    • Dissertation Proposal (maximum 10 pages)
    • Demo/Prototype (maximum 10 pages)

    Regular Paper Submissions:

    Submitted regular research papers are limited to 15 double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font, 8.5″ by 11″ pages (including tables, figures, and references and 1″ margins on all sides). All submissions will be subject to double blind review. Selection for presentation at the workshop and publication in the proceedings will be based on originality, contribution to the field, and alignment with the theme of the workshop. As WITS is a workshop, WITS particularly encourages early stage research papers. The submission template can be used to prepare the paper.

    Dissertation Proposal Submissions:

    The applicant must not have completed the dissertation, but must have successfully proposed it, by July 1, 2021. Dissertation proposals should follow the same formatting requirements as regular papers, and should not exceed 10 pages. Accepted dissertation proposals will be invited to present at the workshop and will be considered for a best dissertation proposal award.

    Demo/Prototype/Poster Submissions:

    Demos, prototypes submissions should follow the same formatting requirements as regular papers, and should not exceed 10 pages. Further, they should include, wherever feasible, links to the associated software or demo (along with screenshots to provide the audience an indication of the functionality). Accepted demo/prototypes will be presented as posters during the workshop.

    Important Dates:

    • Paper Submission Open: June 15, 2021
    • Deadline for Submissions: August 15, 2021
    • Notification of Decisions: October 1, 2021
    • Conference Dates: December 15-17, 2021

    Journal Publication Opportunities:

    Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit complete versions of their research for fast track review in the Journal of Business Analytics and/or INFORMS Journal on Data Science.

    Discounted registration is available to faculty and students from countries designated as "lower income" and "lower middle income" by the World Bank.

    If you have any questions about the conference or paper submission, please contact the program committee:

    Best Regards,

    Junming Yin, Kunpeng Zhang, Wenjun Zhou
    (Review Coordination Chairs)

    Maria De-Arteaga, Yan Leng
    (Local Arrangement Chairs)

    Maytal Saar-Tsechansky, Nachiketa Sahoo
    (Conference Chairs)

    Junming Yin
    University of Arizona
    Tucson AZ