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Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS '21): Early Bird Rates For Hotel (Oct 15) And Registration (Oct 29)

  • 1.  Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS '21): Early Bird Rates For Hotel (Oct 15) And Registration (Oct 29)

    Posted 10-12-2021 19:14

    Dear Colleagues,

    This is a gentle reminder that the early bird rates for the rooms at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center (the site for WITS this year) are available until October 15, 2021. The early registration rate for the workshop is available until October 29, 2021. Please see the end of this letter for details. 

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

    Health and Safety. The team is carefully planning the in person event following the health and safety protocols designed in collaboration with UT healthcare experts to minimize the risk of spread of Covid-19. The venues for the workshop's reception and dinner were chosen to have generous outdoor space to allow for safe and pleasant socializing. Finally, we are incorporating the best practices from hybrid teaching and learning experiences over the last two years to provide a rich experience to those who choose to participate remotely. 

    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.


    Editors' Panel: 

    Important Dates:

    • Notification of Decisions: October 24, 2021
    • Hotel Early Bird Rate: October 15, 2021
    • Workshop Registration: Early by October 29, 2021, Regular by December 1, 2021
    • Conference Dates: December 15-17, 2021

    Registration and Hotel Reservation:

    We have reserved a limited number of rooms at the conference hotel. They are available at a special discounted rate (on a first come first serve basis), until October 15, 2021. If you are planning to attend the workshop, you can reserve a room at this room reservation link. Alternatively, you can call 877-744-8822 or 512-404-3600 (local) to reserve your room.

    You can also register for the workshop from the registration page. Discounted registration is available to faculty and students from countries designated as "lower income" and "lower middle income" by the World Bank


    Best Regards,

    Junming Yin, University of Arizona

    Kunpeng Zhang, University of Maryland 

    Wenjun Zhou, University of Tennessee

    (Review Coordination Chairs)


    Maria De-Arteaga, University of Texas at Austin

    Yan Leng, University of Texas at Austin

    (Local Arrangement Chairs)


    Maytal Saar-Tsechansky, University of Texas at Austin

    Nachiketa Sahoo, Boston University

    (Conference Chairs)