4th International Conference on
Electronic Commerce and Web Technologies

EC-Web 2003

September 1-5, 2003
Prague, Czech Republic


A large number of companies, organizations, and customers are exploiting the opportunities offered by Internet-based electronic commerce solutions and many more are expected to follow. Companies have put their databases and product catalogues on the Web, search engines allow electronic market participants around the globe to locate potential trading partners, and a set of different protocols are established to exchange goods and services by using different business models and following different strategies. There is a diagnostic need for effective tools for information consumers, who must be able to easily locate in the Web interested information from unstructured documents and pictures to structured, record oriented data. The effective and efficient access to the Web information has become a critical research area. This has led to the development of new e-commerce tools and technology, Web data models and query languages, Web site management system, auction and negotiation systems, etc. The management of Web data is receiving a new set of challenges with the advent of XML and other standards. The main objective of this conference is to bring together researchers from different disciplines, developers, and users all interested in electronic commerce and Web technologies and to assess current methodologies and new research directions. Although a natural focus will be on computer science issues, we expressly welcome technical research contributions from economics, business, law, and other relevant disciplines. EC-WEB 2003 is organized by the DEXA Association in parallel with DEXA 03 (14th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications) and DaWaK 03 (5th International Conference on Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery).
The major topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Electronic Commerce:
* Auction and negotiation technology
* Agent-mediated electronic commerce
* Business Process Reengineering for electronic commerce
* Case studies in electronic commerce
* Consumer protection in electronic commerce
* Costs and benefit aspects
* Cryptographic techniques and applications
* Digital goods and products
* Electronic commerce application fields
* Electronic payment systems and exchange protocols
* Formation of supply chains, coalitions, and virtual enterprises
* Innovative business models
* Intellectual property licensing
* Languages for describing goods, services, and contracts
* Legal and privacy issues
* Network pricing and quality of service
* Reputation and trust mechanisms and issues
* Security issues and methods
* Social, organizational and cross-cultural issues
* Standards for electronic commerce

Web Technologies:
* Emerging Standards for Web Data (XML, XSL, RDF etc)
* Web data models
* Web data integration and wrappers
* Web query languages
* Web query processing and optimization
* Storage structures and indexing techniques for Web data
* Web warehousing
* Knowledge discovery of Web data
* Web data mining and analysis
* Discovering structures in Web data
* Web site management
* View maintenance of Web data
* Web security
* Mobile agents to deal with Web data
* Digital libraries and information retrieval
* Web caching
* Web data visualization
* Web Farming

Paper Submission Details:
Authors are invited to submit original research contributions or experience reports in English. Papers should not exceed 10 pages (i.e. 10 LNCS formatted pages). Paper submission in LNCS format (http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html) would be highly appreciated. For paper registration and electronic submission please click here or visit http://www.dexa.org
Submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition.
Authors are request ed to send the abstract of their paper to be received by February 21, 2003 and to submit their paper electronically before February 28, 2003.

For further inquiries, please contact any of the program chairs, or the Conference Organisation Office (gabriela@faw.uni-linz.ac.at)

All accepted conference papers will be published in "Lecture Notes in Computer Science" (LNCS) by Springer Verlag.


* Submission of abstracts: February 21, 2003 new: March 12, 2003

* Submission of full papers: February 28, 2003 new: March 12, 2003

* Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2003 new: May 15, 2003

* Camera-ready copies due: June 1, 2003

General Chair
Kurt Bauknecht, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Program Chairs
Gerald Quirchmayr, University of Vienna, Austria (Gerald.Quirchmayr@univie.ac.at)
A Min Tjoa, Vienna University of Technology, Austria (tjoa@ifs.tuwien.ac.at)

Program Committee
Karl Aberer, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
Antonio Badia, University of Louisville, USA
Bharat Bhargava, Purdue University, USA
Sourav Saha Bhowmick, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Martin Bichler, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Walter Brenner, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Stephane Bressan, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Mike Burmester, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Wojciech Cellary, The Poznan University of Economics, Poland
Roger Clarke, The Australian National University, Australia
Asuman Dogac, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Eduardo Fernandez, Florida Atlantic University, USA
Elena Ferrari, University of Milano, Italy
Farshad Fotouhi, Wayne State University, USA
Yongjian Fu, University of Missouri-Rolla, USA
Chanan Glezer, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel
Rüdiger Grimm, Technical University Ilmenau, Germany
Hiroyuki Kitagawa, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Wolfgang Koenig, University of Frankfurt, Germany
Vijay Kumar, University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA
Karl Kurbel, Europe University Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
Alberto Laender, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Winfried Lamersdorf, University of Hamburg, Germany
Tan Kian Lee, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Juhnyoung Lee, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Lilien Leszek, Purdue University, USA
Ee Peng Lim, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Huan Liu, Arizona State University, USA
Sanjay Kumar Madria, University of Missouri-Rolla, USA
Michael Merz, Ponton GmbH, Germany
Bamshad Mobasher, DePaul University, USA
Natwar Modani, IBM India Research Lab, India
Mukesh Mohania, Western Michigan University, USA
Gustaf Neumann, Vienna University of Economics and BA, Austria
Wee-Keong Ng, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Rolf Oppliger, eSECURITY Technologies, Switzerland
Stefano Paraboschi, University of Bergamo, Italy
Oscar Pastor, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Guenther Pernul, University of Regensburg, Germany
Evangelia Pitoura, University of Ionia, Greece
Kai Rannenberg, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
Indrakshi Ray, Colorado State University, USA
P. Krishna Reddy, University of Tokyo, Japan
Alexander Roehm, University of Essen, Germany
Tomas Sabol, University of Technology Kosice, Slovakia
N. L. Sarda, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
Peter Scheuermann, Northwestern University, USA
Roger Tagg, University of South Australia
Stephanie Teufel, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
Aphrodite Tsalgatidou, University of Athens, Greece
Krishnamurthy Vidyasankar, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Hans Weigand, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Christof Weinhardt, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Richard J. Welke, Georgia State University, USA
Hannes Werthner, Vienna University of Economics and BA, Austria

For inquiries please contact any of the program chairs.