WAINS 8 / MlabNet 1 (October 10-13, 2001, @NII Seminar House)

Eighth International Workshop on
Academic Information Networks and Systems (WAINS 8)

October 10 - 13, 2001
Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan
International Seminar House, National Institute of Informatics

Background and Motivation

International Workshop on Academic Information Networks and Systems (WAINS) is an annual forum, originally established for promoting international research collaboration between Japan and Thailand through the usage of the international communication network. Since its inception on 1994, we have already held seven annual workshops either in Japan or in Thailand. This year, the eighth workshop will be held in Karuizawa, Japan.

At the beginning, this workshop was established among Japanese and Thai researchers. However, the later expansion of international research collaboration involved researchers from southeast Asian countries and European countries in such diverse research fields as multi-lingual and multimedia delivery system, digital library, online dictionary, satellite data exchange, knowledge representation, distance learning, and advanced network technology.

To further enhance our international research collaboration, the organizing committee solicits research papers that describe recent research contribution based on international research collaboration in the field of informatics, or that propose new international research collaboration with or among participants of this workshop.

WAINS 8 will be a joint workshop with MlabNet 2001, whose official websites can be found at the following URLs.

WAINS 8 http://www.nii.ac.jp/wains/
MlabNet 2001 http://www.nii.ac.jp/mlabnet/

List of relevant topics

In principle, the presentation should refer to some form of international research collaboration with the intensive usage of the Internet. List of relevant topics includes, but is not limited to:


Potential participants should submit the title, abstract and keywords of their work by September 14, 2001. Abstracts and keywords should be written in English and should not exceed 100 words and 5 keywords. Submissions should be sent through the registration form.

Prior to the workshop, participants are requested to provide handout materials that will be distributed at the workshop by October 1, 2001. These materials may be either the draft of final camera-ready paper or the collection of slides used for the presentation. Although the number of pages is not limited, the program chair may alter the final layout of handouts for convenience. Electronic submission (compressed/zipped/gzipped standard Postscript, PDF, Microsoft PowerPoint) through the registration form for uploading the document file is strongly encouraged; however, if it does not work, electronic submission via e-mail may be another choice.

After the workshop, participants are also required to submit the final camera-ready copy of the paper by November 9, 2001. The paper should be written in readable English text with 4-8 pages. Electronic submission (compressed/zipped/gzipped standard Postscript or PDF) is strongly encouraged through the methods mentioned above. These papers will be collected and published as the proceedings of the workshop.

Important Dates

Titles and abstracts submission due September 14, 2001
Registration dueSeptember 14, 2001
Workshop handouts dueOctober 1, 2001
WorkshopOctober 10 - 13, 2001
Final camera-ready copies due November 9, 2001

Workshop Schedule

October 9 (Tue)

October 10 (Wed) WAINS 8 and MlabNet 2001 joint sessions

October 11 (Thu) MlabNet 2001 sessions / WAINS sessions

October 12 (Fri) WAINS 8 sessions

October 13 (Sat) WAINS 8 post-conference


Presentation at the workshop will, in principle, be an oral presentation with 25 minutes talk and 5 minutes discussion. It should be done using either a PC-connected projector or an overhead projector, and the demonstration of research is strongly encouraged. It is planned that Internet connection will be provided for the presentation.


Participants must make a registration by September 14, 2001 along with the submission of titles and abstracts of their paper. There is no registration fee.

We kindly request all the participants to attend the reception that will be held in the evening of October 10. Price for the reception will be approximately JPY 6,000 for one person. If you are unable to attend the reception, please fill in the registration form to inform us your absence.


The number of rooms at Karuizawa International Seminar House is very limited, hence many of the participants may stay at private inns within a walking distance from the seminar house. Reservations will be made through the local organizing committee, and the allocation of rooms will also be decided by the local organizing committee so as to maximally satisfying participants' requests.

Please note that no single room is available at the private inn so it is necessary for participants to share your room with other participants. Hence it is very imporant for us to hear your requests on the accomodation through the registration form.

Financial Support

Invited participants are supported by NII for their round-trip travel expenses from/to their own country/region to Tokyo/Karuizawa, and daily allowances during the workshop period. However, no insurance is covered by NII.

Workshop Co-chair

Dr. Kinji Ono, Professor, National Institute of Informatics, Japan

Dr. Vilas Wuwongse, Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Program Chair / Local Organizing Committee

Dr. Asanobu KITAMOTO
National Institute of Informatics (NII)
2-1-2, Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo, 101-8430 JAPAN