ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC'08)



July 8-12, 2008

Chicago, Illinois

Since 1999 the ACM Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce (SIGECOM) has sponsored the leading scientific conference on advances in theory, systems, and applications for electronic commerce. The Ninth ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC'08) will feature invited speakers, paper presentations, workshops, and tutorials covering all areas of electronic commerce. The natural focus of the conference is on computer science issues, but the conference is interdisciplinary in nature, addressing research related to (but not limited to) the following topics:

       Applications and Empirical Studies, including

-        Prediction/information markets

-        Experience with e-commerce systems and markets

-        Economic approaches to spam control

-        Pricing for quality of service

-        Web analysis and characterization for e-commerce

-        Open access publishing

-        User contributed content

-        Economics of online textual content

-        Behavioral and experimental economics related to e-commerce

       Theory and Foundations, including

-        Computational aspects of economics, game theory, finance, and voting

-        Automated mechanism design, including computational pricing

-        Algorithmic mechanism design

-        Auction and negotiation technology

-        Formation of supply chains, coalitions, and virtual enterprises

-        Agency and contract theory in e-commerce

-        Game-theoretic aspects of network formation on the Internet

-        Preferences and decision theory

-        Economics of information

       Architectures and Languages, including

-        Peer-to-peer, grid, and other open distributed systems

-        Mobile commerce

-        Software and systems requirements, architectures, and performance

-        Languages for describing agents, goods, services, and contracts

       Automation, Personalization, and Targeting, including

-        AI and autonomous agent systems in e-commerce

-        Automated shopping, trading, and contract management

-        Recommendation, reputation, and trust systems

-        Advertising and marketing technology

-        Sponsored web search, viral marketing

-        Databases and data mining

-        Machine learning for e-commerce applications

-        Mobile and location-based services

-        Search and information retrieval for e-commerce

       Security, Privacy, Encryption, and Digital Rights, including

-        Intellectual property and digital rights management

-        Digital payment systems

-        Authentication

-        Privacy-enhancing technologies

-        Economics of information security and privacy

       Social factors, including

-        Usability of e-commerce systems

-        Human factors in security and privacy

-        Human factors in agents and mechanism design for e-commerce

-        Legal, policy, and social issues


The conference will be held in Chicago from Tuesday July 8th through Saturday July 12th.


Tutorials and workshops will be held on Tuesday July 8th and Wednesday July 9th, 2008. Accepted technical papers and invited talks will be presented from Thursday July 10th through Saturday July 12th, 2008.


This conference is scheduled immediately before the Game Theory Society Congress being held in Evanston, Illinois and AAAI held in Chicago, both July 14-17, 2008.





The conference is soliciting full papers (as well as workshop and tutorial proposals; see below) on all aspects of electronic commerce. Submitted papers will be evaluated on significance, originality, technical quality, and exposition. They should clearly establish the research contribution, its relevance to electronic commerce, and its relation to prior research.


Submissions to be considered for publication may be up to 10 pages (including the bibliography), in 9-point font formatted into two columns with reasonable margins and interline spacing. Additional details may be included in appendices beyond the 10 page limit but will only be read at the discretion of the reviewers. These submissions must not have appeared before (or be pending to appear) in a journal or conference with published proceedings, nor may they be under review or submitted to another forum during the EC'08 review process. All accepted submissions will need to be migrated to the ACM format for the proceedings. Detailed instructions will be given by the publisher after the paper is accepted.


Accepted papers will be presented at the conference in one of two formats: (1) a long oral presentation or (2) a short oral presentation coupled with placement in a poster session. Presentation format will be chosen by the program committee with the goal of encouraging breadth and diversity among oral presentations. Presentation format will have no bearing on how papers appear in the archival conference proceedings: all accepted papers will be allotted 10 pages in the proceedings.


To create dialog about the papers, and further improve the accuracy of the decisions made, EC'08 will add an opportunity for authors to respond to their reviewers. During this one week period, authors who choose to do so may provide a brief response to the reviewers. The reviews and responses will be considered in forming the final acceptance decisions about papers.


To accommodate the publishing traditions of different fields, authors may instead submit working papers that are under review or nearly ready for journal review. These submissions will be subject to review and considered for presentation at the conference but not for publication in the proceedings. These submissions need not conform to the conference paper format. Abstracts of accepted working papers will be included in the proceedings and must be coupled with a URL that points to the full paper and that will be reliable for at least two years. Open access is preferred although the paper can be hosted by a publisher who takes copyright and limits access, as long as there is a link to the location.


Electronic submission in PDF is required.






The conference is soliciting proposals for tutorials and workshops to be held in conjunction with the conference.


Tutorial proposals should contain the title of the tutorial, a two-page description of the topic matter, the names and short biographies of the tutor(s), and dates/venues where earlier versions of the tutorial were given (if any).


Workshop proposals should contain the title of the workshop, the names and short biographies of the organizers, and the names of confirmed or candidate participants. Workshop proposals should also include a two-page description describing the theme, the reviewing process for participants, the organization of the workshop, and required facilities for the workshop.


Informal suggestions for workshop or tutorial ideas can also be sent without a full proposal to the workshop and tutorial chairs at any time.






February 1, 2008: Electronic abstract due

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February 7, 2008: Full electronic paper submissions due

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February 15, 2008: Workshop and Tutorial proposals due

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March 15, 2008: Tutorial & workshop proposal accept/reject notifications


March 25, 2008: Initial Reviews Returned

April 1, 2008: Responses from Authors Due


April 8, 2008: Paper accept/reject notifications

July 8-9, 2008: Conference Workshops and Tutorials, Chicago, IL, USA

July 10-12, 2008: Conference Technical Program, Chicago, IL, USA





General Chair: Lance Fortnow, University of Chicago


Program Chairs:

John Riedl, University of Minnesota

Tuomas Sandholm, Carnegie Mellon University


Workshops Chair: Amin Saberi, Stanford University


Tutorials Chair: Yiling Chen, Yahoo! Research


Local Arrangements:

Jason Hartline, Microsoft Research/Northwestern University

Nicole Immorlica, Northwestern University


Webmaster: Daniel Reeves


Program Committee:

• Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University
• Satinder Baveja, University of Michigan
• Moshe Babaioff, Microsoft Research
• Dirk Bergemann, Yale University
• Avrim Blum, Carnegie Mellon University
• Liad Blumrosen, Microsoft Research
• Felix Brandt, University of Munich
• Shuchi Chawla, University of Wisconsin, US
• John Chuang, University of California, Berkeley
• Vincent Conitzer, Duke University
• Chris Dellarocas, University of Maryland
• Shahar Dobzinski, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
• Edith Elkind, University of Southampton
• Ulle Endriss, University of Amsterdam
• Boi Faltings, Ecole Polytechnique Férale de Lausanne (EPFL)
• Michal Feldman, Hebrew University
• Eric Friedman, Cornell University
• Drew Fudenberg, Harvard University
• Andrew Gilpin, Carnegie Mellon University,US
• Paul Goldberg, University of Liverpool
• Rica Gonen, Yahoo! Research
• Joe Halpern, Cornell University
• Jason Hartline, Microsoft Research
• Donna Hoffman, Univesity of California, Riverside
• Kartik Hosanager, Wharton; University of Pennsylvania
• Nicole Immorlica, CWI, Netherlands
• Adam Juda, Google
• Radu Jurca, Ecole Polytechnique Férale de Lausanne (EPFL)
• Sham Kakade, Toyota Technology Institute
• Anna Karlin, University of Washington
• Robert Kleinberg, Cornell University
• Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University
• Sebastien Lahaie, Yahoo! Research
• Ron Lavi, Technion
• John Ledyard, California Institute of Technology
• Kevin Leyton-Brown, University of British Columbia
• David Liben-Nowell, Carleton College
• Jeffrey MacKie Mason, University of Michigan
• Mohammad Mahdian, Yahoo Research
• Yishay Mansour, Tel Aviv University
• Evangelos Markakis, CWI, Amsterdam
• Aranyak Mehta, Google
• Andrew Odlyzko, University of Minnesota
• Elan Pavlov, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Jan Pedersen, Yahoo!
• David Pennock, Yahoo! Research
• Benny Pinkas, University of Haifa
• Pearl Pu, Ecole Polytechnique Férale de Lausanne (EPFL)
• Jeffrey Rosenschein, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
• Tim Roughgarden, Stanford University
• Ilya Segal, Stanford University
• Yoav Shoham, Stanford University
• Barry Smyth, University of Dublin
• Subhash Suri, University of California, Santa Barbara
• Moshe Tennenholtz, Technion
• Tim van Zandt, INSEAD, France
• Rakesh Vohra, Northwestern University
• William Walsh, CombineNet, Inc.
• Michael Wellman, University of Michigan
• Makoto Yokoo, Kyushu University
• Yunhong Zhou, HP Labs






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