January 3-6, 2005
Hilton Waikoloa Village
Island of Hawaii
(Big Island)



Important Dates 

Program Information


         Barry W. Boehm
         Peter G.W. Keen    

Tracks and Minitracks
       Session Leader Guidelines

Special Workshop

Tutorial Day
   Tutorial Guidelines

SCHEDULING: It is not possible to accommodate requests to schedule a paper or session for specific days or times.  Please make your travel plans to attend the conference at least for the entire 3 days or paper sessions (Tues, Wed, Thurs. January 4-6).   

Advisory Committees

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Information for Authors
Accepted Authors

NOTE:  If you uploaded a revised paper, you may not revise again.  However, if you did not submit your AV request and or copyright form during that uploading process, please re-enter your account and do so immediately.  If you have not received final decision notice by Sept 17, please contact your minitrack chair. 
         Author Guidelines

           Formatting Instructions
               Sample Page

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Registration Information

 Important Details

Conference Registration
MS Word Format
Online Registration
Guest Registration

Hilton Waikoloa Village

     Hotel Reservations
    Hilton Waikoloa Village
     Dolphin Quest Reservation

Waikoloa Beach Marriott
  Hotel Reservations

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Travel Information

Airline Specials
   Northwest Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines

Alamo Rent a Car
   HICSS Special Rates


Before and After Conference
Leisure Activities
The Wright Company
   Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau


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Conference Venue

Hilton Waikoloa Village
425 Waikoloa Beach Drive 

Waikoloa, Hawaii 06738


The Hilton Waikoloa Village is a resort sometimes described as "a world unto itself" on 62 acres of the sunny Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, the largest of the Hawaiian islands. The green, lush landscape of the Waikola Village is a surprising oasis arising from the surrounding lava rockscape flowing down the mountains from the center part of the island.   The hotel offers spacious meeting rooms, state-of the art conference facilities, as well as 1200 guest rooms, on-site golf, tennis, shops, activities, and watersports (including its famous Dolphin Quest adventure).   

Waikoloa Village is 18 miles north of the Kona International Airport.  About 15 miles south of the airport is Kona, one of the two large towns on the Big Island, but still small by any measure.  Hilo, which is on the east shore amid a more rain forest type ecosystem is home to the University of Hawaii at Hilo.  Waimea is on the northern tip of the island.   

General Information

HICSS-38 will be held MONDAY through THURSDAY, January 3-6, 2005.  We expect more than 600 individuals from throughout the world to participate in the sessions during the four days of the conference.  

HICSS conferences offer a unique, highly interactive and professionally challenging environment that many attendees find "very helpful -- lots of different perspectives and ideas as a result of discussion."  HICSS sessions are comprised of refereed paper presentations; the conference does not have vendor presentations.  Because the conference operation is funded almost entirely by registration fees, HICSS is not able to subsidize registrations or offer reduced fees.  All participants and speakers are expected to have their organization bear the costs of their expenses and registration. There is no partial registration for HICSS.

HICSS-38 offers nine tracks:

Papers in each of these tracks have in recent years made significant contributions to the application of information systems technology.  After HICSS many papers have been republished in various journals, transactions and magazines, or have appeared as chapters in books.   To be accepted at HICSS, all manuscripts are carefully reviewed by three independent reviewers actively involved in each paper's subject area.  HICSS's overall acceptance rate averages 50%, with lower rates in mature fields, and slightly higher rates when a new area of research is specifically nurtured in its infancy.  Best Paper nominations are selected by a program committee in each of the Track areas, with winners announced on the final day of the conference. 

The week's events consist of advanced seminars, tutorials, workshops, open forums, task forces, plenary lectures, a distinguished guest lecture, and the daily presentation of accepted manuscripts which emphasize research and development activities in several areas of the system sciences.  There is always a high degree of interaction and discussion among the participants at a HICSS Conference because the week's sessions are conducted in a workshop-like setting. All registrants are expected to attend the entire four days of the conference and actively to engage in these discussions, both in and out of the paper sessions.  

Included in the HICSS registration fee:

  • All paper presentations and sessions, Tuesday through Thursday.
  • The advanced seminars, tutorials, and workshops on Monday.  Each is designed to be an intensive short course that serves as a survey of the state-of-the-art knowledge in each subject area, and to lay the foundation for some of the related paper sessions in the conference.
  • A printed volume of the Abstracts and a CD of the full papers of the Proceedings   
  • Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday evening
  • Plenary session on Tuesday immediately after lunch  
  • (3) Buffet lunches Tuesday , Wednesday, and Thursday
  • Luau/Final Dinner

Since 1968 the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) has become a respected a forum for the substantive interchange of ideas in all areas of information systems and technology. The objective of HICSS is to provide a unique environment in which researchers and practitioners in the information, computer and system sciences can frankly exchange and discuss their research ideas, techniques and applications.   To realize this objective and to facilitate lively discussion and interaction, the format is carefully structured, and the number of available registrations is limited.  Comments and feedback from each HICSS conference indicate that the conference format continues to be professionally rewarding and stimulating to everyone who attends. 

HICSS is sponsored by the University of Hawai'i at Manoa College of Business. 

Proceedings of the Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences
are published and distributed by the IEEE Computer Society.  All HICSS papers are included in the Computer Society's Digital Library and indexed by the Computer Society and the IEEE.

Important Dates during 2004

March 31, 2004     

June 15,  2004

August 15,  2004   

September 15, 2004

October 1,  2004 

December 10,  2004 

Abstracts to be submitted to Minitrack Chairs for guidance and indication of appropriate content.

Authors submit full manuscripts to the online submission site.

Minitrack Chairs make decisions regarding paper acceptances.  (Note:  Acceptance may be conditional; revisions may be requested for final acceptance of paper.) 

Deadline for Authors to submit the final version of their accepted papers electronically for  publication.

At least one author of each paper must have registered to attend the conference by this date. 

All conference registrations and payments are due. On site registration fee applies after this date. No refunds after this date.

Note: Authors are required to register by October 1.  
Please plan ahead.  
Registration will not be accepted until full payment is made.

Normal Registration:
Oct 2 - Dec 10 

** Strictly enforced**
Late Registration
after December 10 
No refunds after this date

Conference Chairman
Ralph H. Sprague, Jr.
Department of Information Technology Management
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
2404 Maile Way, E-303
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Tel: 808-956-7082
Fax: 808-956-9889
Email: sprague@hawaii.edu  


Conference Administrator 
Sandra Laney
HICSS Conference Office 
College of Business Administration University of Hawai'i 
2404 Maile Way, A-202 
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 
Tel: 808-956-3251 
Fax: 808-956-5759 
Email: hicss@hawaii.edu

Track Administrator 
Eileen Dennis
Cactus Meetings & Technology, Inc. 
3732 Commodore Trail 
Bloomington IN, 47408 
Tel: 812-331-0551 
Fax: 812-331-0564 
Email: eidennis@indiana.edu

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Send questions or comments to:hicss@hawaii.edu