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Fri, 26 Oct 2007 10:30:20 +0100
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New Sociotechnical Insights in Interaction Design

Call for Papers
Workshop on sociotechnical insights in interaction design
May 30th 
VENUE: BCS Offices in central London, United Kingdom  

A joint event of the BCS Interaction and Sociotechnical groups  

Aims and goals of the workshop
Diverse areas of the social sciences explore and conceptualize the
relation between people, society and technology under the rubric of
'sociotechnical', which can bring interesting insights into interaction
design. Organizational studies of technology adoption have a well
defined conceptual framework known as sociotechnical systems theory with
established principles. However, the situation is not the same for
interaction design research, which gives diverse uses to the term
'sociotechnical' when involving social methods and theories.
Methodological perspectives like ethnography, ethnomethodology and
activity theory have had a clear impact in interaction design, but the
potential contribution of other areas of the social sciences has not
become so clear and uniform despite the increased development of the
pervasive and social proxy - mediating and mediated -- characters of
interactive systems. 

This workshop will bring together good examples of research in
interaction design that refer to the term 'sociotechnical'. The
challenge is to achieve some level of 'translation' despite differences
between disciplines whose main interest is understanding social
phenomena and disciplines whose main interest is the design of
interactive systems. It is hoped the workshop will identify
opportunities for a sociotechnical knowledge framework in interaction

Submissions are welcome in, but are not limited to, the following
* Actionable recommendations and guidelines for the conception design
and evaluation of interactive systems as 'social proxies' 
* Improved methods for the gathering and elicitation of sociotechnical
requirements for interaction design
* Social Interaction Design and Web 2.0 
* Socially responsible policies for interaction design 
* Participatory design as a sociotechnical endeavour 
* Sociotechnical dynamics of multidisciplinary teams in the context of
novel user-centred development methodologies.
* Culture and interaction design 

The following types of submission are solicited: long paper submissions
of up to 5,000 words, describing substantial contributions of novel
ongoing work; short paper submissions of up to 2,000 words, describing
work in progress.  All papers must be written and presented in English
and will be peer reviewed by at least 2 reviewers. 

Submissions will be evaluated according to the relevance and originality
of the work and to their ability to generate discussions between the
participants of the workshop. The format of submitted papers must follow
the Springer LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) format
including no page numbers. Submitted papers must be in PDF or Word for
Windows format. Papers should be submitted to 

Important dates:
- January, 15th , 2008: Submission of long and short papers
- February, 15th, 2008 : Notification of acceptance
- March 14th , 2008: camera-ready copies of accepted papers due
- May 30th , 2008: workshop

Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings,
accessible through  A special issue on
the same topic in a renowned HCI journal is being planned and it is
hoped that some of the submissions in this workshop will be developed to
contribute to this publication.

Workshop Co-Chair(s):
Jose Abdelnour-Nocera , Thames Valley University, UK
Russell Beale, University of Birmingham, UK
Lynne Dunckley, Thames Valley University, UK
Ken Eason, The Bayswater Institute, UK

Workshop Programme Committee:
Paola Amaldi, Middlesex University, UK
Fiona Concannon, National University of Ireland, Ireland
Elisa del Galdo, Human Factor International, UK/US
Joy Goodman, University of Cambridge, UK
Susan Dray, Dray Associates, US
Rogerio DePaula, Intel, Brazil
Bob Fields, Middlesex University, UK
Thomas Riisgaard Hansen, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Elise van den Hoven, Technological University of Eindhoven, The
Ann Light, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Stephan Lukosch, University of Hagen, Germany
Zhengjie Liu, Dalian Maritime University, China
Kris Luyten, Hasselt University, Belgium
Anthony Meehan, The Open University, UK.
Ian MacColl, The University of Queensland, Australia
Philippe Palanque, University Paul Sabatier, France
Daniel Pargman, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Ulrike Pfeil, City University, UK
Suzana Sukovic, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Christian Sturm, Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca, Mexico
Helen Sharp, The Open University, UK

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