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New Sociotechnical Insights in Interaction Design


Call for Papers

Workshop on sociotechnical insights in interaction design

May 30th in BCS Offices in 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  

Two journal special issues on the same topic are being planned and it is
hoped that some of the submissions in this workshop will be developed to
contribute to these publications.

One issue will appear in the new 'International Journal of
Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development'.

Another issue is planned to appear in a renowned HCI journal (venue to
be confirmed).


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

Ian MacColl, Queensland University of Technology, 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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