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Gerd Kortuem <[log in to unmask]>
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Call for Papers and Participation

International Workshop on Designing the Internet of Things for
Workplace Realities: Social and Cultural Aspects in Design and Organisation

26 March 2008, Zurich, Switzerland

In Conjunction with the Internet of Things Conference 2008

Submission Deadline: 12 January 2008


The rise of the Internet of Things has important socio-technical
implications for organisations. While ubiquitous and wireless
technologies are developed to enable new ways of working, to increase
safety and to facilitate coordination, they may interfere with
established work practices, undermine productivity and individuals'
satisfaction, and have an unforeseen impact on relations of power and
control. These issues, however, are rarely addressed in development
and research projects for the Internet of Things and in the public
discourses surrounding it. We are interested in research, that
addresses a wide range of social and organisational issues, such as
organisational flexibility, organisational alignment, working roles,
practices and strategies, and power and control.

The workshop has the goal to increase awareness of organisational
issues of the Internet of Things and to provide a forum for discussion
of design approaches to manage critical organisational issues.
Furthermore we would like to build a bridge between the various
research communities exploring organisational, social and cultural
aspects of the Internet of Things and ubiquitous computing. A
multitude of methods and guidelines (e.g. participatory design, work
place studies, ethnomethodology, resilience engineering,
socio-technical system approach, scenario-based design, ANT) have been
developed to address organisational, human and social issues in
technology design, deployment and use. However, those methods have
often not yet been adopted and tested for the Internet of Things or
ubiquitous computing. We encourage submissions presenting a particular
design method to address social, cultural and organisational
perspectives or relating experiences from modeling these processes
within research and development projects.

The Internet of Things is emerging as a powerful force for reshaping
organisational and social realities, potentially affecting the
(work)lives of millions of people. Current political agendas, a rising
awareness of health and safety issues, security, and new legal
requirements due to the European legislation often first cause the
need for a new (ubiquitous) technological system and also have an
impact on the role ubiquitous computing plays. We welcome especially
attempts to gauge the wider implications of these developments on
society and culture that then in turn have an impact on organisations
and workplaces. We not only want to consider the impact of the
Internet of Things but rather understand those technologies and the
surrounding cultural and social logics in a co-constitutive process.

Scope of the Workshop

We welcome contributions that investigate the Internet of Things and
ubiquitous computing from a technical, organisational, cultural and
social perspective from areas such as organisational studies, science
and technology studies, anthropology and human computer interaction.
We are especially interested in papers by practitioners,
technologists, designers and social scientists and contributions that
are interdisciplinary.

Position papers on the following topics are welcome:

- Organisational drivers and issues of the Internet of Things
- Adoption and use of Internet of Things technologies in organisations
- Real world case studies of Internet of Things applications in organisations
- The Internet of Things as a socio-technical system
- The alignment of the Internet of Things to workplace realities
- Design methods and processes that address organisational, cultural
and social issues
- Methods that address how to manage opportunities and risks
associated with the Internet of Things
- Public perception of and discourse about the Internet of Things (and
the impact on technology development and adoption)
- High level and general drivers of the internet of things such as
risk and information society
- Conceptual frameworks for the Internet of Things


The workshop will be highly interactive to maximize information
exchange and foster collaborations. Three or four issues will be set
as the agenda of the workshop. The activities will be based on the
position papers and on the participants' background. Major workshop
activities will take place in discussion groups following
presentations of workshop participants and invited keynote speakers.
The selection of workshop participants is based on submitted position
papers describing ongoing research and experiences.

Submission Guidelines

We solicit papers describing original research. Contributions should
cover current, ongoing or recently concluded work and cannot in this
version have been published elsewhere. The position paper should
address at least one relevant organisational or social issue of the
Internet of Things and will be peer reviewed by an international
program committee.

All accepted workshop papers will be published in a single workshop
proceedings volume. Submissions should be single-column and not exceed
6 pages in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) format.
LaTeX-users should use the Springer LaTeX2e template. While we
strongly recommend LaTeX for the preparation of your document, you can
also use a Word template if needed. You can download the templates

Please forward the workshop paper to [log in to unmask] in PDF format.

Important Dates

January 12, 2008: Submission Deadline
February 9, 2008: Notification of acceptance
February 18, 2008: Early registration deadline
March 1, 2008: Submission deadline for camera-ready papers
March 26, 2008: Workshop

Date and Place

This workshop will be held on March 26, 2007 in Zurich at the
Conference Hotel of Internet of Things 2008 the International
Conference for Industry and Academia.


Daniel Boos, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Katharina Kinder, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Gerd Kortuem, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Program Committee

Abraham Bernstein, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Paul Devadoss, Lancaster University, UK
Gudela Grote, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Stephan Haller, SAP Research
Lorenz Hilty, EMPA, Switzerland
Erik Hollnagel, Ecoles de Mines de Paris, France
Kalle Lyytinnen, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Martina Merz, University Lucerne, Switzerland
George Roussos, University of London, UK
Saadi Lahlou, R&D, Laboratory of Design for Cognition, France
Craig Shepherd, University of Leeds, UK
Nils Zurawski, University of Hamburg, Germany

Additional PC members will be added on the website.

For further information please contact Daniel Boos ([log in to unmask]) ,
Katharina Kinder ([log in to unmask]) or Gerd Kortuem
([log in to unmask]) and please also see the workshop website:

Gerd Kortuem
Computing Department - Infolab21 - Lancaster University
email:[log in to unmask]
tel: +44 0161 408 5571

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