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Workshop at CSCW2012: Exploring collaboration in challenging 
environments: From the car to the factory and beyond

Specific and difficult environments offer a variety of methodological 
challenges to explore cooperation under very specific contextual 
conditions. Difficult and challenging environments we understand as 
contexts going beyond traditional working/office settings offering very 
specific characteristics to be explored. Examples for these environments 
can be the automotive context (studying cooperation in the car) or the 
context of a semiconductor factory. The aim is to generate a framework 
of influence factors for collaboration in the sphere of difficult 
environments, focusing on the methodological challenges of analyzing 
requirements, introducing novel technologies and working together with 
representative users in these contexts (e.g. requirement analysis in the 
cleanroom of a semiconductor factory, integrating novel technology in an 
operating room, collaboration devices in a car). The forum is open to 
researchers and practitioners from a variety of fields. Through position 
papers and interactive discussions participants will explore current 
issues and future approaches.


  * Deadline position papers: 25 November 2011

  * Notification for workshop participants: 12 December 2011

  * Deadline for the final position papers: 15 January 2011

  * Workshop at CSCW2012: 11 February 2012


Position papers about contextual influence factors and the 
methodological challenges they pose in challenging and difficult 
research environments, such as automotive, factory, hospital, school, 
etc. are invited.

Submissions are invited on the following topics:

  * Influencing factors for the different instances of “difficult” 

  * Challenges and comparisons towards methods and measures for 
investigating collaboration such as:
* Lab vs. field studies
* Simulating contexts vs. in-situ
* Forms of ethnographic methods
* Experience and context sampling
* Narration and storytelling

  * Human factors and ergonomics issues such as
* Ergonomics in collaboration with and supporting collaboration by 
intelligent adaptive systems (e.g. robots, driving assistance systems)
* Human in the loop and joint interaction
* Human-Machine Interaction (HMI) vs. machine mediated human-human 

  * Future emerging interaction possibilities to support collaboration 
in “difficult” environments such as
* Potential of multitouch, haptics, and gestures
* Speech and gaze interfaces
* Situated display

Position papers should be submitted to the workshop organizers, no later 
than 25 November 2011. The position paper will form the bases for the 
position statements at the beginning of the workshop. The position paper 
(min 800 words, but no longer than 4 A4 pages) about current research 
and viewpoints on the topics should be sent to the organizers at 
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There are no prerequisites for attending the workshop. All members of 
the CSCW community, as well as members from related communities, such as 
HCI, HRI, Social Science, Communication Science etc. are encouraged to 
attend and participate in the discussions.

Workshop Organizers:

Manfred Tscheligi (HCI & Usability Unit, University of Salzburg)
Astrid Weiss (HCI & Usability Unit, University of Salzburg)
Alexander Meschtscherjakov (HCI & Usability Unit, University of Salzburg)
Volker Wulf (Institute for Information Systems, University of Siegen)
Vanessa Evers (Human Media Interaction (HMI) group, University of Twente)
Bilge Mutlu (Department of Computer Sciences, University of 

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