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    The Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST)
    Calls for Participation in the2015 Summer Research Institute

*When:**July 20 -- 24, 2015*

*Where:***The Nature Place <http://www.thenatureplace.net/>*, near 
Colorado Springs, CO*

*Deadline:******Taking applications until **2 March, 2015*

Personal health and well-being; open innovation, eScience, and citizen 
science; co-production, open source, and new forms of work; cultural 
heritage and information access; energy management and climate change; 
civic hacking, engagement and government; disaster response; 
cybersecurity and privacy; education and learning -- these are just a 
few problem domains where effective design and robust understanding of 
complex sociotechnical systems are critical.

To meet these challenges, a trans-disciplinary community has come 
together, drawing together scholars from intellectual communities such 
as CSCW, HCI, social computing, organization studies, information 
visualization, social informatics, sociology, information systems, 
medical informatics, computer science, ICT for development, education, 
learning science, journalism, and political science. Through Summer 
Research Institutes, extended workshops, preconference workshops, and 
other activities, this community of researchers from academia and 
industry has developed a strong focus on problems and opportunities 
arising from the interplay of social and technological systems that span 
individuals, groups, organizations, and societies.

The 2015 Summer Research Institute builds on this tradition to 
strengthen and expand this diverse community by bringing together 
graduate students, post-doctoral students, faculty, and other 
researchers in three groups:

*Doctoral students, post-doctoral students, pre-tenure faculty, and 
early career researchers* -- Mentoring, peer networking, and 
skill-building tutorials will help doctoral students, post-doctoral 
students, pre-tenure faculty, and early career researchers identify 
substantive ways that the theories, approaches, and tools within the 
larger community can advance their work with the design and study of 
sociotechnical systems.

*Emerging multi-disciplinary research teams -- *Groups of researchers 
seeking to develop cross-disciplinary collaborations will work with 
mentors to refine problem statements and research goals; connect with 
collaborators with complementary skills and interests; and create 
actionable research agendas and funding proposals. Preference will be 
given to groups interested in designing and studying sociotechnical 
systems that address societal grand challenges such as (but not limited 
to) healthcare; energy management and climate change; cybersecurity and 
privacy; education and learning; disaster response; technology 
development and innovation; economic development and work; and civic 
engagement and participation.

*Research infrastructure development teams -- *Groups of researchers 
interested in creating computational or analytic tools, data resources, 
training materials, or other infrastructure to support the design and 
study of sociotechnical systems will come together to work on new 
challenges. These infrastructure "hackathon" sessions will result in 
community resources such as use cases, prototypes, draft materials, and 
deployable systems.


  Applying for CSST 2015 Summer Research Institute

We encourage applications from all academic, industry, NGO, and public 
sector organizations worldwide. To apply for the 2015 Summer Research 
Institute, select the group that best fits your needs and situation:

*Doctoral students, post-doctoral students, pre-tenure faculty, and 
early career researchers* should send their CV and a short (up to 300 
words) response to the question "How does/will your work advance our 
ability to design and understand critical sociotechnical systems?" 
Include three relevant references to situate your work within the larger 
research community. Doctoral students should have completed their 
dissertation proposal prior to attending and should seek a letter of 
recommendation from their advisor/department chair indicating their 
expected graduation date as well as how the CSST Summer Research 
Institute will advance their scholarship.

*Emerging multi-disciplinary research teams *should apply as a group, 
sending their CVs and a short (up to 500 words) response to these 
questions: "What is the research focus/problem domain? What types of 
activities/studies are needed to engage that domain? How will pursuing 
this agenda help advance our ability to design and understand critical 
sociotechnical systems?" Include references and potential funding 
sources, if known, to situate the proposal within the larger research 
community. Your team may have from three to six people. Preference will 
be given to cross-institutional teams in which junior/mid-career 
researchers play significant leadership roles.

*Research infrastructure development teams *should apply as a group, 
sending their CVs and a short (up to 500 words)) response to these 
questions: "What is the problem you are seeking to address? What will 
you do to address that problem? How will creating these technologies, 
tools, materials or infrastructure improve our ability to design and 
understand critical sociotechnical systems?" Include references to 
examples from other domains, if possible, to situate your proposal. Your 
team may have from three to six people from multiple disciplines and 
institutions.

Lodging, meals, and other onsite costs will be covered for all Summer 
Research Institute participants. Limited travel support is available, if 
needed, for participants from US and Canadian institutions 
(with preference given to doctoral and post-doctoral students).  To be 
considered for all available financial support you should provide the 
following information when you apply:

  * What college or university do you attend?
  * What is your primary department affiliation?
  * If you are applying from a Canadian university, are you a member of
    the GRAND network?

Send your application materials to Summer Research Institute Co-Director 
Diane Bailey at [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> by March 2, 2015. The CSST 
Summer Research Institute Advisory Group will review applications using 
the following criteria:

  * Clear articulation of the hoped-for contribution to the theory,
    practice, or design of sociotechnical systems
  * Likelihood of Summer Research Institute participation providing
    significant practical benefit for the individual/team
  * Contribution to a balanced and diverse group of participants

The number of participants we select will depend on the available 
funding and the fit between applicants' interests and CSST goals.**

For more information about the Summer Research Institute, contact the 
Summer Research Institute Co-Directors, Diane Bailey 
([log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) and Dan Cosley 
([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>). For information about 
the broader community of researchers interested in design and study of 
sociotechnical systems, see: CSST (www.sociotech.net 
<http://www.sociotech.net>), the "Researchers of the Socio-Technical" 
Facebook group, or the CSST listserv ([log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).


  2015 CSST Summer Research Institute Mentors

Ken AndersonIntel

Cecilia AragonUniversity of Washington

Diane BaileyUniversity of Texas (Co-Director)

Elizabeth ChurchillGoogle

Dan CosleyCornell University (Co-Director)

Cliff LampeUniversity of Michigan

Bonnie NardiUniversity of California, Irvine

Leysia PalenUniversity of Colorado, Boulder

Scott RobertsonUniversity of Hawaii

Michael TwidaleUniversity of Illinois

With support from these Digital Societies Research Coordination Network 
members:

Brian ButlerUniversity of Maryland

Wayne LuttersUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County

Steve SawyerSyracuse University

Andrea TapiaThe Pennsylvania State University


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