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Mon, 4 Jan 2010 09:23:17 -0600
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Call for Participation: Cognitive Models of Social Information Systems
CHI 2010 workshop
April 11th, 2010

Note: Deadline is Jan 6th, 2010.


The main goal of this workshop is to connect researchers from
different areas whose work focuses on the development of
models of user behavior in social information systems. Our hope is to
integrate ideas from diverse domains such as (but not limited to) HCI,
cognitive science, AI, psychology, computer science, information
science, and computational linguistics to generate novel perspectives
on understanding, characterizing, and predicting system
characteristics and user behavior at both the individual and aggregate/
social levels. We also hope that his workshop will provide a venue for
researchers in both academia and industry to discuss the use of
cognitive models to inform designs of future social information
systems in diverse application areas.

We broadly define social information systems as systems that support
social functions. Difference forms of social information systems have
gained significant popularity over the last decade. For example,
social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace and social
tagging systems such as and attract several
thousand users a day. While serving different social functions, these
systems provide its users increased social presence and opportunities
for easy collaboration and social interaction. User behavior on these
systems has been generally conducted based on analysis of snapshots of
long-term user interaction patterns such as logs of user activities,
connections between users, etc. But, very little is known about the
cognitive mechanisms underlying these interactions. A good
understanding of the individual cognitive mechanisms is important for
engineering better interface representations and interaction methods
that support user behavior in social systems. Additionally, models
that aim at characterizing these mechanisms can complement existing
research and provide a basis for a more complete explanation of
emergent social and collaborative behavior in social information


We welcome submission from researchers and practitioners who are
interested in developing computational models of social information
systems. We particularly welcome submissions from diverse disciplines,
and we welcome and value suggestions about themes or directions of
research related to this area.

Please submit an 3-5 page research or position paper about your work.
Papers will be reviewed and selected based on their relevance to the
workshop and ability to contribute to the discussion.

Email your paper, in PDF, to [log in to unmask] with the subject
line "CHI 2010 Cognitive Models Workshop" by Jan 6th,  2010.
Authors will be notified by January 20th, 2010. Papers should be in
the ACM SIGCHI submissions format.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us by email

Wai-Tat Fu & Thomas Kannampallil, University of Illinois at Urbana-
Wai-Tat Fu
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Assistant Professor
Human Factors Division and Beckman Institute
University of Illinois

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