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[Apology for cross-posting] Call for Papers: Special Issue on the Future of
Work: COVID-19 and Beyond Andrew L. Kun, Shamsi Iqbal, Microsoft Research,
Orit Shaer Title and abstracts due: 15 February 2021 (email
[log in to unmask]) Full manuscripts due: 1 March 2021 (via
https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pc-cs.) Publication: October-December 2021
Advances in pervasive computing are rapidly changing the way we work.
Pervasive computing can improve the way workers connect into productive
teams; it vastly improves the ability of organizations to collect and
process data; and it provides new tools for using data in feedback loops
that affect the physical or virtual world, both as personalized,
small-scale interventions and as broad, large-scale actions. These changes
are accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis. This crisis resulted in a sudden
and dramatic change in how we work. For many of us, the well-known
mainstays of work—the eight-hour workday, the office building, the morning
commute, the salient boundaries between work and personal life, in-person
conversations with coworkers, and sending children to school or daycare—are
gone or drastically different than they were before. Even worse, millions
of workers lost their jobs, and their prospects of future employment are
uncertain. The issues of inequality and racial injustice are even more
pronounced than before; sections of the population are bearing the brunt
far more than others, and there is a real risk of leaving behind workers
who are unable to balance rapidly changing work responsibilities with
increased demands placed on their personal life. While we all hope that the
COVID-19 crisis will soon subside, some of its effects are likely to
remain; not all office buildings will open back up, not all jobs lost will
be available again, and the way we used to think about productivity and
work-life balance may never be the same. Given these changes, how can
pervasive computing support worker and organization productivity? How can
it support workers in balancing productivity with well-being? How can it
support workers as they seek new skills and new jobs? Furthermore, how do
these new circumstances provide a window into the long-term future of work
and the role of pervasive computing in this future? And, while we are
primarily interested in how pervasive computing can support work, we must
be mindful of helping workers maintain their overall well-being. What is
the role of pervasive computing in this? In this special issue, we seek to
provide a broad set of answers to these questions. The guest editors invite
original and high-quality submissions addressing any aspect of the role of
pervasive computing in supporting the future of work. Review or summary
articles—for example, critical evaluations of the state of the art, or an
insightful analysis of established and upcoming technologies—may be
accepted if they demonstrate academic rigor and relevance. Example topics
include, but are not limited to: Tools for remote work: working from home,
working while commuting, and meetings with remote participants New ways of
getting work done: techniques for interleaving work; easy resumption,
engagement, and disengagement; and incorporating well-being needs in
productivity tools Technologies for the future of work: networking,
augmented reality, virtual reality, wearable devices, and human-robot
collaboration Supporting worker well-being: maintaining work-life
boundaries, supporting physical movement, and facilitating work attachment
and detachment Matching worker skills with job opportunities: assessing
worker skills, matching existing skills to new job opportunities, and
peer-networks for learning new skills Inclusion and accessibility:
technology that is built for equality and technology that supports all
abilities Security and privacy: protecting the pervasive-computing work
infrastructure from malicious actors and maintaining privacy while
providing personalized support for work and well-being Novel ways of
measuring outcome: rewarding performance so that it takes into account an
individual’s unique needs, incorporating well-being as an integral part of
productivity, fostering and measuring creativity and innovation, and
supporting self-reflection by workers Novel applications of pervasive
computing to support future jobs and work practices Submission Guidelines
Articles submitted to IEEE Pervasive Computing should not exceed 6,000
words, including all text, abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies,
and table text. The word count must include 250 words for each table and
figure. References should be limited to 20 citations (40 for survey
papers). Authors are encouraged, but not required, to use a template for
submission (accepted articles will ultimately be typeset by magazine staff
for publication). Submissions should not have been submitted or published
elsewhere. Please read the author guidelines here. To submit a manuscript,
go to https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pc-cs. Questions? Contact the guest
editors at [log in to unmask] Guest Editors: Andrew L. Kun, University
of New Hampshire, USA Shamsi Iqbal, Microsoft Research, USA Orit Shaer,
Wellesley College, USA

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