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Brian Butler <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:41:53 -0500
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CSST2012:  Summer Research Institute for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems 
The Bishop’s Lodge Resort, Santa Fe, NM, USA
July 29 – August 2, 2012 

Application Date:  March 15th, 2012
Notification: Early April 2012
Eligibility: Advanced doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars and pre-tenure faculty at US-based institutions

A science of sociotechnical systems is emerging from research in the fields of CSCW, social computing, social informatics, the sociology of computing, HCI, information systems and other related intellectual communities. The Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical systems (CSST, see is an organization devoted to advancing research on sociotechnical systems. Building on the success of the four previous Summer Research Institutes, the CSST will, with generous support by the National Science Foundation, again be hosting a summer research institute for advanced doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars, and pre-tenure faculty. A primary goal of the institute is to build a new cohort of faculty and graduate students who are interested in research on the design and interplay of the social and technical that spans levels of individuals, groups, organizations, and larger communities. Examples of this kind of work include research on:

	• new forms of organizing (e.g., virtual organizations, massive online activities)
	• social computing (e.g., online communities, online social networks);
	• distributed work (e.g., collaboratories, virtual teams);
	• technology and work in context (e.g. healthcare informatics, eScience)
	• emerging technologies (e.g., recommender systems, prediction markets);
	• novel forms of production (e.g., open source software, Wikipedia);
	• new forms of expression and entertainment (e.g., blogs, MMORPGs);
	• information and communication technologies for developing regions 

The institute has assembled a faculty of distinguished scholars in the domain of sociotechnical systems to serve as mentors. This includes the following leading scholars, in addition to others from both industry and government:

	• Brian Butler, University of Maryland, Director
	• Andrea Tapia, Pennsylvania State University, Assistant Director
	• Geoff Bowker, UCI
	• Tom Erickson, IBM
	• Tony Salvador, Intel
	• Diane Bailey, University of Texas – Austin
	• Bonnie Nardi - UCI

The goals of the institute are to:

• Expand on and strengthen connections among the cohort of researchers in this area, and build on the network of relations formed through the prior Summer Research Institutes.

• Guide the work of the new researchers by interacting with experts in sociotechnical systems science. Provide encouragement and support for the selection of sociotechnical systems research topics.

• Illustrate the interrelationship and diversity of the field of sociotechnical systems research.

The institute will be conducted as a residential program at the Bishop’s Lodge Resort outside Santa Fe, New Mexico ( with a combination of small group sessions devoted to providing feedback on participant's research and larger group sessions consisting of panels and presentations led by the Institute's mentors. These sessions will cover research topics such as core principles and viable research methods and also career development, how to obtain funding, and publication strategies. Time each afternoon will be reserved for informal recreational activities.
Support for travel, lodging, and meal costs is available (provided by NSF and other instituted sponsors).

The application process requires:

1. Your current curriculum vitae

3. Your contact information and affiliation: your name, your current U.S.-based institution and affiliation, your preferred email address, and your status (PhD candidate, post-doctoral scholar, pre-tenure faculty, or an explanation of some other status).

2. A 350 word response to the question: How will your research contribute to advancing our scientific understanding of sociotechnical systems? A few core citations may be helpful in framing your answer, especially if they are not to your own work. (The accompanying reference list does not apply toward your word count.)

E-mail your application materials as attachments using PDF or a common word processing format to [log in to unmask] with “CSST 2012” in the subject line.

Please also note that participation in this institute will be limited to doctoral candidates who have advanced to candidacy by the time of submission up through pre-tenure faculty who are at US institutions.  This includes post-doctoral scholars who are not in tenure-track positions if they are less than five years from having completed their doctorate.

All applications will be reviewed by the institute director, associate director, and all mentors. Selection will reflect the following criteria:

· Clear articulation of the research contribution to sociotechnical systems (theory, practice or design);
· Clear development of sociotechnical concepts and principles relative to your research interests;
· A career point where participation in the institution would be of greatest practical value;
· Contribution to a balanced and diverse group of participants.

For further information please visit, e-mail [log in to unmask], or speak with prior Institute participants at CSST workshops or on the CSST Facebook group -- "Researchers of the Socio-Technical."

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