Algorithms at Work / Workshop at CSCW'16

This workshop critically discusses computational algorithms and the diverse ways in which humans relate to them—focusing particularly upon work practices and investigating how algorithms facilitate, regulate, and require human labor, as well as how humans make sense of and react to them.

The purpose of this workshop is threefold: first, to chart the diversity of algorithmic technologies as well as their application, appropriation, use and presence in work practices; second, to probe analytic vocabularies that account for empirical diversity; third, to discuss implications for design that come out of our understandings of algorithms and the technologies through which they are enacted.

We call for position papers (1-4 pages, until December 15, 2015), in particular:

-- empirical studies of algorithms in the workplace in all their guises,

-- studies or essays which examine or suggest analytic vocabularies for algorithms. Submissions might explore the meaning that “algorithm” has taken on in CSCW research—what are considered to be algorithms and what attributes algorithms are said to have. Submissions could also explore which conceptual traditions and methodologies are compatible with these analytic vocabularies,

-- design studies, ideas or implications for design of a) algorithms for work and/or b) the technologies through which the algorithms are enacted and which enable effective use. We are particularly interested in how algorithms and technologies might be better designed to promote, rather than stifle, worker agency.

Complete workshop proposal and call:
Organizers: Susann Wagenknecht, Min Kyung Lee, Caitie Lustig, Jacki O'Neill, Himanshu Zade
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Submission deadline for position paper: December, 15, 2015
Notification deadline: January 15, 2016
Workshop date: February 28, 2016
Conference Website:

We hope to see you in San Francisco. 

Susann Wagenknecht, PhD
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin / postdoc
Seminar für Sozialwissenschaften / Department of Social Sciences
Universität Siegen / University of Siegen

mail: PF 57068 Siegen, Germany
phone: +49 (0) 271 740 4511

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