Call for Participation in Workshops

Saturday February 27th

Sunday February 28th

WP-01: Data-work in Healthcare: The New Work Ecologies of Healthcare Infrastructures

Sunday February 28
Contact: Claus Bossen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Katie Pine, University of California, Irvine
Gunnar Ellingsen, Artic University of Norway
Federico Cabitza, University of Milano-Bicocca

Abstract: The workshop focuses on the new work ecologies emerging from implementation and use of information infrastructures in healthcare (IIH). As IIH “grows” through organizational and regulatory mechanisms, CSCW researchers grapple with the shifting nature of healthcare data. CSCW has long been concerned with coordination, cooperation, and communication among interdisciplinary occupations in healthcare. Yet, while medical record keeping is still a primary function of IIH, second order data usages are increasingly large foci of IIH design and use. Facilitating development of health data practice and infrastructure is an area ripe for CSCW research. Critical topics include but are not limited to: re-use of clinical data for second order usages; design of artifacts and infrastructures; politics of creating and using data; algorithmic authority of IIH and effects on the exercise of expertise and discretion of healthcare professions; new forms of healthcare data work, including new occupations; data-driven accountability and management in healthcare”


WP-03: Where did my Office go? Is it in the Cloud!? – Workshop on Spatial and Social Connectedness in Virtual and Mediated Work Environments

Saturday February 27
Contact: Charlie Gullström, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweeden
Joke Kort, TNO, Human Behavior and Organizational Innovation, Groningen, The Netherlands

Abstract: The physical workplace – a hub for communication, collaboration and co-located interaction – can no longer be taken for granted. Today, the design of intelligent interactive media, physical products and ubiquitous environments has passed the phase of being technology-driven. Meaning, insight and experience are now the key design drivers for the bridging of digital and physical design. We foresee how new interconnected knowledge systems – objects/devices, buildings and even cities created from web-based services and IoT – thoroughly transform CSCW. A wide spectrum of services already invites users to seamlessly move between real and virtual workspaces, using a range of previously separated media channels. This interdisciplinary workshop welcomes researchers and practitioners to a day-long exchange targeting User eXperience (UX) and, specifically, the relationship between social and spatial connectedness in mediated and virtual work environments. Examples from ongoing research and developments informs a discussion on how the borders between the virtual and real become increasingly obsolete.


WP-04: Collocated Interaction: New Challenges in ‘Same Time, Same Place’ Research

Saturday February 27
Contact: Martin Porcheron, University of Nottingham, UK
Joel E. Fischer, University of Nottingham, UK
Andrés Lucero, University of Southern Denmark
Aaron Quigley, University of St Andrews, UK
Stacey D. Scott, Engineering University of Waterloo, Canada
Luigina Ciolfi, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
John Rooksby, University of Glasgow, UK
Nemanja Memarovic, University of Zurich, CH

Abstract: In the 25 years since Ellis, Gibbs, and Rein proposed the time-space taxonomy, research in the ‘same time, same place’ quadrant has diversified, perhaps even fragmented. The goal of this one-day workshop is to bring together researchers with diverse, yet convergent interests in tabletop, surface, mobile and wearable technologies, and those interested in the social aspects of interaction, such as conversation analysis and ethnomethodology. These communities have matured considerably, and produced significant exemplars of systems, methods, and studies concerned with collocated interactions. Yet, new challenges abound as people wear and carry more devices than ever, creating fragmented device ecologies at work, and changing the ways we socialise with each other. In this workshop we seek to start a dialogue to look back as well as forward, review best practices, discuss and design paper-prototypes using the collocated design framework, to consider how we might address new and future challenges through collocated design practice.


WP-06: Collaborative Appropriation: How Couples, Teams, Groups and Communities Adapt and Adopt Technologies

Saturday February 27
Contact: Michael Muller, IBM Research, Cambridge, USA
Katja Neureiter, University of Salzburg, Austria
Alina Krischkowsky, University of Salzburg, Austria
Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg, Austria
Nervo Verdezoto, Aarhus University, Denmark
Anna Maria Al Zubaidi-Polli, U. Applied Science Upper Austria

Abstract: Previous workshops examined how individual users adopt and adapt technologies to meet local needs, “completing design through use.” However, there has been little systematic study of how groups engage collaboratively in these activities. This workshop opens a discussion for these forms of collaborative appropriation, including field studies, design explorations, theoretical accounts, and critical reflections.
We invite submissions addressing the following and other topics in collaborative appropriation:
  • Practical experiences in design for collaborative appropriation
  • Flexible, open design and tailorability as support for collaborative appropriation
  • Design goals, guidelines, and principles for collaborative appropriation
  • Major drivers to design for collaborative appropriation
  • Emergent roles (actors) in collaborative appropriation practices
  • Characterization and differentiation of collaborative appropriation between couples, teams, groups, and communities
  • Lessons learned from other design movements and research domains to inform the design for collaborative appropriation


WP-07: Deceptive/Honest/Unreliable/Reliable? Unpacking Social Signaling Theory for Social Computing Systems Analysis and Design

Saturday, February 27
Contact: Amirah Majid, University of Washington, USA
David W. McDonald, University of Washington
N. Sadat Shami, IBM Center for Engagement and Social Analytics

Abstract:Social signaling theory (SST) is an analytical approach for interpreting interactions in social settings that are not ostensibly explicit. Social computing researchers are beginning to apply SST to study questions of identity, trust, reliability, and multi-cultural communication. Example framing questions include:
  • Relationships: How does social signaling theory complement existing theories used for studying social computing systems?
  • Applications: What types of questions about social computing systems cannot currently be answered from an SST stance?
  • Interventions: How can Social Signaling Theory be leveraged to facilitate the design of next generation social computing systems?
During this workshop, through a variety of creative activities and lively discussions, we will begin to unpack SST, map how it is currently being used in research, and investigate the potential for future exploration.


WP-08: Toward a Typology of Participation in Crowdwork

Sunday February 28
Contact: Karin Hansson, Stockholm University, Sweden
Michael Muller, IBM Research, Cambridge MA USA
Tanja Aitamurto, Stanford University, USA
Ann Light, University of Sussex, UK
Athanasios Mazarakis, Kiel University, Germany
Neha Gupta, University of Nottingham, UK
Thomas Ludwig, University of Siegen, Germany

Abstract: There are new potentials for transformative developments in government, work life, science, and emergency response as the use of participatory and social media has become widespread in society and enabled a more collaborative information production. However, these new platforms for participation have not solved many of the pre-crowd problems regarding participation, such as lack of representativeness and flawed deliberative processes. Therefore it is important and relevant to look at the power relations within crowd production and to examine how different tools handle participatory processes in the crowd.

This workshop examines different types of participation in crowd work such as crowdsourced policymaking, crisis management, citizen science and paid crowd work, among others, focusing on relations and power dynamics within and beyond the crowds. We welcome researchers from a diversity of disciplines and perspectives to formulate a typology of participation in crowd work.


WP-10: Breaking into new Data-Spaces: Infrastructure for Open Community Science

Saturday February 27
Contact: Aaron Halfaker, Wikimedia Research, USA
Jonathan Morgan, Wikimedia Research, USA
Yuvaraj Pandian, Wikimedia Research, USA
Elizabeth Thiry, Boundless, USA
William Rand, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, USA
Kristen Schuster, University of Missouri, USA
A.J. Million, University of Missouri, USA
Sean Goggins, University of Missouri, USA
David Laniado, Digital Humanity, Spain

Abstract: Despite being freely accessible, open online community data can be difficult to use effectively. To access and analyze large amounts of data, researchers must become familiar with the meaning of data values. Then they must also find a way to obtain and process the datasets to extract their desired vectors of behavior and content. This process is fraught with problems that are solved over and over again by each research team/lab that breaks into a new dataset. Those who lack the necessary technical skills may never be able to start.

In this workshop, we will experiment with technologies and documentation protocols designed to make the process of “breaking into” a new dataset easier. Participants will get to use these technologies to explore new datasets and we'll use their feedback to improve our systems and make recommendations to the field.


WP-14: CSCW and the “Sharing Economy”: The Future of Platforms as Sites of Work, Collaboration and Trust

Saturday February 27
Contact: Airi Lampinen, Stockholm University, Sweden
Coye Cheshire, UC Berkeley, USA
Mary L. Gray, Microsoft Research New England, USA
Victoria Bellotti, Palo Alto Research Center, USA

Abstract: Networked platforms for peer-to-peer exchange and on-demand labor, along with the practices that they foster, are attracting increasing attention from CSCW scholars. This workshop seeks to bring the emerging community together to explore how the new domain of “sharing economy” research could help shift forward broader conceptual and theoretical efforts within CSCW, and how, on the other hand, we might utilize prior work more effectively to inform our research agenda and efforts in this emerging sub-area of the field. In particular, the workshop focuses on the future of platforms as sites of work, collaboration and trust. The workshop approaches sharing and the “sharing economy” phenomenon inclusively, adopting a “big tent” approach to invite broad participation. The one-day event will consist of diverse activities, with an emphasis on in-depth conversations, community building, and support for establishing new collaborations.


WP-15: Let’s talk about the Quantified Workplace

Sunday February 28
Contact: Afra J. Mashhadi, Bell Laboratories, Dublin, Ireland
Fahim Kawsar, Bell Laboratories, Antwerp, Belgium
Akhil Mathur, Bell Laboratories, Dublin, Ireland
Casey Dugan, IBM Research, Cambridge, MA, USA
N. Sadat Shami, IBM Research, Armonk, NY, USA

Abstract: Over the past decades the advances in pervasive technology have enabled new ways of understanding human behaviour in the workplace. This trend merged with the new rise in the Quantified-Self movement has engendered a new paradigm of Quantified Workplace, where sensing solutions as well as participatory inputs could be used to model, quantify and visualise dynamics of the workplace.

In this workshop we want to start a new dialogue to discuss challenges, insights and reflections on this topic. To this aim we are looking for original submissions which offer new insights or propose new techniques for Quantified Workplace. We welcome technical research papers, qualitative research studies, case studies as well as work-in-progress papers which could trigger discussions around the workshop topics.


WP-18: Large-scale Collaborative Projects to Affect Societal Change

Sunday February 28
Contact: Mark Ackerman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Ning Gu, Fudan University, China
Xianghua (Sharon) Ding, Fudan University, China
Jiang Yang, Alibaba Research, China
Volker Wulf, Siegen University, Germany

Abstract: Major projects to support citizens in healthcare, government, energy-savings, disability, and the like are in the research phases or are underway, often on a large-scale. These efforts - in China, the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere – aim to affect societal changes through technical means. Yet, these projects are seldom only computational, but often a combination of technical and social, interwoven to provide a suitable infrastructure for these efforts to change society. These projects are seldom only collaborative either, but collaboration and coordination play central roles in many of these efforts. CSCW cannot only learn from these efforts in the field but CSCW’s research interests and findings can also help in return. This workshop aims to bring together people from numerous countries and societies who are carrying out these projects or are interested in these efforts to share architectures, designs, findings, and theories so as to promote these projects.


WP-20: Designing online experiments: Citizen science approaches to research

Saturday February 27
Contact: Jason Radford, University of Chicago, USA
Andy Pilny, Department of Communication, University of Kentucky, USA
Brian Keegan, Harvard Business School, USA
Brooke Foucault Welles, Department of Communication Studies, Northeastern University, USA
Chris Riedl, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, USA
David Lazer, Northeastern University, USA
Katherine Ognyanova, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, USA
Leslie DeChurch, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Michael Macy, Department of Sociology and Department of Information Science, Cornell University, USA
Noshir Contractor, McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, Northwestern University, USA
Waleed Meleis, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, USA

Abstract: In this workshop we will host presentations from researchers performing online experiments and spend a half day helping attendees create experiments using the Volunteer Science platform. Current approaches to online science use new information technologies to collect and processes data and engage citizen scientists across the globe. Programs like Zooniverse, Fold.It, and SciStarter demonstrate the power of recruiting online volunteers as participants and contributors to research. Platforms like Project Implicit and Volunteer Science confirm that a wide range of social scientific research can be conducted with volunteers in online laboratories.

In this workshop, a group of scholars with wide-ranging experience in this area will discuss existing and emerging approaches to online experimentation. Participants will learn about designing and running online studies and will be given access to the Volunteer Science research platform ( where they will work with researchers to develop, test, and deploy their own online studies.


WP-26: Developing a Research Agenda for Human-Centered Data Science

Sunday February 28
Contact: Cecilia Aragon, University of Washington, USA
Joseph Bayer, University of Michigan, USA
Andy Echenique, UC San Diego, USA
Yun Huang, Syracuse University, USA
Clayton Hutto, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Jinyoung Kim, University of Maryland, USA
Gina Neff, University of Washington, USA
Wanli Xing, University of Missouri, USA

Abstract: The study and analysis of large and complex data sets offer a wealth of insights in a variety of applications. Computational approaches provide researchers access to broad assemblages of data, but the insights extracted may lack the rich detail that qualitative approaches have brought to the understanding of sociotechnical phenomena. How do we preserve the richness associated with traditional qualitative methods while utilizing the power of large data sets? How do we uncover social nuances or consider ethics and values in data use?

These and other questions are explored by human-centered data science, an emerging field at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), human computation, and the statistical and computational techniques of data science. This workshop, the first of its kind at CSCW, seeks to bring together researchers interested in human-centered approaches to data science to collaborate, define a research agenda, and form a community.


WP-28: Algorithms at Work: Empirical Diversity, Analytic Vocabularies, Design Implications

Sunday February 28
Contact: Susann Wagenknecht, Department of Social Sciences, University of Siegen, Germany
Min Kyung Lee, Center for Machine Learning and Health, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Caitlin Lustig, Department of Informatics, UC Irvine, USA
Jacki O’Neill, Technology for Emerging Markets, Microsoft Research India (MSRI)
Himanshu Zade, Technology for Emerging Markets, Microsoft Research India (MSRI)

Abstract:Computational algorithms have recently emerged as the subject of fervent public and academic debates. What animates many of these debates is a perceived lack of clarity as to what algorithms actually are, what precisely they do, and which human-technology-relations their application may bring about. Therefore, this CSCW 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.


WP-29: Collaboration and Decision Making in Crisis Situations

Saturday February 27
Contact: Adriana S. Vivacqua, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ana Cristina B. Garcia, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
José H Canós, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Martina Comes, University of Agder, Norway
Vaninha Vieira, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil

Abstract: Emergencies are critical situations that demand immediate action to avoid adverse consequences to life and property. A key challenge in Emergency Management is decision-making under time pressure, with an overload of unconfirmed, uncertain and conflicting information, including the management of many people, with distinct and possibly fluid roles, in different places. Collaboration in these settings is an interesting element, since emergency response generally involves multiple agencies and the public, which have different views, protocols and priorities, but must act in concert to handle the situation. In addition, an increasing amount of virtual information is necessary to inform and manage volunteers. The goal of this workshop is to identify and map the main challenges of collaboration in crisis situations, review current research methods and approaches to address them and from there to address the lack of formal processes, structures, methodologies and tools, following a multidisciplinary approach.