[Fwd: [collab@sims] Reinvent '06 workshop at CHI - call for papers]

This workshop looks pretty interesting. Don't think I can make it 
myself, but would be great if folks from the SWIG and FOAF communities 
could have some presence there...

If anyone's going, let me know.



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  • From: Philip Bonhard <p.bonhard@cs.ucl.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 12:05:29 -0000
  • Subject: [collab@sims] Reinvent '06 workshop at CHI - call for papers
  • To: "p.bonhard" <p.bonhard@cs.ucl.ac.uk>
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Call for Papers  
(with apologies for cross-posting)

Reinventing trust, collaboration and compliance in social systems

A workshop for novel insights and solutions for social systems design

Hosted at CHI 2006 

April 22-27 2006 
Montreal, Canada

Aim of the Workshop

Designing social systems that support trust, collaboration, and compliance
emerged as a core concern in the fields of human-computer interaction (HCI)
computer-mediated communication (CMC). Research to date has focused on
mechanisms, stable identities, reputation systems, and rich media channels,
other approaches. However, these approaches are often costly, negate the
of anonymity, or rely on the truthfulness of participants. 

This workshop aims to provide a forum for novel alternative approaches that
in our view, been overlooked or under-utilized to date. Further, we want to
how the analysis of existing social systems and user-centered design methods
can help 
in the design of social systems that support trust and collaboration. 

Examples of Novel Approaches

We have grouped currently emerging research and design approaches to trust
cooperation into three guiding approaches.  Workshop participants are
encouraged to 
take these brief discussions as departure points for the novel themes they
wish to address.

1 - Self-awareness Mechanisms

It is well established that the sense of self-awareness online can be
increased with 
the use of stable identities and visual identification in rich media.
However, anonymity 
(e.g. resulting from a lack of visual identification) contributes to freedom
expression and an increased sense of privacy. Consequently, we believe that
there is 
a need to find ways of eliciting self-awareness that goes beyond visual
without compromising the benefits of anonymity. 

Potential themes are:

- Novel awareness-eliciting methods that do not rely on the use of stable
identities or 
visual identification. Those can include avatars, social proxies or other
(e.g. IBM's Babble).
- Public and private aspects of self-awareness. 
- Tools for measuring self-awareness (e.g. questionnaires, physiological
linguistic analyses).
- Approaches for examining the impact of self-awareness on behavior (e.g.
cooperation, politeness).
- Concepts, evaluations, and case studies of systems that have unique
approaches to building self-awareness (e.g. bio-feedback, emotive instant

2 - Reparative Mechanisms

There are strong incentives for considering forgiveness as a possible
reparative mechanism 
in online environments. For example, the act of issuing forgiveness alone is
known to 
stimulate the offender into voluntary actions of repair. Moreover, punishing
the offender 
for a low intent action (e.g. bad ratings for accidentally delivering the
wrong product) 
will often result in anger and future low-compliancy behaviors. 

Potential themes are:

- Findings from psychological, sociological, and ethnographic studies on
human reparative 
actions that can form the basis of novel trust-building mechanisms. 
- Concepts of reparative facilitation methods and tools inspired by social
(e.g. forgiveness, apologies, action reversal).
- Concepts and examples for the integration of reparative tools with
existing trust and 
reputation mechanisms.
- Evaluative studies on the benefits of repair mechanisms.

3 - Social Recommender Mechanisms

This approach holds that, rather than enforcing set norms within a community

(e.g. through policing or reputation systems), designers of social systems
can increase 
levels of perceived trustworthiness by ensuring that individuals with
similar norms and 
values are matched. As an example, an online gaming platform may not
necessarily facilitate 
optimal gaming experiences by enforcing one code of conduct, but by matching
with similar playing styles.

Potential themes are:

- Examples (e.g. experiments, case studies) of improved matchmaking and
recommendations that have increased the number of fruitful encounters within
a group. 
- Descriptions of domains and scenarios in which such an approach can be
effectively used.
- Empirical findings that can inform the design of matchmaking and social
recommender algorithms.

4 - User-Centred Design Methods

In addition to the above we want to emphasize the need to learn from
carefully observing 
existing social systems and development processes. Controlled experiments,
research, and interviews - amongst others - are important methods in the
tool-box of 
user-centered design that should also drive new developments in social
systems design. 

Potential themes are:

- User studies (e.g. experiments, interviews, ethno-methodology, focus
observational studies, log data, conversational analysis, grounded theory,
inquiry, interpretive inquiry) that reveal the limitations of current social
- Interpretive methods for transforming qualitative and quantitative results
requirements for new applications.
- Case studies reporting on the design process by which user research
findings were 
fed into the development of novel prototypes that support cooperation and


Participants are requested to set their proposals into the context of
current research 
and design towards demonstrating the novelty of their work.

We welcome position papers, initial reports on experiments and field
studies, or 
design case studies in the CHI 2006 Extended Abstracts format

Submissions will be reviewed by the programme committee.

Submissions should be emailed by 16. January 2006 to: A.Adams@cs.ucl.ac.uk

Important Dates

16. Jan 06:	Paper Submission Deadline
20. Feb 06:	Author Notification
20. Mar 06: 	Camera Ready Copies due

23. Apr 06:	Workshop at CHI

Intended Audience

We specifically anticipate three groups of participants to benefit from this

- Researchers who work in established tracks of trust research 
(e.g. reputation systems, social computing). 

- Researchers who have an interest in the topic, but who feel that their
or methods have not been adequately represented in the debate to date. 

- Industry experts, interaction and system designers, and user researchers
who are 
working in industry.

Program committee members

- Dr Nathan Bos, University of Michigan, US
- Prof Pamela Briggs, University of Northumbria, UK
- Dr Scott Counts, Social Computing Group, Microsoft Research, US
- Prof William Dutton, Director Oxford Internet Institute, UK
- Dr Florian N. Egger, Telono, Geneva, Switzerland
- Dr Annika Hinze,Waikato University, NZ
- Dr Matt Jones, Swansea University UK
- Cliff Lampe, University of Michigan, US
- Dr Steve Marsh, National Research Council of Canada
- Dr Jeremy Pitt, Imperial College London, UK
- Prof Jenny Preece, University of Maryland Baltimore County, US
- Prof Angela Sasse, University College London, UK
- Dr Abigail Sellen, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
- Prof Susan Wiedenbeck, Drexel University, US
- Lorenzo Wood, Director of strategic services, Framfab Ltd., UK


- Dr. Anne Adams, University College London Interaction Centre, UK
- Asimina Vasalou, Imperial College London, UK
- Philip Bonhard, University College London, UK
- Dr. Jens Riegelsberger, Framfab UK

For more information, visit http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/reinvent06

Received on Monday, 21 November 2005 15:45:16 UTC