Workshops

There are five workshops that will take place at Communities and Technologies 2013. In the following you will find information about the workshops. More information (especially on how to participate and if and how contributions are published) can be found on the web sites of the workshops.

International Workshop Digital Cities 8

Website: http://pit.au.dk/digital-cities-8

on Sunday June 30th, 9:00 – 17:00

Digital Cities 8 (DC8) is the 8th installment of the academic workshop series that has followed the intertwined development of cities and digital technologies. Earlier years have seen papers presented at DC to appear as the basis of key anthologies within the field of urban computing and smart cities.

The Digital Cities workshop invites contributions within the general domain of digital city development, especially ones focusing on this year’s theme: “From Services to Partnerships”.

The motivation for this focus comes from the challenges we see when current organizations — be it communities, municipalities, companies — meet the “networked” reality of the increasingly digital city. The dual challenge in making systems work towards whatever ends they are supposed to, while at the same time de facto facilitating a network of relationships, is complex.

This can be envisioned as a shift from a service-oriented paradigm to a partnership-oriented paradigm. Not that this is in itself a new idea, but the technological realities of the networked systems change the qualitative nature of many of the systems we would normally see.

This paradigm-shift could be linked to many trends, e.g. crowd-sourcing, participatory design, open government, bring-your-own-device, knowledge commons. But at the core is an interest in understanding how systems can facilitate a somewhat symmetric dialog between stakeholders rather than just providing a service to a user from a service provider.

International Workshop Pervasive Participation (PerPart 2013)

Website: http://b-part.eu/workshop

on Sunday June 30th, 9:00 – 13:00

The 1st International Workshop on Pervasive Participation (PerPart 2013) seeks to discuss the various requirements, opportunities, challenges and impact of novel concepts for advanced citizen e-participation based on the pervasive computing paradigm utilizing latest mobile technology such as feature-rich smartphones and appliances embedded in today’s technically enriched urban surroundings such as public interactive displays. PerPart aims to survey and discuss the current state of research as well as to create an extensive outlook on relevant research issues. Thus, we plan to examine Pervasive Participation from various angles and to uncover the interdisciplinary challenges of creating feasible, efficient, and user-accepted Pervasive Participation methods ranging from technological foundations and enablers over societal conditions to democratic innovations.

Workshop Exploring Urban Spaces in the Web 2.0 Era (ExS 2.0)

Website: http://exs2013.wordpress.com

on Sunday June 30th, 9:00 – 17:00

We explore urban spaces in our daily lives: on our way to school or work we change our usual routes to see and discover something different, we stumble upon new brand store in the city center, or we go to a fashionable café or restaurant recommended by our friends. All these examples illustrate one of the basic human needs in urban spaces, i.e., our need to discover and acquire novel experiences in urban spaces. These explorations of urban spaces play a key role in the construction of social behaviors ultimately creating habitual space-time routine in everyday life.

However, our experience of exploring urban spaces is currently enhanced and altered with any-time-anywhere access to information. With almost 6 billion mobile phones roaming around the world we can now easily see popular places recommended through likes and comments on Facebook or currently vibrant/most visited ones through FourSquare; we can navigate through Google Maps to our destination of interest; or we can even get a mix of digital and physical information through Layar and Google Glasses.
The above-mentioned services and applications are just some of the examples of Web 2.0 technologies that augment our experience of exploring urban settings. In order to explore some of the sociotechnical aspects within the urban context, the ExS 2.0 investigate questions such as how do we experience urban spaces in the 2.0 web era? What is the nature of mediated experience created by interweaving electronically created 2.0 interaction spaces with architecturally created physical space? What strategy do we use to navigate through digitally augmented urban spaces?

Workshop Large-Scale Idea Management and Deliberation Systems

Website: http://comtech13.xrce.xerox.com/

on Saturday June 29th, 9:00 – 17:00

A growing challenge in social and collaborative computing is to develop tools for large-scale ideation and deliberation (LSID). Business and civic organizations are seeking new technologies and services to let their communities participate in discussions, while communities increasingly expect such opportunities. Some cases require tools for democratic deliberations; others need tools for defining goals and influencing the community toward sustainability. To satisfy these new needs, the workshop brings together leading researchers, designers, and engineers who are working on this new class of systems. The workshop is aligned with C&T’s focus on community as basic social unit, target and source for which to design new technologies and by which these can be adopted. Following up from a series of four workshops and a special issue, the goal is to continue establishing a research community and the agenda on LSID tools for business and civic application domains.

The workshop agenda will allocate maximum time to small group discussions. Prior to the workshop, each participant will be asked to read and comment on the other attendees’ position papers so as to reduce the need for long presentations at the venue. Half of the organizers come from academia and half from industry. The participants will benefit from a well-balanced set of topics, including basic and applied science, and a broad range of research experiences. The workshop aims to attract contributions from various countries and fields of expertise, as suggested by the organizers’ affiliations and profiles. More information on the workshop themes, deadlines, program, and organizers is available on the website listed above.

Workshop Defining the Research Agenda for Information Management and Systems Supporting Sustainable Communities with Smart Media and Automated Systems

Website: http://www.tut.fi/emmi/WWW/SAME2013

on Saturday June 29th, 9:00 – 17:00

Sustainability and sustainable urban environments are one of the goals of various research agendas and initiatives as e.g. the Regions of Climate Actions (R20). SAME 2013 devotes to the challenge, how information management and systems can support sustainable communities in their regional settings. This workshop focuses on the development of a research agenda around the wider topic of how smart media and automated systems can support the larger context of sustainability for communities with the help of information systems, social web technologies, smart media, and automated systems. The workshop defines a research agenda within this particular context, and especially devotes to the investigation of opened research issues how ubiquitous and pervasive computation can be utilized to create sustainable communities. Energy conservation and saving are one of the key-words SAME 2013 will devote its focus: sustainable cities – sustainable community – sustainable energy – sustainable culture supported by smart information systems, smart media, and fully automated systems. Smart electronics and infrastructure will be one major component in creating a green city environment. Within the scope of this workshop, the goal is to investigate smart technologies, policies, and projects that are devoting to the issue of sustainable communities to create a better living experience.

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