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Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 17:04:22 -0700
From: Joe McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
To: Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: CfP: CSCW Horizon, Demonstrations, Interactive Posters, Panels,
     Videos and Student Volunteers; September 9 deadline (fwd)

> The *ACM 2012 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work*
> ( is a premier venue for presenting research in the
> design and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, and
> communities. CSCW encompasses both the technical and social challenges
> encountered when supporting collaboration. The development and
> application of new technologies continues to enable new ways of working
> together and coordinating activities. Although work is an area of focus,
> CSCW embraces research and technologies supporting a wide range of
> recreational and social activities using a diverse range of devices. The
> conference brings together top researchers and practitioners from
> academia and industry who are interested in both technical and social
> aspects of collaboration.
> CSCW 2012 will be held February 11-15, 2012, in Seattle, Washington, USA.
> A record number of Papers & Notes were submitted to CSCW 2012 in June.
> The Papers & Notes track is now closed, and we want to encourage CSCW
> researchers and practitioners -- including those who submitted Papers &
> Notes -- to submit contributions to one or more of the following open
> tracks, all of which have an deadline of *September 9, 2011*, 5:00pm
> PDT: /CSCW Horizon/, /Demonstrations/, /Interactive Posters/, /Panels/,
> /Videos/ and /Student Volunteers/
> (
> We want to draw special attention to the Interactive Posters and Demos
> Reception on the first evening of the main conference, which represents
> an often under-appreciated opportunity for participants to make valuable
> connections with other researchers and learn what they find interesting
> or unclear about your work, get pointers to related work, and forge
> relationships that may lead to potential new paths, collaborations
> and/or future external letters of reference. Unlike most other tracks,
> where the number of accepted submissions is limited by available time in
> the program, we have ample space for a large number of Posters and
> Demos, and are hoping a record number of participants will help fill it
> with engaging people, ideas and conversations.
> *CSCW Horizon *
> (
> CSCW Horizon provides an opportunity to showcase and discuss research
> that expands the boundaries of CSCW beyond its standard topics and
> approaches. We solicit creative, unorthodox, inspirational submissions
> that help advance the CSCW community constructively, by provoking
> debate, predicting beyond the research horizon, or revealing unresolved
> issues in the field. This can be a chance for authors to present work
> that:
> * Challenges the basdic questions being asked and approaches used in
> traditional CSCW work
> * Brings new perspectives from other fields
> * Is visionary, futuristic, or has not been previously explored
> * Is generally less represented at the conference
> * Is controversial
> * Could benefit from public discussion that would not be possible in a
> traditional session.
> *Demonstrations*
> (
> CSCW 2012 demonstrations present implementations of new CSCW systems and
> concepts. The peer-reviewed demonstrations allow conference participants
> to view novel and noteworthy CSCW systems in action, discuss the systems
> with those who created them, and try them out. Appropriate
> demonstrations include applications, technologies, and research
> prototypes, and may include work that has been previous published at
> CSCW or elsewhere. Demonstrations can also serve to showcase novel
> commercial products not previously described in the research literature.
> Demonstrations should be interactive and provide attendees a hands-on
> experience. The demo forum is not an opportunity for marketing or sales
> presentations. Presenters must have been directly involved with the
> development of the system and be able to explain the unique and novel
> contributions of the system.
> *Interactive Posters*
> (
> CSCW 2012 will include an interactive poster category for late-breaking
> and preliminary results, smaller results not suitable for a full or
> short paper, innovative ideas not yet validated through user studies,
> early student research, and other research best presented in an
> interactive forum. Posters will be presented in a special Poster Session
> where researchers will interact directly with conference attendees. The
> posters will then remain up throughout the remainder of the conference.
> Accepted Interactive Poster abstracts will be published in ACM Digital
> Library and distributed to conference attendees as part of the
> Conference Extended Abstracts
> *Panels*
> (
> Panels are a great way to generate debate and raise new and interesting
> issues at CSCW. With panels we want to provide a forum for discussing
> provocative, controversial, innovative, emerging, boundary-spanning and
> boundary-breaking issues. The best panels provide opportunities for
> audience participation. We especially encourage innovative formats that
> will engage the audience, that address critical and contemporary topics,
> and that engage multiple disciplines in productive dialog. Is a panel a
> kind of cooperative work that can benefit from some kind of computer
> support? Or not? While paper sessions provide detailed discussions of
> work recently completed, panels provide an opportunity to explore what
> is on the horizon --- or what is already here but not adequately
> recognized, acknowledged or discussed.
> *Videos*
> (
> The CSCW Videos provides researchers with opportunities to present their
> cutting-edge work in an interactive fashion in front of an expert
> audience. Videos are ideally suited to demonstrate the practical
> application of research results and the functionality of CSCW systems,
> visualize the outcome of research and development projects, or describe
> inspiring visions of future systems that are grounded in today's
> reality. The Videos Program provides a venue to present work that
> involves dynamic interaction, ranging from demonstrations of new systems
> to complex aspects of group communication and work practice. CSCW 2012
> will accept both standalone full videos and video figures which
> illustrate papers in the Papers and Notes programs. Potential topics
> include, but definitely are not limited to:
> * demonstrations of innovative research prototypes
> * demonstrations of innovative aspects of commercial systems
> * studies of work practice that have implications for CSCW
> * retrospective collections of significant CSCW fields of work
> * visions of future technologies
> *Student Volunteers*
> (
> Student volunteers are essential to the success of the CSCW conference.
> In return for help at the conference, student volunteers receive a
> number of benefits including:
> * free conference registration
> * a fabulous t-shirt sure to be the envy of all conference goers
> * a complimentary Conference Reception ticket
> The complete Call for Participation, including more information about
> CSCW Horizon, Demonstrations, Interactive Posters, Panels, Videos and
> Student Volunteers can be found on the CSCW 2012 web site
> (
> You can also follow announcements about the conference on Twitter
> (, and/or "like" us on Facebook
> (
> We look forward to your participation!

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