: : Welcome


     : : Call for Papers


     : : Accepted Papers 


     : : Registration


     : : Program


     : : Keynote Speeches


     : : Committees


     : : Accommodation 


     : : Conference Venue


     : : Travel Information


     : : Tourist Information



CSCWD’09 – Keynote Speakers


Similar to previous versions of the Conference, important researchers will be delivering a keynote speech. In this opportunity, the keynote speakers will be:


Dr. Kori Inkpen

Microsoft Research

Redmond Lab., USA



Many Computers, Many People, and Everything in between: Supporting Shared Computing


Over the years we have seen a shift from mainframe computing, to personal computing, to a world heavily dominated by web interactions. Users today have access to a wide variety of devices and advances in social computing now enable users to keep in touch with colleagues, friends, and family all over the world; however, we are still limited by the one-user/one-computer origins of PC technology. Whether we want to interact with people in the same room, down the hall, or 10,000km away; whether we want to work together, or apart, at the same time, or independently, our computing environments need to adapt. In this talk I will emphasize the importance of designing for “shared computing”; the notion that devices as well as experiences are often shared, and we need to effectively support all dimensions of shared use. Extending a design from individual to shared use is more than adding a few new features and often, the underlying conceptual model of the system must change. This talk will reflect on where we’ve come from, current stumbling blocks, and where we are headed.


Dr. Michael N. Huhns
University of South Carolina, USA.




Multiagent Systems and Semantic Services for Very Large-Scale Participatory Design

There are a number of important societal problems that resist conventional, i.e., centralized, solutions.  The problems affect the management of our economic systems, climate, energy systems, transportation systems, telecommunication systems, and infrastructure.  They are characterized as being distributed and many-faceted, with a large number of interdependent components.  For example, the routes of trains and automobile traffic are designed centrally and statically by transportation engineers, rather than designed in real time by the passengers being transported.  Allowing the passengers to be responsible for the transportation system constitutes a form of design that is

·         Large-scale, because of the size of the system being designed and the number of designers

·         Spatially distributed, in terms of both the system and the designers

·         Temporally distributed, because the design of the system evolves over time and the designers interact with it over a long time period

·         Participatory, although not necessarily cooperative. 

There are many similar examples where design is typically done in a centralized manner, but could be done much better in a distributed manner.  How can this sort of design be supported?  It requires a form of consensus, semantic mediation, and intelligent distributed support.  In this talk I will describe how large-scale distributed design can be done with the aid of multiagent systems that produce consensus.




Dr. Silvio Meira

Universidade Federal de Pernambuco em Recife, Brazil


Collaborative Projects as Social Networks


Institutions, large and small, are increasingly using internet infrastructure, services and applications to decentralize staff and operations, evolving from a closed to an open house, networked environment, where more and more informal knowledge needs to be shared and managed. At the same time, with a very large percentage of corporate processes being formally supported by information systems, there is an ever increasing gap separating the institutions' explicit and implicit knowledge silos.


In this talk, we describe a social network infrastructure currently in use in a number of corporations and the way in which we are integrating the notion of project as an integral part of the system. We also discuss how such combination of formal/informal knowledge management can be an essential feature of collaborative work in corporations and development efforts in general.

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