Two workshops have been accepted.

CSCW and the new Wave of Digitalization

Monday, June 4, 2018.
Thomas Ludwig, Sven Hoffmann, Myriam Lewkowicz, Aparecido Fabiano Pinatti de Carvalho, Martin Stein, Christoph Kotthaus

We may currently perceive an era of massive digitalization within almost all industry sectors. Often summarized as the ‘Industry 4.0’ vision—as a complex connection between machines, materials, locations, and companies implemented as fully-automatic cyber-physical systems—the way in which cooperative work has been performed will rapidly change, in theory. In practice, however, the outlined configuration of such a vision is often not an appropriate option for most of the enterprises. Although new technologies such as cyber-physical systems offer new possibilities and functionalities that have come along, they will also increase the complexity of the practices associated with the ecologies of technology they encompass. The practical adaption of cyber-physical systems raises therefore a variety of socio-technical issues and areas of conflict which need to be addressed. We welcome researchers from a diversity of disciplines and perspectives to illuminate insights into work within this new wave of digitalization and try to shed light on questions about what (new) roles of the workers will arise, how work and cooperation settings will change, and how information and communication technology needs to be designed to support workers within the new circumstances.

Workshop website

A Critical View on Smart Cities: Engaging Further Stakeholders

Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
Konstantin Aal, Tanja Ertl, Peter Tolmie, David Unbehaun, Anne Weibert, Victoria Wenzelmann, Volker Wulf, Clara Mancini, Nancy Smith

Over the past several decades the concept of smart cities has gained a lot of attention amongst researchers, the media, governments, civic groups and citizens. There is evidence that innovations have a more positive impact when they stimulate the development of cities and create a space for a broad variety of participants to engage in this development process. In this workshop, we take a critical view on the idea of smart cities by broadening participation to stakeholders who are still excluded from the concept of smart cities, such as wildlife and nature, but also people who are culturally diverse (e.g. migrants) or neurodiverse (e.g. people living with autism or dementia), who are left behind in the whole digitization process. One of the expected outcomes of the workshop is the development of a holistic smart city concept involving currently excluded stakeholders.

Workshop website

Workshops call for papers (closed)

Workshops offer ways to engage in discussions with other researchers in an informal setting. ECSCW 2018 invites workshop proposals addressing basic research questions, new methodologies, innovative technologies, and emerging research areas – to mention a few. The workshops should involve the attendees in working together on developing new insights, and should avoid consisting only of a series of presentations.

Workshops may be half-day or full-day sessions. Workshop proposals should consist of an abstract and a detailed proposal. The abstract should be no more than 150 words. The body of the proposal should be no more than 3000 words, and should include a description of the theme(s) of the workshop, the workshop activities and goals, the duration of the workshop (half or full day), the background of the organiser(s), the maximum number of participants, and the means of recruiting and selecting participants.

Accepted workshops will need to provide a short description of the workshop for publication on the conference web site containing the workshop title, names and affiliations of organisers, 150-word abstract, workshop web site, and details on position paper submission or other participation requirements

Accepted workshops may optionally provide a 2 page Workshop Program for publication in the ECSCW/EUSSET digital library. The program should contain the workshop title, 150 word abstract, objectives, participant names and a body text.

We encourage workshop organisers to create web-based resources for their workshops so that advertising, submission and organisation can be handled online.

Submissions should be sent per email at Please follow the exploratory papers template for your proposals. The template can be downloaded as RTF, MS Word or Latex.

Important dates:

  • Monday, March 5, 2018 EXTENDED TO Monday, March 26, 2018: Submission deadline
  • Monday, April 2, 2018: Notifications due to authors
  • Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5, 2018: Workshops


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