CSCW attendees may also be interested in attending the "Social Search Social" event at Microsoft Research, which will be held on Saturday evening, February 11th. This event will feature structured networking activities for members of the CSCW and WSDM communities who are interested in the research area of social search. More details and registration info can be found at:

W1. Personal Information Management in a Socially Networked World

Saturday–Sunday, February 11–12

Robert Capra, University of North Carolina, USA,
Jaime Teevan, Microsoft Research, USA,
Organizing Committee:
David Elsweiler, University of Regensburg, Germany.
Manas Tungare, Google, USA.
Kirstie Hawkey, Dalhousie University, Canada.
Deborah Barreau, University of North Carolina.

The Sixth International Workshop on Personal Information Management (PIM 2012) will be held as part of CSCW 2012. Personal Information Management (PIM) is the practice and study of the activities people perform to acquire, organize, maintain, and retrieve personal information for everyday use. The theme for this year's workshop is "PIM in a Socially Networked World." While PIM 2012 is a forum for a wide range of topics related to personal information management, special focus will be given to topics from the perspective of sharing personal information, PIM used in collaborative settings, and how PIM is an extension of the self.

W2. Data-Intensive Collaboration in Science and Engineering

Saturday, February 11

Matthew J. Bietz, University of California, Irvine
Andrea Wiggins, Syracuse University
Mark Handel, The Boeing Company
Cecilia Aragon, University of Washington

The workshop on Data-Intensive Collaboration in Science and Engineering provides an opportunity for in-depth discussion and community building around the topic of collaborative data-intensive work. Science and engineering are facing huge increases in data volumes and shifts toward larger collaborations. This trend is affecting not just academic research, but also corporate, government, military, and intelligence sectors as well. The proliferation of new sensors and increasingly powerful processors is set against the relatively static nature of human cognitive capabilities. The resulting data deluge presents challenges for conducting collaborative knowledge work and opportunities to provide better computational and organizational support. This workshop will address three overarching themes: infrastructures for big data, interoperability and standards, and data-intensive collaboration.

To apply: Submit a 2-4 page position paper on one of the workshop themes by Nov. 25, 2011. Note, the deadline for this workshop has been extended, please see web site for more details:


W3. Collective Intelligence as Community Discourse and Action

Saturday, February 11

Anna De Liddo, The Open University
Simon Buckingham Shum, The Open University
Gregorio Convertino, Xerox Research Centre Europe
Ágnes Sándor, Xerox Research Centre Europe
Mark Klein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Collective Intelligence (CI) research investigates the design of infrastructures to enable collectives to think and act intelligently, and intriguingly, more intelligently than individuals. Technologies such as idea management or argumentation tools, blogs, wikis, chats, forums, Q&A sites, and social networks provide unprecedented opportunities for entire communities or organizations to express a discourse and act at a massive scale. This workshop seeks to understand the forms of CI that can be constructed through discourse and action, which enables advanced forms of collective sensemaking such as idea generation and prioritization, argumentation, and deliberation. When does effective discourse help a collective outperform individuals? What functions should the next generation of social platforms support? How can we allow communities to efficiently manage many diverse ideas, argument, and deliberate? What patterns in discourse and action can be modeled computationally? We welcome contributions on these and other relevant questions through Research Papers, Position Papers, and Demos.

W5. Mixed Reality Games

Saturday, February 11

Elizabeth Bonsignore, University of Maryland, College Park
Derek L. Hansen, Brigham Young University
Zachary O. Toups, Texas A&M University
Lennart E. Nacke, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Anastasia Salter, University of Baltimore
Wayne Lutters, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Collaborative technologies increasingly permeate our everyday lives. Mixed reality games use these technologies to entertain, motivate, educate, and inspire. We understand mixed reality games as goal-directed, structured play experiences that are not fully contained by virtual or physical worlds. They transform existing technologies, relationships, and places into a platform for gameplay. While the design of mixed reality games and interactive entertainments have received increasing attention across multiple disciplines, a focus on the collaborative potential of mixed reality formats, such as augmented and alternate reality games, has been lacking. We believe the CSCW community can play an essential and unique role in examining and designing the next generation of mixed reality games and technologies that support them. To this end, we seek to bring together researchers, designers, and players to advance an integrated mixed reality games' research canon and outline key opportunities and challenges for future research and development.

W6. Design, Influence, and Social Technologies: Techniques, Impacts and Ethics

Saturday, February 11

Joshua Introne, Center for Collective Intelligence, MIT
Karen Levy, Department of Sociology, Princeton University
Sean Munson, School of Information, University of Michigan
Sean Goggins, The iSchool Drexel University
Rick Wash, Telecommunications, Information Studies, and Media, Michigan State University
Cecilia Aragon, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington

Our actions and opinions are embedded in and shaped by webs of social relationships. Social technology provides a set of affordances that makes it easier for individuals to manage this web of relationships and the information that flows through it. But designers can configure and make use of the same affordances to influence user behavior. As much of the connected world races to adopt social technology, we have a responsibility both to understand its impacts and to develop ethical guidelines for its use, as its impacts could be profound. This workshop will engage the CSCW community in discussion about how social technology is, could, and should (or shouldn't!) be used to influence behavior. We invite practitioners and researchers across disciplines to present and discuss techniques that are or might be used, the impacts these techniques may have at the individual and aggregate levels, and our ethical responsibilities in their application.

W7. Brainstorming Design for Health: Helping Patients Utilize Patient-Generated Information on the Web

Saturday, February 11

Jina Huh, Andrea Hartzler, Nick Anderson, Kelly Edwards, John Gore, Meliha Yestigen-Yildiz, Wanda Pratt, University of Washington
Sean Munson, Mark S. Ackerman, University of Michigan
Andrea Parker, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jim O'Leary, Twitter, Inc
Derek Streat, Medify, Inc

Researchers and practitioners show increasing interest in utilizing patient-generated information on the Web. Although the HCI and CSCW communities have provided many exciting opportunities for exploring new ideas and building broad agenda in health, few venues offer a platform for interdisciplinary and collaborative brainstorming about design challenges and opportunities in this space. The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with opportunities to interact with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and practices—researchers, practitioners, designers, programmers, and ethnographers—and together generate tangible design outcomes that utilize patient-generated information on the Web. Interested participants should submit a short paper (2 page in the ACM extended abstract format) that describes: their current / past work and interests related to the workshop's theme; how the workshop will benefit their work; and how they can contribute to the workshop.

Email us at or see for more details.

W8. Collaboration and Crisis Informatics (CI)

Saturday, February 11

Jonas Landgren, Viktoria Institute and IT University Gothenburg
Volkmar Pipek, University of Siegen
Leysia Palen, University of Colorado

Events like 9/11, the hurricane Katrina or the Sendai Earthquake have drawn more and more attention on ways how individuals, organizations or society as a whole can improve their crisis preparedness as well as their coping and recovery strategies in crisis situations. In all scenarios, the collaboration of professional responders, public administrations and citizens and organizations affected offers a great potential that needs to be further understood and explored. In this workshop we will bring together academics from various disciplines as well as reflective practitioners to discuss challenges and approaches for improving intra- and interorganizational collaboration in crisis situations.

W9. Exploring collaboration in challenging environments: From the car to the factory and beyond

Sunday, February 12

Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg
Alexander Meschtscherjakov, University of Salzburg
Astrid Weiss, University of Salzburg
Vanessa Evers, University of Amsterdam
Volker Wulf, University of Siegen
Bilge Mutlu, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Specific and difficult environments offer a variety of methodological challenges to explore cooperation under very specific contextual conditions. Difficult and challenging environments we understand as contexts going beyond traditional working/office settings offering very specific characteristics to be explored. Examples for these environments can be the automotive context (studying cooperation in the car) or the context of a semiconductor factory. The aim is to generate a framework of influence factors for collaboration in the sphere of difficult environments, focusing on the methodological challenges of analyzing requirements, introducing novel technologies and working together with representative users in these contexts (e.g. requirement analysis in the cleanroom of a semiconductor factory, integrating novel technology in an operating room, collaboration devices in a car). The forum is open to researchers and practitioners from a variety of fields. Through position papers and interactive discussions participants will explore current issues and future approaches.

The webpage for the workshop is:

W10. The Future of Collaborative Software Development

Sunday, February 12

Andrew Begel, Microsoft Research
James D. Herbsleb, Carnegie Mellon University
Margaret-Anne Storey, University of Victoria

Software development organizations are changing from traditional enterprise or open source teams to decentralized, inter-reliant, multi-scale ecosystems of software developers. This transformation presents novel challenges and opportunities to those seeking to understand, evaluate, support, and influence these organizations. The goals of the workshop are to bring together researchers who are interested in the evolution of software development organizations, highlighting the role of collaboration technology, such as crowdsourcing, social media, software hosting, and application marketplace services, in shaping organizational transformation, and coordinating future efforts. These goals will be realized through brief presentations and moderated discussions of major research areas, a poster session facilitating the exchange of ideas around each participant's work, and a forecasting exercise to inspire workshop participants to come up with their next big research idea. | Paper submission URL:

W11. Reconciling Privacy with Social Media

Sunday, February 12

Heather Richter Lipford, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Pamela Wisniewski, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Cliff Lampe, University of Michigan
Lorraine Kisselburgh: Purdue University
Kelly Caine, Indiana University

Social media is one way that individuals share information, present themselves, and manage their social interactions in both personal and professional contexts. While social media benefits have been examined in the literature, relatively little attention has been paid to the relationship of privacy to these benefits. Privacy has traditionally been framed as a way for individuals to protect themselves from the consequences of too much information disclosure. However, privacy can be a means to enhance social media outcomes and is essential for coordinating cooperative relationships. In this workshop we seek to: a) broaden the lens of social media privacy research to examine the benefits and outcomes of interactional privacy as they relate to social media goals; and b) discuss the design of social media interfaces that are responsive to both relational and privacy needs.

W12. Mastering Data-Intensive Collaboration through the Synergy of Human and Machine Reasoning

Sunday, February 12

Nikos Karacapilidis, University of Patras & CTI, Greece
Lydia Lau, University of Leeds, UK
Charlotte Lee, University of Washington, USA
Stefan Rüping, Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany

Contemporary collaboration settings are often associated with huge, ever-increasing amounts of multiple types of data, which may vary in terms of relevance, subjectivity and importance, ranging from individual opinions to broadly accepted practices. In such settings, collective sense making is crucial for well-informed decision making. This sense making process may both utilize and provide input to intelligent information analysis tools. Through position papers and interactive discussions, this workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from different scientific fields and research communities to further explore (i) the synergy between human and machine intelligence, and (ii) larger issues surrounding analytical practices and data sharing practices in the above settings.

W13. DUET 2012: Dual Eye Tracking in CSCW

Sunday, February 12

Patrick Jermann, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Darren Gergle, Northwestern University
Roman Bednarik, University of Eastern Finland
Susan Brennan, Stony Brook University

Dual eye-tracking (DUET) is a promising methodology to study and support collaborative work. The method consists of simultaneously recording the gaze of two collaborators working on a common task. The main themes addressed in the workshop are eye-tracking methodology (how to translate gaze measures into descriptions of joint action, how to measure and model gaze alignment between collaborators, how to include gaze in multimodal interaction models, how to address task specificity inherent to eye-tracking data), empirical studies involving dual eye tracking and more generally future applications of dual eye-tracking in CSCW. The DUET 2012 workshop will bring together scholars who currently develop the approach as well as a larger audience interested in applications of eye-tracking in collaborative situations. Participants are invited to submit either short position papers to be presented during the poster session (1-4 pages) or research papers for plenary presentation (4-8 pages).

W14. The Twelfth International Workshop on Collaborative Editing Systems

Sunday, February 12

Agustina, Nanyang Technological University
Ning Gu, Fudan University
Claudia-Lavinia Ignat, INRIA Nancy-Grand Est
Pascal Molli, University of Nantes
Haifeng Shen, Flinders University David Sun, University of California, Berkeley
Chengzheng Sun, Nanyang Technological University

Collaborative editing (CE) is an area of continuous research since early days of CSCW. A variety of CE systems have been studied in academia as research vehicles to investigate key technical issues in building advanced collaborative applications, and an increasing number of real-world CE systems are being developed in industry as Internet/Cloud-based collaborative systems/services, such as Google Docs/Wave, Subethaedit, CodoxWord, and IBM OpenCoWeb. This workshop aims to bring together CE academic researchers, industry developers, and end-users to discuss and exchange ideas on contemporary issues in researching, developing, and adopting CE systems. We have successfully organized the CE workshop annually at CSCW-related conferences. As CE systems are increasingly reaching more end-users, this year's workshop will, in addition to discussing classic CE technical topics, extend to cover issues that affect end-user's adoption of CE systems in their work such as privacy, security, usability, and social impacts of CE systems.

W15. Learning from Marginalized Users: Reciprocity in HCI4D

Sunday, February 12

Susan P. Wyche, Virginia Tech
Elisa Oreglia, University of California, Berkeley
Morgan G. Ames, Stanford University
Christopher Hoadley, New York University
Aditya Johri, Virginia Tech
Phoebe Sengers, Cornell University
Charles Steinfield, Michigan State University

Users in the developing world continue to appropriate Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in pioneering ways. Take, M-Pesa, the popular mobile money transfer system developed in Kenya. This example demonstrates how innovative applications emerge from users in resource-constrained settings. The goals of our workshop are twofold: 1) to uncover more of these examples and 2) to discuss how they can influence design in developed countries. We welcome submissions that reveal innovative ICT practices occurring among marginalized populations, including those in developing countries, the urban homeless, rural Americans, migrant communities, and so forth. In addition to position papers, we encourage photo- or video-essays that highlight innovative uses of ICT among marginalized users. Practitioners, designers, and other who do not typically present their work at academic conferences are highly encouraged to submit to the workshop. Email or see for more details.

Workshops Co-Chairs

Darren Gergle, Northwestern University
M. Antonietta Grasso, Xerox Research Centre Europe