In the context of the Kaleidoscope Conference about CSCL (http://www.intermedia.uib.no/kal/cscl/) in Lausanne in October 2004, we are organizing a workshop about spatial positioning in mobile collaboration (description hereafter). It aims to study the relationships between space, collaborative problem solving and cognition in group. It will address basic research issues at the crossroads of human cognition and information technology.
If you are interested in participating, please inform us by April 23rd, with a short description of your research. The idea is that you will have to submit a position paper by July 15th.
Nicolas Nova, Mauro Cherubini and Pierre Dillenbourg
Workshop Proposal: Spatial Awareness in Collaboration and Group Interaction
The recent technical evolution in the field of mobile technologies allow
mobile devices users to have location based services such as optimal
route generation with GPS or nearest point of interest by SMS.
Positioning technologies are more and more precise and taking the
context into account is one of the new trend in computer software.
Collective uses of those 'locative media' are also on track. Mobile
computing should also be seen as an answer to the needs that emerged
from geographically distributed organizations. People still need to work
together from different places at the same time and collaboration must
be fluid. The use of location based services enable to bridge the
distance between teammates thanks to different features. The most
commonly used context of mobile systems is the location of the user
since it is easy to determine and it could be meaningful to use it in
order to adapt the behavior of a mobile application. However, spatial
awareness should not be restricted to location since information about
presence, direction, relative location, physical proximity with
resources could also be drawn from context cues.
This led designers and researchers to support collaborative work and
learning with mobile technology, namely handheld computers, mobile
phones, GPS-enhanced tools and wearables. One of the postulates is that
space and spatial features such as location could be considered as a
resource for collaborative problem solving. We hence aim to understand
the impacts of mobile tools on social and cognitive processes.
Location-Based systems (LBS) often propose various services such as:
- annotation of space: it is now possible to leave "virtual post-its"
attached to specific location.
- synchronous positioning: participants among a group can localize their
- location based storytelling/narratives
- matchmaking between participants of a conference
- video games that takes advantage of location-awareness to propose
augmented reality scenarios.
All those systems offer both innovative ways to create new affordance
for supporting collaborative activities like mobile work or mobile
learning as well as smart testbed to address research questions. What
are these research questions ? What are the methods ? The workshop will
bring together researchers and academics from or out of the KALEIDOSCOPE
NoE coming from several disciplines, including learning sciences,
psychology, computer science. It aims to study the relationships between
space, collaborative problem solving and cognition in group. It will
address basic research issues at the crossroads of human cognition and
The objective is to:
1. Study the role of spatial awareness as a link between mobile
technology and collaborative activities.
2. Discuss emprical results concerning the role of space or spatial
features in group
cognition and collaborative activities (mobile work, mobile learning)
3. Discuss methods of how to study the impact of those Location Based
Services with regard to their efficiency as well their impacts on group
Position Paper Topics
Relevant paper topics include, but are not limited to:
- Evaluation of location based services in learning or work context
- Location based services design
- Users and usage of location based services
- Mobile learning scenarios
- Location-aware interaction
- User modelling
- Applications that use real world context
- Modelling of available physical and social resources
The workshop will last 1/2 day or 1 day depending on the number of
contributions. It will gather researchers among the Kaleidoscope Network
of Excellence plus some external participants. External participants
will have to apy an extra fee.
Outcomes may take the form of either papers for the edited CSCL book or
new KAL projects.
If you would like to participate in this workshop, please submit first
an abstract by April 23rd and then your position paper (max 8 pages) to
email@example.com by July 15th. Work in-progress will be accepted,
but describe your research questions!
Organization: Nicolas Nova and Mauro Cherubini
Chair: Pierre Dillenbourg and Mike Sharples
Nicolas Nova _ ___ _ __| | | '_ \ /|_| \__,_|- phD sudent
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