[Air-L] Call For Participation: CHI 2018 Workshop "Sensemaking in a Senseless World"
Elizabeth Anne Watkins
writetowatkins at gmail.com
Thu Jan 18 11:38:53 PST 2018
*CHI 2018 Workshop: "Sensemaking in a Senseless World" **- Call For
We are seeking workshop papers on topics in the area of sensemaking for a
workshop to be held at CHI 2018 in Montreal, Canada.
Making sense of information is central to HCI as people look to understand
complex systems, domains and problems. Broadly, we take the topic of
sensemaking to mean understanding of how people collect and organize
information for analysis and synthesis, and the tools and processes they
follow when doing this.
Sensemaking, per se, is everywhere in the systems we build and in the
domains we study. Whenever people need to function well with data, making
sense of the information is often a central task.
We are interested in both individual and group sensemaking practices—from
how one person figures out a complex data set, up to large, collaborative
group sensemaking where teams of people assemble and interpret large,
complex, interlocking sets of data. Representative tasks include: the
practices of people who deal with sensemaking hand-offs (e.g., in a medical
setting) or in analytical areas (e.g., making sense of financial data for
forensic purposes); data set interpretation; understanding large
collections of documents; etc.
In particular, what are the tools, techniques and best practices of people
who need to make sense of a large amount of complex information? What
issues of scale, complexity and coordination arise that are particular to
making sense of a complex world?
*Workshop date: *Saturday, April 21, 2018 (Montreal, Canada) at the CHI
The workshop will include research in areas such as:
- how do people make sense of complex sets of information? (behavior
studies and tool use) • issues of representation creation, evolution and
use over time
- implicit and explicit aspects of sensemaking
- group sensemaking: including different levels of social aggregation,
from individual, to group, to large social contexts
- both static and evolving problem environments
- how sensemaking fits into other knowledge work (information gathering,
- what is sensemaking today? (In particular, what other sensemaking
schools of thought are there, and how can we mutually inform each others
>From this meeting of the minds, the Sensemaking workshop has several
- First, we will create working relationships between researchers whose
work focuses on aspects of sensemaking. While we certainly hope to bring
together those working within the HCI community, we would like to try to
bring in some researchers from other disciplines as well, including Library
& Information Science (LIS) and Organizational Theory and Psychology (e.g.,
cognitive/problem solving research).
- Our second outcome is to enrich our understanding of sensemaking
activities. This includes striving for a shared understanding of the
different notions of sensemaking, laying out and structuring the space of
varieties of sensemaking (e.g., different levels of social aggregation,
static vs. dynamic contexts), articulating their commonalities and
- Our third goal is to draw from this is a greater understanding of
design implications for improved sensemaking tools, systems and designs.
There is a clearly emerging demand for tools for verifiability and
trustability of facts shared on public media channels. For example, a new
generation of tools is emerging to allow journalists to spot inaccurate or
fake news by leveraging ML algorithms and visualizations. Can we take
advantage of these tools in our everyday sensemaking tasks as well?
- Daniel Russell has been working in the area of sensemaking since the
early 1990s. His publication of The cost structure of sensemaking in 1993
led to a stream of research in this area. Now a Senior Research Scientist
at Google, he primarily studies how people formulate information needs and
satisfy them with online research tools and databases. He has run three
earlier CHI workshops on sensemaking, one of which led to a special edition
publication of the journal Computer-Human Interaction.
- Gregorio Covertino is a Sr. UX Manager and UX Researcher at Cloudera.
He has been working on collaborative visualizations for sensemaking since
2003 with his PhD work on multi-role emergency management teams. In
addition, he has worked on bias and visualizations for intelligence
analysis teams at Xerox PARC. At Informatica and Cloudera, his most recent
research work has focused on self-service analytics tools for business
users, big data tools for data scientists, and log analytics tools.
- Niki Kittur is an Associate Professor and Cooper-Siegel Chair in the
Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His
research explores a future that scales sensemaking beyond the limits of a
single individual’s mind by: 1) distributing sensemaking among many people
and machines; 2) enabling people to build on the sensemaking that others
have already done; and 3) seamlessly integrating human and machine
cognition to make sense of large information spaces. He is also a
co-founder of DataSquid, a startup that supports sensemaking by bringing
the power of intuitive touch and physics to data visualization.
- Peter Pirolli has been a long-time contributor to the sensemaking
literature, establishing his contributions to this area with the seminal
book Information Foraging Theory (2007). His research involves a mix of
cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction,
with applications in digital health, sensemaking, and information foraging.
- Elizabeth Anne Watkins primarily studies news-producing organizations.
News organizations combine the technical and complexity issues typical of
bureaucratic systems with the creative, autonomous decision-making of
journalists. As more industries face changing labor models, shifting to
remote workers and building more of their computing needs on third-party
platforms, journalists can serve as a critical early-warning population, a
canary- in-the-coal-mine look at the management of cybersecurity in the
future of work. For us, sensemaking provides a framework to study how
journalists who work in these organizations “make sense” of cybersecurity.
*To submit a workshop paper: *
If you are interested in submitting or attending the workshop, you can find
more details on the workshop website: https://sensemakingworkshop2018.com
<https://sensemakingchi2018.com/> For inquiries, please email:
dmrussell+sensemaking2081 at gmail.com
*Deadlines: * The deadline for submitted workshop papers is March 2, 2018.
Notification of acceptance will be March 30, 2018.
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