Objectives

The workshop will provide a forum for researchers and practitioners who develop and use innovative work environments by making use of recent advances in information and communication technology, new concepts in work organization, and a comprehensive focus on ways and means to enable and support flexible forms of communication and collaboration for a variety of groups ranging from small local teams to large distributed organizations, utilizing a seamless integration of physical and digital objects, of real work spaces and virtual information spaces embedded in real architectural environments.
 
 

Motivation

Future work, cooperation, and organizations will be characterized by a high degree of dynamics, flexibility and mobility - substantially more so than today. Realizing this goal has profound implications for information and communication technology as well as to be designed in an integrated fashion in order to provide equally flexible cooperative work environments. Mobile work, telework, ad hoc and on demand teams imply new roles for (office) buildings and the function of architectural space. Buildings become more the place for cooperation and informal communication and less for individual work. They can be local and global. The notion of "Cooperative Buildings", introduced and discussed at the very successful First International Workshop on Cooperative Buildings (CoBuild'98) held at GMD in Darmstadt in February 1998, provides a framework to focus and merge a number of currently still parallel approaches and developments in different disciplines contributing to the design of the workspaces of the future.
 
 

Topics

For this workshop, topics include (but are not limited to) contributions from: information and communication technology (ubiquitous computing, augmented reality, wireless networks, smart rooms, roomware, active badges, multimodal interfaces, visualization techniques, ....), work organization (dynamic teams, virtual organizations, mobile work, telework, work group models, creativity techniques,..), architecture (dynamic offices, intelligent buildings, facility management, sustainable concepts, flexible and ergonomic interior design (furniture, light, acoustics), transformation of work spaces to living spaces and vice versa, ...)