Workshop Title: Modeling Intercultural Collaboration and Negotiation (MICON)


Project Description

The goal of this 1-day multidisciplinary workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners from different communities, such as computer science and artificial intelligence in particular, anthropologists, cognitive and social psychologists, political scientists and economists to exchange ideas and viewpoints, methods and models on inter-cultural collaboration and negotiation.

With increasing globalization of business and science, cultural differences of the parties are an important factor that affects the process and outcomes of collaborative and self-interested interactions.

The social science literature on culture as well as human collaboration and negotiation is vast. Most of this literature is devoted to work within the same culture. Artificial intelligence researchers, on the other hand, have developed computational models of cooperation, conflict resolution and negotiation, but paying almost no attention to identifying and modeling cultural factors. In recent years, we have witnessed a great increase in interest in understanding inter-cultural interactions. This has led to increased interest of social scientists and computational scientists in theoretical and experimental analysis of inter-cultural exchanges, modeling and support. Currently, these communities are largely unconnected. There is a great need to bring them together to share research work and experiences, discuss ideas and forge interdisciplinary collaborative relations.

The workshop will be of interest to researchers from AI/computer science and social/behavioral sciences fields, such as psychology, sociology, communications, organizational science.

W-24: Modeling Intercultural Collaboration and Negotiation (MICON) Proceedings Pasadena, California, July 13, 2009.

Workshop Paper Topics

The workshop seeks papers in the following and related topics:

  • Theories of intercultural collaboration and/or negotiation
  • Dynamical theories of culture and culture change
  • Computer supported intercultural self-interested and/or collaborative interactions
  • Laboratory studies of intercultural collaboration and negotiation
  • Social network analysis of culture and conflict/negotiation
  • Field studies of intercultural interactions
  • Ubiquitous/ambient technologies for intercultural collaboration
  • Internet and web technologies for intercultural collaboration
  • Frameworks and methods for measurement of cultural factors
  • Multilingual communication technologies
  • Language resources for intercultural collaboration and negotiation
  • Computational models of intercultural collaboration

All papers are expected to be suitable for a multidisciplinary audience and focus on issues of intercultural collaboration and/or negotiation. Full papers should be no longer than 10 pages. We also solicit short 3-page position papers. An edited volume is expected to result from the workshop.

Authors are requested to prepare their papers by following the LNCS Springer instructions found at:

Workshop Format

The workshop will be one full day long. The workshop formal will include invited presentations that will introduce and integrate topics, as well as panels that are interdisciplinary in nature and which focus on a common topic. At least 50% of the workshop time will be allocated to discussions and breaks so that participants can exchange ideas and hopefully form productive multidisciplinary collaborations.

* December 12, 2008 - IJCAI-09 Workshop Program Announced
* December 13, 2008 - Workshop CFP Distributed
* April 3, 2009 - Submission of contributions to workshops
* April 17, 2009 - Workshop paper acceptance notification
* May 8, 2009 - Deadline for final camera ready copy to workshop organizer
* May 22, 2009 - Deadline for completed workshop notes submission to AAAI
* July 13, 2009 - IJCAI-09 Workshops

Workshop Organizers

Katia P. Sycara
School of Computer Science (Primary POC)
5000 Forbes Ave, Newell Simon Hall 1602D
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Michele Gelfand
Department of Psychology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Allison Abbe
U.S. Army Research Institute
2511 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA 22202

Tentative Program Committee

Scott Atran, Anthropology, CNRS, France
Robert Axelrod, School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, USA
Geoff Gordon, Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Toru Ishida, Social Informatics, University of Kyoto, Japan

Yoshi Kashima, School of Behavioral Science, University of Melbourne, Australia

Sarit Kraus, Math and CS, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Arie Kruglanski, Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Michael Lewis, Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Dana Nau, Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Andrjez Nowak, Psychology, Florida Atlantic University and University of Warsaw, Poland

Avi Pfeffer, EECS, Harvard, USA
Eduardo Salas, Psychology, University of Central Florida, USA

Thomas Schelling, Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Catherine Tinsley, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, USA

Laurie Weingart, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, USA


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