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CSCW2011 Workshop
Designing Social and Collaborative Systems for China March 19, 2011. Hangzhou, China


keynote talk


workshop format

topics of interest

call for paper 



    important dates
abstract due

acceptance notification

early registration deadline

final paper due


9-9:30am: Introduction
9:30-10:30am: Keynote talk by Mark Ye (Tianya CTO) - slides
10:30-11am: Coffee break
11-12:30pm: Design for China (session chair: Xiang Cao) 12:30-2:30pm: Lunch break
2:30-4pm: China and CSCW panel (session chair: Yang Wang ) 4-4:30pm: Coffee break
4:30-5:30pm: Culture-sensitive design (session chair: Qinying Liao) 5:30-6:00pm: Final discussion
6:00pm - Closing
7:00-9:00pm - Group go out for dinner (TBA)

  keynote talk
Mark (Meng) Ye, CTO, Tianya

Mark (Meng) Ye is now Sr. VP and CTO of Tianya in charge of R&D strategy and engineering efforts. Before joinning Tianya Mark was with the Search Technology Center Asia at Microsoft as Senior Lead Program Manager working on the development of the storage infrastructure of Mark had worked around 9.5 years at IBM Research, China as senior research manager leading a department conducting R&D on high volume system and virtual world platform before Microsoft.

In this talk he will introduceTianya including its history, current business, factors of success, products and our thinking on future growth.

With the world's largest populations of mobile phone users and Internet users, China offers immense opportunities for technologies. Despite the rise of social and collaborative software in China, relatively little research has been thus far conducted within the Chinese context. This two-day workshop focuses on the intriguing intersection of CSCW and China. It aims to serve as a catalyst towards establishing a community of researchers and practitioners around this emerging topic.

This workshop will bring together a mix of CSCW researchers and practitioners, including social scientists, psychologists, designers, engineers and computer scientists, who are interested in developing social and collaborative systems for China, both Chinese and International, to (a) examine the development and use of social and collaborative technologies in China or for Chinese culture; (b) explore various viewpoints on timely issues and topics regarding CSCW and China; (c) outline approaches and identify some basic guidelines for building CSCW tools for China; and (d) foster an international community regarding CSCW and China.

  workshop format
To achieve the goals stated above, four activities will be organized in the 1-day workshop: (a) an invited talk will be given by a leading Chinese Internet company to share their experience of designing social and collaborative systems for Chinese users; (b) a panel will be held by 3-5 prominent researchers and practitioners in the field to discuss the leading issues associated with CSCW and Chinese culture; (c) workshop participants will present their research, work on collaborative activities and collectively examine a set of case studies, theoretical papers, experience reports and methods for designing CSCW systems for China; (d) group discussion will address specific topics of interest identified in the workshop.

Please visit our website for the latest information about our keynote speaker and panelists.

  topics of interest 
Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:
  • Systems/Technologies
    • CSCW systems designed for Chinese users or taking into account the characteristics of Chinese users in general
    • Social and collaborative software for Chinese enterprises
    • Emerging social and collaborative technologies in China (e.g., mobile, virtual world, etc.)
    • Social and collaborative technologies for bridging the gaps between China and other cultures
    • Social and collaborative technologies for less-connected population and areas (e.g., the elderly, migrant workers, etc.)
  • Studies/Analyses
    • Social analysis of Chinese Internet, online communities, social media (online games, online social networks, online forums, instant messaging, blogs, microblogging, wikis, etc.)
    • Cross-cultural studies of CSCW systems comparing Chinese users and users from other cultures
  • Reflections
    • Philosophies, experiences, lessons, reflections, principles, methodologies for studying, designing, designing, and deploying CSCW systems for the Chinese users (or taking into account the characteristics of Chinese users)
    • Reflections on what the Chinese CSCW research should learn from the broader CSCW research (e.g., ICT4D research conducted elsewhere that has particular insights/implications for the Chinese context)
    • Reflections on the implications of Chinese CSCW to the broader CSCW research (e.g., what unique/useful/interesting phenomenon/perspectives that Chinese CSCW can offer to the broader CSCW research)
  • Communities
    • History, development, evolution, focus and trends of the CSCW research and practice community in China.

  call for paper
We will invite a few prominent researchers and practitioners as invited speakers and panelists. Others interested in participating should apply for the workshop by sumbiting a 1-page abstract or outline of their workshop paper. We are calling for two types of workshop papers: work-in-progress papers and position papers. A work-in-progress paper should present original, unpublished research or recent developments in the topics related to the workshop. A position paper should describe the authors’ experiences, findings, views or interests relevant to the themes of the workshop. We also ask that authors include their short biographies when submitting their abstract. We equally welcome submissions from Chinese and non-Chinese cultures to share their perspectives.

Each submission will be reviewed by 2-3 PC members. The workshop co-organizers will do the final selection based on the reviews. We expect to accept 10-25 submissions depending on their potential contributions to the discussion and with the goal of creating a diverse group of participants. Once accepted, the final paper is due in a month.

All workshop papers must be formatted according to the ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstract Format. The maximum length of the paper is 4 pages.

Please email your abstract to Yang Wang at wang AT cs DOT cmu DOT edu by December 20, 2010.

Note: Acceptance notifications will be made by January 3, 2010. At least one author of each accepted submission is required to register for the workshop by January 7, 2011.

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