COOP 2012

Had a great few days in Marseille attending COOP 2012, 10th International  Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems. The theme this year was “From research to practice: Results and open challenges”, and indeed there was an excellent variety of papers covering the entire space between field studies and design and evaluation. The program featured work on healthcare, industry use of social media, technology and the elderly, and a variety of work settings – including a contribution from our own NWL project that you can read here.

The view over La Canebiere from the conference venue was breathtaking!

Moreover, we discussed three keynote presentations on very different topics. On Day 1, Graham Button gave an overview of the basic epistemological motivations of CSCW research and of, in particular, ethnomethodological enquiry, posing some provocative questions on whether current forms of work and non-work should be studied any differently. On Day 2, Marco Susani gave his designerly perspective on how new forms of collaborations (which he called “guerrilla collaboration”) emerge in an era of almost infinite digital possibilities. Finally, on Day 3, Manuel Zacklad reflected on the 20 years of the COOP community, proposing new frameworks for re-thinking cooperation and coordination with respect to new forms of digital interaction.

Myriam Lewkowicz introduces Manuel Zacklad

Beside a very high-quality program and great discussions with old and new colleagues, I also greatly enjoyed the lovely city of Marseille – although the temperature was much higher than what you could expect in May!

Conference dinner on board Le Marseillois

Overall, it was a great conference and setting the bar very high for the next edition in two years’ time: I am truly honoured to have been asked to serve as scientific co-chair (together with Dave Martin of XRCE Grenoble) for COOP 2014, and we will soon begin planning how to make it a success!

By luiciolfi

I am Professor of HCI in the School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork (Ireland). I research the design, use and evaluation of interactive technologies. I am interested in heritage technologies, mobility, collaborative computing, interactive spaces.

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