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Brief description of the organisation

The chair of Information Systems and New Media and the professorship for CSCW (IS&CSCW) at the University of Siegen is internationally well-known for research on HCI, EUD and CSCW. The research is focusing on flexible cooperation systems, which are supporting the interaction between users in social systems and actively support users' appropriation of the system. The design of these systems are of great economic and social importance, because of the increasing coupling of individuals, organisations and government. Examples of these systems are communication and cooperation systems, community systems and electronic workflows tools and computer support for sports and health systems. The research group follows a practice-oriented approach of action research. It promotes an integrative model for Organization and Technology Development (OTD) and is internationally recognized for its research on End User Development (EUD). Additionally, the research group maintains close ties with the research group on Human-Centered Computing at the Institute for Applied Information Technology of the Fraunhofer Society (FhG-FIT, Sankt Augustin). This group focuses on Information in Context, Usability Engineering Studies, Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Technologies (e.g., in the FP6 project WearIT@Work)

The main tasks they have been attributed, and the previous experience relevant to those tasks

The IS&CSCW of the University of Siegen will provide empirical studies, to define systems' requirements as well as expertise in End User Development (EUD) as well as extensive knowledge about appropriation support mechanisms and collaborative design support that are valueable for the prototype design. Furthermore IIS&CSCW will specify meta data to support collaborative activities of end users. The IS&CSCW has extensive expertise regarding research on:
  • User centered software engineering
  • End User Development (EUD)
  • Appropriation support
  • Collaborative Systems
  • Service Oriented Architectures (SOA)
  • Human-Computer Interaction, esp. with regard to
  • Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)

Provide also a short profile of the staff members who will be undertaking the work

Prof. Dr. VolkerWulf
Prof. Dr. V. Wulf is full professor at the University of Siegen and a senior researcher at Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Information Technology (FhG-FIT). Moreover, he heads the Institute for Media Research of the University of Siegen and is deputy chairman at the International Institute for Socio-Informatics (IISI), Bonn. He studied computer science and business administration at the RWTH Aachen and the University of Paris VI, got a PhD at the University of Dortmund and a Habilitation Degree in computer science at the University of Hamburg. In 2006/2007 he spent his sabbatical (six month) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Stanford University. He published more than 150 papers and 10 books. Research foci: Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Computer Supported Cooperative Learning, Human Computer Interaction, End User Development, User-centred Software-Engineering and Mobile Computing.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. VolkmarPipek
Jun.-Prof. Dr. V. Pipek is assistant professor at the University of Siegen, where he coordinates several projects on EUD in SME and Mobile environments. He studied Computer Science and Economics at the University of Kaiserslautern, focussing on Database Systems and Artificial Intelligence. From 2003 to 2005 he was a guest researcher at the Laboratory of HCI and Group Technology at the University of Oulu, Finland, where he focussed on end-user development and appropriation support and received a PhD degree in Information Processing Science in 2005. His research interest into interdisciplinary, more application-oriented computer science lead him to the Research Group on HCI and CSCW (ProSEC) at the Institute for Computer Science III at the University of Bonn. He worked from 1997 to 2003 on several research projects on user-centred and participatory design of collaborative applications in the fields of e-Government, e-Learning and Knowledge Management. Since 2004 he chairs to the board of trustees of the International Institute for Socio-Informatics (IISI), Bonn, to coordinate research efforts in social aspects of Information Technology.

-- ChristianDoerner - 05 Apr 2007
Topic revision: r3 - 27 Apr 2007, ChristianDoerner
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