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16. March 2018

We are proud to present our new publication : Socio-Informatics – A Practise-based Perspective on the Design and Use of IT Artefacts

The book is an exploration of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological foundations of human-centred design. Specifically, it critically examines the notion of ‘practice’ and argues for an understanding of the concept which emanates from engagement with design problems rather than simply from social scientific theory. The contributors to the book in their various ways all subscribe to a systematic account of how practice- oriented studies can inform design.

Using the perspective of ‘grounded design’, it pursues a long term view of the design process, arguing for user engagement from the very earliest stages of design policy, including methods for understanding user practices to inform initial design policies up to and including processes of appropriation as technologies are embedded in contexts of use. Grounded design is a perspective which also deals with the vexed problem of appropriate generalization in design studies and the kinds of cross-comparison that can usefully be done. The book contains a number of case studies which exemplify these themes, some of which are rooted in the use of technology in organizational contexts, others of which deal with design in contexts such as care of the elderly, firefighting and multicultural education.

7. July 2017

Announcement for project works & BA/MA theses

Keywords:
Mobile crowd-sensing, smart city, digitalization of mobility

Introduction:
These days, moving around can be highly mediated by the usage of smartphones and various
location-based services. Further, the increasing digitalization and mobile sensing capacities have high
potential for making cities smarter and to enable them to react more directly on its citizen’s travel
needs. On behalf of such a smart city movement, we use mobile crowed-sensed travel data to
enhance the understanding of individual and collective mobility behavior.

Work setting:
We provide students with an interesting working surrounding and the opportunity to build on
previous work. This includes a mobile sensing app based on intel SDK and the Open.DASH framework
(https://opendash.de/) for data visualization. The framework was originally developed to provide
personal energy feedback but can be adapted to other contexts, like mobility. With this in mind, first
widgets that account for individual mobility behavior have already been developed and can be used
as examples in further work.

Work description:
On this basis and depending on individual interests, capabilities and workloads, there are a number
of ways students can become involved in:
• Developing single widgets that visualize particular issues of daily mobility;
• designing incentives for data tracking and sensing by users or
• doing fieldwork to explore information needs.
• Other topics are possible and can be discussed considering personal interests.

Target Group: Information Systems students (BA/MA Wirtschaftsinformatik, BA/MA Informatik) and
MA Human Computer Interaction (HCI) students

Starting point: Now open for applications

We highly encourage students to combine their project work with their BA/MA thesis.

In case of questions and interest, contact:
Johanna Meurer [johanna.meurer(at)uni-siegen.de]

* The announcement is in English due to the increasing internationalization of our study programs.

7. July 2017

Announcement for a Student Job Offer (SHK/ WHB)

With immediate effect, we are looking for Information Systems (BA/MA Wirtschaftsinformatik,
BA/MA Informatik) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) students interested in supporting our
research in the new GaNEsHA project located at the chair of Information Systems and New Media.

The project aims to support cities in their (re-)organization of mobility infrastructures in accordance
with the transportation needs of its citizens. To make cities smarter, mobile crowd-sensing travel
data will be used to enhance our understanding of individual and collective mobility behavior.

We offer interested students the opportunity to work in a research project with an interesting
consortium and encourage them to enhance their development and design skills as well as their
empirical working practices.

Successful candidates will ideally display the following characteristics:
• good study records;
• enjoys working in a team;
• programming skills/ or interest in JavaScript for web technologies;
• experience /or interest in empirical work;
• motivation for a longer lasting work-cooperation.

In cases of questions and interest, please contact:
Johanna Meurer [johanna.meurer(at)uni-siegen.de]

* The announcement is in English due to the increasing internationalization of our study programs.

2. January 2017

Announcement for the student exchange program YALLAH – You All Are Hackers

As part of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) program Higher Education Dialogue with the Muslim World the chair of Computer Science & New Media, together with Birzeit University in Palestine (West Bank), organize a joint student exchange program.

In the course of this exchange, ten students of each university will have the chance to participate in two four-week exchange periods. In addition to a regular social and cultural program, the students will conduct projects in small, international teams under the theme of social innovation. The students are encouraged to identify local problems by themselves and find creative, innovative solutions. The means to achieve the project goals are not predetermined. A potential resource can be, e.g., the local Fab Lab in Siegen, which provides methods and tools for digital fabrication, tinkering with ideas and refining the solutions.

The first exchange period – i.e. the trip to Palestine – will take place from end-February to end-March 2017. The second exchange period will probably happen in August. Applications from students of all fields of study can be sent via email to Sarah Rüller, as of now. In your application, please include a brief introduction of yourself, a short motivational letter and a CV (max. 2 pages, english). The documents will be shared among the participants to get to know each other. Application deadline is Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 11:59 pm.

An information meeting will take place on Thursday, 12 January 2017 at 6 pm in room US-F 308. We will provide more detailled information on the project and have a Q&A session to answer your questions. Further information on the project and the application process will be provided soon at http://yallah.exchange.

Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf

Contact:

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