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16 Nov 2017,

Internet of Things

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Third wave computing has given rise to the Internet of Things (IoT). Interestingly, the majority of design research that investigates the future of IoT treats it like an Internet of Thing; we are interested in the work of brave design researchers who have looked beyond Thing and who have probed the challenge of making Things. We are looking for work that is situated but also potentially transitional. Click through to read the full details of this call for papers.

The Design Science Journal Thematic Collection is a collection of articles around a particular theme which appears in the journal within a calendar year. Accepted articles prior to the deadline go through production and are published online as usual (one at a time so there is no delay), but they are reviewed following the standard processes.

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The Internet of Thing(s)

Deadline for submissions: 1st May 2018

Third wave computing has given rise to the Internet of Things (IoT). This new technical paradigm raises a number of design concerns about how to best situate this emerging technology into people's lives including: a complete lack of feed-forward raises the challenge of communicating the capabilities of sensing and reacting spaces, blending human and machine intelligence when machine intelligence lacks common sense and makes unexpected inferencing erros, privacy and ethical concerns around continual and invisible monitoring of people's behaviors, as well as the benefits and costs of automation.

Interestingly, the majority of design research that investigates the future of IoT treats it like an Internet of Thing, where there is only one device and often only one user. We are interested in the work of brave design researchers who have looked beyond Thing and who have probed the challenge of making Things; design research that investigates how collections of devices and people might function together in collocated spaces. Such spaces might be very different, i.e., domestic, commercial, communal and even spiritual. We are looking for work that is situated but also potentially transitional.

Theme topics

  • Analysis of (systemic) designs for Internet of Thing(s), for connected products in collocated spaces
  • Analysis of collective qualities and methodological contributions from analysis to benchmarking
  • Designing aesthetics of intelligence in a systems context, i.e., interfaces to intelligent networked Things; interfaces to machine intelligence and higher cognitive abilities embedded in Things; mediation of control and information
  • Designing systems for different transitional contexts (future everyday work, life, and care); contextual adaptation balance between personalization and flexibility
  • Design with and for emergence and emergent aspects of complex behaviors in heterogeneous Things; designing with systemic agents that have different abilities and goals
  • Designing and growing systems, and their evolution over time; structural and dynamic changes in systemic designs
  • Designing artefacts that represent conflicts, intentions of single or multiple users and stakeholders in a local systems context

For additional topics and other questions regarding this collection, please contact the Guest Editors.

Guest Editors

Mathias Funk, TU Eindhoven
m.funk@tue.nl

John Zimmerman, Carnegie Mellon University
johnz@cs.cmu.edu

Lin-Lin Chen, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, TU Eindhoven
lichen@mail.ntust.edu.tw

For all questions about the Design Science journal please contact Panos Y. Papalambros, Editor-In-Chief (editor@descij.org) or John S. Gero, co-Editor-in-Chief (co-editor@descij.org).

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