COTELCO/IDPP Faculty Share Research Findings at HICSS 46

Participants in the Accessible Cyberinfrastructure/GVT workshopDuring the first week of January 2013, several COTELCO/IDPP faculty associates participated in the 46th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 46) in Maui, Hawaii. Ranked as one of the top two Information Systems conferences in the world, HICSS is one of longest continuously-running scientific conferences. These colleagues engaged with HICSS in four ways.

First, on Monday, 7 January, COTELCO/IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn; Senior Faculty Associate Dr. Nanette Levinson; and Faculty Associate Dr. Jennifer Ellis were joined by American University Psychology Professor Dr. Noemi Enchautegui-de-Jesus in convening a day-long workshop on Cross Cultural Communication and Collaboration in Accessible Cyberlearning and Global Virtual Teams, during which the COTELCO-led Institute on Disability and Public Policy was highlighted as a model for accessible cyberlearning and distributed collaboration. The session featured presentations by Dr. Cogburn; Dr. Levinson; Dr. Ellis; and American University professor Dr. Alberto Espinosa, who delivered the workshop’s keynote address. They were joined remotely by Faculty Associate Dr. Marilyn Arnone, and seventeen registered participants. The workshop was accepted by HICSS through a rigorous peer-reviewed process.

Second, our colleagues all participated in a range of stimulating mini-tracks where empirical, peer-reviewed research was presented, including mini-tracks on “Advances in Technology and Learning” and “Learning Analytics,” all of which are subjects that correlate with COTELCO’s central research themes.

Third, on Tuesday, 8 January, Dr. Cogburn co-chaired the mini-track on Global Virtual Teams, with Dr. Michael Hine of Carleton University.

Lastly, on Wednesday, 9 January, Dr. Cogburn presented a paper entitled, “Computationally Intensive Content Analysis of Public Diplomacy Data: Understanding the Public Remarks of US Secretaries of State, 1997-2011," co-authored with former COTELCO research associate Ms. Amy Wozniak. This paper is part of the COTELCO focus on “Big Data” for the social sciences, encapsulated in its ASSANA methodology.

HICSS brings together researchers from around the world to create an international experience in the exchange of scientific ideas. All conference papers are published in the proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society Press, and will be carried in the IEEE digital library Xplore.