Social Computing and Collaborative Work in Latin America and Beyond
Previous initiatives have identified the potential of the Latin American region for CSCW research. However, local work in this field is still composed mostly of small, isolated groups that often have a hard time connecting with each other to conduct research. This workshop is an initiative of the SIGCHI Latin America Committee to bring these groups together to discuss their research, the challenges they perceive and possible initiatives that could be conducted to strengthen the region.
A recent workshop on Latin America as a place for Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) research found that work in this field is taking place in several Latin American countries; but only conducted by a few small research groups in each country. There are a few research groups that cross borders, and these have few members. In most cases, a single principal investigator sustains a research group, usually in Computer Science or Informatics departments. CSCW research is still scattered across isolated small research groups in Latin America, and research teams frequently include undergraduate students as well as graduate students. To strengthen these groups, it remains critical to continue devoting efforts towards establishing rich collaboration channels and create a robust research network, helping participants connect, exchange, and produce knowledge together, building on each other’s capacities.
In this workshop, we seek to add to those needed efforts, creating a space for open discussion about CSCW research in, or about, Latin America: achievements, challenges, opportunities, commonalities, and differences with other regions. In that regard, this will not follow a “traditional” CSCW workshop format, focusing on a particular research subject, theory, technology and/or method. Instead, it will focus on further understanding and supporting Latin America as a place for CSCW research. This will be a one day workshop, working on building ties between researchers within Latin America and in other countries. This workshop is an initiative of the recently established SIGCHI Latin America committee, which goal is to strengthen regional ties and showcase Latin American research. We follow up on a few recent initiatives, including the “Latin America as a Place for CSCW Research” workshop at CSCW 2018; the “International Summer School in Research Methods for HCI/CSCW”, in 2019 and the “1st CSCW@LatAm Research Catalyst Workshop”, at CLIHC 2019. We plan on harnessing the conference’s decision on fostering online attendance to reach out to a greater number of participants from Latin America, who would otherwise not be able to travel. By reducing the burden of physically attending the conference, we are hoping to offer a more inclusive environment that can attract about 50 academics and practitioners in the region.
Workshop Activities and Goals
As mentioned before, CSCW research in Latin America is conducted across several small, isolated working groups located in different countries, many of which are sustained by a single researcher working in a CS department with their students. This scenario makes it hard to conduct and sustain research, as it challenges the ability to create large-scale multidisciplinary efforts. To further explore the current situation and pathways to push for CSCW research that thrives in the region, the goals of this workshop are:
- To expand the discussion about the opportunities, challenges and relevance of CSCW research centered in Latin America;
- To foster collaborations that consolidate the CSCW Latin American community;
- To envision, discuss, and commit to projects focused on Latin America; and
- To make Latin American research more visible to the CSCW community.
Overall, with this workshop we aim to support members of the community to get to know each other, find partners with whom they could conduct collaborative research, and discuss critical mechanisms for attaining their research goals. This includes collaboration within and beyond Latin America and the creation of infrastructures within CSCW knowledge production systems that support research across Latin America. This one-day workshop is designed to facilitate the interaction between researchers, designers, and practitioners, identifying common topics and collaboration opportunities. Workshop participants will present their work and join thematic discussions in small groups.
We will invite senior researchers from the larger CSCW community in order to facilitate integration between the Latin American CSCW community and the CSCW community at large. The invited researchers will engage with participants in the discussion of research projects and initiative ideas, and help mentor, provide feedback, and suggest other groups that conduct related research with whom Latin American researchers might engage and eventually build a collaboration. At submission time, we will ask participants to name a prominent CSCW researcher they would like to meet and engage with, and will invite some of these to engage with the group. We will also invite members of other communities who have been promoting regional or global collaboration to talk about their initiatives, and strategies they have adopted (eg., HCIxB, Asia Development Committee.)
Call for Participation and How/When to Submit
We are looking for participants from all across the world who would like to learn about and connect with Latin American scholarship and practitioners. We invite, thus, submissions that are inclusive and representative of the different LATAM-related communities within and outside of their region. Submissions can present:
- Research summaries of CSCW work by an individual researcher, team, lab or other institution;
- Descriptions and illustrations of CSCW systems designed and/or deployed in Latin America;
- Personal experiences and opinions regarding the challenges and opportunities of conducting CSCW work in Latin America;
- Approaches to teaching CSCW in Latin America and experiences in the classroom;
- Other expressions of participation interest.
We accept written submissions (1-4 pages), video submissions (1-5 minutes) or posters. Videos will be published in the SIGCHI LATAM YouTube channel, and all accepted submissions will be invited to be featured in the workshop website https://cscwlatinamerica.wordpress.com.
Please see examples of submissions from the HCIXBorders workshop at CHI, that share our similar goal of providing flexibility to authors. These can guide you through your creative process and give you ideas about possible formats to use.
- Submission deadline: September 15th, 2021 at 23:59, AoE
- Notification of acceptance: September 22nd, 2021
- Videos and camera ready deadline: October 1st, 2021 at 23:59, AoE
- Workshop: October 23th, 2021
To submit, please fill out our submission form https://forms.gle/SLcrN1vEcoHe1rge9
We encourage you to apply for the GMTA to fund participation (https://sigchi.org/awards/gary-marsden-travel-awards/). We are also looking into ways to make this more accessible for LATAM researchers.
If you have any additional questions about the submission process, send an email to:
The workshop will be organized in modules, with activities designed to foster interaction between participants. Videos, posters and other submissions will be made available prior to the workshop, so that they can be watched/read beforehand. The modules will be:
- Lab Showcase: brief presentation and discussion of research done in Latin American labs. Organize in groups and discuss possibilities for joint research.
- Challenges and Initiatives: discussion of perceived challenges and opportunities, with emphasis on promising initiatives to address them. We will use responses from a questionnaire and feedback obtained in an open discussion (both conducted as part of the process to form the SIGCHI Latin America Committee) to jump start the discussion.
- Priorities and organization: identify initiatives that the community can prioritize, compile information about labs and groups, adding it into a Latin America research map (started at a workshop in 2018), and draw plans for further consolidating and supporting the growth of CSCW in Latin America.
Equipment and Supplies
We plan on using Zoom for most of the sessions and breakout discussions. We are looking into shared whiteboard systems (e.g., Miro app, Google’s Jamboard) to support interaction and organize ideas during the working sessions, as well as platforms for informal breaks/interaction. We will also adopt some online platform to keep the discussion going past the workshop (eg., Discord, Slack).
Adriana S. Vivacqua is a professor at the Computer Science Department at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from COPPE/UFRJ, Brazil (2007). Her research interests include intelligent human computer interaction, computer supported cooperative work, personalization, visualization and explanation systems. She has held Grants and Awards from CNPq (Ministry of Science and Technology), CAPES (Ministry of Education) and Rio de Janeiro state. She has served in multiple roles for ACM conferences, including Workshops chair for CSCW 2017, General Chair for GROUP 2018, Papers Chair for ACM GROUP 2020, and is now a member of the GROUP SC. She currently serves as AC Equity in the SIGCHI EC and will serve as VP at Large for the SIGCHI EC starting July 1st.
Carla Griggio is a postdoctoral researcher at the Computer Science Department at Aarhus University. She holds an Information Systems Engineering degree from Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Université-Paris Saclay (France). Her research investigates how communication technologies affect interpersonal relationships with special attention to the mediation of intimacy through customizable and malleable software. She has served in the Organizing Committees of several HCI conferences (CHI, CSCW, UIST, CLIHC) as well as in the Program Committees of CHI and CSCW. She is a member of the SIGCHI Operations Committee (Video Operations) and SIGCHI Latin American Committee.
Francisco J. Gutierrez is an Assistant Professor in Human-Computer Interaction and Social Computing at the University of Chile. His current research interests are the design, use, and evaluation of domestic systems to support intergenerational communication and e-coaching systems to promote active aging. He currently acts as the Chile liaison for the ACM SIGCHI Latin American Committee and actively promotes the awareness of HCI and CSCW research, development, and education in the country. Since 2015 he is actively involved with the CSCW conference as an author, external reviewer, and Associate Chair.
Laura S. Gaytán-Lugo is a professor at the Universidad de Colima in Mexico, appointed at the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. She focuses on Human-Computer Interaction. Her research interests include serious games, user experience design, accessibility and social computing. She serves as a Co-Chair of the ACM SIGCHI Latin American Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee of the ACM-W North America. She is General Co-Chair of the X Latin American Conference on Human-Computer Interactions (CLIHC 2021). She is part of the HCIxB community.
Luis A. Castro is a professor at the Dept. of Computing and Design at the Sonora Institute of Technology (ITSON). He holds a PhD in Informatics from the University of Manchester, UK. He is a member of the ACM SIGCHI Latin American Committee. Finally, he is the former president of the Mexican Association on Human-Computer Interaction (AMexIHC).
Marisol Wong-Villacrés is an Associate Professor at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral in Ecuador. Her research explores how cultural and learning science theories can inform an assets-based participatory design of technologies that support historically marginalized groups, such as immigrant parents from developing regions, in pursuing sustainable, emancipatory transformations. She is currently a member of the ACM SIGCHI Latin American Committee, where she works on initiatives that highlight the lessons that CSCW and HCI research can draw from Latin America. She also participates as Associate Chair, author, and reviewer at the CSCW conference.