WORKSHOPS

9th International Workshop on Narrative and Hypertext (NHT)

Workshop website: http://nht.ecs.soton.ac.uk/2021/

Organised by:
Charlie Hargood, Bournemouth University, UK
David Millard, University of Southampton, UK

Description:

This workshop aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum to bring together individuals from the humanities and technological communities to share work and discuss state-of-the-art research on narrative from both a technical and aesthetic perspective. The focus of this year’s workshop will be “The Narrative Systems and Interactive Digital Narrative Research Community,” which covers hypertext, interactive storytelling, electronic literature, game based storytelling, and computational narrative. NHT will host a discussion and debate on the disparate parts of this community, how they connect, and particularly their connections to hypertext. How do these different views of IDN connect with one another? How can an understanding of these connections inform practice and research across all the communities? How can we better understand the geography of our wider research community?

The workshop will be a half day discussion on this topic. While this will be an open discussion it will also be led by invited speakers – we ask that participants who would like to speak at the workshop submit an abstract of up to 300 words (to the organisers by email) describing your thoughts with regards to these communities and their relationships. The expectation is that time will be provided on the day for accepted abstracts to be presented.

4th Workshop on Human Factors in Hypertext (HUMAN’21)

Workshop website: https://human.iisys.de/human21/

Organised by:
Claus Atzenbeck, iisys, Germany
Jessica Rubart, TH OWL, Germany

Description:
This workshop has a strong focus on the user and thus is complementary to the strong machine analytics research direction that could be experienced in previous conferences. The user-centric view on hypertext not only includes user interfaces and interaction, but also discussions about hypertext application domains. Furthermore, the workshop raises the question of how original hypertext ideas (e.g., Doug Engelbart’s “augmenting human intellect” or Frank Halasz’ “hypertext as a medium for thinking and communication”) can improve today’s hypertext systems.

Recent hypertext research is strongly focused on machine analytics. We would like to broaden the scope again to include more research on human factors. Historically, hypertext research is strongly connected with human factors. Hypertext pioneers, such as Doug Engelbart or Ted Nelson, focused on human factors in hypertext, e.g., Doug Engelbart’s “augmenting human intellect” or Ted Nelson’s information structure “ZigZag”. This workshop combines original hypertext research ideas with recent hypertext research trends. In addition, the motivation is to consolidate different hypertext research areas from the viewpoint of human factors.

Workshop on Open Challenges in Online Social Networks

Workshop website: https://sites.google.com/view/oasis2021/home

Organised by:
Barbara Guidi, University of Pisa, Italy
Laura Ricci, University of Pisa, Italy
Andrea Michienzi, University of Pisa, Italy

Description:
The diffusion of Online Social Networks (OSNs) has had a profound effect on the way we interact and a deep impact on society and business. Social media have helped people to communicate, breaking down the geographical barriers that restricted communication. Through social networks, virtual communication, sharing of information, community participation is possible even among people in uncomfortable conditions. Today, Social media are one of the main parts of daily life by affecting sociality, but they are also important channels through which information travels faster than ever. Analysis of OSN can help to foresee events to manage critical scenarios. The workshop targets researchers, doctoral students, people from industry and other people interested in discussing, reflecting and networking on central themes associated with the development and the use of social networks.