Best Paper Award for SOCIETIES researchers at the 6th International Conference on Social Computing and Social Media, at HCI International 2014

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Best Paper Award SCSM HCII 2014

Best Paper Award SCSM HCII 2014

Two TSSG researchers from the Experimental Facilities Management group, Edel Jennings and Mark Roddy, were amongst the authors listed on the paper, which recently won the Best Paper Award for the 6th International Conference on Social Computing and Social Media (SCSM), for their work in organizing user trials and designing user evaluation approaches with the Enterprise community in the SOCIETIES EU FP7 project.

The SCSM event formerly known as the Online Communities and Social Computing conference is affiliated with Human-Computer Interaction International (HCII) 2014 conference, which took place from 22-27 June 2014, in Crete, Greece. This award from an independent peer review process validates the work done with their partners in the SOCIETIES project, coordinated by Kevin Doolin, Chief Operations Officer and Director of European Union at TSSG, which ran from September 2011, until it recently finished in April 2014.

The winning Social Computing and Social Media paper was entitled: “Enhancing Social Media with Pervasive Features”. The full list of autors are: Ioanna Roussaki, Nikos Kalatzis, Nicolas Liampotis (National Technical University of Athens, Greece), Edel Jennings (TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland), Pavlos Kosmides (National Technical University of Athens, Greece), Mark Roddy (TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland), Luca Lamorte (Telecom Italia, Italy), Miltiades Anagnostou (National Technical University of Athens, Greece).

The lead author on the paper, Dr Ioanna Roussaki, researcher and lecturer from the National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A.), travelled to Crete to present the paper and accept the award. In writing to Edel Jennings she shared some insights about the meaning of the award for the furthering of her group’s research.“For my group, an award is a public acknowledgement of our efforts and a confirmation that we manage to deliver high quality research results. It keeps us motivated to carry on the good work”.

The paper discussed SOCIETIES efforts in leveraging social networking services with pervasive computing, to generate novel business services.  Dr Roussaki noted: “There are numerous ways an enterprise can benefit from pervasive services combined with social media. They can identify more efficiently suitable customers, providers, partners and employees (e.g. based on history of experiences of other or the same enterprise, based on location criteria or other context-based criteria that are relevant). They can better advertise their services/products and exploit these technologies to enhance their marketing processes (again considering history of observed results coupled with context information of importance). Internally, they can better support the exchange of content/information/knowledge and establish enhanced collaboration channels among employees or partners, based on pervasive social media.”

Paper Abstract

“During the last decade, social media have enjoyed meteoric success in bringing people together online. On the other hand, pervasive computing assists users in their everyday tasks, in a seamless unobtrusive manner exploiting the resources available in the user’s environments focusing on the needs of individuals. The time is ripe for the two paradigms to converge. This paper presents research work undertaken to integrate pervasive computing with various social computing systems, including enterprise social media, aiming to contribute to the emergence of the next generation of social media systems.”
(The full paper is available through SpringerLink, provided that you have proper access rights.)

This was just one of the 67 papers and 27 articles published based on work done during the SOCIETIES project. While writing papers is just one example of the many dissemination results from the project,  it is according to Dr Roussaki significant in particular for the Research and Development community.

“From an academic point of view, it is vital to publish high quality papers to high profile journals and conferences. This results not only to enrichment of our group’s profiles and personal CVs, but (more importantly) it gives you the chance to exchange opinions with other researchers in the same domain and thus, enhance your results/solutions, get new ideas for improvement or direct your research to new challenging areas/problems. Furthermore, new research partnerships may arise from such papers, which are based on research results from successful projects such as SOCIETIES.”

Best Paper Award SCSM HCII 2014 Certificate

Best Paper Award SCSM HCII 2014 Certificate

She remarked that a large project such as SOCIETIES presents a valued opportunity for extensive research.

“The fact that Societies is a large scale project (in terms of duration, partners involved and objectives targeted) not only supported us to continue pursuing our research interests, but gave us the chance to expand our group and to produce very valuable research results in the respective areas.”

Dr Roussaki and NTUA, have a long-standing and valued relationship with TSSG, having worked together on several EU projects. “It was a pleasure working with the TSSG team of Societies. The Coordinator was always available to address our administrative/management issues that arise in the course of the project and responded promptly in all occasions (even during holidays). He made sure that the entire project execution was smooth and resolved any partner problems that appeared keeping all happy and motivated to contribute. The technical team of TSSG was not only very competent, responsive and hardworking, but they were very open to collaboration with other partners. In all occasions we collaborated with them to prepare a deliverable, to implement, to write a joint paper, to organise an event or just brainstorm to come up with new ideas or better solutions, we not only managed to jointly deliver high quality results, but the collaboration and knowledge sharing processes allowed us to deal with any difficulties fast, increased our productivity and allowed us to have a good time working with these individuals. One of the results of our successful collaboration was the award we received for a recent joint paper of ours aforementioned.
We are truly looking forward to work with this TSSG team again for the purposes of another research project.”

Indeed working with Dr Roussaki and the many other researchers in SOCIETIES and other EU projects, presents researchers from TSSG, with opportunities which extend from Waterford and Ireland, across the world, to access the best expertise in research science and industry in Information and Communication Technologies. We are working to ensure that such rewarding relationships can continue to develop in the new European research environment afforded by Horizon 2020.

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