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CS 2011 : 2nd International Workshop on Creative Science - Science Fiction Prototyping


When Jul 25, 2011 - Jul 26, 2011
Where Nottingham, UK
Submission Deadline Mar 28, 2011
Notification Due Apr 25, 2011
Final Version Due May 9, 2011
Categories    artificial intelligence   innovation   computing   HCI

Call For Papers

2nd International Workshop "Creative Science - Science Fiction Prototyping (CS'11)
Nottingham – UK. 25th-26th of July 2011

Background and Goals:
This workshop, sponsored by Intel (who are providing the prizes and awards), will explore the use of science fiction as a means to motivate and direct research into new technologies and consumer products. It does this by creating science fiction stories grounded in current science and engineering research that are written for the explicit purpose of acting as prototypes for people to explore a wide variety of futures. These ‘prototypes’ can be created by scientists and engineers to stretch their work or by, for example, writers, school children and members of the public to influence the work of researchers. The outcomes of these interactions are then be fed back, to shape the science research and outputs. In this way science fiction prototypes act as a way of involving the widest section of the population in determining the science research agenda, thereby making science investment, and science output more useful to everyone ranging from companies, through scientists and engineers to the public, consumers and the government that indirectly fund R&D. In this way fictional prototypes provide a powerful interdisciplinary tool to enhance the traditional practices of research, design and market research. The goals of the workshop are to act as a catalyst of this new approach by acting as a forum where researchers from differing disciplines (notably science fact and science fiction) can come together to explore how to develop this area.

Participation: You are cordially invited to participate to the workshop either as a presenter or as someone simply wishing to learn more about this topic and, perhaps, join the discussion as a member of the audience. Participation is possible either by attending the workshop in person, or by participating via the Internet. For presenters (science researchers or writers) we are looking for short imaginative fictional stories (prototypes) of no more than 10 pages (and presentations of 15 minutes) based on recent scientific publications, which would act as motivation (or discussion) or how science research might be directed. Your submission should include a short discussion (no more than 2 pages) of how the story relates to your published work and vision for advancing scientific research. All fictional stories (prototypes) accepted will be published as part of the IE10 workshop proceedings. IOS Press will publish the proceedings and the format of the papers should follow the IOS publication guidelines and be submitted via the worshop management system,

Workshop Structure:
The workshop will comprise a single day event and will include:
Presentations (papers) from science and engineering researchers on their own scientific papers/projects depicting how they foresee their research might impact future worlds.
Presentations from science fiction writers depicting aspects of their stories that they feel would be feasible and useful for scientists to try to implement.

The Venue:
CS’11 will run in conjunction with IE’11 at Nottingham in the heart of England and a popular tourist destination attracting an estimated 1.3 million visitors annually. Many visitors are attracted by Nottingham's nightlife, its history, the legend of Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest and popular history-based tourist attractions including Nottingham Castle. More details are given on the IE11 web pages.

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