Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 472.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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The Locales Framework
Understanding and Designing for Wicked Problems
Sapient Ltd., London, UK
THE KLUWER INTERNATIONAL SERIES ON COMPUTER SUPPORTED COOPERATIVE WORK -- 1
Software design is becoming increasingly complex and difficult as we move
to applications that support people interacting with information and with
each other over networks. Computer supported cooperative work applications
are a typical example of this. The problems to be solved are no longer just
technical, they are also social: how do we build systems that meet the real
needs of the people who are asked to use them and that fit into their
contexts of use. We can characterise these as wicked problems, where our
traditional software engineering techniques for understanding requirements
and driving these through into design are no longer adequate.
This book presents the Locales Framework - and its five aspects of locale
foundations, civic structures, individual views, interaction trajectory and
mutuality - as a way of dealing with the intertwined problem-solution space
of wicked problems. A locale is based on a metaphor of place as the lived
relationship between people and the spaces and resources they use in their
interactions. The LocalesFramework provides a coherent mediating framework
for ethnographers, designers, and software engineers to facilitate both
understanding requirements of complex social situations and designing
solutions to support these situations in all their complexity.
Part I: Introduction.
1. The Wicked Problem of Design. 1.1. Systems Design as a Wicked Problem.
1.2. A Research Narrative.
CSCW Design Challenge. 2.1. Understanding Cooperative Work.
2.2. Designing Systems.
2.3. The Understanding - Designing Dialogue.
Part II: Evolution to the Locales Framework.
3. The wOrlds
System. 3.1. A Brief wOrlds Tour.
4. Systems Engineers
at Work. 4.1. Appearance of Work in Isolation.
4.2. Breakdowns in Work.
5. How Systems Engineers Accomplish Work. 5.1. Making Sense of an
5.2. Working with Workspace Characteristics.
5.3. Work around Strategies.
From Space to Place. 6.1. Ethnography to Design.
6.2. wOrlds Away From the Systems Engineers' World.
6.3. From Space to Place in Systems Design.
Part III: The Locales Framework.
to the Locales Framework. 7.1. Locale as Unit of Analysis.
7.2. Overview of Framework Aspects.
7.3. Centres and Perspectives.
8. Locales Framework Aspects. 8.1. Locale Foundations.
8.2. Civic Structure.
8.3. Individual Views.
8.4. Interaction Trajectory.
9. Locales Framework Approach. 9.1. Related Approaches.
9.2. Using the Locales Framework.
Part IV: Working with the Locales Framework.
10. Distributed Research
Work: A Tale of Two Groups. 10.1. Introducing the Internet Exploration Unit
10.2. Introducing the Romany Initiative.
10.3. Key Features of Collaboration.
10.4. Conclusions and Reflections.
Designing for Telehealth. 11.1. Current Intra-ICU Practice.
11.2. Current Remote Consultation Practice.
11.3. Evolving a Telehealth System in Practice.
11.4. Conclusions and Reflections.
Environment Design: Orbit and Tickertape. 12.1. Evolving Orbit.
12.2. The Coincidental Tickertape Lesson.
Reflections and Future Work. 13.1. Review of the Locales Framework.
13.2. Reflections on Using the Framework.
13.3. Moving Forward - Future Work.
13.4. Postscript: Reflections from a Distance.
13.5. Conclusion. References. Index.
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1190-3 Date: March 2003 Pages: 254 pp.
EURO 90.00 / USD 88.00 / GBP 57.00
Cooperative Internet Computing
Alvin Chan Toong Shoon
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Stephen C.F. Chan
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Va Leong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Vincent T.Y. Ng
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
THE KLUWER INTERNATIONAL SERIES IN ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE -- 729
Cooperative computing is an important computing paradigm to enable
different parties to work together towards a pre-defined non-trivial goal.
It encompasses important technological areas like computer supported
cooperative work, workflow, computer assisted design and concurrent
programming. As technologies continue to advance and evolve, there is an
increasing need to research and develop new classes of middlewares and
applications to leverage on the combined benefits of Internet and web to
provide users and programmers with highly interactive and robust
cooperative computing environment.
This book is a compilation of the papers that were presented at the
International Workshop on Cooperative Internet Computing (CIC2002). The
contributed papers address a broad spectrum on cooperative internet
computing, ranging from the more fundamental modeling and specification
issues of cooperative systems, to the more application-oriented issues on
the popular XML-related system design and implementation. To help structure
the book, we have organized these papers into four broad areas of interests:
* Distributed Objects and Videos,
* Web and E-commerce,
* XML and Query Processing,
* Modeling and Specification.
Cooperative Internet Computing is designed to meet the needs of a
professional audience composed of researchers and practitioners in
industry. This book is also suitable as a reference text for graduate level
students in Computer Science.
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7419-0 Date: March 2003 Pages: 266 pp.
EURO 148.00 / USD 145.00 / GBP 93.00
Agent Supported Cooperative Work
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, NY, USA
FX Palo Alto Laboratory Inc., CA, USA
MULTIAGENT SYSTEMS, ARTIFICIAL SOCIETIES, AND SIMULATED ORGANIZATIONS -- 8
Improvements in computer networking have heralded great expectations for
computer-mediated distributed work. However, experience has revealed that,
as information flow improves, a central problem for distributed workers is
the administration, management and control of that information. Research
into Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) investigates design methods
and technologies for the support of collaboration, communication and
coordination of distributed group work, both within and among organizations.
In tandem with this focus on the support of distributed communication and
collaboration, there have been exciting developments in the fields of
Intelligent Agents and Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI), notably
in the concepts, theories and deployment of intelligent agents as a means
of distributing computer-based problem solving expertise. The paradigm of
multi-agent systems forms a proposed basis for the design of CSCW
architectures, the support of CSCW operations and for addressing some of
the problems of cooperative working.
The application of a multi-agent approach to CSCW makes information
exchange among the participants easier by delivering support to the
participants, assisting workflows and procedures, and providing convenient
user interfaces to CSCW systems. Furthermore, the ideas inherent in such an
approach are also applicable to other domains, such as support for
interactive learning. Organizations that seek to exploit the advantages
offered through CSCW will benefit from the integration of agents in the
management and use of their corporate knowledge, especially with the
advancement of wired or wireless networking, pervasive computing, and other
Agent Supported Cooperative Work describes the state of the art in this
exciting new area, covering both theoretical foundations and practical
applications of ASCW. It is the first book explicitly dedicated to ASCW,
bringing together contributions from international experts in the field.
CONTENTS AND CONTRIBUTORS
Contributors. Acknowledgements. Preface. Agent Supported Cooperative Work:
an Introduction; Yiming Ye, E. Churchill. Agent-Augmented Meetings; C.
Ellis, J. Wainer, P. Barthelmess. Using Agents to Promote Effective
Co-ordination in a Community Care Environment; M.D. Beer, R.Hill, D. Wei
Huang, A. Sixsmith. Reactive Agents for a Systemic Approach to the
Construction of Coordination Mechanisms; M. Divitini,M. Sarini, C. Simone.
Actor Computing & Awareness for Collaborative Workgroups: a General Model
and its Web Application; w. Balzano, A.Dattolo, V. Loia. Active Calendars
and the Need for the E-social Contract; J.H. Kaufman, J. Ruvolo, D.A. Ford.
A Mobile Agent Framework for Digital Nomads; A.P. Meyer. Managing
Distributed Parallel Workflow Systems Using a Multi-agent Method; S.
Aknine, S. Pinson. Mobile Agent Supported Cooperative Work; Seng Wai Loke,
A. Zaslavsky. Agent Supported Web-based Cooperative Design; Weiming Shen,
H. Ghenniwa,Lihui Wang. A Complex Systems Perspective on How Agents Can
Support Collaborative Design; M. Klein, H. Sayama, P. Faratin, Y. Bar-Yam.
Privacy and Authentication for Agent Supported Cooperative Work; XunYi,
Yiming Ye, Chee Kheong Siew, M. Rahman Syed. Index.
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7404-2 Date: February 2003 Pages: 320 pp.
EURO 138.00 / USD 135.00 / GBP 87.00
Newton on Mathematics and Spiritual Purity
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
ARCHIVES INTERNATIONALES D'HISTOIRE DES ID0ES/ INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES OF THE
HISTORY OF IDEAS -- 183
This book deals with Newton's understanding of the original divine design
hidden in the mathematical laws of nature and delivered to humanity by
messengers, such as Noah, Moses and Christ. It is written to an audience of
laymen and professionals alike. It is the first scholarly work to point out
that for Newton the three laws of motion the Principia and the two central
Biblical Commandments (worshipping and loving God alone and loving thy
neighbour) touch upon the practical applications of God's original design.
The book interprets Newtonematical method of fluxions (the calculus) as a
divine method through which human beings can purify and guard themselves
against material bondage (idolatry), whilst becoming more in tune with the
simplicity of the spiritual commandments of the true ancient religion. A
comparison with Leibnizulus and theological beliefs is given in order to
emphasize the uniqueness of Newton's science and spirituality.
1. The Search for Truth.
2. The Mathematical Principles of God's Design.
3. Newton's Methods of Fluxions.
4. Leibniz's Calculus.
5. Newton's and Leibniz's Notions of Space and Time.
6. God's Absolute Perspective According to Newton.
7. God's Infinite Perspective According to Leibniz.
8. The Sacrificial Fire and Alchemy.
9. The Tabernacle and the Two Jewish Temples.
10. Finale: Why does God Hide the Heavenly Music. Bibliography. Index.
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1151-2 Date: March 2003 Pages: 240 pp.
EURO 90.00 / USD 86.00 / GBP 58.00
Kluwer is pleased to announce the publication of the following title:
Computer Architecture: A Minimalist Perspective
William F. Gilreath
Phillip A. Laplante
Penn State University, West Chester, USA
THE KLUWER INTERNATIONAL SERIES IN ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE -- 730
The one instruction set computer (OISC) is the ultimate reduced instruction
set computer (RISC). In OISC, the instruction set consists of only one
instruction, and then by composition, all other necessary instructions are
synthesized. This is an approach completely opposite to that of a complex
instruction set computer (CISC), which incorporates complex instructions as
microprograms within the processor.
Computer Architecture: A Minimalist Perspective examines computer
architecture, computability theory, and the history of computers from the
perspective of one instruction set computing - a novel approach in which
the computer supports only one, simple instruction. This bold, new paradigm
offers significant promise in biological, chemical, optical, and molecular
* Provides a comprehensive study of computer architecture using
computability theory as a base.
* Provides a fresh perspective on computer architecture not found in
any other text.
* Covers history, theory, and practice of computer architecture from a
minimalist perspective. Includes a complete implementation of a one
* Includes exercises and programming assignments.
Computer Architecture: A Minimalist Perspective is designed to meet the
needs of a professional audience composed of researchers, computer hardware
engineers, software engineers computational theorists, and systems
engineers. The book is also intended for use in upper division
undergraduate students and early graduate students studying computer
architecture or embedded systems. It is an excellent text for use as a
supplement or alternative in traditional Computer Architecture Courses, or
in courses entitled "Special Topics in Computer Architecture".
Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7416-6 Date: February 2003 Pages: 236 pp.
EURO 118.00 / USD 115.00 / GBP 74.00
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