Personal health and well-being; open innovation, eScience, and citizen science; co-production, open source, and new forms of work; cultural heritage and information access; energy management and climate change; civic hacking, engagement and government; disaster response; cybersecurity and privacy; education and learning – these are just a few problem domains where effective design and robust understanding of complex sociotechnical systems are critical.
To meet these challenges, a trans-disciplinary community has come together, drawing together scholars from intellectual communities such as CSCW, HCI, social computing, organization studies, information visualization, social informatics, sociology, information systems, medical informatics, computer science, ICT for development, education, learning science, journalism, and political science.
Through Summer Research Institutes, extended workshops, pre-conference workshops, and other activities, this community of researchers from academia and industry has developed a strong focus on problems and opportunities arising from the interplay of social and technological systems that span individuals, groups, organizations, and societies.
A new cohort of CSST researchers meet annually for a rigorous summer research institute. Summer institutes bring together senior PhD students, junior faculty and industry researchers, and senior researchers from industry and academia to share ideas, define new research directions and provide one another with feedback on ongoing projects. Deadlines and application instructions for the Institute will be posted here when they are being accepted, usually in January and February.