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Distributed Collaborative Product Innovation
Dates 2009/09/16 (iCal) - 2009/09/18
Location: Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Saarland, Germany
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Submissions: 2009/06/15
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Workshop on Distributed Collaborative Product Innovation September 15-18, 2009 Schloss Dagstuhl Saarland University, Germany


Innovative design is characterised by an intense, collaborative process of generating and exploring ideas meant to contribute to the solution of particular problems.  Innovators go through cycles of divergence, in which new ideas are generated and explored, and convergence, in which new ideas are valued and detailed. These cycles rely on knowledge elicitation and knowledge sharing. Innovators need appropriate methods and supportive tools to generate ideas, reuse them, take them apart, criticise them, or even reject them. To move the discussion on the validation and dissemination of useful methods and tools for innovative design a step ahead, a workshop will be organised that seeks to bring together experts from R&D groups that work in the area of distributed collaborative product innovation. The workshop aims to tackle the topic of distributed collaborative product innovation from a variety of vantage points, from pedagogical to business sciences, from theoretical underpinnings to practical effects, etc. More specifically, participants of the workshop may:

  • concentrate on the methods and strategies that help distributed group members collaborate for developing innovative products
  • analyse the functionality of tools for supporting the distributed collaborative product innovation process; hese tools could be appropriate for specific domains, such as the aerospace industry, or for specific devices;  attention should be given to whether and how the functionality of tools from a specific “context” can be re-used in another context
  • identify sound theoretical foundations for collaborative product innovation processes, by looking at research in related disciplines, e.g., psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, or communication sciences; they should address the question of how known “patterns” in human behaviours, as well as cognitive principles and guidelines of interaction design, can be interpreted and formulated in terms of recommendations for designers of appropriate tools/systems.


Parties interested in participating in the workshop are invited to submit a paper with theoretical and practical ideas of how to better support the distributed collaborative product innovation process.

Papers should address one or more of the following relevant topics:

  • Methods and strategies for fostering collaborative product innovation
  • Tools and groupware systems that support collaborative product innovation process
  • Case studies or experiences from the use of methods, strategies and tools in the domain of collaborative product innovation
  • Cognitive foundations of collaborative product innovation
  • Interaction design patterns for specific user needs and “contexts” (i.e., devices or situations of use) in the domain of collaborative product innovation

All submissions will be reviewed by members of the international program committee in order to decide on acceptance. Acceptance of a paper is also contingent upon the author’s willingness to present his or her paper at workshop in person in order to guarantee a fruitful and challenging discussion. Accepted papers will be published in a special volume of the workshop proceedings. The workshop organizers are in contact with international publishing houses to create an edited book based on the workshop outcomes (soon to be announced).

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: June 15, 2009.

Papers should be submitted to <>. Papers should be maximum 6 pages long and formatted according to LNCS format (templates can be found at Springer-Verlag LNCS Authors’ Instructions).

  • Notification of acceptance: July 6, 2009
  • Final camera ready versions due: July 20, 2009
  • Workshop: September 16 - 18, 2009. Delegates arrival is foreseen on Wednesday September 15th, departure either in the afternoon of Friday 18th or in the morning of Saturday 19th.


Schloss Dagstuhl is located in  a rural part of Germany, close to Trier in the south-west of Germany. It offers a stimulating environment for intense and fruitful collaboration. Dagstuhl can be reached from the airports of Frankfurt and Luxemburg [1]. From the website: Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz Center for Informatics (German: Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum fur Informatik GmbH)  is the world's premier venue for informatics. It enables the international elite, promising young researchers and practicians alike to gather together to discuss their views and research findings.


  • Prof. dr. Peter B. Sloep, Programme Director Research & Development Technology Enhanced Learning at the Centre for Learning
  • Dr. Symeon Retalis, Assistant professor at the University of Piraeus

The workshop is organised as part of the idSpace project on Tooling and Training for collaborative product innovation [2]. It is funded in part by the European Commission FP7-IST-2007-1-41, project number 216799. The idSpace project designs, builds and pilots a web-based environment which, ultimately, will offer an integrated suite of knowledge eliciting and sharing tools, and create a collective, sharable memory of the entire design process. It should form the substrate for the emergence of a productive and lasting community of practice and learning that will maximally foster innovation

Programme committee

  • Dr. M.E. Bitter-Rijpkema, Open University of the Netherlands, Netherlands
  • Dr. Peter Dolog, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Prof. Dr. Yannis Dimitriadis, University of Valladolid, Spain
  • Prof. Jon Dron, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Dr. Petros Georgiakakis, University of Piraeus, Greece
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Goodyear, Co-Director of CoCo Research Centre, University of Sydney, Australia (tbc)
  • Dr. Wolfgang Greller, Open University of the Netherlands, Netherlands
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Peschl, University of Vienna, Austria (tbc)
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Schmid, University of Hildesheim, Germany
  • Dr. Aimilia Tzanavari, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Weinberg, Hasso-Plattner-Institute GmbH and University of Potsdam, Germany
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Has location stateSaarland +
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Start dateSeptember 16, 2009 +
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TitleDistributed Collaborative Product Innovation +