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The Research Area of Computer Supported Cooperative Work - CSCW - is concerned with the design, development and use of computer technologies to support collaborative activities, as well as the impact of digital collaboration technologies on users, groups, organizations and society. Relevant research topics include theoretical and empirical investigations of collaborative activity, as well as all aspects of the design, development, deployment and study of computer technology supporting collaborative endeavors. CSCW encompasses all areas of collaborative activity supported by technology – not just "work" in the traditional sense. So, in addition to exploring work places and work practices, we also explore the applications of collaborative technology to areas such as the domestic environment, entertainment, health and education.

CSCW is a multidisciplinary area of research devoted to the use of computers to support cooperative work. The community encompasses interests in systems development and design, the theory and practice of CSCW, the installation and use of CSCW systems, the application of novel technologies, and the relation between the social and the technical.

Research Themes
The main research themes within the CSCW area are the following ones:

  • Empirical studies of cooperative work
  • Impact of technologies on individuals, organizations, and society
  • Innovative technologies to support cooperative work
  • Object-oriented frameworks and architecture for mobile and pervasive groupware
  • Methodology and tools for the design of CSCW systems
  • Theories of coordination and collaboration
  • Healthcare informatics

Projects
Within the CSCW area we are running the following projects.

  1. Using mobile technology in hospitals - focuing on medication
    There are three partners in this research project – University of Aarhus - Dept. of Computer Science, Systematic Software Engineering, and Aarhus University Hospital. The overall objective is to investigate how to develop and use mobile and pervasive technology in conjunction with the Electronic Health Record (EHR).

    The project has two main activities.

    • The study of the development and implementation of ERP
    • Designing and developing four visions for mobile and pervasive EPR
    Researchers from the area of CSCW, Mobility, New ways of Working, and Object Technology are involved in the project.
  2. Design of user-interfaces for small handheld, mobile units used in conjunction with Electronic Health Records
    This project has three partners – University of Aarhus - Dept. of Computer Science, IBM Denmark, and Aalborg Hospital. The overall objective is to investigate the use of EHR at Aalborg Hospital and to develop applications, which can access this EHR from small handheld devices. Researchers from the areas of CSCW, Mobility and HCI are involved.

People
The following researchers participate in the activities:

  • Jakob E. Bardram
  • Claus Bossen
  • Christina Nielsen
  • Henrik Bærbak Christensen
  • Jens Bæk Jørgensen

 

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Related projects
Mobile technology in healthcare
Design of user-interfaces for small handheld, mobile units
Area Manager
Jakob Bardram
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Aarhus
Aabogade 34
8200 Århus N

Phone: +45 8942 5674
Fax: +45 8942 5624
email: bardram@daimi.au.dk
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