Title:"Designing for Challenges in Collaborative Sensemaking"


Abstract: "Solving challenges involving distributed teams and data is hard. Collaboratively solving these challenges is even harder when time is limited, and decisions are critical. For example, hospitals require nurses, doctors, and technicians to collaboratively and constantly triage for the best strategy to pursue. Crisis Informatics requires gathering data in the field, and collaborating with analysts in Emergency Rooms to constantly recreate our understanding of the world. In crime-solving, detectives need to connect temporal, geographical, and semantic data to create evidence based stories. Such high-risk situations test an analyst's ability to communicate effectively, and identify the best solution jointly. However, several technical, cognitive, and social challenges prevent the analysts from being optimally performant at their jobs. I will discuss some of these challenges, potential design solutions, and associated pros and cons."