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Shigeo Sugimoto

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Biography: Shigeo Sugimoto is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Tsukuba. Sugimoto earned BE, ME and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Information Science, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University, with specialization in software engineering and computer languages. His current research interests are technological and theoretical aspects of metadata in the cultural and historical domains, which include intangible cultural heritage, media arts, sports and natural disasters.

Sugimoto joined the University of Library and Information Science (ULIS) in 1983. ULIS became the Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science, University of Tsukuba after an institutional merger in 2002. He served as a faculty member at Tsukuba for more than 35 years, until his retirement in 2019. He is now a professor emeritus, University of Tsukuba. He is a former chair of the Asia-Pacific chapter of the iSchools organization. 

Sugimoto first learned about the information school movement in North America when visiting the University of Pittsburgh and University of Michigan in mid-1990s. He explored many issues related to the movement through his research activities in digital library communities such as DLI, JCDL, and ICADL, and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI). He sought to build a network of people with interests in the information school movement in East and Southeast Asia, mainly based at ICADL and A-LIEP conferences when he was affiliated at the Research Center for Knowledge Communities, University of Tsukuba in early 2000s. Since that time, he has been actively involved in iSchools activities in the Asia Pacific region.

Find more about Dr. Sugimoto on the University of Tsukuba website. 

Helen Margetts

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Biography: From the Oxford Internet Institute website:

"Helen Margetts is Professor of Society and the Internet and Professorial Fellow at Mansfield College, University of Oxford. She is a political scientist specialising in the relationship between digital technology and government, politics and public policy. She is an advocate for the potential of multi-disciplinarity and computational social science for our understanding of political behaviour and development of public policy in a digital world.  She has published over a hundred books, articles and policy reports in this area, including Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action (with Peter John, Scott Hale and Taha Yasseri, 2015); Paradoxes of Modernization (with Perri 6 and Christopher Hood, 2010); Digital Era Governance (with Patrick Dunleavy, 2006, 2008); and The Tools of Government in the Digital Age (with Christopher Hood, 2007).

"Since 2018, Helen has been Director of the Public Policy Programme at The Alan Turing Insitute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The programme works with policy-makers to research and develop ways of using data science and AI to improve policy-making and service provision, foster government innovation and establish an ethical framework for the use of data science in government. The programme comprises over 25 research projects involving 60 researchers across 10 universities. As well as being programme director, Helen is theme lead for criminal justice in the AI for Science and Government programme and principal investigator on research projects Hate Speech: Measures and Counter-measures, Social Information and Public Opinion and Political Volatility"

Batya Friedman

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Biography: From the University of Washington website:

"Batya Friedman is a Professor in the Information School, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington where she directs the Value Sensitive Design Research Lab. Batya pioneered value sensitive design (VSD), an approach to account for human values in the design of information systems. First developed in human-computer interaction, VSD has since been used in information management, human-robotic interaction, computer security, civil engineering, applied philosophy, and land use and transportation. Her work has focused on a wide range of values, some include privacy in public, trust, freedom from bias, moral agency, sustainability, safety, calmness, freedom of expression, and human dignity; along with a range of technologies such as web browsers, urban simulation, robotics, open source tools, mobile computing, implantable medical devices, computer security, ubiquitous computing and computing infrastructure. She is currently working on multi-lifespan information system design and on methods for envisioning – new ideas for leveraging information systems to shape our futures. Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal is an early project in this multi-lifespan information system design program. In 2012 Batya was awarded the SIG-CHI Social Impact Award."




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Accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science


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