Université Technologique de Troyes

The TechCICO research group is one of the seven groups of the Charles Delaunay institute, the research component of the UTT. The Team includes computer science researchers as human sciences researchers (in psychology, information and communication sciences, linguistics, sociology, management, philosophy). The research activities includes the analysis and modeling of cooperative applications Fundamentally, the objective is to understand the functioning and implementing conditions of collective cognition distributed within organized human activities in particular the new context in which these activities are mediated by computer and telecommunication networks.
 
Cooperative activities are studied at different levels, in different contexts and according to different perspectives. For example, the cooperation processes are studied on the scale of small designer groups within a computer department, in the context of transversal processes bringing together several entities in large professional organizations but also within the framework of setting up public, national or international associations seeking to promote for example new legislation and using Information and Communication Technologies to increase the influence of public opinion on governments.
 
One of the team’s main research hypotheses is to consider that the forms of collective cognition of groups and organizations engaged in projects depend heavily on cooperation technologies used by these groups. These cooperation technologies are the result of a very close association between a set of artifacts put at the group’s disposal to bring together, memories knowledge and transmit information via different media. They are based on a set of collective conventions and organization methods from know-how as diversified as face-to- face rules of etiquette, the use of standardized forms in written communication or, in a more abstract way, calling upon and making good use of collective moral values to settle a difference of opinion.
 
The research carried out is mostly in the context of computer supported cooperative work, a research trend calling upon disciplines as varied as sociology, psycho-sociology, linguistics, psychology and cognitive ergonomics, management, information systems, artificial intelligence (knowledge and distributed artificial intelligence engineering), software engineering or decision-making aid.
 

These technologies developed by the group are largely concomitant with new forms of cooperative work .The ICT and new organizational, managerial, even socio-political paradigms evolve together in reciprocal influence processes which are difficult to separate. In this complex environment which is evolving fast, the Laboratory’s scientific program seeks to analyses the co-determination of new forms of collective intellectual activity and technological innovations to reach methodological requirements both in the organizational field of activities and in the design of support system

 

Type: 
University
Country: 
France
Region: 
Europe
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