Happy New Year From Hawaii

I’m not physically in Hawaii, so the title of this post may be construed to be a little misleading.  But the 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-44), which is always the first major conference of the year, is ready to kick off next week.  Here are the tracks that will meet during the conference:

  • Collaboration Systems and Technologies
  • Decision Technology, Mobile Technologies and Service Science
  • Digital Media: Content and Communication
  • Electronic Government
  • Electric Power Systems: Smart Grids, Engineering, Economics, Security
  • Information Technology in Health Care
  • Internet and the Digital Economy
  • Knowledge Systems
  • Organizational Systems and Technology
  • Software Technology

Although several of them may not be very relevant to information professionals, enough of them are to make the conference well worth the effort to attend.   For example, the Digital Media track will be keynoted by Clifford Lynch, Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), who will be speaking on “Digital Documents and Social Scale Systems: Some Speculations on the Next Ten Years”.  You can find more details on the tracks at the conference website, especially the Themes and Tracks and Minitracks pages.

Cynthia Breazeal

The opening keynote address will be presented by Cynthia Breazeal, Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab and founder of the Personal Robots Group.  She will be speaking on “The Social Side of Robotics”.

Larry Smarr

The HICSS-44 Distinguished Lecture will be by Larry Smarr, Harry E. Gruber Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California San Diego (UCSD), and Director,  California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UCSD/UC Irvine partnership.  The title of his lecture is “Building a Global Collaboration System for Data-Intensive Discovery”.


Unfortunately, I won’t be at HICSS, but if you will be, I’d be delighted to have your observations, which you can leave as a Comment to this posting.


Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

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