SIN01 Social Informatics

Faculty of Informatics
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. RNDr. Ivan Kopeček, CSc. (lecturer)
RNDr. Jaromír Plhák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. David Šmahel, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. RNDr. Aleš Horák, Ph.D.
Department of Machine Learning and Data Processing - Faculty of Informatics
Supplier department: Department of Machine Learning and Data Processing - Faculty of Informatics
Thu 14:00–15:50 A218
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The main goal of the course is to present state of the art of social informatics and to make the students familiar with the applications of social informatics.
Learning outcomes
After completing this course, student will be able to:
- understand basic principles of social informatics;
- analyze computer systems regarding their users needs and social context;
- apply social informatics to design computer systems.
  • 1. Introduction. Social informatics as an interdisciplinary science. Short excursion into the history of social nformatics.
  • 2. Communication as social interaction. Verbal and non-verbal communication. Language. Natural language processing and social informatics.
  • 3. Dialogue as a social interaction. Cooperatve dialogue. Grice's maxims. Dialogue human-computer. Expert and dialogue systems.
  • 4. Internet. The communication on Internetu and mobile nets. Technology of Internetu. Design a optimization of IT in institutional and cultural context.
  • 5. Searching pieces of information on Internetu. Communication on Internet and its social impact. Cultutal and ethical aspects.
  • 6. Semantic web. Ontologies and inference. Social web. Virtual society.Social aspects.Electronic publishing and digital libraries.
  • 7. Human-Centered IT. Emotions and their modelling. Computational psychology and affective Computing.
  • 8. Structure of the society, conflicts and modelling. IT and simulation of society. Collaboration and conflicts. Computer simulation of cooparation and development of the society.
  • 9. Asistive technologies. IT for supporting the quality of the life.
  • 10. IT and culture. Aesthetical principles of the art and computarization of art and muzic.
  • 11. Philosophical and ethical aspects od IT development. Hilbert program. Goedel's theorem and its consequences. Ethics, moral and modelling cooperation.
  • 12. Cyber space. New horizons in IT and artificial intelligence.
  • 13. Economical aspects, productivity paradox and social informatics in near future. Final summary.
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  • Computerization and controversy : value conflicts and social choices. Edited by Rob Kling. San Diego: Academic Press, 1995. xi, 959. ISBN 0124150403. info
  • VEGA-REDONDO, Fernando. Complex social networks. 1st ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xiv, 294. ISBN 9780521674096. info
  • Communication in multiagent systems : agent communication languages and conversation policies. Edited by Marc-Philippe Huget. Berlin: Springer, 2003. viii, 322. ISBN 3-540-40385-X. info
  • Online communities and social computing : second International Conference, OCSC 2007 : held as part of HCI International 2007 : Beijing, China, July 22-27, 2007 : proceedings. Edited by Douglas Schuler. Berlin: Springer, 2007. xvii, 520. ISBN 9783540732563. info
  • MCTEAR, Michael. Spoken dialogue technology : toward the conversational user interface. Edited by T. V. Raman. New York: Springer, 2004. xii, 432. ISBN 1852336722. info
  • Designing for virtual communities in the service of learning. Edited by Sasha A. Barab - Rob Kling - James H. Gray. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. xxv, 451. ISBN 0521520819. info
  • PICARD, Rosalind W. Affective computing. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1997. xii, 292. ISBN 0262161702. info
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2019.
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