SIGCIS Workshop 2016: Convergence and Divergence

SHOT-SIGCIS Singapore Workshop 

June 26, 2016

“Convergence and Divergence”

The Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS) 2016 annual Workshop will be held on June 26, 2016. The workshop begins immediately after the regular annual meeting of our parent organization, the Society for the History of Technology in Singapore. 



9:00-10:30: All SIG Plenary - Ngee Ann Kong Si Auditorium, Education Resource Centre


11:00-11:15: SIGCIS 2016 Welcome - Seminar Room 2, Education Resource Centre

Jason Gallo, Science and Technology Policy Institute, USA and Ramesh Subramanian, Quinnipiac University & Yale University, USA


11:15-12:00: Keynote Address - Seminar Room 2, Education Resource Centre

Hadooping the Genome: The Impact of Big Data Tools on Biomedicine.

Hallam Stevens (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)


12:00-1:30: Lunch - U Town Food Court


1:30-3:00: Session 1

A.      Usage and Representation - Seminar Room 2, Education Resource Centre

Chair & Commentator: Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA) - 20 min. per speaker

  • Art, Maths, Electronics and Micros: Convergence and divergence in the work of Stan Ostoja-Kotkowski. Presenter: Melanie Swalwell (Flinders University, Australia) Co-author: Maria Garda (University of Lódz, Poland)
  • Feeling Machines & Model Humans: The Genesis of Emotional Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), 1975-1985. Presenter: Luke Stark (New York University, USA)
  • When Physicists Meet Microprocessors: Professional Scientific Hackers at the Dawn of the Micro Era in France. Presenter: Loïc Petitgirard (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, France)

B.       Data and Policy - Seminar Room 3, Education Resource Centre

Chair & Commentator: Ksenia Tatarchenko (University of Geneva, Switzerland) - 15 min. per speaker

  • Local Data, Local Users: A Case Study in Data Visualization for Computer History with Softalk Magazine. Presenters: Laine Nooney (Georgia Tech, USA) and Kevin Driscoll (Microsoft Research, USA)
  • From Computing Clerks to Androids – A Tentative Archaeology of ‘Data’ in India. Presenter: Sandeep Mertia (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India)
  • Opening the CryptoDB Vault to Map Convergence and Divergence in Cryptologic Research. Presenter: Niranjan Sivakumar (Sciences Po Medialab, France)
  • Social capital and ICT: an historical analysis of regional policy initiatives in Australia and New Zealand. Presenter: Janet Toland (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand). Co-author: William Tibben (University of Wollongong, Australia).


3:00-3:30: Break


3:30-5:00: Session 2

A.      Cybersecurity: Genealogies and Practices - Seminar Room 2, Education Resource Centre

Chair & Commentator: Quinn DuPont (University of Toronto, Canada) - 20 min. per speaker

  • Measuring Computer Security. Presenter: Rebecca Slayton (Cornell University, USA)
  • Historical Consciousness of Cybersecurity in India. Presenter: Ramesh Subramanian (Quinnipiac University & Yale University, USA)
  • Political and Sociocultural Formation of Cybersecurity Policy in the US, EU, and China. Presenter: Morten Bay (UCLA, USA)

B.       Works in Progress - Seminar Room 3, Education Resource Centre

Chair & Commentator: Melanie Swalwell (Flinders University, Australia) - 20 min. per speaker

  • Assembling peripherics. Networks of exchange and Colombian technoculture in the 1980s. Presenter: Fabian Prieto-Nanez (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • A Body in Motion: A History of Human Modeling for Computer Graphics and Animation, 1960s-1980s. Presenter: Alana Staiti (Cornell University, USA)
  • Colossus and the Origins of Programmability. Presenter: Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA), Co-author: Mark Priestley (Freelance Researcher)


6:00: Meet for Dinner