The conference is the tenth in a series of
international events devoted to the latest research in
Organisational Semiotics. This year it is being held at Sheffield
Hallam University, which is situated in the county of Yorkshire in
the north of England. The main theme on this occasion is:
Complexity in Organisational and Technological Systems.
The technical and social programme of ICOS 2007 will occupy the
whole of Tuesday-Thursday 24-26 July, including the conference
excursion to and banquet at
Chatsworth House on the Wednesday afternoon and evening.
On this occasion the International Conference on Organisational
Semiotics is being held at the same time and place as the 15th
International Conference on Conceptual Structures,
ICCS 2007, and it is planned that
some keynote lectures will be shared by both conferences.
The 15th International Conference on Conceptual Structures will
and an Industry Day .
These will take place on Sunday and Monday 22-23 July. Participants
in the International Conference on Organisational Semiotics may
attend the Workshops and Industry Day if they wish. This is
included in the ICOS 2007 fee, and there is no need to register
In addition, ICOS 2007 delegates are welcome to
attend any of the co-located ICCS 2007 conference presentations,
again at no extra cost (subject to one proviso; see the section on
BCS Members below). As the ICCS 2007 conference runs from Tuesday
24 July to Friday 27 July, ICOS 2007 delegates have an extra day’s
conference activity available on the Friday, if they wish.
Delegates who attend on Sunday, Monday and/or
Friday will, of course, incur additional costs in relation to
accommodation and living expenses.
Computing and Information Systems
with an interest in Computing and Information Systems are always
welcome at ICOS conferences.
The application of Semiotics to Computing is
treated in detail in Peter Andersen’s book A Theory of Computer
Semiotics (Cambridge University Press, 1997), while a semiotically
based approach to Information Systems, incorporating some key
concepts from the work of Ronald Stamper, is found in Kecheng Liu’s
book Semiotics in Information Systems Engineering (Cambridge
University Press, 2000). This approach has much to offer to those
concerned with areas such as domain analysis, requirements
specification and system design, and gives prominence to the
relationship between humans and the technology that they use, within
both formal and informal organisations.
Furthermore, Semiotics is an important
consideration in the study of Human-Computer Interaction, and
Clarissa S. de Souza’s recent book The Semiotic Engineering of
Human-Computer Interaction (MIT Press, 2005) represents an important
advance in this area. In addition, there are, of course, shared
interests between the OS and Conceptual Structures communities,
hence the co-location of the two conferences this year.
Thus, there is much to attract professionals with
an interest in Computing and Information Systems to the work of the
In the light of this, we are happy to announce
that a discount on the ICOS 2007 conference fee is offered to BCS
(British Computer Society) members (other than student members,
since students already enjoy a substantial discount). BCS members
who avail themselves of the discount may attend the whole of the
technical and social programme of ICOS 2007, as well as the
workshops and the Industry Day. However, the discounted fee does
not cover entry to the ICCS main conference presentations, and
therefore excludes any events on the Friday.
For details, please click on the ‘Registration’
link on the left. Lunch is included on all six days.