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The 22nd World Multi-Conference on
Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2018
 
July 8 - 11, 2018  ~  Orlando, Florida, USA



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Special Track on
Qualitative Research and Methodologies in Science and Engineering
QRMSE 2018


Qualitative research and methodologies have been effectively used, for a long time in Social Sciences and they are increasingly being used in technological innovation, information systems development, system engineering, software engineering, knowledge engineering and, in general, in any adequate insertion of technologies in organizations or society at large. No matter how quantitative are the data and calculation in scientific or engineering fields, the educational processes of these fields, and the applications of their research results for the generation of technological innovations and/or in real life problem solving processes, require qualitative approaches, studies, research, and/or methodologies. So, too, any quantitative approach ostensibly as a deductive process, has its origin in inductive thinking, a thinking that is characterized by qualitative methods. No matter how accurate the quantitative research data calculation is, they would be useless with poor qualitative interpretation and understanding.

Qualitative thinking, models, and/or research is what relates and integrates scientific and engineering activities (Figure 1) and what integrates both of them with Society, especially in educational and consulting processes as well as in real life problem solving (Figure 2). It becomes evident from figure 1 and 2 is that what relates and integrates Science, Engineering, and Society is of qualitative nature. Real life problems and needs are immersed in a qualitative context. Engineering usually bridges quantitative approaches with qualitative environments through hybrid modeling processes. Scientists frequently also work, implicitly or explicitly, with hybrid quantitative/qualitative modeling, especially in the interpretation of quantitative theories and results.


Furthermore, qualitative thinking, models, and/or research also support inter-disciplinary communication and is, implicitly or explicitly, required for inter-disciplinary research, Development, and real life problem solving.

Because of the increasing importance of qualitative research and methodologies and its explicit usefulness quantitative and qualitative disciplines, the purpose in organizing QRMSE 2018 is to bring together researchers, academics, professionals and practitioners from different fields or disciplines to share their research, reflections, experience, and knowledge in qualitative research, methodologies, and approaches, in an inter-disciplinary environment that would allow cross-fertilization and creative analogical thinking.

Since information and communication technologies are increasingly supporting and being supported by qualitative data, research and methodologies, QRMSE 2018 is being organized in the context of The FALL 3rd International Conference on Society and Information Technologies: ICSIT 2018 and jointly with the other related events shown above.

Proposal Submissions accepted for QRMSE 2018 might be on:

  • Specific Cases and/or Applications
  • General Theories or Methodologies
  • Techniques and Approaches
  • How may qualitative research quality determine the quality of quantitative research or does it?
  • General Concepts and/or Conceptual Structures
  • Empirical Research Studies
  • Case Studies
  • Practice-Based Reflections, Action-Reflections
  • Research/Enquiry-Based reflections

    Non-Exclusionary Suggested topics are the following:

  • Qualitative Research and Methodologies in Social Sciences
  • Qualitative Research and Methodologies in Science and Engineering Education
  • Phenomenological Research
  • The problem of induction as a qualitative aspect of quantitative research
  • Ethnography
  • Deduction as a quantitative method and induction as qualitative method
  • Grounded Theory Research
  • Case Studies
  • Action-Research
  • Qualitative Studies
  • Qualitative Research Design
  • Virtual Ethnography
  • Data Collection Techniques and Analysis in Qualitative Research
  • Education and Qualitative Research/Methods
  • Philosophical foundations of science in term of the nature of knowledge revealed by quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Qualitative Case Studies and Methodologies
  • On-Line Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Case Studies.
  • Qualitative Digital Research
  • Research of, and/or via, Social Media
  • Creativity and Qualitative Research/Methods
  • Qualitative Health Research
  • Qualitative Research/Methodologies in Management and Organizations
  • Qualitative Research in Design
  • Qualitative Research/Methodologies in Information Systems
  • Qualitative Research/Methodologies in Systems Engineering
  • Qualitative Research/Methodologies and Software Engineering
  • Qualitative Research/Methodologies and Knowledge Engineering
  • Qualitative Research/Methodologies and Collaborative Research/Enquiry
  • Qualitative Research/Methodologies in non-Traditional Engineering Fields
     

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