Problems

With each CIIC unconference, further wicked problems submitted by participants are added to the list:

Submissions – 2017

Bridging the gap between the inherently binary nature of IT and technologists’ thinking and the non binary nature of humans.
– Balzazs Borbeley de Roff


The AI field needs new methods along with massive applications. The brain-like AI is one way to address this challenge.
– Prof. Nik Kasabov


How do we cope with increased pressure on the public health system, model service level, measure service acuity, connectedness of health services within the health system at a hospital and northern regional level, patient flow, distribution cost, product cost and create a auditable cost to serve model? Benefits – efficiency in service level provided (all departments cannot be serviced at the same historical level), targeted outcomes, i.e. you would not service the emergency department at the same level as an admin block; and saving taxpayer dollars.
– Amy J. Newkirk


1. What impacts does a new method vocabulary have, both positive and negative, on group collaboration?
a. Is vocabulary and it’s shared understanding and alignment critical to successful group dynamics?
b. Are there ways we can support or improve effective collaboration in emergent (often transient) groups, that acknowledge, use and value a groups context-based native vocabulary: not force an entirely new vocabulary on them)? If so, what key elements enable that?
2. In what ways might we better incorporate slower, purposeful work (deep thinking time, reflection and foresight research, architecting for growth and change) with our current focus on work within cyclic evolutionary team collaboration (agile and iterative) systems that focuses on GTD, minimal viable outcomes, the customer etc.
a. If it matters, what factors are key to success?
b. If it doesn’t matter, why not?
3. How critical to success is expert knowledge?
a. Can largely self-managing, open collaborations work in the absence of certain knowledge, skill, and skill competencies that many practitioners might deem important? On a related note, can “unnoticed” or “unknown” issues – such as biases or fundamental conceptual errors – be self detected and managed to resolution by the group itself?
b. If knowledge and expertise is critical to some extent, how might the collaboration members identify and address the missing elements within their process cycles?
c. How might the collaboration members self-determine what constitutes sufficient improvement?
– Paul Szymkowiak


Linear thinking and control do not sustain complex adaptive systems, viz populations and earth’s ecosystem.
– Annette Sharp


In what ways can seed-stage entrepreneurs with a sustainable, profitable business case draw capital-providing stakeholders, that understand first-mover advantages of risk and reward, to their endeavours?
– Ira Munn


Customer experience, innovation, long-term investments, digital transformation in contention with business profitability, business as usual, short-term profitability, traditional organisations, and outdated legacy systems that are costly to replace.
– Allen SW Huang


My new focus is on the interaction and collaboration processes of humans and intelligent machines. I want to investigate how work processes and work practices change when human employees and machines work collaboratively to fulfil specific tasks in the healthcare and construction sector.
Lena Waizenegger


How can we foster sharing of rides to get from A to B? Should carrots and sticks be used by the government? There are far too many cars on the roads. Most of them occupied by one person only. If it would be easier to find a ride (with a driver you can trust), both road infrastructure and vehicles would be used for efficiently.
– Steffen Schaefer


Collaborative dynamics in the justice and mental health domains.
– Susan Long


What is necessary for a group of diverse people to use their talents, beliefs and perspectives to good effect when tackling difficult challenges while maintaining a positive sense of humanity?
– Helen Palmer


How might we best prepare for a peaceful transition from a US-led world to a multipolar world, and what role can Australia play in this transition?
– Julien Leyre


1. What human behavioural ingredients can directly influence the potential success of sustainable human prosperity, its social stability and harmony? 2. What are the current predominant/ prevalent social behaviours and practices? 3. What are the historical perspectives/ analysis of why such existing social behaviours are the dominant force and why they can freely replicate?  4. How the identified desired future state behavioural ingredients can be adopted by or retrofitted to our existing social structure?
– Hamid Soltani


How to keep female researchers in their jobs when they have children! How does the academic world need to innovate globally to ensure equality in academia? This is a big problem that I see all too often with my work in the tertiary sector. How to support managers to innovate in what ‘flexibility’ means for them and their teams? Supporting them to think about how to manage performance management alongside flexibility.
– Debbie Marks


How often do we seek to hear the perspectives of those who are being served in home or formal residential contexts? How could this knowledge assist or guide the development and redesign of existing services? The context of caring for the ageing or those with special needs is polyvalent. Depending on which stakeholders one speaks to there will be diverse perspectives on what the needs are.
– Joanne Mihelcic


How can we develop and inspire intrapreneurship? How can we better engage people working in large organisations (from across different sectors and industries) with entrepreneurs?
So that.. we can inspire an entrepreneurship mindset that can help drive a positive impact in society, leveraging assets and capabilities from large organisations.
– Janett Egber


Adapting the cognitive load generated by technology to human cognitive limits. How can we make human scale computing a reality? The challenges seem to be primarily economic and cultural. Our current technologies and communication tools hardly meet any of the human scale computing criteria to a satisfactory level. Despite all the hype about exponential technological change – which must not be confused with progress, software assisted communication and collaboration is still in its infancy.
– Jorn Bettin, Marg Lovell


How do you make a single standard, Fast Interoperable Health Records (FHIR), which may be expressed in XML, JSON, UML and in it’s own self-defining format, able to import and export any other format as model transformation sources and targets?
Grahame Grieve of HL7 has the idea that every health record is just a tree of data, and that it should be possible to make declarative statements about the content of health records, regardless of the type system of those trees, and then infer the details as one is reading or saving the documents. This is a challenge to my previous experience in model transformations in the MOF and Eclipse EMF space, where everything needs to be first imported to EMF, and then transformed and re-exported.
What challenges to health data semantics and interoperability are there in doing such wide type inference? Would this be any worse than the current state of the art in which most semantics is hidden in natural language in CDA documents, and only certain parts of a record are in structured data?
Is it just a mind-set change like that which was made from CORBA (with an IDL and language mappings) to .NET in which everything is native to the languages, and the compilers sort out how to knit together a multi-programming language application?
– Keith Duddy


What would be an appropriate and simple to use metric for productivity, complexity, and maintainability of model based approaches? SLOC (Source lines of code) has been traditionally a popular metric to measure productivity (higher SLOC is generally better) and maintainability (lower SLOC is better) of a software. With the spread of model based methodologies, many produced artefacts are no longer text based, e.g. UML diagrams created with GUI tools.
– Joerg Kiegeland


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