Friday, March 6, 2009

Human Computation Workshop (HCOMP 2009)

Are you interested in Mechanical Turk and applications? Do you think that the ESP Game and ReCAPTHA's are great ideas and have some ideas that you want to share with the world? Or you are just interested in learning about human computation in general?

Now you can! We (an embarrassingly long list of organizers) are organizing a half-day workshop at KDD 2009 in Paris this year. The workshop will be on June 28th, and submissions are due on April 18, 2009 8pm Eastern Time. You can find more details about the submission requirements and find other useful information at

Below you can is the complete Call for Papers, for those that enjoy reading such stuff:
Human Computation Workshop (HCOMP 2009)
KDD-09 Workshop, Paris France
June 28, 2009

We invite you to participate in the first annual Human Computation Workshop
(HCOMP 2009), to be held on June 28th in conjunction with the KDD-09
conference ( in Paris, France.

Human computation is a new research area that studies the process of
channeling the vast internet population to perform tasks or provide data
towards solving difficult problems that no known efficient computer
algorithms can yet solve. The goal of this half-day workshop is to bring
together academic and industry researchers in a stimulating discussion of
existing human computation applications (e.g. games, CAPTCHAs, Mechanical
Turk) and future directions of this new subject area. We solicit papers
related to various aspects of both general human computation techniques and
specific applications, e.g. general design principles; implementation;
cost-benefit analysis; theoretical approaches; privacy and security
concerns; and incorporation of machine learning / artificial intelligence
techniques. An integral part of this workshop will be a demo session where
participants can showcase their human computation applications.

Detailed information about the workshop and submission procedures can be
found at We solicit long papers (at most nine
pages), short papers (at most four pages) and demos. Demo submissions must
include either a previously published paper or a one page extended abstract.
Deadline for submission is April 18, 2009 8pm Eastern Time.

Organizing Committee
Paul Bennett (Microsoft Research)
Raman Chandrasekar (Microsoft Research)
Max Chickering (Microsoft Live Labs)
Panos Ipeirotis (New York University)
Edith Law (Carnegie Mellon University)
Anton Mityagin (Microsoft Live Labs)
Foster Provost (New York University)
Luis von Ahn (Carnegie Mellon University)