HCOMP 2018

The sixth AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing

  July 5–8, 2018     Zurich, Switzerland

  • Welcome to HCOMP 2018!

After seven years of the HCOMP conference series hosted in the US, the conference is returning to Europe in 2018!

The 6th AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP 2018) will be held July 5–8 in Zurich, Switzerland at the University of Zurich. HCOMP 2018 will be co-located with the conference on Collective Intelligence (CI 2018).

HCOMP is the premier venue for disseminating the latest research findings on crowdsourcing and human computation. While artificial intelligence (AI) and human-computer interaction (HCI) represent traditional mainstays of the conference, HCOMP believes strongly in inviting, fostering, and promoting broad, interdisciplinary research. This field is particularly unique in the diversity of disciplines it draws upon, and contributes to, ranging from human-centered qualitative studies and HCI design, to computer science and artificial intelligence, economics and the social sciences, all the way to digital humanities, policy, and ethics. We promote the exchange of advances in human computation and crowdsourcing not only among researchers, but also engineers and practitioners, to encourage dialogue across disciplines and communities of practice.

HCOMP 2018 builds on a successful history of past meetings: five HCOMP conferences (2013–2017) and four earlier workshops, held at the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (2011–2012), and the ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (2009–2010).

  • Keynote Speakers

  • We are pleased to announce two fantastic keynote speakers! Check out more details about the keynotes!

Patrick Meier is an internationally recognized expert and consultant on Humanitarian Technology and Innovation. He serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of WeRobotics, which scales the positive impact of humanitarian aid, development and environmental projects through the use and localization of appropriate robotics solutions. His book, Digital Humanitarians, has been praised by Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, UN, Red Cross, World Bank, USAID and others. Over the past 15 years, Patrick has worked in the Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, India, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Morocco, Western Sahara, Haiti, Peru, Vanuatu, Fiji and Northern Ireland on a wide range of humanitarian projects with a number of international organizations including the United Nations, Red Cross and World Bank. More details on LinkedIn. In 2010, Patrick was publicly praised by Clinton for his pioneering digital humanitarian efforts, which he continues to this day. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, NBC, UK Guardian, The Economist, Forbes and Times Magazines, New Yorker, NPR, Newsweek, Wired, Mashable, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American and elsewhere. His influential and widely-read blog iRevolutions has received close to 2 million hits. Read more about Patrick at https://irevolutions.org/bio/.

Dr. Lucy Fortson is Associate Head and Professor of Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota. A founding member of the Zooniverse project (www.zooniverse.org), and current Board Chair for the Citizen Science Alliance, Dr. Fortson is a leading expert in the field of "crowdsourcing science". With over 1.6 million volunteers and 120 projects covering a wide range of disciplines, the Zooniverse provides opportunities for volunteer citizens to contribute to discovery research by using their pattern matching skills to perform simple data analysis tasks. Dr. Fortson leads the Zooniverse team developing human-computation algorithms to maximize the utility of the citizen science method of data processing. Prior to joining the faculty at UMN, Dr. Fortson was Vice President for Research at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago where she held a joint research position at the University of Chicago. Dr. Fortson graduated with a BA in Physics and Astronomy from Smith College, Massachusetts and received her Ph.D. from UCLA in High Energy Physics while working at CERN. She has served on numerous national committees including the National Academy of Sciences Astronomy 2010 Decadel Survey, the Astrophysics Science Subcommittee and the Human Capital Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate Advisory Committee (MPSAC) for the National Science Foundation and the Education and Public Outreach Review Committee for the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.

  • Join our Community Email List

Join our crowd-hcomp Google Group (email list) for posting and receiving email announcements (e.g., calls-for-papers, job openings, etc.) related to crowdsourcing and human computation. Anyone is welcome to post, and posts will be moderated to prevent spam. We'll also post updates here about the conference. To subscribe via email, send an email to crowd-hcomp+subscribe@googlegroups.com. You can also view an archive of past posts and subscribe on the Google Group webpage.

  • Code of Conduct

The organizers of HCOMP and the HCOMP council aim to make this conference a welcoming and safe environment for all attendees, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or age. HCOMP does not tolerate harassment of any kind. See the Code of Conduct for more information.