CrowdML Workshop at NIPS’16

In this blog post, I would provide some highlights of the recently held CrowdML Workshop at the NIPS’16 Conference in Barcelona Spain. Pictures from the workshop are now available at the link here. And, pictures from the previously held workshops in the last three years are accessible here.

This year’s workshop had three great keynote talks given by Jennifer Wortman Vaughan (Microsoft Research, New York City), Sewoong Oh (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Ben Hamner (Kaggle CTO). Each of these talks consisted of about 35 mins presentation followed by 15 mins Q/A and discussion. Abstracts of these talks are accessible here.

This year, we introduced a new Encore Track in the CFP inviting researchers to submit papers that have already been published. The main idea of this track has been to provide an opportunity for the researchers to further broaden the dissemination of their published work with the workshop audience as well as to increase the networking among authors across different conferences. This experimental track received a lot of interest among the researchers: in total, we had 18 accepted papers in this track from various conferences including NIPS, SocInfo, EC, IJCAI, AAAI, ICML, AISTATS, IJCAI, and HCOMP. The papers accepted in the Encore Track were presented as posters in the workshop.

Also, we had the usual Research Track in the CFP inviting researchers to submit papers reporting the results of ongoing or new research, which have not been published before. We had a total of 10 accepted papers. The PDFs of these accepted papers are accessible here. Two popular themes of the papers this year included Active Learning and Peer Prediction Mechanisms. The papers accepted in the Research Track were presented as 15 mins talk in the workshop.

We are looking forward to organizing the next CrowdML workshop in 2017.

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