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Productivity Decomposed:
Getting Big Things Done with Little Microtasks
a workshop at CHI 2016

Submissions due: Monday, January 11
(At most 2 pages in length, Extended Abstract format)

8 May 2016
San Jose, CA, USA


Accomplishing meaningful goals efficiently is often a challenge, especially
given the time and resource constraints that people may have. However,
research shows that breaking a large macro-task down into a series of
small, context-free microtasks leads to higher quality work, makes the task
easier, and supports recovery from interruption. While task decomposition
previously had to be done by hand, it is now often possible to
algorithmically break complex tasks all the way down into microtasks that
can take as little as a few seconds each to complete.

The transformation of information work into micro-work will have a
significant impact on when and how people work, and enable individuals and
automated processes to efficiently and easily complete tasks that currently
seem challenging through structured workflows via a processes called
microproductivity. The rapid developments in micro-work,
micro-volunteering, and micro-learning open up new frontiers for the future
of microproductivity. This workshop seeks to bring together researchers
interested in decomposition of larger tasks into microtasks, completion and
aggregation of microtasks, and sourcing of tasks and microtasks.

We invite submissions of position papers, at most 2 pages in length in the
ACM Extended Abstract format, that address one or more of the above topics.
Position papers should include the discussion of an important aspect of
microproductivity, a brief biography, and an overview of how the author's
work relates to the space. This will be a "working" workshop with limited
time allocated for presentations; participants should not expect to present
the content of their submissions to the group. Submissions should be sent
directly to [log in to unmask], and will be curated by the
workshop organizers. At least one author of each accepted position paper
must attend the workshop and all participants must register for both the
workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

Michael S. Bernstein (Stanford University)
Jeffrey P. Bigham (Carnegie Mellon University)
Carrie J. Cai (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Elizabeth M. Gerber (Northwestern University)
Shamsi T. Iqbal (Microsoft Research)
Jaime Teevan (Microsoft Research)

Program Committee:
Justin Cheng (Stanford)
Lydia Chilton (UW)
Mary Czerwinski (MSR)
Laura Dabbish (CMU)
Steven Dow (UCSD)
Darren Edge (MSR)
Krzysztof Gajos (Harvard)
Philip Guo (Rochester)
Bonnie John (Cooper Union)
Walter Lasecki (Michigan)
Dan Liebling (MSR)
Rhema Linder (Texas A&M)
Gloria Mark (UC Irvine)
Andrés Monroy-Hernández (MSR)
Rob Miller (MIT)
Michael Nebeling (CMU)
Nuria Oliver (Telefonica)
Peter Organisciak (UIUC)
Niloufar Salehi (Stanford)
Rajan Vaish (UCSC)
Haoqi Zhang (Northwestern)

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