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Call For Participation
Human Computation 2016
Doctoral Consortium
Austin, Texas
October 30th, 2016



***SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 19, 2016***




The Fourth AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP-2016) <http://www.humancomputation.com/> will be held October 30 to November 3rd, 2016 at the AT&T Executive Conference Center in Austin, Texas, USA. The HCOMP conference is cross-disciplinary, with submissions across a broad spectrum of crowdsourcing and human computation research.

The HCOMP 2016 Doctoral Consortium<http://www.humancomputation.com/2016/dc.html> will provide doctoral students researching crowdsourcing and human computation with a unique professional development opportunity. Students will be mentored by a group of faculty who are leaders in the diverse specialties that make up the HCOMP field.

The objectives of the Doctoral Consortium are:

  *   To provide a forum where doctoral students can present and discuss their research with experienced researchers: the members of the Doctoral Consortium Program Committee.
  *   To provide students with an opportunity to establish a supportive community, including other doctoral students at a similar stage of their dissertation research.


Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs
Haoqi Zhang (Northwestern University)
Edith Law (University of Waterloo)

Date/Location
The Consortium will take place on October 30th, 2016 in Austin, Texas immediately before the main HCOMP 2016 conference.

Activities
During the Consortium, students will give a presentation about his or her doctoral research. Feedback will be given by members of the faculty panel, as well as by the other student participants. Discussion will be encouraged.
During meals and in breakout sessions, students will also have ample time to receive feedback and discuss their work with faculty mentors.

Eligibility
Prospective: attendees should have written, or be close to completing, a thesis proposal (or equivalent). We will give preference to students who have proposed or are about to propose but are far enough from completing their thesis that the feedback they receive at the event can impact their work. Before submitting, students should discuss this criterion with their advisor or supervisor. Those accepted are required to attend the event in person.
Selection Criteria: Selection will be based upon the expected potential of both the student and their proposed work, as well as the expected benefit to the student from participation. Priority will be given to students whose research goes beyond locally available expertise at their home institutions.
Required Materials: Applicants must submit: 1) a solely-authored overview of their doctoral research, and 2) a supplementary paragraph describing their motivation for attending and proposal status.
Doctoral Research Overview: You should submit a paper that describes your doctoral research. Your paper submission will be distributed to mentors and other attendees of the doctoral consortium. Proceedings of the Doctoral Consortium will NOT be archived. As such, students may freely submit their research contributions for official publication in other venues. Abstracts will be publicized on the conference website.

Sections of the submitted paper should include:

  *   Motivation for the proposed research
  *   Background and related work (including key references)
  *   Description of proposed research, including key research questions and planned methodology to be used for investigating these research questions
  *   Proposed experiments if appropriate; Any preliminary evaluation and findings are welcomed, but this is not required.
  *   Specific research issues and/or challenges (don’t skip these; the consortium is about helping you solve issues!)


Format Requirements: Submitted papers must be written in English, formatted according to AAAI Format guidelines, and submitted as a single PDF file (embedding all required fonts). The paper should be no more than 3 pages in length including all figures and references, but not including the one page appendix. The first page must contain the title of the paper, full author name, affiliation and contact details, an abstract of up to 250 words, and up to 3 keywords describing the research topic areas.

Supplementary Paragraph (Paper appendix). The paper should also include an appendix (placed after the references) containing a short paragraph written by the student explaining 1) why she/he wants to participate in the consortium at this point in their doctoral studies and how she/he expects to benefit from the consortium, 2) the student’s proposal status (writing proposal or recently proposed), and 3) expected defense date (approximately).

Submission Guidelines: Papers must be submitted via EasyChair<https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hcomp2016>, selecting the Doctoral Consortium track. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that their submissions use no unusual formatting and are printable on a standard printer. Submissions will be reviewed by the members of the Doctoral Consortium Program Committee.

Schedule:
19 August 2016: Submissions due
26 August 2016: Acceptance notifications
30 October 2015: Doctoral Consortium


More information about the HCOMP Conference is available here: http://www.humancomputation.com/2016/

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