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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Human Computation and the Humanities Conference, February 22-23rd, 2014, New York, USA

VENUE: Columbia University in the City of New York (Travel funding may be 
available for selected participants)

SUBMISSIONS: 300-400 word abstract of a 4,000-5,000 word paper OR a 
proposal for a discussion panel





Human computation is an emerging area of transdisciplinary research.  The 
field draws on insights from computer science, complexity theory, 
psychology, network theory, economics, engineering, machine learning, and 
many other disciplines to explore the computational potential of systems 
in which humans and machines collaborate to solve problems.  Successful 
applications of the theory of human computation include von Ahn?s 
reCAPTCHA, mechanical turk, computationally significant games 
like protein folding puzzle game, and Google?s Waze platform for 
monitoring traffic and road conditions.

     While human computation is traditionally seen as field dominated by 
mathematically-oriented work, there is room for significant humanistic 
contribution.  Human Computation and the Humanities (HCH) is designed to 
bring philosophers, historians, literary theorists, and other humanities 
scholars interested in human computation into dialog both with one another 
and with more traditional human computation researchers.  Mary Catherine 
Bateson, in her introduction to the recent Springer Handbook on Human 
Computation, suggests that this field may potentially offer ?models of 
interdependence and connectivity that will convey to those who work with 
them the conviction that individual voices and actions count.?  The study 
of human computation thus raises a number of issues relevant to the 
humanities, including the nature of collective intelligence, the 
metaphysics of complex systems, the prerequisites for social 
collaboration, the ethics of privacy, the politics of self-organized 
societies, and many others.

    HCH explores this complex of questions from a transdisciplinary point 
of view--one that emphasizes collaboration between the humanities and the 
sciences. This conference is a supplement and follow-up to the more 
general AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing 
(HCOMP-2013), held November 6-9, 2013 in Palm Springs, California, USA, 
and comes on the heels of the publication of Springer?s Handbook of Human 
Computation in December 2013.  These two events will provide ample fodder 
for cross-talk between the humanities and the sciences.

     HCH is structured to maximize the opportunities for interdisciplinary 
engagement and reflection on a broad spectrum of topics related to human 
computation.  HCH will highlight the transdisciplinary nature of the study 
of human computation, and engage with areas of academia and culture that 
might not generally participate in the discourse surrounding information 
processing and computation.

     We invite proposals for both paper and panel presentations from 
scholars working in any field related to human computation.  Submitted 
abstracts should be of approximately 300-400 words, and associated papers 
should be suitable for approximately 30 minute presentation time 
(4,000-5,000 words).  Proposed panel discussions should include a clear 
description of the panel?s topic, its relationship to human computation, 
and a suggested list of invited participants.

     Proposals must be submitted by December 22, 2013, and should be 
submitted via email to  Decisions 
will be announced by January 13, 2014.  The HCH will be held on February 
22 and 23, and will take place on the campus of Columbia University. 
Travel funding may be available for selected participants.