Archive for May, 2016


The following announcement is posted on behalf of Arpita Ghosh and Matt Lease, co-chairs of the HCOMP 2016 conference. Arpita writes, “I’m enthusiastic about bringing work from the EC community to the application domain of human computation, very broadly defined.”
Call for Papers
Deadline for full papers: June 7, 2016
The theme for HCOMP 2016 is Interaction:
  • between people and technology that is foundational to human computation
  • between theoretical foundations, experimental work, and engineering
  • between the computational, scientific, and social applications of crowdsourcing
  • between diverse disciplines and perspectives, within our community and beyond
HCOMP strongly believes in inviting, fostering, and promoting broad, interdisciplinary research on crowdsourcing and human computation. Submissions may present principles, studies, and/or applications of systems that rely on programmatic interaction with crowds, or where human perception, knowledge, reasoning, or physical activity and coordination contributes to the operation of computational systems, applications, or services. More generally, we invite submissions from the broad spectrum of related fields and application areas including (but not limited to):
  • human-centered crowd studies: e.g., human-computer interaction, social computing, design, cognitive and behavioral sciences (psychology and sociology), management science, economics, policy, ethics, etc.
  • applications and algorithms: e.g., computer vision, cultural heritage, databases, digital humanities, information retrieval, machine learning, natural language (and speech) processing, optimization, programming languages, systems, etc.
  • crowdsourcing areas: e.g., citizen science, collective action, collective knowledge, crowdsourcing contests, crowd creativity, crowd funding, crowd ideation, crowd sensing, distributed work, freelancer economy, open innovation, microtasks, prediction markets, wisdom of crowds, etc.

Our Senior Program Committee (SPC) will oversee the review process and ensure that each submission receives a constructive and rigorous review.

To ensure relevance, submissions are encouraged to include research questions and contributions of broad interest to crowdsourcing and human computation, as well as discuss relevant open problems and prior work in the field. When evaluation is conducted entirely within a specific domain, authors are encouraged to discuss how findings might generalize to other communities and application areas using crowdsourcing and human computation.

All papers must be anonymized (include no information identifying the authors or their institutions) for double-blind peer-review and formatted according to the conference’s style guidelines. An Author Kit is available for getting started with LaTeX or Word.

Accepted papers will be published in the HCOMP conference proceedings and included in the Conference’s Digital Archive. HCOMP is a young but quickly growing conference, with a historical acceptance rate of 30% for full papers.

Full Papers
Full papers of up to 10 pages (including references) may be submitted. Full papers must represent original work, not previously published or under simultaneous peer-review for any other peer-reviewed, archival conference or journal.

Important Dates:

  • May 31, 2016: Abstracts (for Full Papers) due
  • June 7, 2016: Full Papers due
  • July 11, 2016: Reviews released to authors
  • July 14, 2016: [Optional] author feedback due
  • August 4, 2016: Notification of acceptance decisions
  • August 20, 2016: Camera-ready papers due

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The following announcement is posted on behalf of Nicole Immorlica, Hamid Nazerzadeh, and Sergei Vassilvitskii, who are organizing the 12th Annual Ad Auctions Workshop. Note that the submission deadline is this Friday.

12th Annual Ad Auctions Workshop

July 25, 2016 in Conjunction with EC. 


The 12th Ad Auctions Workshop, will be held on July 25, 2016, in conjunction with the 17th ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC’16) in Maastricht, Netherlands. The workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to discuss the latest developments in online advertisement auctions and exchanges.


We solicit contributions of two types: (1) research contributions, and (2) position statements. Research contributions should report new (unpublished) research results or ongoing research.  The workshop’s proceedings can be considered non-archival, meaning contributors are free to publish their results later in archival journals or conferences.  Position statements are short descriptions of the authors’ view of how ad auction research or practice will or should evolve.  Position statements should be no more than five pages long. Panel discussion proposals and invited speaker suggestions are also welcome.

Submissions should be uploaded to the submission server by 9pm EST, May 20, 2016.  Author notification is June 17, 2016.

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On behalf of the organizers:

The Workshop on Economic Aspects of Cloud Computing
(with the Conference on Economics and Computation)
July 24, 2016, Maastricht, the Netherlands

From the CFP: “The digitization of the world’s businesses, and the movement of this digitization into the cloud is akin to an industrial revolution. Cloud computing will be to businesses what mobile computing has been to consumers. This raises a whole slew of questions in economics, most of which are deeply entangled with computer science topics. The focus of this workshop is on the economic aspects of cloud computing. The goal of the workshop is to be the premier platform to raise the most important research questions, to announce the latest results, to exchange ideas, to learn and to get feedback on the state of the art research in this area. The topics of interest for this workshop include but not limited to the following.

  • Moving to the cloud: How are current businesses impacted by moving to a cloud enabled world?
  • New Markets: What new markets emerge? What new economic models are enabled?
  • Cloud Pricing: What are the different pricing or auction mechanisms to sell cloud computing resources, and the pros and cons of each?
  • Cloud provisioning: The economies of scale in provisioning and running large data centers.
  • Fair Allocation: How to allocate cloud resources in a fair manner in a shared multi-tenant system?”

The workshop is organized by Nikhil Devanur, Eric Friedman, Preston McAfee, Noam Nisan, Eva Tardos, and Adam Wierman.  All submissions should be submitted through the EasyChair no later than May 17, 2016.

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On behalf of the organizers:

The Second Workshop on Algorithmic Game Theory and Data Science
(with the Conference on Economics and Computation)
July 24, 2016, Maastricht, the Netherlands

From the CFP: “Computer systems have become the primary mediator of social and economic interactions, enabling transactions at ever-increasing scale. Mechanism design when done on a large scale needs to be a data-driven enterprise. It seeks to optimize some objective with respect to a huge underlying population that the mechanism designer does not have direct access to. Instead, the mechanism designer typically will have access to sampled behavior from that population (e.g. bid histories, or purchase decisions). This means that, on the one hand, mechanism designers will need to bring to bear data-driven methodology from statistical learning theory, econometrics, and revealed preference theory. On the other hand, strategic settings pose new challenges in data science, and approaches for learning and inference need to be adapted to account for strategization. The goal of this workshop is to frame the agenda for research at the interface of algorithms, game theory, and data science.”

The workshop is organized by Richard Cole (NYU), Brad Larsen (Stanford U), Kevin Leyton-Brown (UBC), Balasubramanian Sivan (Google Research), and Vasilis Syrgkanis (Microsoft Research).  All submissions should be sent electronically to AGTDataScienceWorkshop16@gmail.com on or before May 20, 2016.

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We are delighted to announce that the Handbook of Computational Social Choice has now been published with Cambridge University Press.

handbook_cscDescription: The rapidly growing field of computational social choice, at the intersection of computer science and economics, deals with the computational aspects of collective decision making. This handbook, written by thirty-six prominent members of the computational social choice community, covers the field comprehensively. Chapters devoted to each of the field’s major themes offer detailed introductions. Topics include voting theory (such as the computational complexity of winner determination and manipulation in elections), fair allocation (such as algorithms for dividing divisible and indivisible goods), coalition formation (such as matching and hedonic games), and many more. Graduate students, researchers, and professionals in computer science, economics, mathematics, political science, and philosophy will benefit from this accessible and self-contained book.

A PDF of the book is freely available on the Cambridge University Press website. Click on the Resources tab, then on “Resources” under “General Resources”, and you will find a link called “Online Version”. The password is cam1CSC.

Alternatively, the book can be purchased through Cambridge University Press, Amazon, and other retailers.

We hope that the book will become a valuable resource for the computational social choice community, and the CS-econ community at large.

Best regards,
Felix Brandt, Vince Conitzer, Ulle Endriss, Jerome Lang, and Ariel Procaccia (the editors)

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