Attendee-Sourcing: Exploring The Design Space of Community-Informed Conference Scheduling

Anant Bhardwaj, Juho Kim, Steven Dow, David Karger, Sam Madden, Rob Miller, Haoqi Zhang

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Abstract

Constructing a good conference schedule for a large multi-track conference needs to take into account the preferences and constraints of organizers, authors, and attendees. Creating a schedule which has fewer conflicts for authors and attendees, and thematically coherent sessions is a challenging task. Cobi introduced an alternative approach to conference scheduling by engaging the community to play an active role in the planning process. The current Cobi pipeline consists of committee-sourcing and author-sourcing to plan a conference schedule. We further explore the design space of community-sourcing by introducing attendee-sourcing - a process that collects input from conference attendees and encodes them as preferences and constraints for creating sessions and schedule. For CHI 2014, a large multi-track conference in humancomputer interaction with more than 3,000 attendees and 1,000 authors, we collected attendees' preferences by making available all the accepted papers at the conference on a paper recommendation tool we built called Confer, for a period of 45 days before announcing the conference program (sessions and schedule). We compare the preferences marked on Confer with the preferences collected from Cobi's author-sourcing approach. We show that attendee-sourcing can provide insights beyond what can be discovered by author-sourcing. For CHI 2014, the results show value in the method and attendees' participation. It produces data that provides more alternatives in scheduling and complements data collected from other methods for creating coherent sessions and reducing conflicts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing, HCOMP 2014
EditorsJeffrey P. Bigham, David Parkes
PublisherAAAI Press
Pages2-10
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781577356820
StatePublished - Nov 5 2014
Event2nd AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing, HCOMP 2014 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: Nov 2 2014Nov 4 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2nd AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing, HCOMP 2014

Conference

Conference2nd AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing, HCOMP 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period11/2/1411/4/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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