Cobi: A community-informed conference scheduling tool

Juho Kim, Haoqi Zhang, Paul André, Lydia B. Chilton, Wendy Mackay, Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Robert C. Miller, Steven P. Dow

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14 Scopus citations

Abstract

Effectively planning a large multi-track conference requires an understanding of the preferences and constraints of organizers, authors, and attendees. Traditionally, the onus of scheduling the program falls on a few dedicated organizers. Resolving conflicts becomes difficult due to the size and complexity of the schedule and the lack of insight into community members' needs and desires. Cobi presents an alternative approach to conference scheduling that engages the entire community in the planning process. Cobi comprises (a) communitysourcing applications that collect preferences, constraints, and affinity data from community members, and (b) a visual scheduling interface that combines community-sourced data and constraint-solving to enable organizers to make informed improvements to the schedule. This paper describes Cobi's scheduling tool and reports on a live deployment for planning CHI 2013, where organizers considered input from 645 authors and resolved 168 scheduling conflicts. Results show the value of integrating community input with an intelligent user interface to solve complex planning tasks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUIST 2013 - Proceedings of the 26th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
Pages173-182
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 20 2013
Event26th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2013 - St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Duration: Oct 8 2013Oct 11 2013

Publication series

NameUIST 2013 - Proceedings of the 26th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

Other

Other26th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2013
CountryUnited Kingdom
CitySt. Andrews
Period10/8/1310/11/13

Keywords

  • Cobi
  • Community
  • Communitysourcing
  • Conference scheduling
  • Constraint solving
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Mixed-initiative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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    Kim, J., Zhang, H., André, P., Chilton, L. B., Mackay, W., Beaudouin-Lafon, M., Miller, R. C., & Dow, S. P. (2013). Cobi: A community-informed conference scheduling tool. In UIST 2013 - Proceedings of the 26th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 173-182). (UIST 2013 - Proceedings of the 26th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology). https://doi.org/10.1145/2501988.2502034