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WORLDCOMP'12 Featured Keynote Lecture - Professor Haym Hirsh

Last modified 2012-06-23 22:42

Crowdsourcing, Human Computation, and Collective Intelligence
Professor Haym Hirsh, Ph.D.
Former Director (2006-2010) of Division of Information and Intelligent Systems
National Science Foundation, USA + Visiting Scholar (2010-2011) at MIT's Center for Collective Intelligence, USA

Date: July 16, 2012
Time: 09:55 - 10:50am
Location: The Monte Carlo Pavilion


    "Crowdsourcing," "human computation," and "collective intelligence" refer to various ways that information and communications technologies are bringing people and computing together to achieve outcomes that were previously beyond our individual capabilities or expectations. Google's search algorithms, Wikipedia's millions of articles, Amazon's recommendations, and open source software's multiple successes are prominent examples of the many ways in which technology and people are being brought together to exhibit new behaviors and outcomes that exceed those previously possible by people or machines in isolation. This talk will survey the state of the art and emerging topics in this area, especially as they pertain to data mining: both in the use of these tools as an increasingly routine element in data mining, such as to create corpora in computer vision or to evaluate results in information retrieval, and in their use of mining as a key enabler of many examples of collective intelligence, such as mining consumer behaviors and product review sentiments to facilitate product recommendation.


    Haym Hirsh is Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University. His research has focused on foundations and applications of machine learning, data mining, information retrieval, and artificial intelligence, especially targeting questions that integrally involve both people and computing. Most recently these interests have turned to crowdsourcing, human computation, and collective intelligence. From 2006-2010 he served as Director of the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation, and from 2010-2011 he was a Visiting Scholar at MIT's Center for Collective Intelligence. Haym received his BS from the Mathematics and Computer Science Departments at UCLA and his MS and PhD from the Computer Science Department at Stanford University.

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