Washington, DC
NSF Convergence Workshop on Crowdsourcing | Alexandria, VA | May 17-19, 2018


This workshop aims to develop a coherent research agenda of crowdsourcing to mobilize momentum in this important converging area of research. Specifically, it brings together researchers and subject matter experts from multiple disciplines, including computer science, data science, business, and social sciences. The workshop program is organized around four themes: 1) motivation, behavior and performance of crowd workers (including the identification of potentially malicious workers), 2) design of crowdsourcing platforms, 3) applications of crowdsourcing, e.g., on scientific discoveries and innovation, on public safety and public health, on enhancing homeland security and cybersecurity, on citizen science, etc., and 4) implications of crowdsourcing on employment and economic opportunities, on income disparities, on democratic participation in scientific innovations, consequences on scientific methods, etc.

The workshop is sponsored by the National Science Foundation through a Convergence HTF Grant No.1744401.  

Important Dates

Workshop: Thursday, May 17 - Saturday, May 19, 2018  


  • Heng Xu, Penn State University
  • Gautam Das, UT Arlington
  • Senjuti Basu Roy, NJIT 

Workshop Program

For the detailed program including the talk abstracts and the speaker bio, please refer to the PDF version of the program.

Thursday, May 17
-- -- Participants arrive
Friday, May 18
8:30am Breakfast
9:00am Kellina M. Craig-Henderson, NSF Welcoming remarks from Dr. Kellina M. Craig-Henderson, Deputy Assistant Director for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation
9:20am Heng Xu, Penn State Overview of goals, agenda and outcomes for the workshop
9:30am Barry L. Bayus, UNC Crowd-Based Innovation
10:15am Sihem Amer-Yahia, CNRS, Univ. Grenoble Alpes Algorithmic Crowdsourcing meets Social Science
11:00am H. Raghav Rao & Rohit Valecha, UTSA An Investigation of Crowdsourced Crisis Mapping Messages in the context of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake
11:45am Lunch Break
12:45pm Chris Callison-Burch, Penn The Promise of Crowdsourcing for Natural Language Processing and Other Data Sciences
1:30pm Leslie DeChurch, Northwestern Teaming at the Limit
2:15pm Kirsten Martin´╗┐, GWU Vignette-experimental surveys using Amazon Mechanical Turk
3:00pm Coffee Break
3:15pm Youngjin Yoo, Case Western Studying Crowdsourcing using Organizational Genetics
4:00pm Daniel Weld, UWash Crowdsourcing for Creative and Deliberative Tasks
4:45pm Yuqing Ren, Minnesota Organizing and Motivating E-Lance Team Collaboration: Creation of New Institutional Logic for the 21st Century
5:30pm Recap Summarize progress for the day and set goals for second day
Saturday, May 19
7:30am Breakfast
8am Gordon Burtch´╗┐, Minnesota Motivating User-Generated Content with Performance Feedback: Evidence from Randomized Field Experiments
8:45am Kevin Boudreau, Northeastern Amateurs (as complementors on crowdsourcing platforms)
9:30am Sunil Mithas, UMD Digital Transformations, Open Innovation, and Future of Work
10:15am Coffee Break
10:30am James Bagrow, U Vermont Hunch and Crunch: iterative crowdsourced hypothesis generation
11:15am Paul A. Pavlou, Temple (via Skype) Enhancing the "Call for Bids" to Improve Matching Efficiency in Online Labor Markets: Evidence from Freelancer.com
12pm Summary & Adjourn Summarize progress for the workshop


The Washington Room
Courtyard by Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest
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