[CITAMS] CfP: Studying User Perceptions and Experiences with Algorithms Workshop @ ICWSM

Nicholas J Proferes proferes at umd.edu
Tue Jan 17 16:05:02 EST 2017


CfP: Studying User Perceptions and Experiences with Algorithms Workshop
ICWSM 2017 – Montreal, Canada
May 15th, 2017
The 11th International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-17)

*Overview:*
>From Facebook’s News Feed algorithm that shapes the posts and updates we
see, to Spotify’s recommendation service that introduces us to new music
that we might love, to dating site algorithms that attempt to match us with
potential romantic partners, algorithms play an increasingly important role
in shaping many aspects of our daily lives. We seek to bring together a
community of researchers interested in taking a human-centered perspective
on studying the experience of algorithms.

To this end, we will be holding a half-day workshop on Monday, May 15th,
2017 in Montreal, Canada. The objective of this workshop is to articulate
the grand challenges of studying the user-algorithm relationship and to
bring together participants interested in developing projects to address
these grand challenges. This workshop is action oriented, and we welcome
participants from a variety of disciplinary perspectives who are interested
in starting new projects on studying user perceptions and experiences with
algorithms or who are in the early stages of an ongoing project. This
workshop is part of the International Conference on Weblogs and Social
Media (ICWSM).

*Participation:*
Participants must submit a 1 – 2 page position paper to
studyingusers at gmail.com by March 4, 2017 (see important dates). The
submissions will be evaluated by the Organizing Committee on the basis of
quality and fit to the workshop theme.

The position papers may address any of the following:

+ What are the grand challenges of studying user perceptions and
experiences with algorithms?
+ What are the methodological or theoretical entry points for studying this
relationship?
+ A potential empirical study or an early stage project dealing with user
perceptions and experiences with algorithms.
+ Design implication or policy position papers that address how we can
design systems such that users can better identify algorithmically mediated
experiences or can better understand how specific algorithms work.

Topic areas might include things such as: trust in algorithms, user belief
about how algorithms work, algorithmically mediated experience,
transparency and algorithm black-boxing, how different groups of users
engage with algorithms, filter bubbles, user interventions with algorithms,
or the discursive construction of algorithms.

There will be no formal Proceedings for the work submitted.

*Important Dates:*
+ Proposal Submission: March 4, 2017
+ Proposal Notification: March 16, 2017

*Contact Info:*
More information about the workshop can be found at: www.studyingusers.org

You can reach the organizers with any questions at studyingusers at gmail.com

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Nicholas Proferes
Postdoctoral Scholar @ Ethics and Values in Design Lab
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland, College Park
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