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Second Annual Workshop on Crowdsourcing and Online Behavioral Experiments (COBE 2014)

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Save the date for COBE: June 8 2014


The World Wide Web has resulted in new and unanticipated avenues for conducting large-scale behavioral experiments. Crowdsourcing sites like Amazon Mechanical Turk, oDesk, and Taskcn, among others, have given researchers access to a large participant pool that operates around the clock. As a result, behavioral researchers in academia have turned to crowdsourcing sites in large numbers. Moreover, websites like eBay, Yelp and Reddit have become places where researchers can conduct field experiments. Companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo! conduct hundreds of randomized experiments on a daily basis. We may be rapidly reaching a point where most behavioral experiments will be done online.

The main purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers conducting behavioral experiments online to share new results, methods and best practices.


Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014

  • Notification Date: May 13, 2014
  • Workshop Date: June 8, 2014, 4pm – 6pm
  • Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. A workshop before the 15th ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce: http://www.sigecom.org/ec14/


Topics of interest for the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • Crowdsourcing
  • Online behavioral experiments
  • Online field experiments
  • Online natural or quasi-experiments
  • Online surveys
  • Human Computation


Submit papers electronically by visiting https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cobe2014, logging in or creating an account, and clicking New Submission at the top left.

Submissions are non-archival, meaning contributors are free to publish their results subsequently in archival journals or conferences. There will be no published proceedings. Submissions should be 1-2 pages including references. Accepted papers will be presented as talks of roughly 20 minutes in length.

Organizing Committee:

Program Committee:

  • Yiling Chen, Harvard
  • Lydia Chilton, University of Washington
  • Sam Gosling, University of Texas, Austin
  • John Horton, NYU Stern School of Business
  • Panos Ipeirotis, NYU Stern School of Business
  • Eric Johnson, Columbia Business School
  • Edith Law, Harvard
  • Randall Lewis, Google
  • Andrew Mao, Harvard
  • Gabriele Paolacci, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • David Reiley, Google
  • Andrew Stephen, University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business
  • Sean Taylor, Facebook


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