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February 9, 2017

NIPS 2017 Call for Competitions. Deadline March 15, 2017

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We invite competition proposals for the 2017 Neural Information Processing Systems 2017 conference in Long Beach, CA. NIPS has had traditionally a demonstration track with competition for best demo (also available for NIPS 2017). The call for competitions corresponds to a completely new NIPS track/special session.

We solicit competition proposals on any topic of interests to the NIPS community. We especially encourage competition proposals that are stemmed from emerging new fields or new application domains related to NIPS. Interdisciplinary topics that could attract a significant cross- section of the community are highly valued.

There will be two kinds of competitions:

Standard data science driven competitions, where participants will compete to obtain the best score on a machine learning problem of interest to the NIPS community based on a problem and data defined and released by the organizers of the competition.
Live competitions, which will be held in a science-fair manner at NIPS: Participants will present demos at NIPS which apply NIPS methodology in a particular application domain defined by the organizers of the Live competition.

There will be time slots during NIPS or the workshops where competition results can be discussed and presented. Organizers will propose a tentative schedule for the presentation of the competition and its results based on the assigned time slot. The main conference will provide coffee breaks and, if necessary, poster facilities. For any additional questions please contact the competition chairs.

Both competition organizers and participants will be invited to contribute with a book chapter for inclusion in the upcoming NIPS 2017 Competition book, within the Springer Series on Challenges in Machine Learning (pending acceptance, we have contacted Springer to arrange for proceedings).


Regular data science driven competition proposals must be sent to the competition chairs, with email subject “NIPS17 Competition Proposal: [title of your competition]”. Please carefully follow the available “CompNIPS2017” template to apply for the competition.

Live competition proposals must be sent to the competition chairs, with email subject “NIPS17 Live Competition Proposal: [title of your competition]”. Please follow the available “LiveNIPS2017” template to apply for the Live competition. A very important requirement for the Live competition acceptance is the plan for recruiting participants.

Competition proposal submission deadline
15th March, 2017

Acceptance notification
1st April, 2017

Book chapter submission from organizers and participants to the Springer Series on Challenges in Machine Learning: NIPS 2017 Competitions volume
15th January, 2018

Book chapter acceptance notification
15th March, 2018

Camera ready submission
15th April, 2018

Tentative publication of the book
1st July, 2018


In case your proposal contains a “regular data science” track and a “Live” track, please submit both available templates for revision. It may happen that only one of them is accepted.

Competition organizers should propose a timeline for running the competition to ensure participants to have enough time to contribute with a high quality solution. It is recommended the whole competition to be finished as late by the end of October, 2017.

Proposers with a competition proposal that may require help/suggestions regarding the competition platform to run the competition can contact the competition chairs for advice.


Dr. Sergio Escalera, sergio.escalera.guerrero@gmail.com
Dr. Markus Weimer, markus@weimo.de

February 2, 2017

ACR 2017 San Diego, Oct 26-29, 2017. Deadline March 10

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What: Association for Consumer Research North American Conference
When: October 26 – 29, 2017
Where: San Diego, California
Hotel: Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA 92101
Submission Deadline: March 10, 2017
Conference website: http://www.acrweb.org/acr/
Call for papers: Call for papers PDF
Conference email: acr2017@umn.edu

We are delighted to invite you to participate in the 2017 North American Conference of the Association for Consumer Research. We hope you can join us in San Diego, CA, from Thursday, October 26 through Sunday, October 29, 2017, for this exciting conference. Known as California’s “birthplace,” San Diego embodies Southern California culture and is known worldwide as one of the world’s best tourist destinations, year – round. With nearly perfect weather, 70 miles of beautiful coastline, more than 30 sandy beaches, golf courses and major attractions (such as the San Diego Zoo), there is something for everyone. The conference hotel, the Manchester Grand Hyatt, is located on San Diego Bay, and is steps away from the Gaslamp District, 16 – blocks of Victorian – era building s home to some of the City’s best restaurants, bars, clubs, theaters and galleries

January 23, 2017

SPUDM conference, Israel, August 20-24, 2017. Deadline: March 15th , 2017.

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Submission deadline: March 15th , 2017

The European Association for Decision Making invites submissions for presentations, posters and/or symposia for its 2017 Subjective Probability, Utility and Decision Making (SPUDM 26) Conference to be held at the Technion – the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, from Sunday August 20 to Thursday August 24, 2017.

All submissions must be made electronically.
Invited keynote speakers:
Alvin E. Roth, Stanford University, USA
Debora Estrin, Cornell Tech, USA
Ido Erev, Technion, Israel
Presidential Address by EADM president:
Andreas Glöckner, Göttingen University, Germany

The conference focus will combine traditional topics as well as new directions in Judgment and Decision Making research.

More details and submission guidelines are available on the conference website — https://spudm2017.net.technion.ac.il/call-for-papers/

For further assistance please contact the organizing committee at Spudm26@idc.ac.il<mailto:Spudm26@idc.ac.il>

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Haifa.

SPUDM 26 organizing committee:

* Shahar Ayal, IDC Herzelia
* David Budescu, Fordham University
* Ido Erev, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
* Andreas Glöckner, Göttingen University
* Ilana Ritov, Hebrew University
* Shaul Shalvi, University of Amsterdam
* Richárd Szántó, Corvinus University of Budapest

January 20, 2017

Edward Cokely wins FABBS 2017 Early Career Impact Award

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FABBS (Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences) just announced the 2017 Early Career Impact Award winners. This award is presented to early career scientists of FABBS member societies during the first 10 years post-PhD and recognizes scientists who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. The goal is to enhance public visibility of these sciences and the particular research through the dissemination efforts of the FABBS in collaboration with the member societies and award winners.

For the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, the 2017 winner is Edward Cokely of the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Edward Cokely has made significant advances in the psychology of skilled decision making, with applications in risk communication and adaptive technology. He is known for his research on cognitive abilities and inclusive decision education. In addition, Dr. Cokely’s research has advanced frontiers in our scientific understanding of simple, effective decision aids, visual aids, and training programs including adaptive computerized tutors to improve high-stakes decision making among diverse and vulnerable individuals who vary widely in ability, proficiency, education, background, and country of residence.

A passage from one of his papers shows his conviction that people, regardless of background, can improve their decision making ability:

For more than a century people have used theoretical assumptions to argue that general intelligence constrains decision making quality, causing substantial differences in human potential and outcomes…[with implications for] the structure of our policies, rights, institutions, and welfare practices. […] Setting aside moral and ethical outrage, at the heart of the scientific issue is a basic question about whether or not abilities actually constrain decision quality. [Our] experiments, training programs, and cognitive process tracing studies provide converging causal evidence [that] skilled decision making generally does not require high-levels of fluid intelligence or special abstract reasoning capacities… [With the right support] nearly anyone has the ability to make well-informed and skilled decisions so long as they understand risks.

In his writings, Dr. Cokely discusses how these findings present both research opportunities and substantial scientific responsibilities (for example, all else equal, informed decision making is an ethical imperative). This foundation serves as the scientific and ethical basis for his efforts to nurture risk literacy and support science for informed decision making.

In fewer than ten years after earning his PhD, Dr. Cokely has published over 60 papers which have been cited over 2,000 times. In the same time period, he has mentored 10 PhD students and secured more than $2,000,000 dollars in funding for research and student support. His research has been featured in Scientific American, New Scientist Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education, and other media outlets such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Online. He’s received several major awards including a 2013 National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the APA’s Award for Best Research Paper in Applied Experimental Psychology (2012).

Dr. Cokely has developed the Berlin Numeracy Tests and associated outreach efforts via www.RiskLiteracy.org, a multinational collaborative informed decision making project. Today, more than 100,000 people from 166 countries have taken one of the Berlin Numeracy Tests. Hundreds of recent studies by research groups from business, psychology, economics, political science, law, medicine, social work, forestry, and other fields have published decision making research using the Berlin Numeracy Tests, improving our understanding of the needs and processes of diverse decision makers in more than 50 countries.

Dr. Cokely serves as Presidential Research Professor and Associate Professor of Psychology, and co-founding faculty of the National Institute for Risk & Resilience, at the University of Oklahoma and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development after earning his doctorate in psychology from Florida State University.

January 11, 2017

Early-Career Behavioral Economics Conference (ECBE) Pittsburgh, 16-17 June 2017

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Following the success of the ECBE Conferences in 2015 and 2016 we are happy to announce that the 3rd Early-Career Behavioral Economics Conference will take place in Pittsburgh on the 16-17 of June, 2017. The conference will be sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation and hosted by The Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

The Russell Sage Foundation is the principal American foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences and was an early force in the development of behavioral economics. For more information, visit www.russellsage.org.


The goal of this conference is to provide a platform for researchers who are at an early stage of their academic career to present their research and receive feedback from peer discussants. The conference seeks to promote the development of a community of early-career behavioral economics researchers. George Loewenstein (CMU) and Linda Babcock (CMU) will be keynote speakers.


Any early-career behavioral economist is invited to apply. This includes graduate students, Post-Doctoral researchers, and Assistant Professors who received their Ph.D. after Spring 2012. We will select 20 applicants to present papers, and 20 additional applicants to serve as discussants. We encourage applications from early-career researchers who have not participated in ECBE.


There is no conference fee. Conference meals will be covered for invited participants. In cases where financial assistance is not available from a researcher’s university, hotel and economy class travel expenses will be reimbursed for presenters and discussants (up to $1000 for travel from Europe and up to $350 for travel from North America except Pittsburgh). Please note that participants are not eligible for financial assistance if they received financial assistance from RSF for participating in the 2015 ECBE.

How to Apply

To apply, please follow this link


and complete the application by January 31, 2017. After completing the online form, you will be asked to email a pdf document which contains (1) an abbreviated CV (max. 3 pages) and (2) the paper you wish to present to ecbe2017@gmail.com. Extended abstracts will not be considered. Please merge these files in the specified order into a single pdf that does not exceed 16 MB. If financial assistance is needed, please indicate this in the application form.

The organizing committee and external reviewers will review the submissions and select the participants in collaboration with Linda Babcock (CMU). Selected participants will be notified by the end of March. For more information, please contact ecbe2017@gmail.com or visit the conference website: https://sites.google.com/site/ecbeconference.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

January 4, 2017

Apply behavioral insights, measure impact, and help make the US Government work for people

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The Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) is currently accepting applications for fellowships beginning in October 2017 in D.C. Based at the General Services Administration, OES is a team of applied researchers tasked with building insights from the social and behavioral sciences into federal programs, and testing and learning what works. OES partners with federal agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of new evidence-based interventions on program outcomes and provides agencies evidence to make informed programmatic decisions.

Over the past two years, OES has completed over 30 randomized evaluations with agency partners. OES has made major strides serving agencies and improving federal programs by applying and testing the impact of behavioral insights on a diverse range of agency outcomes. Dozens of agencies have joined this effort, creating innovative partnerships to tackle some of the most pressing challenges in the United States and abroad. OES has rigorously tested insights on diverse agency priorities such as promoting retirement security, responding to climate change, assisting job seekers, helping families get health coverage and stay healthy, and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Government operations. For more information on our portfolio to date, go to https://oes.gsa.gov/work/.

Fellowship Details
OES is accepting applications for full-time fellowships starting in October 2017 based at the General Services Administration in Washington DC. Most Fellows join OES on-loan from academic, nonprofit, or government offices on either a reimbursable or non-reimbursable basis, typically for one to two years. Fellows have come from a variety of universities (e.g. City University of New York, Northeastern University, North Carolina State University, Reed College, University of Arizona, and University of Washington), non-profits (such as policy think tanks), and federal departments (e.g. Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development Department). Other types of federal appointments may be offered on a limited basis.

The OES team combines academic and research expertise with experience implementing and evaluating evidence-based interventions in complex settings. Responsibilities of OES Fellows include:

  • Understanding agency objectives and priorities, identifying opportunities to translate findings from the social and behavioral sciences into concrete recommendations.
  • Driving implementation on 3-5 projects at a time, including collaborating and communicating with agency partners to ensure that: intervention ideas and the pilot design meet agency goals; field experiments are implemented as planned; and the implications of results are clearly understood.
  • Working directly with agency collaborators to design and rigorously test interventions.
  • Performing data analyses and interpretation.
  • Distilling findings into reports, policy memos, and academic publications.
  • Assisting, as needed, on additional projects being managed by other team members.
  • Attending weekly team meetings, providing updates on project status, and being generally available to collaborate on and contribute to internal team tasks.
  • Representing the team by attending and presenting at internal government and external talks, conferences, and workshops.

Applicant Profile
OES team members must possess a unique set of technical and professional skills. This includes knowledge of at least one field within the social and behavioral sciences, the ability to creatively apply research knowledge within the federal government setting, the ability to design and manage the day-to- day operations of a large operational field trial, and exceptional communication and interpersonal skills

OES is currently recruiting for the following two roles with associated experience:

  • Fellows have substantial expertise in the social and behavioral sciences field. Typically they are researchers with a PhD and publication record in a social or behavioral science field (e.g., economics, psychology, political science, statistics, sociology, public policy, business, etc.).
  • Associate Fellows are typically pursuing a PhD in the social and behavioral sciences field, have recently completed a PhD or post-doc, or have a Master’s Degree plus two or more years of relevant experience.

Additionally, applicants must possess:

  •  General knowledge of applied social and behavioral sciences and specialized knowledge of at least one domain of study within the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Ability to think creatively about how insights from the social and behavioral sciences can be translated into concrete interventions that are feasible within specific Federal programs.
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn about federal agencies and their unique practical and regulatory constraints.
  • Knowledge of evaluation design and analysis strategies, such as randomized controlled trials.
  • Statistical competency in at least one data analytic programming language (e.g., R, Stata, Matlab, SAS, Python).
  • Ability to effectively explain technical concepts to broad audiences, orally and in writing.Strong and concise writing skills, including under tight deadlines. Excellent project management and organizational skills.
  • Flexibility, self-motivation, and the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently in a team

Preferred qualifications include one or more of the following:

  • Significant experience conducting randomized evaluations in field settings.
  • Experience working with government programs, policies, operations, and/or data.
  • Advanced statistical and data skills, including experience handling large data sets.
  • Professional design skills (e.g. interaction design, visual communication design, etc.)
  • Expertise in one or more U.S domestic policy sectors.

Application Details
Applicants may apply online via https://oes.gsa.gov/apply/. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. EST Sunday, January 15, 2017. Finalists will be invited to an interview process that will include a writing exercise, up to two stages of interviews, and an in-person research presentation. We expect final decisions to be communicated to candidates by mid-March 2017.

December 27, 2016

The 55th Edwards Bayesian Research Conference

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The 55th Edwards Bayesian Research Conference will be held February 16-18, 2017, on the
campus of California State University, Fullerton.

Presentations at this conference may come from any area related to judgment and decision
making and are NOT limited to Bayes theorem or Bayesian statistics.

Submissions are due by January 9, 2017.

We maintain certain traditions that have made these meetings so enjoyable. As Ward Ed-
wards put it:

The atmosphere is informal, the discussion can get intense, and many of the best debates take place during coffee breaks or in the hospitality suite at the end of the day. This conference is a good place to try out your latest, wildest set of ideas on a kindly, knowledgeable, and critical audience.

Hotel rooms will be available at an excellent rate at the Fullerton Marriott, which is across the street from the meeting room.

Visit the conference website for more information.

Questions can be sent to Daniel Cavagnaro: dcavagnaro at fullerton.edu

December 21, 2016

The SJDM Newsletter is ready for download

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The quarterly Society for Judgment and Decision Making newsletter can be downloaded from the SJDM site:


Dan Goldstein
SJDM Newsletter Editor

December 16, 2016

The typical American lives only 18 miles from mom, but …

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The NYT had a nice infographic entitled “The typical American lives only 18 miles from mom“. They’re saying the median distance to mom is 18 miles.

But when you look at the data in greater depth (thanks to the graph in the article, which we reproduce above), it looks like the mean distance is over 200 miles. That’s the crow-flies distance from DC to New York, a 4 hour drive sans traffic. You might say the median is the better statistic, and we agree: relatively few people living on the opposite coast from their parents drive the average up. However, the downside of the median is that it doesn’t let you appreciate how far from their parents a third of the country lives. In the spirit of putting numbers into perspective to improve comprehension, let’s put that into perspective. Values are rounded. Drive times are from online maps and do not include traffic delays or even a single pit stop.

  • 1 in 3 lives over 100 miles from mom (New York to Philadelphia, a 2.5 hour drive)
  • 1 in 4 lives over 200 miles (DC to New York, a 4 hour drive)
  • 1 in 5 lives over 350 miles (DC to Boston, a 7.5 hour drive)
  • 1 in 6 lives over 600 miles (DC to Chicago, a 10.5 hour drive)
  • 1 in 10 lives over 900 miles (DC to Minneapolis, a 16.5 hour drive)

When the miles are in familiar units, people live farther from mom than it first seems. Also, mentioned in the article,

  • A lot of people take care of their parents
  • A lot of people’s parents help take care of their kids
  • A lot of people are poor or middle class, which increases the chance they’ll care for parents or grandkids
  • A lot of people live in super-dense areas

… which also make the surprising stat seems less surprising.

December 7, 2016

Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making: Submissions due Dec 15, 2016

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Abstract Submission Deadline December 15, 2016

Submitting Abstracts

To submit an extended abstract (1 page single spaced pdf with author information), please visit the conference website


and click on the Submit Paper Abstract link:


Conference Overview

The Boulder Summer Conference in Consumer Financial Decision Making, now in its 8th year, is the world’s foremost conference for discussion of interdisciplinary research on consumer financial decision-making. Consumer welfare is strongly affected by household financial decisions large and small: choosing mortgages; saving to fund college education or retirement; using credit cards to fund current consumption; choosing how to “decumulate” savings in retirement; deciding how to pay for health care and insurance; and investing in the stock market, managing debt in the face of financial distress. This conference brings together outstanding scholars from around the world in a unique interdisciplinary conversation with regulators, business people in financial services, and consumer advocates working on problems of consumer financial decision-making.

Our goal is to stimulate cross-disciplinary conversation and improve basic and applied research in the emerging area of consumer financial decision-making. This research can inform our understanding of how consumers actually make such decisions and how consumers can be helped to make better decisions by innovations in public policy, business, and consumer education. Please see the 2016, 2015, and 2014 programs on the conference website to see abstracts of research by scholars in economics, psychology, sociology, behavioral finance, consumer research, decision sciences, behavioral economics, and law. Our format allows a very high level of opportunity for conversation and interaction around the ideas presented.

Conference Format

We begin with a keynote session late Sunday afternoon about how consumer financial behavior is influenced by credit scoring and use of credit scores for non-lending purposes. The keynote session will be followed by a reception and poster session. Monday and Tuesday we have ten 75-minute sessions with two related papers from different disciplines, with discussion by an industry or government expert or a scholar from a third field. We begin with financial decision making of consumers in distress because of poor financial decision-making or situational stress. We then turn our focus to more basic processes that guide everyday consumer financial decision-making, both good and bad. Throughout the conference we schedule significant time for informal interaction outside of the sessions.

The conference program committee will select papers for presentation at the conference based on extended abstracts. Selected papers must not be published prior to the conference. Authors submitting an abstract must commit to have a paper that is complete and available for review by discussants one month prior to the conference. Selections will be based on quality, relevance to consumers’ financial decision-making, and contribution to breadth of topics and disciplinary approaches. We consider not just the individual merits of the papers, but how they pair with another submission from a scholar in a different field. The organizers will invite authors of the best papers not selected for presentation at a plenary session to present their work at the Sunday evening poster session.

Registering for the Conference and Booking a Room

There are links on the conference website for booking at the St. Julien Hotel and for registering for the conference.

The conference will be held in the St. Julien Hotel & Spa. We have negotiated very attractive room rates for conference attendees (and families). Please note that the Conference has not guaranteed any rooms, rather they are on a “first come” basis. We encourage you to book your rooms as soon as you can. Boulder is a popular summer destination and rooms go quickly at the St. Julien Hotel.