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May 29, 2019

Subjective Probability, Utility, and Decision Making (SPUDM), August 18-22, 2019, Amsterdam

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Once every two years scientists interested in judgment and decision making research meet in an European city to participate in a scientific conference called SPUDM, which stands for Subjective Probability, Utility, and Decision Making.

SPUDM represents an international and interdisciplinary forum for scientists dealing with modelling, analysing and aiding decision processes. It covers fundamental as well as applied research, attracting contributions from various disciplines such as psychology, economics, medicine, law, management science, philosophy, and computer science.

The program for SPUDM 2019 is now available online and can be found at http://www.spudm2019.com

May 22, 2019

Summer School in Collective Intelligence: Theories and Applications, Sept 9-13, 2019, Bari Italy

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What: Summer School in Collective Intelligence: Theories and Applications
When: September 9-13, 2019
Where: Palace Hotel, via F. Lombardi, 13, 70122 Bari, Italy

The last decade has seen a rapid growth of the number of studies on the collective intelligence of complex systems. It concerns a form of distributed intelligence, which emerges from collaboration and competition of many interconnected entities, whose behavioral rules are often also very simple. From groups of animals, such as schools of fishes, colonies of ants, flocks of birds, to human groups, such as teams and organizations, to networks such as economies, neuronal networks, scientist networks, and financial systems, all these systems show the ability to reach higher performance than single entities, exploiting the power of social relationships and multiple connections.

Research has currently proposed theories to understand the building blocks and the basic mechanisms of collective intelligence as well as developed applications of intelligent artificial systems, inspired by this property. What emerges is that the topic spans beyond the borders of single fields of study and embraces multiple disciplines, such as biology, cognitive science, physics, computer science, management, and economics. Applications refer to different contexts, from robotics to industrial optimization, politics, and artificial intelligence.

The main aim of this Summer School is to provide an updated overview of the topic, both on theories and applications, according to this multidisciplinary perspective. To pursue this goal, the School offers a collection of topical lectures in multiple fields, given by leading international scholars from high-ranked academia and research centers.

The Summer School is mainly addressed to PhD students and young researchers, who would like to improve their knowledge about mechanisms and dynamics of collective behaviors of complex systems, from animals to individuals, to economies. PhD students attending the school will receive 6 ECTS certification.

The registration fee is 350 EUR. The fee includes coffee breaks, lunches, and social dinner. The fee is waived for PhD students enrolled at Politecnico di Bari.

Registration should be made within the end of August fulfilling the registration form. Please send the registration form together with a copy of the bank transfer to ilaria.giannoccaro at
poliba.it and renata.martinelli at poliba.it.

Website with more information

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May 15, 2019

Decision Analysis Society Publication Award

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We are accepting nominations for the Decision Analysis Society’s Publication Award. Papers or books published in 2017 are eligible. Please submit your nomination(s) through this link: https://mcdonough.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Y3Jylr9s4pcBZX

A complete nomination consists of the following:

  • Author’s name(s)
  • Full journal citation or book title
  • Copy of the publication, preferably in electronic form
  • Strongly encouraged: A short statement (1 page or less) summarizing why the publication should be considered for the award
  • Optional: Testimonials by those who have benefited from the work

Self-nominations are permissible. The Publication Award Committee is chaired by Canan Ulu and Enrico Diecidue. For more details on the award, see below.

The Decision Analysis Society Publication Award is given annually to the best decision-analysis journal article or book published in the second preceding calendar year, as judged by an award committee. For example, publications appearing in the year 2017 are eligible for consideration in the year 2019. For this award, decision analysis is defined as a prescriptive approach to provide insight for decision making based on axioms that are logically consistent with the axioms of von Neumann and Morgenstern and of Savage. Key constructs of decision analysis are utility (to quantify one’s risk preferences) and probability (to quantify the state of one’s knowledge).

The intent of the award is to recognize the best publication in decision analysis. Contributions could include, but are not limited to, theoretical, methodological, and procedural contributions to decision analysis, descriptions of applications, and experimental studies. Publications addressing behavioral aspects of decision making are eligible if the relevance to the theory or practice of prescriptive decision analysis is clear.

Nominated publications will be judged for significance, relevance, originality, and readability. The award includes an honorarium of $750 and a plaque. Please contact us if you have any questions.

2019 INFORMS Decision Analysis Society (DAS) Publication Award Co-Chairs

Canan Ulu
McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
E-mail: cu50@georgetown.edu

Enrico Diecidue
E-mail: enrico.diecidue@insead.edu

May 7, 2019

Hillel Einhorn New Investigator Award for 2019

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The Society for Judgment and Decision Making is inviting submissions for the Hillel Einhorn New Investigator Award. The purpose of this award is to encourage outstanding work by new researchers. Individuals are eligible if they have not yet completed their Ph.D. or if they have completed their Ph.D. within the last five years (on or after July 1, 2014). To be considered for the award, please submit a journal-style manuscript on any topic related to judgment and decision making.

In the case of co-authored papers, if the authors are all new investigators they can be considered jointly; otherwise, the new investigator(s) must be the primary author(s) and should be the primary source of ideas. Submissions in dissertation format will not be considered, but articles based on a dissertation are encouraged. Both reprints of published articles and manuscripts that have not yet been published are acceptable. We ask for submissions with names, affiliations, and author notes removed for blind review.

A given paper can only be submitted for consideration once. Thus, papers submitted in any prior year may not be submitted this year. Previously submitted papers that have been modified with a new title, a change in the author list, or additional studies added to the previous manuscript will not be eligible. You must be an SJDM member at the time of submission. You need your member password to submit. If you are not a member, you must join by 17 June 2019, to allow adequate time for your membership to be processed and for you to receive your password.

Submissions will be judged by a committee appointed by the Society. To be considered, submissions must be received by 21 June, 2019 (11:59 PM, Pacific Time). The committee will announce the results to the participants by 9 October 2019. The award will be announced and presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. The winner must be available to accept the award at the annual meeting and will be invited to give a presentation of their paper. Do not submit a paper if you know that you cannot attend this year’s annual meeting. If the winner cannot obtain full funding from his/her own institution to attend the meeting, an application may be made to the Society for supplemental travel needs.

Submission instructions and the submission portal are available here: http://www.sjdm.org/awards/einhorn.html

May 1, 2019

JDM 2019: Society for Judgment and Decision Making annual conference, Montreal, Nov 15-18, 2019

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The Society for Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM) invites abstracts for oral presentations and posters on any interesting topic related to judgment and decision making. Completed manuscripts are not required. Oral presentations are highly competitive; excellent submissions that are not accepted as full oral presentations due to space constraints may be invited to give five minute flash-talks (a short form oral presentation) on Monday morning instead.

The 2019 meeting will take place in Montreal, November 15-18. The conference will open Friday evening with the Women in SJDM networking event. Featured events include keynote speaker Tom Griffiths, a presidential address by Nina Mazar, and Monday morning flash talk sessions, featuring rapid fire five minute talks on groundbreaking new research areas.

The deadline for submissions is June 20, 2019, (the last day of spring). Submissions for oral presentations, and posters should be made through the SJDM website at http://sjdm.org/abstract-review/htdocs Technical questions can be addressed to the webmaster, Jon Baron, at baron@upenn.edu. All other questions can be addressed to the program chair, Danny Oppenheimer (oppenheimer@cmu.edu).

At least one author of each presentation must be a member of SJDM. Joining at the time of submission will satisfy this requirement. You may join SJDM at http://sjdm.org/join.html. An individual may give only one talk and present only one poster, but may be a co-author on multiple talks and/or posters. Please note that both the membership rule and the one-talk/one-poster rule will be enforced.

Travelers from certain countries may need extra lead time to obtain travel documents. Although we are unable to accept talks early, we can provide notification of an “accepted presentation.” This means that you would at least be guaranteed a poster. We can do this because posters are typically evaluated only for content and most are accepted. If you submit for a talk, you would receive a notice of an accepted presentation immediately, and a decision on your talk at the usual time. To take advantage of this option, you should still submit through the regular process, and also send a request to the program chair, Danny Oppenheimer (oppenheimer@cmu.edu). Please note that as this conference takes place in Montreal, United States citizens will need to have a valid passport to attend this event.

The Best Student Poster Award is given for the best poster presentation whose first author is a student member of SJDM.

The Hillel Einhorn New Investigator Award is intended to encourage outstanding work by new researchers. Applications are due June 21, 2019. Further details are available at http://sjdm.org/awards/einhorn.html

The Jane Beattie Memorial Fund subsidizes travel to North America for a foreign scholar in pursuits related to judgment and decision research, including attendance at the annual SJDM meeting. Further details will be available at http://sjdm.org/awards/beattie.html

Danny Oppenheimer, Abby Sussman, Barbara Fasolo, Oleg Urminksy, Bettina von Helversen, Dan Schley, Hengchen Dai, and Irene Scopelliti.

April 24, 2019

Satellite Symposium of the Annual Conference of the Society for Neuroeconomics, Dublin, 3 Oct 2019

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The 8th Consumer Neuroscience Satellite Symposium of the Annual Conference of the Society for Neuroeconomics is taking place at the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland, on October 3, 2019, 11:30-7:00pm.

The purpose of the symposium is to take stock of the current knowledge at the intersection of business school research and neuroscience, provide ideas for future research, and allow interested researchers to meet and discuss research ideas.

For more information and submission go to:


Keynote Speakers “Prediction of Real-World Behavior: From Individuals to Markets to Societies”:

  • Laurette Dube, Marketing Department, McGill University, Canada
  • Brian Knutson, Psychology Department, Stanford University, USA
  • Dilip Soman, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada

The submission for abstracts for oral and poster presentations is now open:

  • Presentation submission deadline is July 8, 2019.
  • Late Breaking Poster submission deadline is August 23, 2019.

Registration: The event is free but the number of seats is limited; submission and registration will open in April:


The event is sponsored by the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School (GOLD SPONSOR) and Desautels Faculty of Management, INSEAD, Ross School of Business (SLIVER Sponsors)

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin,

  • Laurette Dube, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Canada
  • Aiqing Ling, INSEAD & University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland
  • Hilke Plassmann, INSEAD, France
  • Julie Schiro, University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland
  • Carolyn Yoon, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA

April 17, 2019

HCOMP 2019: The Seventh AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing Oct 28-30, 2019

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WHAT: HCOMP 2019: The Seventh AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing
WHEN: Oct 28–30, 2019
WHERE: Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, Washington, USA


    • June 3, 2019: Abstract submission
    • June 5, 2019: Full papers due
    • August 2, 2019: Notification of acceptance
    • August 22, 2019: Final camera-ready papers due
    • October 28–30, 2019: Conference

The 7th AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP 2019) will be held Oct 28–30 at Skamania Lodge in Washington State near the Columbia Gorge River, just 45 minutes from Portland, Oregon. This year is the 10-year anniversary of the very first HCOMP workshop in Paris, and to celebrate, there will be special events, talks, and panels throughout the conference.

HCOMP is the premier venue for disseminating the latest research findings on human computation and crowdsourcing. While artificial intelligence (AI) and human-computer interaction (HCI) represent traditional mainstays of the conference, HCOMP believes strongly in inviting, fostering, and promoting broad, interdisciplinary research. The field is particularly unique in the diversity of disciplines it draws upon and contributes to, ranging from human-centered qualitative studies and HCI design, to computer science and artificial intelligence, to economics and the social sciences, all the way to digital humanities, policy, and ethics. We promote the exchange of advances in human computation and crowdsourcing not only among researchers, but also engineers and practitioners, to encourage dialogue across disciplines and communities of practice. Submissions may present principles, studies, and/or applications of systems that rely on programmatic interaction with individual people or crowds, or where human perception, knowledge, reasoning, or physical activity and coordination contributes to the operation of computational systems, applications, or services.

This year, we especially encourage work that generate new insights into the “human computation” side of HCOMP, such as new understandings about human cognition, human-in-the-loop intelligence systems, human-AI interaction and collaboration, algorithmic and interface techniques for augmenting human abilities to perform tasks, and other issues that affect how humans collaborate with AI systems (such as bias, fairness, and interpretability).

Topics of interest include:

– Crowdsourcing applications and techniques, including but not limited to: citizen science, collective action, collective knowledge, crowdsourcing contests, crowd creativity, crowd funding, crowd ideation, crowd sensing, crowdsourcing in computer vision, crowdsourcing in health, disaster response and relief, fact verification, gaming and gamification, incentives in crowdsourcing, knowledge bases, microtasks, prediction markets, wisdom of crowds

– Techniques that enable and enhance human-in-the-loop systems, making them more efficient, accurate, and human-friendly

– Studies that inform our understanding about the future of work, distributed work, the freelancer economy, and open innovation

– User studies about how people perform tasks individually, in groups, or as a crowd, including those drawing on techniques from human-computer interaction, social computing, computer-supported cooperative work, design, cognitive and behavioral sciences (psychology and sociology), economics, etc.

– Topics at the intersection of HCI and AI, including human-AI interaction, human-AI collaboration, AI interpretability, explainable AI, etc.

– Fairness, accountability, transparency, ethics, and policy implications for crowdsourcing and human computation


Authors are invited to submit papers of up to 8 pages, plus any number of additional pages containing references only. Please see “Publication” below for number of allowed pages in the final proceedings.

All submitted papers must represent original work, not previously published or under simultaneous peer-review for any other peer-reviewed, archival conference or journal.

Papers must be formatted in AAAI two-column, camera-ready style; please refer to the AAAI 2019 Author Kit (http://www.aaai.org/Publications/Templates/AuthorKit19.zip) for details. Papers must be in trouble-free, high-resolution PDF format, formatted for US Letter (8.5″ x 11″) paper, using Type 1 or TrueType fonts. The AAAI copyright block is not required on submissions, but must be included on final accepted versions.

Electronic abstract and paper submission through the HCOMP-19 EasyChair paper submission site (available March 29, 2019) is required on or before the deadlines listed above. We cannot accept submissions by e-mail or fax. Authors will receive confirmation of receipt of their abstracts or papers, including an ID number, shortly after submission. HCOMP will contact authors again only if problems are encountered with papers. Inquiries regarding paper receipt must be made no later than June 12, 2019.

All papers must be anonymized (include no information identifying the authors or their institutions) for double-blind peer-review.

Authors are invited, but not required, to include supplemental materials such as executables and data files so that reviewers can reproduce results in the paper, images, additional videos, related papers, more detailed explanations, derivations, or results. These materials will be viewed only at the discretion of the reviewers, who are only obligated to read your paper itself.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference to present the work or acceptance will be withdrawn.


Accepted full papers will be allocated eight (8) pages in the conference proceedings; up to two (2) additional pages may be used at a cost to the authors of $275 per page. Final papers found to exceed page limits and or otherwise violating the instructions to authors will not be included in the proceedings. Authors will be required to transfer copyright of their paper to AAAI. Accepted full papers will be published in the HCOMP conference proceedings and included in the AAAI Digital Library.


Edith Law, University of Waterloo
Jennifer Wortman Vaughan, Microsoft Research

April 11, 2019

So you think you can graph?

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Introducing a competition for graph design! Can you design a graph that BEST conveys the magnitude of the difference between two groups? Enter your graph into the contest! Details can be found here (Deadline April 14, 2019):


Please distribute to other groups and individuals who may be interested in participating. If the “first season” of this competition goes well and is fun, the organizers will have future graph competitions.

April 2, 2019

Workshop on Behavioral Economics and Computation, 28 June 2019 at EC in Phoenix

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Decision Science News is happy to announce it is the on the Organizing Committee of:

What: Workshop on Behavioral Economics and Computation
Site: https://sites.google.com/view/behavioralec/
When: June 28, 2019
Where: Phoenix, AZ, in conjunction with the 20th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (ACM EC ’19)

We solicit research contributions and participants for The 1st Workshop on Behavioral Economics and Computation, to be held in conjunction with the 20th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (ACM EC ’19). The workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse subareas of EC, who are interested in the intersection of human economic behavior and computation, to share new results and to discuss future directions for behavioral research related to economics and computation. It will be a full-day workshop, and will feature invited speakers, contributed paper presentations and a panel discussion.

The gap between rationality-based analysis that assumes utility-maximizing agents and the actual human behavior in the real world has been well recognized in economics, psychology and other social sciences. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in conducting behavioral research across many of the sub-areas related to economics and computation to address this gap. In one direction, some of these studies leverage insights on human decision making from behavioral economics and social psychology literature to study economic and computational systems with human users. In the other direction, computational tools are used to study and gain insights on human behavior and a data-driven approach is sometimes used to learn behavior models from user-generated data.

The Behavioral EC workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields, including but not limited to computer science, economics, psychology and sociology, to exchange ideas related to behavioral research in economics and computation. In addition to sharing new results, we hope the workshop will foster a lively discussion of future directions and methodologies for behavioral research related to economics and computation as well as fruitful cross-pollination of behavioral economics, cognitive psychology and computer science.

We welcome studies at the intersection of economic behavior and computation from a rich set of theoretical, experimental and empirical perspectives. The topics of interest for the workshop are behavioral research in all settings covered by EC, including but not limited to:

  • Behavioral mechanism design and applied mechanism design
  • Empirical studies of economic behavior
  • Boundedly-rational models of economic decision making
  • Model evaluation and selection based on behavioral data
  • Online prediction markets, experiments, and crowdsourcing platforms
  • Hybrid human-machine systems
  • Models and experiments about social considerations (e.g. fairness) in decision making
  • Methods for behavioral EC: information aggregation, probability elicitation, quality control

Submission Deadline
May 1, 2019, 11:59pm PDT.

Acceptance Notification
May 20, 2019

Submission Information
We will give priority to new (unpublished) research papers, but will also consider ongoing research and recently published papers that may be of interest to the workshop audience. For submissions of published papers, authors must clearly state the venue of publication. Papers will be reviewed for relevance, significance, originality, research contribution, and likelihood to catalyze discussion. The workshop will not have archival proceedings but will post accepted papers on the workshop website. Position papers and panel discussion proposals are also welcome. At least one author of each accepted paper will be expected to attend and present their findings at the workshop.

Submissions can be in any format and can be up to 18 pages long (plus a title page and excluding appendices that can be arbitrarily long). We recommend the format of the EC submissions. The limit of 18 pages on the main body is an upper bound, and papers can be significantly shorter.

Submissions should be uploaded to the submission server no later than May 1, 2019, 11:59pm PDT.

Organizing Committee
Yiling Chen, Harvard University
Dan Goldstein, Microsoft Research
Kevin Leyton-Brown, University of British Columbia
Shengwu Li, Harvard University
Gali Noti, Hebrew University

More Information

For more information or questions, visit the workshop website:
or email the organizing committee: behavioralec2019@easychair.org

March 26, 2019

Summer Workshop in Machine Learning at Carnegie Mellon, May 26-26, 2019

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Machine learning is impacting the business world and the business research community. The CMU Summer Workshop on Machine Learning is intended to introduce junior researchers to the cutting-edge machine learning methods and their applications in the marketing and information systems research, and open up common ground for future discussions among researchers who are using or wish to use machine learning methods in their research.

The format of the workshop is a combination of lecture-style sessions, hands-on tutorials (directed primarily at doctoral students) and panel presentations. The lecture-style sessions and hands-on tutorials will cover the following topics:

  • Supervised Learning
  • Unsupervised Learning
  • Graphical Models
  • Deep Learning
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Text, Image, Audio, Video mining
  • Bayesian Machine Learning
  • Causal Inference

Who should participate: The workshop is primarily intended for Ph.D. students in Consumer Behavior, Information Systems, Quantitative Marketing, or related business disciplines. We also welcome junior faculty members with an interest in machine learning methods to participate in the workshop.

Student application deadline is April 12, 2019.  We will admit a total of 50 students; accepted applicants will be notified by April 20, 2019.  Submit student application.

If there are more than two students who apply from the same school, we may ask the school to rank the students. Due to limited slots, we guarantee top 2 will be accepted, but depending on demand others may or may not be accepted to the workshop. Priority may be given to ISMS members.

Registration deadline is April 26, 2019:  Ph.D. Students $50, Faculty $200.

All attendees must cover their own travel expenses and hotel costs. Meals during the workshop will be provided.

Conference Chairs: Yan Huang (CMU, yanhuang@andrew.cmu.edu) and Xiao Liu (NYU, xliu@stern.nyu.edu)