47 top researchers from across the nation gathered last week for the 17th Summer Research Institute in Computer Science, co-organized each summer by University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering and Microsoft Research.
The goal of these Summer Research Institutes is to catalyze research in emerging areas. This year’s topic was “Crowdsourcing Personalized Online Education.” The organizers were Dan Weld (UW CSE), Mausam (UW CSE), Eric Horvitz (MSR), and Meredith Ringel Morris (MSR). Quoting from the overview:
“Strong recent enthusiasm for leveraging online platforms for education has highlighted opportunities to leverage ‘the crowd’ in novel ways. We seek to explore challenges and opportunities at the intersection of online education and crowdsourcing – at a time when ideas and methods in both areas are accelerating.”