Microsoft Research to showcase innovative uses of crowdsourcing at NIPS on December 5

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Machine learning has been one of the biggest themes in technology for the past decade. Computers are getting smarter, and every day we crawl closer to the day where machine intelligence and human intelligence are nearly indistinguishable. To help advance us towards the future of machine intelligence, Microsoft’s Jennifer Wortman Vaughan is going to be speaking at NIPS (Neural Information Processing Systems), the world’s premier machine learning conference.

Jennifer’s tutorial is going to be focused on crowdsourcing, and how people can better work with the crowd to get the information that they need. The tutorial is also going to go into detail about how we can better utilize information from the crowd to help teach machines how to be more intelligent. If you work with crowdsourcing or have been considering it, this seems like a tutorial you’re going to want to see.

Here are some innovative uses for crowdsourcing that are going to be at the tutorial:

  • Harnessing the crowd to improve machine-learning models including extracting features from labeled data most relevant for model training and evaluation of learned models.
  • Leveraging the complementary strengths of humans and machines to achieve more than either can alone. Potential applications of these so-called hybrid-intelligence systems include real-time on-demand closed captioning of day-to-day conversations and crowd-powered writing and editing.
  • Using crowdsourcing platforms to recruit large pools of subjects for experiments designed to study the effects of human behavior when reasoning about the performance of computer systems, which could lead to better-designed algorithms and systems.

Jennifer has documented key points of her tutorial and compiled list of Frequently Asked Questions for people who are curious about the tutorial, which you can see on her website. If you aren’t able to make it to NIPS 2016, you should at least take a peek at that to see if you can glean any information from it. You might also be able to catch the tutorial at some point on the NIPS YouTube channel.