I am an Assistant Professor at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at University of Waterloo. I study new techniques for motivating participation and combining human and machine intelligence to tackle complex tasks in crowdsourcing systems, and how these systems can address problems in science and medicine. I am part of the Human Computer Interaction Lab. My work is funded by NSERC Discovery Grant as well as the NSERC-CIHR Collaborative Health Research Project (CHRP) program.
As part of my research, we are building two platforms for scientific and medical crowdsourcing: CrowdCurio and CrowdEEG.
Previously, I was a CRCS postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. I graduated with a Ph.D. in Machine Learning from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012. Here is my curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a blurb about me from University of Waterloo Magazine.
Our paper "Curiosity Killed the Cat, but Makes Crowdwork Better" received Best Paper Honorable Mention at CHI 2016.
I am the co-chair for the doctoral symposium at AAAI Conference on Human Computation & Crowdsourcing (HCOMP) Conference in 2016. The call for participation is out!
Alex Williams and Mike Schakermann will be presenting at CHI 2016 workshops on Micro-productivity and Human-Centered Machine Learning.