Human computation is a rapidly evolving field. The broad multidisciplinary community that currently engages in HC research lacks community-based constructs, which leads to domain insularity. The mission of this committee is two-fold:
  1. Provide a community home for computer scientists to engage in activities that support the advancement of HC as a field
  2. Support the activities of the broader multidisciplinary community through the provision of communication mechanisms, ensuring that the evolution of the field gives equal voice to all perspectives. 

The more specific intent is that this STC will serve as a lightweight steering committee that facilitates the advancement of human computation as a discipline, including key topics such as repeatable methods, scholarly communication, professional development, and ethics.

Thus, we will:
  •  Implement mechanisms (such as instant online communities) as needed to bring together a multidisciplinary community to consider and advance the identity and maturity of human computation as its own discipline.
  •  Generate an annual summary progress report addressing key elements of community work that both quantitatively and qualitatively conveys material progress.
  •  Help steer the efforts of a larger interdisciplinary community by facilitating multidisciplinary communication and interaction.
  •  Expand the purview of the CS Society to recognize human computation as a formal branch of CS, as well as to support the interdisciplinary efforts of a broader community to advance HC as a field.


STC Chair

Pietro Michelucci is Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Handbook of Human Computation (2013) and Founding Editor of the journal Human Computation.  He received a joint-PhD from Indiana University in Cognitive Science and Mathematical Psychology.  He has been providing scientific and program execution support to government programs in Artificial Intelligence and Information Integration since 2006.  In addition to serving on the Social Computing committee for the NITRD SEW working group, he speaks and conducts workshops to identify and advance the goals of the multidisciplinary Human Computation community.

STC Co-Chair

David Alan Grier is the author of When Computers Were Human (2005) and Too Soon to Tell (2009).  He is President of the IEEE Computer Society, former editor of Annals of the History of Computing, and a Fellow of the IEEE.  He has a B.A. in Mathematics from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has published extensively on the development of computation and the institutions that support computation in publications ranging from the American Mathematical Monthly to The Washington Post. He has been the Joseph Henry Lecturer at the Washington Philosophical Society.  He is currently an associate professor of International Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University.

Other Officers

Theodore P. Pavlic,  Arizona State University
Elena Simperl,  University of Southampton
Dan Thomsen,  Smart Information Flow Technologies

All Members