Collective Intelligence 2012: April 18-20

Collective intelligence has existed at least as long as humans have, because families, armies, countries, and companies have all--at least sometimes--acted collectively in ways that seem intelligent. But in the last decade or so a new kind of collective intelligence has emerged: groups of people and computers, connected by the Internet, collectively doing intelligent things. For example, Google technology harvests knowledge generated by millions of people creating and linking web pages and then uses this knowledge to answer queries in ways that often seem amazingly intelligent. Or in Wikipedia, thousands of people around the world have collectively created a very large and high quality intellectual product with almost no centralized control, and almost all as volunteers!

These early examples of Internet-enabled collective intelligence are not the end of the story but just the beginning. And in order to understand the possibilities and constraints of these new kinds of intelligence, we need a new interdisciplinary field. Forming such a field is one of the goals of this conference.

We seek papers about behavior that is both collective and intelligent. By collective, we mean groups of individual actors, including, for example, people, computational agents, and organizations. By intelligent, we mean that the collective behavior of the group exhibits characteristics such as, for example, perception, learning, judgment, or problem solving.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • human computation
  • social computing
  • crowdsourcing
  • wisdom of crowds (e.g., prediction markets)
  • group memory and problem-solving
  • deliberative democracy
  • animal collective behavior
  • organizational design
  • public policy design (e.g., regulatory reform)
  • ethics of collective intelligence (e.g., "digital sweatshops")
  • computational models of group search and optimization
  • emergence and evolution of intelligence
  • new technologies for making groups smarter
For a more complete description of the scope, please click here. For any questions, please email

Invited Speakers
Dates and Location
The conference will be held April 18-20, 2012 on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA. Registration and talks will be held at the Tang Center (building E51).


The hotel blocks reserved for the conference at special rates are now sold out, but a list of hotels near MIT is available here: All hotel rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and it is recommended that you make your reservations as soon as possible.

Registration -- Now Open

The registration fees are as follows:
  • Before March 13:
    • Students: US$345
    • Non-students: US$495
  • After March 13:
    • Students: US$445
    • Non-students: US$595
You can register by following this link.
The conference will consist of:
  • invited talks from prominent researchers in different areas related to collective intelligence
  • oral paper presentations
  • poster sessions

Thomas Malone (MIT)
Luis von Ahn (Carnegie Melllon University and Duolingo)

Organizing Committee
Robert Goldstone (Indiana University)
Deborah Gordon (Stanford University)
Eric Horvitz (Microsoft Research)
Michael Kearns (University of Pennsylvania)
Andrew Lo (MIT)
Paul Resnick (University of Michigan)
Duncan Watts (Yahoo! Research)

Local Arrangements Chairs

Proceedings Chair

Publicity Chair


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