Our bi-monthly DiPLab online seminar will welcome David Gross-Amblard (University of Rennes) and Eloïse Vo (Paris 8/Nanterre) for a session with two presentations “Headwork, a generic crowdsourcing platform for complex tasks …and complex participants” and “Trouble at the interface : platform design waiting for authentication ” (see bellow)

The seminar will be held in hybrid form, both at Telecom Paris and online on the platform Big Blue Button. To receive the link, please register by sending an email with your full name and affiliation at: contact@diplab.eu.

Headwork, a generic crowdsourcing platform for complex tasks …and complex participants

In this talk, I will survey some of the results of HEADWORK, a project funded by the National Research Agency (ANR) since 2016. At this time, most crowdsourcing platforms such as Amazon Mechanical Turk were offering very simple tasks such as image annotation, with barely no modeling of participants and a very low programming interface. The goal of the HEADWORK project is to enable more complex tasks, while offering a structured modeling of participant skills, within a data-oriented generic workflow model. I will provide an overview of the project results, and discuss some of our recent directions.
Project URL : https://druid-garden.irisa.fr/headwork-web

David Gross-Amblard is full professor in Computer Sciences at University of Rennes (France). He received his PhD in Computer Sciences from the University of Orsay (now Paris-Saclay) in 2000, and obtained his research habilitation thesis (HDR) in 2010. He was the co-founder and co-head of the DRUID research team at Irisa Lab (2014-2020), and co-head of the research master SIF (2017-2021), hosted by University of Rennes, ENS Rennes, Insa Rennes, CentraleSupelec and West Brittany University. His research concerns data management, with a focus on database security (database watermarking), semantic analytics of social networks, crowd management systems and more recently machine learning within database systems. He is author or co-author of around 40 publications (including PODS, TODS, WWW, Sigmod Records, JCSS, TKDE), has directed or co-directed 8 PhD thesis and managed 2 projects funded by the National Research Agency (ANR). He was member of several national HCERES evaluation boards (2010-2011). He was a member of the ERC WebDam project headed by Serge Abiteboul (2010-2011). He is an active member of the French Advances in Databases (BDA) steering group since 2014.

Trouble at the interface : platform design waiting for authentication

Something the fishes know exactly nothing about, is water, because they have no anti-environment that would allow them to perceive the one in which they live. ” (McLuhan, 2001)
In this talk, I will use the notion of authentication (Pierre Damien Huyghe) to examine the possibilities of an art-based
research in the field of digital platform labor. I will introduce Hello Worker, a previous project of data-visualization of micro-tasks on Amazon Mechanical Turk, in order to investigate these platform’s interfaces, as a surface shaping relations between people, logistics and techniques. While UI/UX design methods focus on reducing frictions to provide fluid environments and interactions, how can design produce a language that does not cover the technocultural character of these dispositifs but rather recall their existence? (Zielinski, 2018).

After graduating from the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin in Strasbourg, Eloïse Vo continues her post-master research at EUR ArTeC (Paris 8/Nanterre). Developing and art-based research in the field of graphic design, Eloïse investigates the graphic order of interfaces of digital labor platforms. From performative protocols to writing, her projects explore the mecanisms of an ecology of attention and vigilance. Her latest lecture, Grèves perlées, was performed and exhibited in “La Relève IV”, at the occasion of the 12th edition of the Festival Parallèle in Marseille. As a freelance graphic designer, she worked with Lava Beijing and O.OO Design & Riso ROOM (Taiwan). She currently assists Aglaë Miguel in visual identity projects for cultural institutions, and regularly collaborates with artists and publishing houses as Studio Fidèle. (Photo by Juliette Almah, 2022)