Call for Participation

The 2nd Qualinet Summer School on "Crowdsourcing and QoE Assessment" intends to deepen knowledge in crowdsourcing and using crowdsourcing for subjective user studies. The goal is to bring together advanced testing methodologies and quality assessment of novel applications.

The summer school takes place in Patras, Greece from 21 - 24 September 2013. The number of places is limited. Therefore, we encourage you to apply and register for the Qualinet summer school as soon as possible: Registration.

The summer school will cover the following topics.

  • Crowdsourcing in general, common platforms and existing QoE frameworks
  • Best practices and mechanisms in crowdsourcing, data quality, incentives and gamification
  • Quality assessment, statistical analysis and machine learning of subjective user studies
  • Novel applications in the area of crowdsourcing
After the summer school, the Qualinet meeting takes place at the same location from 25 - 27 Sep 2013. All summer school participants are invited to participate additionally in the Qualinet special session "Us and Them" on Gaming from 9 - 12 am on 25 Sep 2013. The goal of the special session is to foster exchange in gaming research and gaming industry and in addition to outline a research roadmap for gaming QoE within Qualinet. 

Submission of an Extended Abstract

Students are encouraged to submit an extended abstract of maximal two pages describing their current research with respect to the topic of the summer school. Students who have submitted an extended abstract and present their own poster during the poster session will be confirmed an equivalent to 3 ECTS points load. Students who participate without abstract and poster presentation will be confirmed an equivalent to 1 ECTS point load. The number of places is limited and PhD students with abstract and poster presentation will have priority over other registrations. Submitted abstracts must be at most two pages long, including all figures, tables, references, appendices, etc. The extended abstracts must be formatted according to the ACM conference proceedings format
The abstract is to be submitted via mail to qualinetsummerschool2013@informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de until August 21, 2013.

Application and Registration 

  • The application for the Qualinet summer school is now open and closes August 21, 2013.
  • The application and registration form can be filled at Registration until August 21, 2013.
  • Submission of an extended abstract in not required for participation.
  • Registration fee for the summer school: 250 Euro.
  • The number of places is limited to 30 participants.
  • Answers in the registration form and the extended abstract submitted by students will be evaluated by the organization team and the Qualinet chair. Based on the evaluation, eligible students will be selected who are free of charge and who will be awared with a Qualinet scholarship of 500 Euro.
In the registration form, you will be asked several questions in order to find groups of researchers interested in the same topic and to do joint group work: What is your main motivation to participate in the summer school? What is your current research?  What kind of crowdsourcing experiment or QoE study would you like to conduct?

Who can participate?
PhD Students are welcome to participate in the summer school, especially when working in the field of quality assessment, subjective user studies, or crowdsourcing. MS Students, Post Docs, and Researchers working in the same field are welcome to participate (upon availability).

Joint Group Work 
The concept of this summer school is to form research groups of PhD students supervised by a tutor. Thereby, the PhD students will be grouped according to their research interests. Before the summer school, these groups will already start discussing about potential research questions and how to investigate them. A poster presentation of the group's ideas will take place during the summer school in order to foster collaboration and innovation between all groups.

During the summer school, the groups will get time to jointly research on their common topic with the support and help of the tutor. Crowdsourcing experiments may be conducted and the results analyzed statistically in order to investigate new and interesting research questions. In the end, this may result in a joint publication of the research group.