Contact information:
One Microsoft Way, Redmond WA 98052-6399
Email: eckamar@microsoft.com

 
              Ece Kamar

       Researcher, Microsoft Research

 


 


      

I am a researcher in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction group at Microsoft Research, Redmond. I work on a number of subfields of AI; including planning, machine learning and mechanism design. I am passionate about combining machine and human intelligence towards developing real-world applications.

I received a Ph.D. in computer science from Harvard University in 2010. My thesis focused on reasoning under uncertainty for successful human-computer teamwork. I received a M.S. from Harvard University in 2007 and a B.S. from Sabanci University in Turkey in 2005.

I am the recipient of Microsoft Research Fellowship (2008) and Robert L. Wallace Prize Fellowship (2007).

 

My research was profiled in Microsoft External Research "Talent Pipeline" brochure and video. (pdf) (link to website)

 

 

      Journal and Conference Publications

       

Ece Kamar. Directions in Hybrid Intelligence: Complementing AI Systems with Human Intelligence. Invited Talk: Early Career Spotlight Track.

 

Avi Segal, Ya'akov Gal, Ece Kamar, Eric Horvitz, Alex Bower and Grant Miller. Intervention Strategies for Increasing Engagement in Volunteer-Based Crowdsourcing. In Proceedings of IJCAI 2016.

 

Ofra Amir, Ece Kamar, Andrey Kolobov and Barbara Grosz. Interactive Teaching Strategies for Agent Training. In Proceedings of IJCAI 2016.

 

Shayan Doroudi, Ece Kamar, Emma Brunskill and Eric Horvitz. Toward a Learning Science for Complex Crowdsourcing Tasks. In Proceedings of CHI 2016.

 

Ece Kamar, Ashish Kapoor and Eric Horvitz. Identifying and Accounting for Task-Dependent Bias in Crowdsourcing. In Proceedings of HCOMP 2015.

 

Christopher Lin, Andrey Kolobov, Ece Kamar and Eric Horvitz. Metareasoning for Planning Under Uncertainty. In Proceedings of IJCAI 2015.

 

Ece Kamar and Eric Horvitz. Planning for Crowdsourcing Hierarchical Tasks. In Proceedings of AAMAS 2015.

 

Margaret Mitchell, Dan Bohus and Ece Kamar. Crowdsourcing Language Generation Templates for Dialogue Systems. In Proceedings of INLG and SIGDIAL 2014.

 

Christopher Lin, Ece Kamar and Eric Horvitz. Signals in the Silence: Models of Implicit Feedback in a Recommendation System for Crowdsourcing. In Proceedings of AAAI 2014 - (Version updated with corrections).

 

Adish Singla, Eric Horvitz, Ece Kamar and Ryen White. Stochastic Privacy. In Proceedings of AAAI 2014 (Extended Version with Proofs).

 

Debadeepta Dey, Andrey Kolobov, Rich Caruana, Ece Kamar, Eric Horvitz, and Ashish Kapoor. Gauss Meets Canadian Traveler: Shortest-Path Problems with Natural Dynamics. In Proceedings of AAMAS 2014.

 

Walter Lasecki, Jamie Teevan and Ece Kamar. Information Extraction and Manipulation Threats in Crowd-Powered Systems. In Proceedings of CSCW 2014.

 

Andrew Mao, Ece Kamar, Yiling Chen, Eric Horvitz, Megan E. Schwamb, Chris J. Lintott, and Arfon M. Smith. Volunteering vs. Work for Pay: Incentives and Tradeoffs in Crowdsourcing. In Proceedings of HCOMP 2013.

 

Andrew Mao, Ece Kamar, and Eric Horvitz. Why Stop Now? Predicting Worker Engagement in Online Crowdsourcing. In Proceedings of HCOMP 2013.

 

Ece Kamar, Ashish Kapoor and Eric Horvitz. Lifelong Learning for Acquiring the Wisdom of the Crowd. In Proceedings of IJCAI 2013.

 

Stephanie Rosenthal, Dan Bohus, Ece Kamar and Eric Horvitz. Look versus Leap: Computing Value of Information with High-Dimensional Streaming Evidence. In Proceedings of IJCAI 2013.

 

Ece Kamar and Eric Horvitz. Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Monte Carlo Approach to

Computing Value of Information. In Proceedings of AAMAS 2013.

 

Ece Kamar, Ya’akov (Kobi) Gal and Barbara J. Grosz. Modeling Information Exchange Opportunities For Effective Human-Computer Teamwork. In Artificial Intelligence Journal, 2013.

 

Ece Kamar, Severin Hacker and Eric Horvitz. Combining Human and Machine Intelligence in Large-scale Crowdsourcing. In Proceedings of AAMAS 2012.

 

William Wang, Dan Bohus, Ece Kamar and Eric Horvitz. Crowdsourcing the Acquisition of Natural Language Corpora: Methods and Observations. In Proceedings of SLT 2012.

 

Ece Kamar. Reasoning Effectively Under Uncertainty for Human-Computer Teamwork. Ph.D. Thesis, Harvard University, May 2010.

 

Ece Kamar, Ya’akov Gal and Barbara J. Grosz. Modeling User Perception of Interaction Opportunities for Effective Teamwork. SIN09, In Proceedings of IEEE SocialCom 2009.  

 

Ece Kamar and Eric Horvitz. Collaboration and Shared Plans in the Open World: Studies of Ridesharing. IJCAI 2009, Technical Paper

 

Ece Kamar and Eric Horvitz. Generating Shared Transportation Plans Under Varying Preferences: Ridesharing Models and Mechanisms. Microsoft Research Technical report, MSR-TR-2009-2011, April 2009.

 

Ece Kamar, Ya’akov Gal and Barbara J. Grosz. Incorporating Helpful Behavior into Collaborative Planning. In Proceedings of AAMAS 2009.  

 

Ece Kamar, Eric Horvitz and Chris Meek. Mobile Opportunistic Commerce: Mechanisms, Architecture, and Application. In Proceedings of AAMAS 2008. 

 

 

      Workshop Papers and Short Papers

       

 

Ece Kamar. Hybrid Intelligence and the Future of Work. In Proceedings of the Productivity Decomposed: Getting Big Things Done with Little Microtasks Workshop at CHI 2016.

 

Cathy Wu, Ece Kamar and Eric Horvitz. Clustering for Set Partitioning: A Case Study in Carpooling. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Optimization for Machine Learning (OPT) at NIPS 2015.

 

Walter. S. Lasecki, Jaime Teevan and Ece Kamar. The Cost of Asking Crowd Workers to Behave Maliciously. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Human-Agent Interaction Design and Models (HAIDM 2015) at AAMAS 2015.

 

Walter S. Lasecki, Mitchell Gordon, Jaime Teevan, Ece Kamar and Jeff P. Bigham. Preserving Privacy in Crowd-Powered Systems. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Human-Agent Interaction Design and Models (HAIDM 2015) at AAMAS 2015.

 

Walter Lasecki, Ece Kamar and Dan Bohus. Conversations in the Crowd: Collecting Data for Task-Oriented Dialog Learning. In Proceedings of the Human Computation Workshop on Scaling Speech and Language Understanding and Dialog through Crowdsourcing at HCOMP 2013.

 

Dan Bohus, Ece Kamar and Eric Horvitz. Towards Situated Collaboration. In NAACL Workshop on Future Directions and Challenges in Spoken Dialog Systems: Tools and Data, 2012.

 

Ece Kamar and Eric Horvitz. Incentives for Truthful Reporting in Crowdsourcing. In Proceedings of AAMAS 2012, Short paper.

 

Ece Kamar and Eric Horvitz. Incentives and Truthful Reporting in Consensus-centric Crowdsourcing. Microsoft Research Technical report, MSR-TR-2012-16, February 2012.

 

Paul Bennett, Ece Kamar and Gabriella Kazai. MSRC at TREC 2011 Crowdsourcing Track. In Proceedings of TREC 2011.

 

Ece Kamar and Eric Horvitz. Jogger: Models for Context-Sensitive Reminding. In Proceedings of AAMAS 2011, Short paper.

 

Ece Kamar and Eric Horvitz. Investigation of Principles of Context-Sensitive Reminding. Microsoft Research Technical report, MSR-TR-2010-174, October 2010.

 

Ece Kamar. Managing Helpful Behavior in Collaborative Activities of Heterogeneous Agent Groups. IJCAI 2009, Doctoral Consortium Abstract

 

Ece Kamar, Barbara J. Grosz and David Sarne. Modeling User Perception of Interaction Opportunities in Collaborative Human-Computer Settings. In Proceedings of AAAI 2007, Student Abstract and Poster Program

 

Ece Kamar and Barbara J. Grosz. Applying MDP Approaches For Estimating Outcome of

Interaction in Collaborative Human-Computer Settings. In Proceedings of Workshop on Multi-agent Sequential Decision Making in Uncertain Domains (MSDM) 2007.

 

     

   Professional Activities

·         Participant of First Study Panel of One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence

·         Program Co-chair, WIP Track, HCOMP 2016

·         Area Chair, IJCAI 2016

·         Senior Program Committee Member, AAMAS 2014, 2015, 2016

·         Organizer, Workshop on Human-Agent Interaction Design and Models at AAMAS, 2015; at IJCAI 2016

·         Program Committee Member, AAAI 2013, 2014, 2016

·         Program Committee Member, WWW, 2014

·         Program Committee Member, UAI 2011, 2012, 2013

·         Program Committee Member, HCOMP 2012, 2013

·         Reviewer, IUI 2012, 2013

·         Reviewer, CHI 2013

·         Program Committee Member, AAMAS 2011,2012

·         Program Committee Member, HCOMP 2012

·         Reviewer, CSCW 2012

·         Senior Program Committee Member, IJCAI 2011

·         Program Committee Member, IUI 2010

·          Program Committee Member, Mixed-Initiative Multi-agent Systems Workshop, AAMAS 2009