The second annual workshop on Human-Centered Big Data Research, IEEE BigData 2015, USA, 29 October 2015

Publish Date: Aug 18, 2015

Deadline: Aug 30, 2015

Human-Centered Big Data Research

Workshop 2015

The second annual workshop on Human-Centered Big Data Research will be held in conjunction with IEEE BigData 2015 in Santa Clara, CA, USA on Oct 29, 2015. More information can be found at the conference website:

Keynote Announcement

Dr. Mark Greaves of PNNL will present the keynote at HCBDR 2015.
Making Sense of Big Data Streams.

As our sensors become more sophisticated and our world becomes more online, it is important to understand how humans can interact with stream data processing systems to make sense of dynamic phenomena in near­real­time. In this talk, Dr. Greaves will discuss some ongoing research in the interaction between humans and streams of data, parallels with exploratory data analysis, useful formalisms, and the relation to work on social machines.

Mark Greaves is currently Technical Director for Analytics in the National Security Directorate of the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, providing scientific, programmatic, and business development leadership. At PNNL, he works with national security clients and cutting­edge PNNL scientific teams to advance the nation’s overall capability for extracting meaning from large heterogeneous data sets.

Previously, Mark was Director of Knowledge Systems at Vulcan Inc., the private asset management company for Paul Allen, where he led global research teams in question-answering textbooks, large knowledge bases, semantic web, semantic wikis, and data­intensive artificial intelligence technologies. Prior to Vulcan, Mark was Director of DARPA’s Joint Logistics Technology Office, and Program Manager in DARPA’s Information Exploitation Office.

At DARPA, he directed national research programs in semantic web technology, formal ontology specification, logistics and supply chain control technologies, and the application of software agent technology to problems of distributed control of complex systems­of­systems. Prior to coming to DARPA, Mark worked on advanced programs in software agent technology at the Mathematics and Computing Technology group of Boeing. In May of 2005, Mark was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for his contributions to US national security while serving at DARPA. Mark is a Fellow of the Semantic Technology Institute and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Web Semantics. He holds a PhD from Stanford University.

Call for Papers

Rapid growth in data volume and velocity has driven a revolution in computational infrastructure and processing capabilities, but how does this change the way humans work in this new Big Data environment? Human-centered computing focuses on technologies that enhance the human’s abilities to perceive, understand, and collaborate. There are many significant challenges for combined human/technology systems that emerge from the dramatic changes in the nature of the technology that humans use to harness Big Data.

The purpose of this workshop is to gather experts in multi-disciplinary fields and discuss research at the intersection of humans and Big Data. This second workshop on Human-Centered Big Data Research (HCBDR) marks a continuing interest for research that aims to understand how people solve problems and make decisions in the face of magnitudes more information, analyze how tools can help us bridge the gap between Big Data and knowledge acquisition, and evaluate how different aspects of Big Data (e.g., volume, velocity, veracity, and variety) impact a user’s sensemaking strategies and performance.

We invite early research results and position statements on topics including:

  • Sensemaking processes for Big Data
  • Analytical methods aiding in Big Data information foraging and discovery
  • Storytelling and narrative generation in Big Data environments
  • Challenges with Big Data veracity and variety
  • Mental models and Big Data interaction
  • Large scale user experience, visualization, and collaboration technology for Big Data

Papers will be published in the IEEE BigData 2015 proceedings.
Questions: Please email any questions to workshop[at]

Important Dates


Program Co-Chairs

  • Chris Argenta, Applied Research Associates
  • Alex Endert, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Celeste Lyn Paul, Department of Defense

Program Committee

  • Nathan Bos, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Kris Cook, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Randy Frank, Applied Research Associates
  • John Gersh, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Christoper Hale, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Robert Hoffman, Institute for Human Machine Cognition
  • Pat Laughlin, Laboratory for Analytic Sciences
  • Brad Minnery, Wright State Research Institute
  • Bill Pike, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Please email any questions to workshop[at]

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