Some of our recent work has started to look at algorithms that should spark more creative search processes on the Web rather than leading us further along the well traveled paths. The OMFix project (‘Overcoming Mental Fixation by switching the internal spotlight: stochastic modeling of creative cognition in the lab and on the Web’) is an Austrian Science Fund project in cooperation with Dietrich Albert and Paul Seitlinger from TU Graz.
In line with this, I recently gave a “One Minute Lecture” on Breaking out of the Filter Bubble.
This year I acted as a general chair of EC-TEL 2014 which took place in Graz. It was nice to return and it was even nicer that I-Know 2014 was collocated with EC-TEL so that we had loads of great talks and I met many old colleagues and friends.
The collocation of the conferences also meant we did have more keynoters than usually. Bernardo Huberman (from HP Labs, on the left) and Etienne Wenger (on the right) joined us for the conference reception.
I especially enjoyed Etienne Wenger’s opening keynote who gave us some nice tasks to work on during the conference.
All in all, it was again a great conference. I am looking forward to seeing all again next year!
Scaling Up Learning for Sustained Impact – the proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Technology-enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) – have been published by Springer. I co-edited the book together with Davinia Hernández-Leo, Ralf Klamma and Andreas Harrer.
The book makes available all the selected papers we had at EC-TEL this year. This was a great effort by all programme committee members as we had a record number of 194 submissions in the review categories this year leading to 542 reviews that were performed.
We therefore had an acceptance rate for full papers of 22.8%. I think this shows that EC-TEL has become a great quality conference over the years.
I thank all the co-organizers as well as all members of the programme committee for such a great effort.
The book can be downloaded from the Springer Link Library: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-40814-4