Papers

AAAI ICWSM: McMahon, C.*, Johnson, I.*, and Hecht, B. (2017) The Substantial Interdependence of Wikipedia and Google – A Case Study on the Relationship Between Peer Production Communities and Information Technologies. Proceedings of AAAI ICWSM 2017. Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press.
*Indicates co-First Authors
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AAAI ICWSM: Miller, H., Kluver, D., Thebault-Spieker, J., Terveen, L., and Hecht, B. (2017) Understanding Emoji Ambiguity in Context: The Role of Text in Emoji-Related Miscommunication. Proceedings of AAAI ICWSM 2017. Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press.
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ACM MobileHCI: Wenig, N., Wenig, D., Ernst, S., Malaka, R., Hecht, B., and Schöning, J. Pharos: Improving Navigation Instructions on Smartwatches by Including Global Landmarks. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2017). New York : ACM Press.

ACM TOCHI: Thebault-Spieker, J., Terveen, L., and Hecht, B. (2017) Towards a Geographic Understanding of the Sharing Economy: Systemic Biases in UberX and TaskRabbit. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). In press.
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ACM CHI: Johnson, I., McMahon, C., Schöning, J., and Hecht, B. (2017) The Effect of Population and "Structural" Biases on Social Media-based Algorithms – A Case Study in Geolocation Inference Across the Urban-Rural Spectrum. Proceedings of the 35th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017). New York: ACM Press.
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ACM CHI: Lin, A.Y., Kuehl, K., Schöning, J., and Hecht, B. (2017) Understanding “Death by GPS”: A Systematic Analysis of Catastrophic Incidents Associated with Personal Navigation Technologies. Proceedings of the 35th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017). New York: ACM Press.
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ACM CHI: Colley, A.*, Thebault-Spieker, J.*, Lin, A.Y.*, Häkkilä, J., Nunes, N., Wenig, D., Kuehl, K., Fischman, B., Nisi, V., Runge, N., Degraen, D., Hecht, B.**, Schöning, J**. (2017). The Geography of Pokémon GO: Beneficial and Problematic Effects on Places and Movement. Proceedings of the 35th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017). New York: ACM Press.
*Indicates co-First Authors, **Indicates co-Principal Investigators
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ACM CHI: Hall, A., Roberts, S., Thebault-Spieker, J., Lin, Y., Sen, S., Hecht, B., and Terveen, L. (2017) Freedom versus Standardization: Structured Data Generation in a Peer Production Community Proceedings of the 35th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017). New York: ACM Press.
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ACM IUI: Sen, S., Swoap, A., Li, Q., Jackson, B., Boatman, B., Dippenaar, J., Gold, R., Ngo, M., Pujol, S., and Hecht, B. (2017) Cartograph: Unlocking Spatial Visualization Through Semantic Enhancement. Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2017). New York: ACM Press.

ACM CSCW: Lin, Y., Yu, B., Hall, A., and Hecht, B. (2017) Problematizing and Addressing the Article-as-Concept Assumption in Wikipedia. Proceedings of the 20th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2017). New York: ACM Press.
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AAAI ICWSM: Miller, H., Thebault-Spieker, J., Chang, S., Johnson, I., Terveen, L., and Hecht, B. (2016) “Blissfully happy” or “ready to fight”: Varying Interpretations of Emoji. Proceedings of ICWSM 2016. Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press.
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ACM CHI: Johnson, I., Lin, Y., Li, T., Hall, A., Halfaker, A., Schöning, J., and Hecht, B. (2016) Not at Home on the Range: Peer Production and the Urban/Rural Divide. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2016) . New York: ACM Press
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ACM CHI: Johnson, I., Sengupta, S., Schöning, J., and Hecht, B. (2016) The Geography and Importance of Localness in Geotagged Social Media. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2016). New York: ACM Press.
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ACM CHI: Soll, M., Naumann, P., Schöning, J., Samsonov, P., and Hecht, B. (2016). Helping Computers Understand Geographically-Bound Activity Restrictions. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2016). Short paper. New York: ACM Press. New York: ACM Press.
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ACM MobileHCI: Wenig, D., Schöning, J., Steenbergen, A., Hecht, B., and Malaka, R. (2016). ScrollingHome: Bringing Image-based Indoor Navigation to Smartwatches. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2016). Short paper. New York: ACM Press.
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IJCAI: Sen, S., Johnson, I., Harper, R., Mai, H., Olsen, S., Mathers, B., Vonessen, L., Wright, M., and Hecht, B. Towards Domain-Specific SR: A Case Study from Geography. Proceedings of the 24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI ’15). Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press.
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ACM MobileHCI: Wenig, D., Schöning, J., Hecht, B., and Malaka, R. StripeMaps: Improving Map-based Pedestrian Navigation for Smartwatches. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2015). New York: ACM Press.
* Best Paper Award (Top 1% of Submissions)
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AAAI ICWSM: Warncke-Wang, M., Ranjan, V. Terveen, L., and Hecht, B. Misalignment Between Supply and Demand of Quality Content in Peer Production Communities. Proceedings of ICWSM 2015. Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press.
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ACM CHI: Sen, S., Ford, H., Musicant, D., Graham, M., Keyes, O., and Hecht, B. 2015. Barriers to the Localness of Volunteered Geographic Information. Proceedings of CHI 2015. New York: ACM Press.
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* Honorable Mention (Top 5% of Submissions)

ACM CHI: Samsonov, P., Tang, X., Schöning, J., Kuhn, W., and Hecht, B. 2015. You Can't Smoke Here: Towards Support for Space Usage Rules in Location-aware Technologies. Proceedings of CHI 2015. New York: ACM Press.
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ACM CSCW: Sen, S., Lesicko, M., Giesel, M., Gold, R., Hillman, B., Naden, S., Russell, J., Wang, Z., and Hecht, B. 2015. Turkers, Scholars, "Arafat" and "Peace": Cultural Communities and Algorithmic Gold Standards. Proceedings of CSCW 2015. New York: ACM Press.
* Best Paper Award (Top 1% of Submissions)
PDF of Paper | PluraSR200 Dataset | Semantic Relatedness Library

ACM CSCW: Thebault-Spieker, J., Terveen, L., and Hecht, B. 2015. Avoiding the South Side and the Suburbs: The Geography of Mobile Crowdsourcing Markets. Proceedings of CSCW 2015. New York: ACM Press.
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ACM CSCW: Warncke-Wang, M., Ayukaev, V., Hecht, B., and Terveen, L. 2015. The Success and Failure of Quality Improvement Projects in Peer Production Communities. Proceedings of CSCW 2015. New York: ACM Press.
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ACM SIGSPATIAL: Stockx, T., Hecht, B., and Schöning, J. 2014. SubwayPS: Towards Enabling Smartphone Positioning in Underground Public Transportation Systems. Proceedings of ACM SIGSPATIAL 2014. New York: ACM Press.
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ACM GROUP: Wang, T., Harper, F. M., Hecht, B. 2014. Designing Better Location Fields in User Profiles. Proceedings of GROUP 2014. New York: ACM Press.
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AAAI ICWSM: Hecht, B., Stephens, M. 2014. A Tale of Cities: Urban Biases in Volunteered Geographic Information. Proceedings of ICWSM 2014. Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press.
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WikiSym: Sen, S., Li, T., Hecht, B. 2014. WikiBrain: Democratizing computation on Wikipedia. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym / WikiSym 2014). New York: ACM Press.
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ACM DIS: Schöning, J., Hecht, B., Kuhn, W. 2014. Informing Online and Mobile Map Design with the Collective Wisdom of Cartographers. Proceedings of DIS 2014. New York: ACM Press.
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ACM CHI: Gao, T., Hullman, J., Adar, E., Hecht, B., Diakopolous, N. 2014. NewsViews: An Automated Pipeline for Creating Custom Geovisualizations for News. Proceedings of CHI 2014. New York: ACM Press.
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ACM CSCW: Oeldorf-Hirsch, A., Hecht, B., Morris, M., Teevan, J., Gergle, D. 2014. To Search or to Ask: The Routing of Information Needs Between Traditional Search Engines and Social Networks. Proceedings of CSCW 2014. New York: ACM Press.
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ACM SIGIR: Hecht, B., Carton, S., Quaderi, M., Schöning, J., Raubal, M., Gergle, D., Downey, D. 2012. Explanatory Semantic Relatedness and Explicit Spatialization for Exploratory Search. Proceedings of ACM SIGIR 2012. New York: ACM Press.
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ACM CHI: Bao, P., Hecht, B., Carton, S., Quaderi, M., Horn, M. and Gergle, D. 2012. Omnipedia: Bridging the Wikipedia Language Gap. Proceedings of CHI 2012. New York: ACM Press.
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AAAI ICWSM: Hecht, B., Teevan, J., Morris, M., Liebling, D. 2012. SearchBuddies: Bringing Search Engines into the Conversation. Proceedings of ICWSM 2012. Selected for oral presentation. Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press.
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ACM CHI: Hecht, B., Hong, L., Suh, B. and Chi, E.H. 2011. Tweets from Justin Bieber’s Heart: The Dynamics of the “Location” Field in User Profiles. Proceedings of CHI 2011, pp. 237-246. New York: ACM Press.
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ACM MobileHCI: Böhmer, M., Hecht, B., Schöning, J., Krüger, A. and Bauer, G. 2011. Falling Asleep with Angry Birds, Facebook and Kindle – A Large Scale Study on Mobile Application Usage. Proceedings of MobileHCI 2011, pp. 47-56. New York: ACM Press.
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ACM CHI: Hecht, B. and Gergle, D. 2010. The Tower of Babel Meets Web 2.0: User-Generated Content and Its Applications in a Multilingual Context. Proceedings of CHI 2010, pp. 291–300. New York: ACM Press.
* Best Paper Award (Top 1% of Submissions)
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ACM CSCW: Hecht, B. and Gergle, D. 2010. On The “Localness” of User-Generated Content. Proceedings of CSCW 2010, pp. 229-232 (short paper). New York: ACM Press.
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COSIT: Hecht, B. and Moxley, E. 2009. Terabytes of Tobler: Evaluating the First Law of Geography in a Massive, Domain-Neutral Representation of World Knowledge. Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Spatial Information Theory , pp. 88-105. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
* Best Presentation Award (Given to 2 of 30 Accepted Papers)
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ACM C&T: Hecht, B. and Gergle, D. 2009. Measuring Self-Focus Bias in Community-Maintained Knowledge Repositories. Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Communities and Technologies , pp. 11-19. New York: ACM Press.
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ACM IUI: Schöning, J., Hecht, B., Raubal, M., Krüger, A., Marsh, M. and Rohs, M. 2008. Improving Interaction with Virtual Globes through Spatial Thinking: Helping Users Ask “Why?” Proceedings of IUI 2008, pp. 129-138. New York: ACM Press.
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AGILE: Hecht, B. and Raubal, M. 2008. GeoSR: Geographically explore semantic relations in world knowledge. Proceedings of the 2008 AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, pp. 95-114. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
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AAAI Fall Symposium: Hecht, B., Starosielski, N. and Dara-Abrams, D. 2007. Generating Educational Tourism Narratives from Wikipedia. Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence 2007 Fall Symposium on Intelligent Narrative Technologies, pp. 37-44. Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press.
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Theses

Ph.D. Thesis: Hecht, B. The Mining and Application of Diverse Cultural Perspectives in User-Generated Content. Northwestern University. 2013.
* Best Dissertation Award (Northwestern University Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
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Masters Thesis: Hecht, B. Utilizing Wikipedia as a Spatiotemporal Knowledge Repository. UC Santa Barbara. 2007.
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SIGs and Workshops Organized

ACM CHI: Hecht, B., Schöning, J., Haklay, M., Capra, L., Mashhadi, A.J., Terveen, L., and Kwan, M. 2013 Workshop on Geographic Human-Computer Interaction (GeoHCI 2013). Extended Abstracts of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems..
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ACM CSCW: Ackerman, M., Adamic, L., Ellison, N., Gergle, D., Hecht, B., Lampe, C., Morris, M.R., Teevan, J. 2013 Workshop on Social Media Question Asking. Extended Abstracts of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2013).
Proposal PDF | Workshop Website | Workshop Proceedings

ACM CHI: Hecht, B., Schöning, J., Erickson, T. and Priedhorsky, R. Special Interest Group on Geographic Human-Computer Interaction. Extended Abstracts of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011), pp. 447–450. New York: ACM Press.
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GIScience: Schöning, J., Hecht, B., Krüger, A., Raubal, M., Rohs, M. Trends in Pervasive and Ubiquitous Geotechnology and Geoinformation (TIPUGG 2008). Proceedings of the International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2008).
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Posters and Extended Abstracts

Collective Intelligence: Hecht, B. and Terveen, L. The Role of Human Geography in Collective Intelligence. Collective Intelligence 2017 (CI 2017). New York, NY.
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ACM Spring Symposium: Johnson, I. and Hecht, B. Structural Causes of Bias in Crowd-derived Geographic Information: Towards a Holistic Understanding. Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence 2016 Spring Symposium on Observational Studies through Social Media and Other Human-Generated Content. Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press.
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ACM SIGSPATIAL: Li, T., Sen, S., and Hecht, B. 2014. Leveraging Advances in Natural Language Processing to Better Understand Tobler’s First Law of Geography. Extended Proceedings of ACM SIGSPATIAL 2014. New York: ACM Press.
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GIScience: Hecht, B. and Schöning, J. 2008. Mapping the Zeitgeist. Extended Abstracts of the International Conference on Geographic Information Science. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
* Best Extended Abstract Award
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ACM CHI: Schöning, J., Hecht, B. and Starosielski, N. 2007. Evaluating automatically generated location-based stories for tourists. Extended Abstracts of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 2937–2942. New York: ACM Press.
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ACM Ubicomp: Schöning, J., Hecht, B., Rohs, M. and Starosielski, N. 2007. WikEar - Automatically Generated Location-Based Audio Stories Between Public City Map. Extended Abstracts of the International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing. New York: ACM Press.
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ACM Pervasive: Rohs, M., Schöning, J., Krüger, A. and Hecht, B. 2007. Towards real-time markerless tracking of magic lenses on paper maps. Adjunct Proceedings of the Conference on Pervasive Computing, Late Breaking Results, pp. 69-72. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
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Workshop Papers

PERMID: Hecht, B., Rohs, M., Schöning, J. and Krüger, A. 2007. Using Magic Lenses to Explore Georeferenced Wikipedia Content. Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Pervasive Mobile Interaction Devices in conjunction with Pervasive 2007.
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Book Chapters

MIT Press: Hecht, B. and Gergle, D. How we learned to stop worrying (or worry less) and love the diverse challenges of our fast-moving, geographically-flavored interdisciplinary research area. 2012. Digital Research Confidential: The Secrets of Studying Behavior Online. E. Hargittai and C. Sandvig, eds. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

IGI Global: Hecht, B. and Gergle, D. A Beginner’s Guide to Geographic Virtual Communities Research. 2011. Handbook of Research on Methods and Techniques for Studying Virtual Communities: Paradigms and Phenomena. pp. 333-347. IGI Global.
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Other Publications

American Snowmobiler Magazine: Hecht, B. Iron Range Map. “Home on the Range”. American Snowmobiler Magazine, 27(3), December 2012.

Specialist Meeting on Spatio-Temporal Constraints on Social Networks: Position Statement on Spatio-Temporal Constraints on Social Networks. NSF and Army Research Office Specialist Meeting on Spatio-Temporal Constraints on Social Networks. Santa Barbara, CA. 2010.

Encyclopedia of Geography: Data Indexing. Encyclopedia of Geography. SAGE Publications. 2010.

Specialist Meeting on Volunteered Geographic Information: Wikipedia Volunteered Geographic Information. NSF and Army Research Office Specialist Meeting on Volunteered Geographic Information. Santa Barbara, CA. 2007.

ESRI Press: Popularity of Christian Contemporary Music in the United States. Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping Across the Curriculum. D.S. Sinton and J.J. Lund, eds. pp. 264-265. Redlands, CA: ESRI Press.