I'm a computer science PhD student at the University of Washington advised by James Landay and Dan Weld. From 2002 to 2009 I was at MIT where I did Economics '06, EECS '07 and an EECS M.Eng '09 advised by Rob Miller. I also did Math, but MIT doesn't let you triple major. I got jipped.

Publications

Cascade: Crowdsourcing Taxonomy Creation
Lydia B. Chilton, Greg Little, Darren Edge, Daniel S. Weld, James A. Landay
PDF Full paper at CHI 2013.

Addressing Users' Queries directly in the Web Search Results
Lydia B. Chilton, Jaime Teevan
PDF Full paper at WWW 2011.

Task Search in a Human Computation Market
Lydia B. Chilton, John J. Horton, Robert C. Miller, Shiri Azenkot
PDF Full paper at KDD-HCOMP Workshop 2010.

Why We Customize the Web.
Lydia B. Chilton, Robert C. Miller, Greg Little, and Chen-Hsiang Yu.
PDF Chapter In A. Cypher, M. Dontcheva, T. Lau, and J. Nichols, eds., No Code Required: Giving Users Tools to Transform the Web, Elsevier, 2010.

Exploring Iterative and Parallel Human Computation Processes
Greg Little, Lydia B. Chilton, Max Goldman, Robert C. Miller
PDF Full paper at KDD-HCOMP Workshop 2010.

TurKit: Human Computation Algorithms on Mechanical Turk
Greg Little, Lydia B. Chilton, Max Goldman, Robert C. Miller
PDF Full paper at UIST 2010.

The Labor Economics of Paid Crowdsourcing
John J. Horton, Lydia B. Chilton
PDF Full paper at ACM E-Commerce 2010.

Rewriting the Web with Chickenfoot
Robert C. Miller, Michael Bolin, Lydia B. Chilton, Greg Little, Matthew Webber, and Chen-Hsiang Yu
PDF Chapter In A. Cypher, M. Dontcheva, T. Lau, and J. Nichols, eds., No Code Required: Giving Users Tools to Transform the Web, Elsevier, 2010.

Projects

Follow the Crowd
Follow the Crowd is a blog initiated by myself and the other members of the crowdsourcing community. It is a place to summarize crowdsourcing research across academic conferences.

TurKit and the Deneme Blog
TurKit is a toolkit for running iterative tasks on Mechanical Turk. TurKit was developed by Greg Little. Greg and I and others post to Deneme, our blog about experiments exploring MTurk. If you do MTurk experiments, and want to share, we'd love you to post on Deneme.

Seaweed
Seaweed is an end user programming tool for experimental economics to design experiments and deploy them to the Amazon's Mechanical Turk where they can get participants quickly and cheaply.

Teaching

6.470 MIT Web Programming Competition
In 2008 I started this 1-month, very intense web programming class and competition. In 2008 and 2009 I was the chairperson, meaning I raised funds from sponsors, developed most of the curriculum and did a lot of "taking care of business." Now that I'm at UW, 6.470 2010 is still going strong - $40,000 in sponsorship and approximately 100 students. We mainly teach acronyms: HTML, CSS, JS, jQuery, SQL, database design, PHP, JSON, AJAX, Ruby on Rails, Flex and SilverLight. We also cover security, regular expressions, prototype, and GWT.

I have been a teaching assistant for 3 classes at University of Washington:
  • Artificial Intelligence (CSE473, undergraduate version) Spring 2013
  • Machine Learning (CSE546, graduate version) Winter 2012
  • Artificial Intelligence (CSE473, undergraduate version) Autumn 2011
I was a teaching assistant for 3 classes at MIT:
  • User Interface Design and Implementation (6.831) Spring 2009
  • Introduction to Java for Engineers (1.00) Spring 2008 and Fall 2009
  • Communication for EECS Majors (6.UAT) Fall 2008

Personal

I'm currently in Seattle, but I spent the 2010-11 Academic Year in Beijing as an intern at Microsoft Research Asia. My chinese name is 高雅丽 (Gao1 Ya3Li4) . I was the author of the 2011 UW CSE holiday skit. Wouldn't it be awesome if there was a link to that right here!

At MIT I lived on 5West in the infamous East Campus Dormitory. One summer, for my one week vacation, I painted 11 murals on the 5West walls. In 2003, I took last place in the First Annual MIT Miss Ugly Competition. I am a card carrying member of the MIT Science Fiction Society. I directed the Protestant Choir at MIT for 3 years.

In August, you can find me at the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. I take costume suggestions year round.

Contact me at: hmslydia@ many different places including: cs.washington.edu, gmail.com, alum.mit.edu