Scope of the Workshop

The 2017 Family History Technology Workshop will bring together developers, researchers, technology professionals, and users to discuss current and emerging family history technologies. The workshop will feature developer sessions, lightning talks, technical presentations and demos to showcase technologies that will impact the future of Family History and Genealogical Research.

Developer Talk

You are invited to give a 10-15 minute talk about new tools, libraries, or languages, accompanied by a demo of what is being developed. Our emphasis is on novel approaches that will impact the future of family history technology.

To submit an idea for a developer talk, send us a 1-2 paragraph description of what you will cover. Include a short biographical statement and a link to your developer profile on GitHub or other relevant sites.

Lightning Talk

You are invited to give a 2-5 minute presentation on your latest work in family history technology. We welcome startups, new open source projects, work-in-progress, or strongly-held (but informative) opinions on what technology break-throughs are most needed and how this will impact the future of family history.

To submit an idea for a lightning talk, send us a one-paragraph description of what you will cover. Include a short biographical statement and a link to your product or web site and to your social media profile. Indicate whether you would also like to provide a demo in between sessions.

Research Talk

You are invited to give a 10-15 minute presentation on your research, including key ideas, algorithms and results. Topics could include big data, deep learning, data modeling, extraction, search, natural language processing, document processing, handwriting recognition, machine learning, expert systems, social networks, human interfaces, data visualization, mobile technologies, automated research, cloud computing, security, or other areas of computing as they relate to family history research. Research with demonstrated results will be given priority. Working demos are strongly encouraged.

To submit an idea for a research talk, send a 1-2 page extended abstract, including citations, similar to what you would submit to a technical conference in your field of study. Include a short biographical statement and a link to your personal web presence and/or social media profile.

How to Submit

Presenters should submit the above information by January 16, 2017 to fhtw@internet.byu.edu. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the program committee. To see presentations from previous years, visit fhtw.byu.edu.

Registration

$75

Includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, admission to all sessions

$35

Student registration

Important Dates

Submissions due
16 January 2017

Notification of Acceptance
30 January 2017

Research Paper Final Version
6 February 2017

Workshop
7 February 2017

Program Committee

General Chair
Bill Barrett, BYU

Program Chair
Jon Morrey

Developer Chair
Randy Wilson, FamilySearch

Publicity Chair
Daniel Zappala, BYU

Program Committee
Robert Ball, Weber State University
Sue Dinteleman, Pleiades Software
Kirk Duffin, NIU
Dave Embley, FamilySearch/BYU
Christophe Giraud-Carrier, BYU
Derek Hansen, BYU
Doug Kennard, Historic Journals
Deryle Lonsdale, BYU
James Mayfield, APL/JHU HLT
Heath Nielson, FamilySearch
Oliver Nina, UCF
Jack Reese, Ancestry
Patrick Schone, FamilySearch
Doran Wilde, BYU
Randy Wilson, FamilySearch
Scott Woodfield, BYU
Daniel Zappala, BYU