Calendar.help: Designing a Workflow-Based Scheduling Agent with Humans in the Loop

論文URL:http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3025453.3025780

論文アブストラクト:Although we may complain about meetings, they are an essential part of an information worker's work life. Consequently, busy people spend a significant amount of time scheduling meetings. We present Calendar.help, a system that provides fast, efficient scheduling through structured workflows. Users interact with the system via email, delegating their scheduling needs to the system as if it were a human personal assistant. Common scheduling scenarios are broken down using well-defined workflows and completed as a series of microtasks that are automated when possible and executed by a human otherwise. Unusual scenarios fall back to a trained human assistant executing an unstructured macrotask. We describe the iterative approach we used to develop Calendar.help, and share the lessons learned from scheduling thousands of meetings during a year of real-world deployments. Our findings provide insight into how complex information tasks can be broken down into repeatable components that can be executed efficiently to improve productivity.

日本語のまとめ:

メールの会話に仮想アシスタントを含めることで会議のスケジューリングを行うシステム、Calendar.helpを提供。基本的には自動的に処理をするが、処理しきれなかった場合は人間の手によって行われている。

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