Crowdsourcing, a successful mechanism to harvest knowledge from the masses in domains ranging from healthcare, software development to managing disaster relief effort, offers endless opportunities to engage the networked crowds. With the adoption of mobile, digital and social media the crowds are increasingly reporting and acting upon events in smart environments; and sharing their data and experiences. Building upon First International Workshop on Ubiqitous Crowdsourcing, in this edition we challenge researchers and practitioners to identify requirements for a platform for crowd computing, arising from experiences in deployment crowdsourcing applications, which engage crowd members as sensors, controllers and actuators in smart cities and environments.
This workshop will bring together researchers to produce a vision for the universal crowdsourcing platform, documenting it in a theme publication. In addition, accepted workshop papers will be shaped as the chapters for a book on “Scientific Foundations of a Crowd Computing Platform” following the workshop.
1. Identify requirements for a platform for crowd computing, arising from deploying crowdsourcing applications to engage crowd members as sensors, controllers and actuators in problem solving with applications to smart cities and environments.
2. Identify emerging topics and challenges within the crowdsourcing paradigm and provide a forum for further exploration and advancement in the enterprise domain.
3. Bring together academic and industrial communities that are active in the crowdsourcing area..
Workshop focus is on understanding requirements for supporting crowdsourcing applications in the context of the platform for social computing. We are interested in exploring the way the crowdsourcing taxonomy (e.g. task complexity, duration, integration with other systems) drives the requirements for the infrastructure. Some of the key topics of interest are applications in disaster management, maintenance and healthcare domains.
ENGAGING THE PARTICIPANTS
We will have online discussion started between the participants through social media and generate a series of questions and document them for face-to-face discussion at the workshop. The organizers will generate a position paper on the questions compiled and will send it to all the participants before the workshop date to have a very focused discussion at the workshop and continue into virtual platform.
Besides the usual publicity through websites and mailing lists (DBWORLD, WikiCFP, etc…) we’ll keep with the proposed theme of the workshop and will publicize it extensively through social networking sites, e.g. LinkedIn, twitter, etc.
We plan to advertise the workshop more widely than the UbiComp community as well, in hopes of drawing in perspectives from researchers in mobile system development or social computing who might not otherwise attend UbiComp. We plan to engage colleagues from IBM China and India Research Labs to further expand the attendance from the industry domain.