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Title / Titel CrowdLang - A Programming Language for Human and Machine Computers
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Summary / Zusammenfassung Crowdsourcing markets such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, new interaction patters such as used in games with a puropse and platforms such as provide an enormous potential for accomplishing work by combining human and machine computation. In all these cases the internet itself functions as an enabler for massive, parallel human computation.

Today crowdsourcing-- or paid human computation --is mostly used for massive parallel information processing for a variety of tasks such as image labeling. However, as we move to more sophisticated problem-solving there is little knowledge about managing dependencies between steps and a lack of tools for doing so.

As a contribution to the emergent research, our work focuses on concept for an executable, model-based programming language and a general purpose framework for accomplishing more sophisticated problems by combining human and machine operators in the crowd or the cloud respectivelly. Our approaches are inspired by coordination theory and an analysis of emergent collective intelligence.
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Publications / Publikationen Patrick Minder, Abraham Bernstein, CrowdLang: A Programming Language for the Systematic Exploration of Human Computation Systems, In: Fourth International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2012), Springer, Lausanne, 2012-12-05. (Conference or Workshop Paper published in Proceedings)

Patrick Minder, Abraham Bernstein, How to translate a book within an hour - Towards general purpose programmable human computers with CrowdLang, In: Web Science 2012, New Yortk, NY, USA, 2012-06-22. (Conference or Workshop Paper published in Proceedings)

Patrick Minder, Sven Seuken, Abraham Bernstein, Mengia Zollinger, CrowdManager - Combinatorial Allocation and Pricing of Crowdsourcing Tasks with Time Constraints, In: Workshop on Social Computing and User Generated Content in conjunction with ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (ACM-EC 2012) , Valencia, Spain, 2012-06-07. (Conference or Workshop Paper published in Proceedings)

Patrick Minder, Abraham Bernstein, CrowdLang: programming human computation systems, Version: 2, 2012-01-01. (Technical Report)

Patrick Minder, Abraham Bernstein, CrowdLang - First steps towards programmable human computers for general computation, In: 3rd Human Computation Workshop (HCOMP 2011), AAAI Publications, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2011-01-01. (Conference or Workshop Paper published in Proceedings)

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Keywords / Suchbegriffe Crowdcomputing, Human Computation, Croudsourcing
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof Abraham Bernstein, Ph.D. (Project Leader)
Patrick Minder
Other links to external web pages Crowdsourcing, Internet, Outsourcing, Coordination, Programming
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung)
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Prof. Thomas Malone, PhD, Center for Collective Intelligence, M.I.T.
Mark Klein, PhD, Center for Collective Intelligence, M.I.T.
United States
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Jun 2011 to Dec 2015