Basser Seminar Series

Tapping the wisdom of crowds: The potential of crowdsourcing and human computations in intelligent systems

Speaker: Associate Professor Wai-Tat Fu
Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

When: Friday 4 April 2014, 3:00-4:00pm *Note different day and time.

Where: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, SIT Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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Abstract

The growth of crowdsourcing platforms has sparked off research on systems that rely on programmatic access to human intellect to perform some aspect of computations, in which human perception, knowledge, reasoning, or physical activity and coordination contributes to the operation of larger computational systems, applications, and services.In this talk, I will discuss the nature of crowdsourcing and human computations, and review recent research that integrates human computations with artificial systems. I will then discuss some recent works in our lab that utilize crowdsourcing and human computations to augment various tasks that range from spatial navigation to graphic designs.

Speaker's biography

Wai-Tat Fu is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His research lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction, AI, and cognitive science. Before UIUC, Wai-Tat was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Carngie Mellon University, after working at the User Interface Research group at Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center). He is currently a Provost Visiting Scholar at the HIT lab of the University of Tasmania.