In January 2017, we commenced work on the SWARM project, which is the University of Melbourne’s team in the larger CREATE program – Crowdsourcing Evidence, Argumentation, Thinking and Evaluation- aims to find ways to improve reasoning by taking advantage of (a) the wisdom of crowds, and (b) structured analytical techniques, implemented in cloud-based systems.
Four research teams have been selected to participate in a number of rounds, in which the systems they create will be tested by an independent evaluation group. The analyses produced by test crowds using the systems will be evaluated in a number of dimensions:
Do they make correct or accurate judgements?
How rigorous and comprehensive is their analysis?
How clearly is the analysis communicated?
How user-friendly is the system?
SWARM is led by Prof Mark Burgman, Tim Van Gelder, Fiona Fidler and Richard de Rozario.