Atelier on the Evolution of Collective Adaptive Systems on the Web

SmartSociety is hosting an atelier at the 3rd ESSENCE Summer School on Creativity and Evolution, to be held in Como, on the 5th-9th September 2016. The subject of this atelier is the Evolution of Collective Adaptive Systems on the Web. More details follow:

Objective

Collective intelligence platforms, where large numbers of people contribute their skills, resources, and knowledge in a collaborative way, have emerged in recent years as a new type of socio-technical systems that use the creativity of their users to solve complex problems. However, digital infrastructures that support such collective intelligence are only successful and sustainable in the long term if they manage to adapt to the evolution of the ways in which they are used, and co-evolve meaningfully with their user base. The overall objective of this atelier is to build a prototypical Web-based collective intelligence system that has such adaptive capabilities. Participants will be trained in the fundamental theoretical and technological building blocks of such systems using the SmartSociety software platform, which contains many of the key components to engineering collective adaptive systems successfully.

Format

The atelier will involve daily lectures on each of the key technologies used in the SmartSociety platform, and the rest of the day group work implementation of an actual case study. The theoretical introductions will focus only very briefly on general material, and then go into aspects specific to collective adaptive systems for the most part.

Prerequisites

Participants are expected to have general mathematical literacy (background in mathematical notation, discrete mathematics, probability theory), and good programming skills. Experience with web programming (REST, Javascript, etc) is strongly recommended, as this will be extensively used in the practical part of the atelier.

Programme

Monday 5th September
15:30-17:00 Lecture: Introduction to Collective Adaptive Systems
Michael Rovatsos, University of Edinburgh

Tuesday 6th September
11:00-13:00 Lecture: Overview of SmartSociety Platform
Tommaso Schiavinotto, U-Hopper Srl
14:30-17:00 Lab: Experimentation with Orchestration Manager

Wednesday 7th September
11:00-13:00 Lecture: Introduction to semantic privacy technologies
Ronald Chenu-Abente, University of Trento
14:30-17:00 Lab: Experimentation with Peer Manager

Thursday 8th September
11:00-13:00 Lecture: Introduction to incentive mechanisms
Michael Rovatsos, University of Edinburgh
14:30-17:00 Lab: Experimentation with Incentives Manager

Friday 9th September
11:00-13:00 Lecture: Value-sensitive design
Mark Hartswood, University of Oxford
14:30-17:00 Lab: Completion of implementation
17:30-19:30 Final presentation

About P. Andreadis

Pre-Doctoral Research Assistant in AI and Social Computation @ University of Edinburgh.

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