Business processes for the crowd computer

Pavel Kucherbaev, Stefano Tranquillini, Florian Daniel, Fabio Casati, Maurizio Marchese, Marco Brambilla, Piero Fraternali

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15 Citations (Scopus)


Social networks and crowdsourcing platforms provide powerful means to execute tasks that require human intelligence instead of just machine computation power. Especially crowdsourcing has demonstrated its applicability in many fields, and a variety of platforms have been created for delegating small tasks to human solvers on the Web. However, creating applications that are structured, thus applications that combine more than a single task, is a complex and typically manual endeavor that requires many different interactions with crowdsourcing platforms. In this paper, we introduce the idea of a crowd computer, discuss its properties, and propose a programming paradigm for the development of crowdsourcing applications. In particular, we argue in favor of business processes as formalism to program the crowd computer and show how they enable the reuse of intricate crowdsourcing practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Process Management Workshops - BPM 2012 International Workshops, Revised Papers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
Volume132 LNBIP
ISBN (Print)9783642362842
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Workshop on Business Process Management, BPM 2012 - Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 3 Sep 20123 Sep 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume132 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


ConferenceInternational Workshop on Business Process Management, BPM 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Management Information Systems
  • Business and International Management
  • Information Systems
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Information Systems and Management

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