Prof. Jie Wu

Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Temple University

Title: Crowdsourcing as a Future Collaborative Computing Paradigm


Jie Wu is the Director of the Center for Networked Computing and Laura H. Carnell professor at Temple University. He served as Chair of Department of Computer and Information and Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs. Prior to joining Temple University, he was a program director at the National Science Foundation and was a distinguished professor at Florida Atlantic University. His current research interests include mobile computing and wireless networks, routing protocols, network trust and security, distributed algorithms, and cloud computing. Dr. Wu regularly publishes in scholarly journals, conference proceedings, and books. He serves on several editorial boards, including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and IEEE Transactions on Service Computing. Dr. Wu is/was general chair/co-chair for IEEE IPDPS’08, IEEE DCOSS’09, IEEE ICDCS’13, ACM MobiHoc’14, ICPP’16, IEEE CNS’16, WiOpt’21, and ICDCN’22 as well as program chair/cochair for IEEE MASS’04, IEEE INFOCOM’11, CCF CNCC’13, and ICCCN’20. Dr. Wu is a Fellow of the AAAS and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is the recipient of the 2011 China Computer Federation (CCF) Overseas Outstanding Achievement Award.


This talk gives a survey of crowdsourcing applications as a future collaborative computing paradigm, with a focus on algorithmic solutions. The recent search for Malaysia flight 370 and the history of human-computer chess matches are used as motivational examples. Several applications of crowdsourcing are discussed in different areas. Fundamental issues in crowdsourcing, in particular, incentive mechanisms for paid crowdsourcing, and algorithms and theory for crowdsourced problem-solving, are then reviewed. A set of paradigms for algorithmic crowdsourcing are given, with a focus on the cost-effective processing of a large set of data. The talk also discusses several on-going projects on crowdsourcing.