Monday, September 19, 2011

Lisa Yu: Structures for crowd creativity

Title: Structures for crowd creativity
Speaker: Lisa Yu, Ph.D. student at Stevens Institute of Technology

Date: Sept 28, 2011 (noon)
Room: GHC 4405

We know crowds can compute; can they create? To study crowd creativity, we need to understand organization structure. In this talk, I will discuss a structure based on the architecture of genetic algorithms. In this structure, parent ideas are selected and mated to produce children; features are passed on from generation to generation. It is essentially a combination and selection process. Combination allows advantageous features to propagate and new combinations of features to emerge. The selection process works as a filtering system: bad features drop out of the system. I will also describe several experiments that provide illustrations of how collective creativity can be studied.