Crowdsourcing a Meeting of the Minds

Dr. Bernstein’s research examines how computation might coordinate many peoples’ abilities toward complex and interdependent goals. Dr. Bernstein and his researchers are exploring the potential of flash teams as a way of quickly crowdsourcing complex tasks, using a specially developed system for quickly gathering and guiding crowds of experts —including professional programmers, designers, singers and artists.

Michael Bernstein is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he co-directs the Human-Computer Interaction group and is a Robert N. Noyce Family Faculty Scholar. His research focuses on the design of crowdsourcing and social computing systems. This work has received Best Paper awards and nominations at premier venues in human-computer interaction and social computing (ACM UIST, ACM CHI, ACM CSCW, AAAI ISWSM). Michael has been recognized with the NSF CAREER award, as well as the George M. Sprowls Award for best doctoral thesis in Computer Science at MIT.