AAAI Publications, Fifth AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing

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A Trust-Based Coordination System for Participatory Sensing Applications
Alexandros Zenonos, Sebastian Stein, Nicholas R. Jennings

Last modified: 2017-09-21


Participatory sensing (PS) has gained significant attention as a crowdsourcing methodology that allows ordinary citizens (non-expert contributors) to collect data using low-cost mobile devices. In particular, it has been useful in the collection of environmental data. However, current PS applications suffer from two problems. First, they do not coordinate the measurements taken by their users, which is required to maximise system efficiency. Second, they are vulnerable to malicious behaviour. In this context, we propose a novel algorithm that simultaneously addresses both of these problems. Specifically, we use heteroskedastic Gaussian Processes to incorporate users' trustworthiness into a Bayesian spatio-temporal regression model. The model is trained with measurements taken by participants, thus it is able to estimate the value of the phenomenon at any spatio-temporal location of interest and also learn the level of trustworthiness of each user. Given this model, the coordination system is able to make informed decisions concerning when, where and who should take measurements over a period of time. We empirically evaluate our algorithm on a real-world human mobility and air quality dataset, where malicious behaviour is synthetically produced, and show that our algorithm outperforms the current state of the art by up to 60.4% in terms of RMSE while having a reasonable runtime.


malicious users; gaussian process; coordination

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