Incentive Mechanism Design for Mobile Crowd Sensing Systems



  • Fall 2014-Spring 2017

Project Description

This project is a part of the Tustworthy Health & Wellness (THaW) project, which is an NSF-funded project that tackles many of the research challenges to provide trustworthy information systems for health and wellness.

Recent years have witnessed the emergence of mobile crowd sensing (MCS) systems, which leverage the public crowd equipped with various mobile devices for large scale sensing tasks. Such MCS systems also obtain their recent popularity in the domain of mobile healthcare. For example, in the US FDA advocated MCS system, MedWatcher, designed for post-market medical device surveillance, users upload photos about their medical devices to the MedWatcher server to help identify visible problems with their devices. Another example is the MyHeartMap Challenge, which utilizes user-provided photos to construct a map of AED devices across the city.

However, one fundamental problem with these MCS systems is that there lack incentive mechanisms that can effectively stimulate user participation. Hence, this project aims to design incentive mechanisms for MCS systems.


Funding Agencies

This project is supported by the a collaborative award from the National Science Foundation (NSF award numbers CNS-1329686, 1329737,1330142 and 1330491).