Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

6-2014

Abstract

Two crucial issues to the success of participatory sensing are (a) how to incentivize the large crowd of mobile users to participate and (b) how to ensure the sensing data to be trustworthy. While they are traditionally being studied separately in the literature, this paper proposes a Simple Endorsement Web (SEW) to address both issues in a synergistic manner. The key idea is (a) introducing a social concept called nepotism into participatory sensing, by linking mobile users into a social “web of participants” with endorsement relations, and (b) overlaying this network with investment-like economic implications. The social and economic layers are interleaved to provision and enhance incentives and trustworthiness. We elaborate the social implications of SEW, and analyze the economic implications under a Stackelberg game framework. We derive the optimal design parameter that maximizes the utility of the sensing campaign organizer, while ensuring participants to strictly have incentive to participate. We also design algorithms for participants to optimally “sew” SEW, namely to manipulate the endorsement links of SEW such that their economic benefits are maximized and social constrains are satisfied. Finally, we provide two numerical examples for an intuitive understanding.

Keywords

Nepotism, altruism, beneficiary effect, crowdsourcing, human-centric computing, social networks, web of participants, witness effect

Discipline

Digital Communications and Networking

Research Areas

Software and Cyber-Physical Systems

Publication

2014 Eleventh Annual IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication, and Networking (SECON)

First Page

636

Last Page

644

Identifier

10.1109/SAHCN.2014.6990404

Publisher

IEEE

City or Country

Singapore

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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