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Stanford team looks to take crowdsourcing to a whole new level

Crowdsourcing enables a group to join together quickly to complete a task in much less time than it would take any one person to get it done. But how do members of the group find each other and organize their work? Stanford's Michael Bernstein, an assistant professor of computer science, and graduate student Alexandra To are working on a system that dynamically assembles and manages paid experts. These "flash teams" of coordinated experts and modular workflows advance a vision of expert crowd work that accomplishes complex, interdependent goals such as engineering and design.