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Granular computing as a basis of human–data interaction: a cognitive cities use case

By Wilke Gwendolin and Edy Portmann


The article proposes granular computing as a theoretical, formal and methodological basis for the newly emerging research field of human–data interaction (HDI). We argue that the ability to represent and reason with information granules is a prerequisite for data legibility. As such, it allows for extending the research agenda of HDI to encompass the topic of collective intelligence amplification, which is seen as an opportunity of today’s increasingly pervasive computing environments. As an example of collective intelligence amplification in HDI, we introduce a collaborative urban planning use case in a cognitive city environment and show how an iterative process of user input and human-oriented automated data processing can support collective decision making. As a basis for automated human-oriented data processing, we use the spatial granular calculus of granular geometry

Topics: 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems, 650 Management & public relations, 330 Economics
Publisher: Springer
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s41066-016-0015-4
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