Globally Significant Research at the University of Melbourne

"The University of Melbourne’s SWARM Project is attempting to achieve fundamental advances in collaborative reasoning."

The University of Melbourne’s SWARM Project is attempting to achieve fundamental advances in collaborative reasoning.


With major funding from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), our international, multidisciplinary team is studying collaborative reasoning, in particular as it relates to improving intelligence analysis.  As part of this project we are developing a new platform for online collaborative reasoning.

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We would like you to be involved

This research project is part of a global attempt to make fundamental advances in collaborative reasoning.  

 

We invite you to make an important contribution by participating in our research.

You can make an important contribution

 

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What’s involved?

We are researching how people reason collaboratively.  As such, there are two ways you may be involved in the SWARM Project: (1) participate in focussed research experiments on how individuals reason, or (2) work with others in a team on the emerging SWARM platform to help explore how people reason collaboratively.

SWARM Research

Our research program is designed to answer important questions about online reasoning, particularly in collaborative contexts.  We’re conducting a series of stand-alone research studies that contribute to the broader understanding of reasoning as well as inform the development of the SWARM platform.  

 

These research studies help to keep the SWARM platform at the cutting edge of decision-making science.  SWARM participants help us answer these important questions by taking part in online research activities. 

Time involved: typically 60 to 90 minutes per online research activity

SWARM Beta Testing

Our Beta Testing program is designed to help us assess how the SWARM platform performs under representative real-world conditions, prior to subsequent handover to IARPA for testing and evaluation with a crowd of their choosing.

Beta Testing involves a team SWARM participants using our platform to carry out collaborative reasoning and report writing, while also providing us with feedback and suggestions about how we could improve the SWARM platform.

Time involved: typically 2-4 hours per week for 2 weeks

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Our progress so far

This SWARM Project kicked off in January 2017, and we’ve been working hard on our research program and platform development.  So far our progress includes:

4,000+
participants have joined SWARM

1000+
online research activities completed by participants

10+ teams 
have participated in SWARM Beta Testing

You can make an important contribution

 

(no obligations, stop participating any time)

Open science & open source

"The SWARM Project supports the Center
for Open Science"

The SWARM Project supports the Center for Open Science’s mission to increase the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scholarly research.

The software that we are developing is open source licensed, and will be released under the MIT License.

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