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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 129
Title: Complex, Heterogeneous Teams Solving 21st Century Problems
Lead Author: Bongard, Josh
Abstract: The growth of the internet and advances in robotics and developmental science have demonstrated that large-group problem solving is a spontaneous and now measurable phenomenon. What is less appreciated is that the heterogeneity of these groups (team members may be people, physical devices or problem-solving algorithms), as well as their internal structure (communication lines between individual members) greatly impact the teams efficacy. In the coming decades groups dedicated to a common end will grow greatly in size, exhibit a more heterogeneous membership, maintain complex internal structure, and all three group characteristics will dynamically vary over time. One of the primary challenges will be to investigate how such groups form, and also how social, cyber- and physical infrastructure can be constructed to facilitate the birth of effective groups, given the large-scale problems to which they apply themselves. Two questions that emerge from these observations are: (1) How can social, cyber- and physical infrastructure help such groups form? (2) What conditions optimize the performance and problem solving success of large, heterogeneous, internally complex groups?
PDF: Bongard_Josh_129.pdf

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