The talk will be on June 21st, 2012, at 4pm at the University of Zurich, Department of Informatics in room 2.A.01. How to reach us.
In the SCG we build knowledge bases of claims that are defended by members of the community against attackers. We use a critical rationalism (= Popperian) approach where each claim is disputable. The refutation protocol, in its simplest form, is: If you produce an x in X and I produce a y in Y, property p(x,y) holds. The successful defenders of claims have good technological know-how (for the given playground and relative to the quality of the other workers). It is this technological know-how which is of interest to the requesters and it is transfered to them as software or heuristic descriptions or by hiring the successful workers.
I will introduce the rules of SCG, its playgrounds that are inhabited by workers or avatars ( produced by workers). Interesting specializations of SCG are the Quantifier Game from logic but also the Renaissance Game from the 16th century. I will report on our successes and failures to create games that produce innovations and learning (I have written a playground designer's guide that helps designers to be good societal engineers). Our most successful instantiation of the Scientific Community Game was through the learning tool piazza.com in an Algorithms class with 35 undergraduates. I have also used SCG successfully to gamify software development for optimization tasks.
Supported by Novartis. Joint work with Ahmed Abdelmeged. SCG-Publications.
In the mid 1980s, he switched to his current research area: Object-Oriented and Aspect-Oriented Software Development and focused on issues of software design and modularity. He founded the Demeter research team, which studied the then-novel idea of Adaptive Programming, also known as structure-shy programming and produced the Law of Demeter ("talk only to your friends": an explicit form of coupling control) and several systems for separating concerns in an object-oriented and functional programming context: From Demeter/Flavors to DemeterF.
Dr. Lieberherr is a Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University.