Milestone 6 Sundevils

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This is the template for Milestone 6 Research Proposal. If your team did Milestone 6 Code Infrastructure, see Milestone 6 Code Infrastructure Template

You will propose your platform in the form of an introduction to a mock research paper. Essentially, imagine you have built your system, incorporating in all the ideas that you wanted to have in it, have run your user studies and evaluations, and everything has gone as planned. How do you convince other researchers that you have built a platform that is novel and that it is more effective at addressing problems than any existing ideas that have been attempted in the past?

An introduction of a research paper summarizes the main contributions of the research. It is generally roughly 1 page (roughly 1000 words), and consists of the following components:


Research papers should have titles which summarize, in one line, the primary research contribution (see below).


A concise summary of the background and your research contributions (described below). Usually around 150 words or less.

Each of the following sections should be one to two paragraphs each. Paper introductions are brief and impactful.


What is the problem that you are solving, and why is it important?

  • Think about the needs we synthesized from Milestone 2 - ie, trust and power - when thinking about which problems you want to solve.
  • This should be a specific problem! Not just “crowdsourcing”. More like how trust and power are broken.

Example 1: Crowdsourcing services, such as Amazon Mechanical Turk, allow for easy distribution of small tasks to a large number of workers. Unfortunately there are cases when the work done by the worker is not given due credit by the Requester. The requester may cite reasons that the work is incomplete, or it is not up to the expectation. In the existing platform, there is no way for the worker to appeal against this. On the other hand, Workers are also equally malicious in attempting to sell a defective work to the requester. There need to be a way to address both worker's and requester's woe.

Related Work

What are the existing attempts to solve this problem that have been attempted in prior research papers and real-world systems? Why are their solutions unsatisfactory?

  • You may want to search around Google Scholar to find existing work that is related to the ideas your system proposes.


This section should lay out this the foundational idea(s). These big ideas are the things that you'll be known for, and what other platforms would want to replicate. Explain: Why/how are they novel and better than anything that has been attempted in the past?

Example 1: Hence we propose a platform in which there will be group of people a.k.a Moderators who club together into a Moderator pool which is responsible for addressing worker's and requester's woe. If a person(Requester/Worker) feels he needs to appeal against the other party, the person may moot it to the Moderator pool.


The insight above should explain the high level idea (e.g., "All workers are paid in chocolate"). Here, you explain how it works in specifics. (e.g., "We built a crowdsourcing platform called Chococrowd that mails dark chocolate candies to workers at the conclusion of each month. Requesters choose the quality of the dark chocolate based on the quality of the work.")


Once the platform you propose has been implemented, how will you determine whether your system actually solves the problem you wanted to solve? What are the results you hope you can realistically achieve? Why do these results show that you have solved the problem?


The reference section is where you cite prior work that you build upon. If you are aware of existing related research papers, list them here. We also encourage you to borrow ideas from the past submissions (see the meteor links above). Please list the links of the ideas you used to create this proposal (there's no restriction in terms of number of ideas or whether its yours or others'). You can use the following template:

  • [Foundation Idea] Link...
  • [Feature Idea] Link...
  • [Foundation Idea] on, and so forth...