Influence-and Interest-based Worker Recruitment in Crowdsourcing using Online Social Networks

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Workers recruitment remains a significant issue in Mobile Crowdsourcing (MCS), where the aim is to recruit a group of workers that maximizes the expected Quality of Service (QoS). Current recruitment systems assume that a pre-defined pool of workers is available. However, this assumption is not always true, especially in cold-start situations, where a new MCS task has just been released. Additionally, studies show that up to 96% of the available candidates are usually not willing to perform the assigned tasks. To tackle these issues, recent works use Online Social Networks (OSNs) and Influence Maximization (IM) to advertise about the desired MCS tasks through influencers, aiming to build larger pools. However, these works suffer from several limitations, such as 1) the lack of group-based selection methods when choosing influencers, 2) the lack of a well-defined worker recruitment process following IM, 3) and the non-dynamicity of the recruitment process, where the workers who refuse to perform the task are not substituted. In this paper, an Influence-and Interest-based Worker Recruitment System (IIWRS), using OSNs, is proposed. The proposed system has two main components: 1) an MCS-, group-, and interest-based IM approach, using a Genetic Algorithm, to select a set of influencers from the network to advertise about the MCS tasks, and 2) a dynamic worker recruitment process which considers the social attributes of workers, and is able to substitute those who do not accept to perform the assigned tasks. Empirical studies are performed using real-life datasets, while comparing IIWRS with existing benchmarks.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Costs
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Genetic algorithms
  • Influence Maximization
  • Machine learning algorithms
  • Quality of service
  • Recruitment
  • Recruitment
  • Social networking (online)
  • Social Networks
  • Task analysis


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