Prof. Atta Badii, University of Reading

The European Observatory for Crowd-Sourcing: Supporting Community Resilience through Enablers for the Triple Co-Innovation Journey


Participative Engagement platforms need to provide the enablers for a triple co-innovation experience to support Resilient Community development based on delivering the affordances for:

i) Methodologically-guided collective choice making re the capability set and customisation of a particular Tool best suited to the situated social engagement constructs so as to best serve the open participative engagement of a community.
ii) Co-evolving of methods and models for exploitation of the Tool to enable full transparency and systematic objective analysis (“scientific citizenship”) re every aspect of the problem space including distinguishing the subjective and inter-subjective sub-spaces of the problem to identify the real areas of (dis)agreement thus enabling inclusive negotiation and resolution seeking – crowd-sourcing how best to crowd-source.
iii) Socio-ethical, privacy-preserving, and invitational means of sharing of insights and harvesting collective intelligence and co-creativity to find the most efficient and effective consensus solutions to the particular problematic situation that a community wishes to resolve.

Participative Engagement platforms are to support communities in continuing to find better ways of co-evolving better solutions to their societal problem situations – “together becoming a better becomer”. This includes providing for maximum objectivity in order to protect the masses from falling prey to sensationalism, political rhetoric, self-serving propagation of causal fantasies, emotionalisation of the issues and incitement and sloganising that is designed to appeal to basic instincts rather than the intellect of the public.
Hence the SciCafe2.0 Consortium has announced the availability of the SciCafe2.0 Tool including the Citizens’ Say Knowledge Exchange ( as a Collective Awareness Platform to support this vision of The Triple Co-innovation Journey.
Interested communities have been invited to use the platform and to champion the Situated Best Practice Participative Engagement & Leadership (PEL) Methodologies best suited to their own spaces of problem-situation, social engagement constructs and social-cultural norms. In this way, together we can enhance our collective insight in contributing to the library of Situated Best Practice PEL Models to add to the knowledge to be disseminated by the European Observatory for Crowd-Sourcing.
The real prize is to help real communities find real grass-root solutions to real problems. This is to be supported by widening and deepening the adoption of CAPS platforms through enhanced social acceptance and empowerment of communities in using such participatory tools. For this we must aim to minimise the entry-barriers. This motivates the vision of the CAPS as a wide-ranging solution space rather than one of a monolithic take-it-whole or leave-it offering.
The SciCafe2.0 Consortium is to maximise its contribution to this emerging wide spectrum solution space by offer a framework for customisable lightest footprint, lowest-entry solutions selection.
This would enable the match-making of specific features of the required co-innovation support platform to suit the real needs of particular communities, each according to their own situated requirements for specific models of, and tools for, effective and efficient participative engagement responsive to their particular problem situation.
The vision of CAPS Integration would thus find its best translation in a gallery of customisable participative engagement enablers as use-context-specific CAPS capability sets i.e. a family of mutually supportive modules and models to facilitate incremental adoption, open-innovation, and open evaluation of CAPS Tools seen as a mainstreamed and routine means of co-creative community engagement and resilience building – empowering communities to embark on The Triple Co-Innovation Journey.
Accordingly this keynote lecture will motivate and examine the key objectives of the SciCafe 2.0 European Observatory for Crowd-Sourcing as a Support Agency to deliver the above enablers towards more creative, sustainable and resilient community building; specifically by accomplishing our established mission objectives as follows:

  • Promoting deeper engagement on social issues: scientific citizenship
  • Providing portable virtual platform & observatory support for crowd-sourcing
  • Promoting local and global scale knowledge sharing and co-evolution of ideas
  • Facilitating participative management to enable inclusive, e-democratic and co-creative consensus solution seeking
  • Conducting methodologically-guided experiments to evaluate various approaches for engaging the citizens in the democratic consultative process
  • Establishing a framework of normative forms and associated models, metrics and KPIs to inform best practice and assess the efficacy of social engagement processes
  • Supporting collectively informed reflective practice at all levels of problem solving

Prof Atta Badii, Founding Director of Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory (ISR) at the University of Reading in the UK, holds the Chair of Secure Pervasive Technologies and the designation of Distinguished Professor of Systems Engineering and Digital Innovation (UCC). Atta has a multi-disciplinary academic and industrial research experience in the fields of Distributed Intelligent and Multi-modal Interactive Systems, Pattern Recognition, Security & Trust Architectures, Semantic Workflow and Knowledge Integration, Privacy by co-Design. He has contributed to over 30 collaborative projects to-date and has served as the Scientific and Technical Leader of several projects at both national and international level; has successfully coordinated several UK/EU-funded projects. Atta is the pioneer of several paradigms in user-centred assistive-ambient technologies; has over 180 publications and has served on editorial and research steering boards as coordinator/technical leader/invited expert e.g. as the Chair of the Security Architectures and Virtualisation Taskforce of the European RoadMap Project SECURIST , Director of the VideoSense European Privacy-preserving Video-Analytics Network of Excellence and coordinator for the European Observatory on Crowd-Sourcing and Collective-awareness Platforms (Citizens’ Say). Atta has made fundamental contributions to pushing forward the frontiers of research in Security Context Representation (e.g. as in Hydra LinkSmart Technology) and Mitigation (e.g. FastMatch Next Generation IDS-IPS Architectures), Access Control and Privacy Enhancing Technologies (e.g. Mobi-PETS-GRID, Hydra), Ontology-based Semantic Integration, User-centred Co-design and Integrated Requirements Prioritisation and Usability Evaluation (e.g. UI-REF), Human-Computer-Robot Interaction (e.g. CompanionAble, CORBYS), Multi-modal Communications Control (MoveOn, C3PAL), Advanced Affective-Interactive Interfaces (CALLAS), Dynamic Media Adaptation (Axmedis, MoveOn), Semantic Workflow Integration (Axmedis, 2020-3D Media), Advanced Multi-modal Media Indexing and Retrieval (DREAM, Content Safari), Automated Affective Music Composition (CALLAS), Semantic Music Representation & Search (I-Maestro, CC-MOLE, SoundScape), and framework architecture for Man-in-the-Loop Assistive-Interactive Systems (CORBYS) etc.