AnswerBot 3000

The Amazing Decision Support Tool

human by nature, intelligent by design

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Isolate the best ideas and cut through the noise

Build open knowledge bases where everyone has a voice. Then, pitch the ideas to crowds and just choose among the winners.

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Leverage the crowd

The best answers can come from anyone: Customers, thinkers & tinkerers of all kind.

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Evaluate ideas

Use wisdom of the crowd for assessing and rating the ideas.

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Get decision support

Use natural language or intuitive input elements to adjust query parameters.

Case Studies & publications


In addition to our in-house experiments, we're conducting larger scale case studies available to anyone:

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Fighting Racism

Stop Rasismi (stop racism) project explores reasons and cures for everyday racism in Finland.

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Alleviating low back pain

Kipuriihi (pain workshop) project explores cures and ailments to low back pain.

Academic publications:

Hosio S, Karppinen J, Takala EP, Takatalo J, Goncalves J, van Berkel N, Konomi S & Kostakos V (2018)
Crowdsourcing Treatments for Low Back Pain
ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)

van Berkel N, Hosio S, Goncalves J & Kostakos V (2018)
Informed Diet Selection: Increasing Food Literacy through Crowdsourcing
In the International Workshop on Designing Recipes for Digital Food Futures, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)

Hosio S, Goncalves J, Anagnostopoulos T & Kostakos V (2016)
Leveraging Wisdom of the Crowd for Decision Support
British Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)

Goncalves J, Hosio S, Kostakos V (2017)
Eliciting Structured Knowledge from Situated Crowd Markets
ACM Transactions on Internet Technology

Hosio S, Goncalves J, van Berkel N & Klakegg S (2016)
Crowdsourcing Situated & Subjective Knowledge for Decision Support
UbiComp, in a workshop on crowdsourcing

Popular media

MTV – (04/2018): Juiliiko selkä? Joukkoäly siivilöi toimivia kansankeinoja alaselkäkivun hoitoon (Having back pain? Wisdom of the crowds used to find ways to treat low back pain)

University of Oulu Research Highlight – (04/2018): Wisdom of the crowds harnessed for pain prevention

Kaleva – (01/2016): Oulun yliopisto kitkee rasismia joukkoälyllä (University of Oulu fights racism using wisdom of the crowd)

Forum (01/2016): Crowdsourcing mot nättroll (Against Internet trolls using Crowdsourcing)

Kaleva (03/2016) – Joukkoälyllä kivun kimppuun (Tackling pain using wisdom of the crowd)

Test drive AnswerBot


Try one of our available knowledge bases here.

Or use our wizard to create your own knowledge base!


Get in Touch


We'd love to hear from you!

Simo Hosio / simo.hosio@oulu.fi / Tel. +358 50 343 7515
Center for Ubiquitous Computing
University of Oulu, Finland

We're open for both academic and commercial collaboration.