Location-Based Games for Citizen Computation

  • Irene CelinoEmail author


The spreading use of Internet-connected smart phones and portable devices is allowing an increasingly large number of people to bring wherever they go an intelligent tool with sensing and acting capabilities. It is no wonder that this led also to an explosion of location-based applications for mobile devices, including an ever developing market of gaming applications. Even within the boundaries of Human Computation research, applications are appearing to employ human workers on the move to solve simple computational challenges. Still, a full exploitation of mobile capabilities for location-based Games with a Purpose is not completely accomplished. In this chapter we analyse a number of location-based mobile applications, within and outside the Human Computation realm, to understand their distinctive features and unveil their potential to be adapted and employed to solve Human Computation tasks. We then present a reference methodology for the design and development of location-based mobile Games with a Purpose and we frame its adoption in the broader concept of Citizen Computation, our vision of a rising field at the crossroads of Human Computation, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science.


Augmented Reality Smart Phone Board Game Strategic Game Mobile Game 
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This work was partially supported by the PlanetData EU project (FP7-257641). The author would like to thank Marta Corubolo, Simone Contessa, Daniele Dell’Aglio, Emanuele Della Valle and Stefano Fumeo for the valuable contribution to the discussion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CEFRIEL – ICT Institute – Politecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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