At the Center for Hybrid Intelligence, we use games to explore and compare the strengths and weaknesses of human and artificial intelligence and develop optimal interactions between the two.

“The process of developing engaging interfaces that allow experts and citizen scientists alike to view complex research problems from different angles may contain the key to developing future hybrid intelligence systems in which we make optimal use of human creativity”



The Center for Hybrid Intelligence is an interdisciplinary research team exploring digital interfaces that facilitate collaboration between humans and algorithms.

”We believe that every complex task can be improved by Hybrid Intelligence. We want to transform how people think about HI and how they interact with it.” ~ Janet Rafner (Director of Learning):

Our goal is to strengthen human partnership with technology and prepare and inspire people for emergent futures. Keeping Sustainable Development Goals in mind, we frame our work in the context of improving the world we live in.


The Center for Hybrid Intelligence stands on the shoulders of our citizen science platform ScienceAtHome. At ScienceAtHome time and efforts are dedicated to gamifying complex natural science problems and developing interfaces that allow humans to find optimal solutions that can train and inspire artificial algorithms. Beyond that, we are learning about the cognition and psychology of our players in order to better understand the workings of the human mind.

Our users are motivated to contribute to our research beyond just the fun of playing games. Citizen Science enables our users to be part of a welcoming research community, learn about topics that excite them and volunteer for the sake and progress of science through participating in multiple aspects of the research cycle.


For a safe future, we have to put people first in the development of new technologies and emergent futures.
For a smooth transition into the age of ubiquitous computing, it is important to prepare people for the skills and jobs of tomorrow.
Fostering unique human skills and augmenting AI into our environment is crucial to building a symbiosis between Humanity and Technology. We need transparency and the democratizing of data to inhibit monopolies.

Collective Intelligence
Collective Intelligence can emerge from interactive and dynamic group collaboration as well as from the sum of many individual efforts.
In our games we provide citizens with individual and collective problem-solving challenges, comparing and contrasting results from the same players. Through finding patterns in the sum of the individual data we can detect phenomena of crowd wisdom.

Blended Intelligence
Blended Intelligence is combining human as well as computer-generated suggestions to find the most accurate solution to a problem.
We are optimizing the art of combining both human and computer skills through building and testing interactive Interfaces for natural science problems.

Human Intelligence
The study of the human mind and cognition is one of the fields that still holds the most uncertainty in science. Understanding how humans think, experience, and make decisions is essential for developing a good design for any human used product or service or even for a well-functioning society.
We are working towards a better understanding of the human mind & cognition Our focus thereby lies in investigating and harnessing unique skills like human intuition, heuristics, creativity and tacit knowledge through our Citizen Science games.

Artificial Intelligence
The field of AI has a long history with ups and downs, but due to new technologies, digital globalisation and most importantly the availability of massive online datasets, the field is on to an exponential rise again.
Through Citizen Science, we can build huge and unique datasets in various fields for training and feeding AI algorithms. The cognitive insights from our research of understanding the human mind can inspire and improve the future development and structure of AI algorithms.

Human-Computer Interaction
The research of the design and use of computer technologies goes way back in time. Due to today’s speed of development of new technologies, users can already interact with computers in many different forms at any given time – leading the path to a future of ubiquitous computing.
Using Human-Computer Interaction, in the form of digital game interfaces as a methodology for our research, we expand our reach massively and make data collection comfortable for both participants and researchers. The insights from this form of HCI also give us valuable knowledge about user experience and user interface design in hybrid intelligence systems.

Augmented Intelligence
The field of augmented Intelligence is emerging along with the rise of artificial intelligence and seeks to build a symbiosis between man and computer.
Augmenting our research and data into applications that train and help people in their everyday life or their specific work field, to work and live together with computers and intelligent algorithms in this kind of symbiosis is the next big challenge we are tackling.


We investigate research topics covering human individual and collective behavior and machine optimisation.

Through gamification, we present humans with specific tasks that are difficult for a computer to solve. Then we compare the human and algorithmic solutions to each other.

In the final step, we create synergies between humans and AI through optimized games that have direct interactions between the two, as well as protocols, and educational workshops.




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Contact: Professor Jacob Sherson