Engaging participants for collaborative sensing of human mobility

By Rodrigues, H.; Nicolau, M.J.; Jos\'e, R.J.; Moreira, A.

UbiComp'12 - Proceedings of the 2012 ACM Conference on Ubiquitous Computing

2012

Abstract

Human mobility has been widely studied for a variety of purposes, from urban planning to the study of spread of diseases. These studies depend heavily on large datasets, and recent advances in collaborative sensing and WiFi infrastructures have created new opportunities for generating that data. However, these methods and procedures require the participation of a significant community of users through extended periods of time. In this paper, we address the problem of how to engage people to participate in the data collection process. We have conducted a user study on the utilisation of a mobile collaborative sensing application. We have found that users react positively to campaigns, but it is difficult to keep them participating for long periods of time. We also hypothesise that one must close the loop, rewarding the participants with services based on the collected data, eventually showing that there is added value obtainable from crowd sourcing.

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