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Research: Technology

Participatory Sensing

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A collaboration with the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS), 2006-2013.

Participatory Sensing is an approach to data collection and interpretation in which individuals, acting alone or in groups, use their personal mobile devices and web services to systematically explore interesting aspects of their worlds, ranging from health to culture.

The number of authentic topics for Participatory Sensing projects is probably as large as the number of potential participants. Listed here are several illustrative examples, some of which are more environmentally focused and some more personal in nature. In all cases, the computational thinking needed to frame the problem, design the experiment, develop the software, and analyze the results provides very rich learning opportunities in the context of a math, science, or computer science course. Neither this list nor the supporting categories are meant to be in any way exhaustive or complete.

(Definition from mobilzingcs.org.)

REMAP contributed to Participatory Sensing research through collaborations with the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing from 2006, when we helped to coin the term, until 2013.