Ceci N'est pas une pipe bombe: Authoring urban landscapes with air quality sensors

Stacey Kuznetsov, George Noel Davis, Jian Chiu Cheung, Eric Paulos

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21 Scopus citations

Abstract

Our work explores the convergence between participatory sensing, political activism and public expressions. Unlike prior research, which focuses on personal sensing, we present low-cost, networked air quality sensors, designed to be repositioned across public landscapes by communities of citizen stakeholders. Our GPS-enabled sensors report dust, exhaust, or VOC's (volatile organic compounds), along with temperature, humidity and light levels to a website that visualizes this data in real time. The sensors can be attached to a variety of surfaces serving as research probes to demarcate ('tag') public spaces with environmental concerns. We deploy our fully functional system with four urban communities-parents, bicyclists, homeless and activists, positioning our system as a tool for studying and supporting community togetherness and public activism. Our findings highlight community sharing of the physical sensors and dialogues surrounding the collected data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 2011 - 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings and Extended Abstracts
Pages2375-2384
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 13 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2011 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: May 7 2011May 12 2011

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Other

Other29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2011
CountryCanada
CityVancouver, BC
Period5/7/115/12/11

Keywords

  • Participatory sensing
  • Political computing
  • Urban computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Kuznetsov, S., Davis, G. N., Cheung, J. C., & Paulos, E. (2011). Ceci N'est pas une pipe bombe: Authoring urban landscapes with air quality sensors. In CHI 2011 - 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings and Extended Abstracts (pp. 2375-2384). (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1145/1978942.1979290