Participatory sensing in public spaces

Activating urban surfaces with sensor probes

Anastasia Kuznetsov, Eric Paulos

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Abstract

Recent convergence between low-cost technology, artform and political discourse presents a new design space for enabling public participation and expression. We explore non-experts' use of place-based, modular sensors to activate, author and provoke urban landscapes. Our work with communities of bicyclists, students, parents, and homeless people suggests design opportunities for merging grassroots data collection with public expressions and activism. Members of each community were given probes that represent the measurement of exhaust, smog, pathogens, chemicals, noise or dust, and asked to engage with them as fully functional sensors over the course of one week. Our findings offer insights into participation, environmental sensing, and data sharing within and across four different communities, revealing design implications for future sensing systems as instruments of social currency and political change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDIS 2010 - Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Pages21-30
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2010 - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: Aug 16 2010Aug 20 2010

Other

Other8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2010
CountryDenmark
CityAarhus
Period8/16/108/20/10

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Keywords

  • participatory sensing
  • public spaces
  • urban probes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Kuznetsov, A., & Paulos, E. (2010). Participatory sensing in public spaces: Activating urban surfaces with sensor probes. In DIS 2010 - Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (pp. 21-30) https://doi.org/10.1145/1858171.1858175

Participatory sensing in public spaces : Activating urban surfaces with sensor probes. / Kuznetsov, Anastasia; Paulos, Eric.

DIS 2010 - Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. 2010. p. 21-30.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Kuznetsov, A & Paulos, E 2010, Participatory sensing in public spaces: Activating urban surfaces with sensor probes. in DIS 2010 - Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. pp. 21-30, 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2010, Aarhus, Denmark, 8/16/10. https://doi.org/10.1145/1858171.1858175
Kuznetsov A, Paulos E. Participatory sensing in public spaces: Activating urban surfaces with sensor probes. In DIS 2010 - Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. 2010. p. 21-30 https://doi.org/10.1145/1858171.1858175
Kuznetsov, Anastasia ; Paulos, Eric. / Participatory sensing in public spaces : Activating urban surfaces with sensor probes. DIS 2010 - Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. 2010. pp. 21-30
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