Using Context Annotated Mobility Profiles to Recruit Data Collectors in Participatory Sensing [Conference Paper]

NESL Technical Report #: 2009-3-1


Abstract: Mobile phones and accompanying network layers provide a platform to capture and share location, image, and acoustic data. This substrate enables participatory sensing: coordinated data gathering by individuals and communities to explore the world around them. Realizing such widespread and participatory sensing poses difficult challenges. In this paper, we discuss one particular challenge: creating a recruitment service to enable sensing organizers to select well-suited participants. Our approach concentrates on finding participants based on geographic and temporal coverage, as determined by context-annotated mobility pro files that model transportation mode, location, and time. We outline a three-stage recruitment framework designed to be parsimonious so as to limit risk to participants by reducing the location and context information revealed to the system. Finally, we illustrate the utility of the framework, along with corresponding modeling technique for mobility information, by analyzing data from a pilot mobility study consisting of ten users.

Publication Forum: Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Location and Context Awareness (LOCA 2009) <b>[Best Paper Award]</b>

Page (Count): 18

Date: 2009-05-10

Place: Tokyo, Japan

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

Public Document?: Yes

NESL Document?: Yes

Document category: Conference Paper