Participatory Sensing, Opinions and Collective Awareness

Part of the series Understanding Complex Systems pp 47-68


Observing Human Activity Through Sensing

  • Sidharta GautamaAffiliated withGhent University, i-KNOW Email author 
  • , Martin AtzmuellerAffiliated withUniversity of Kassel, Research Center for Information System Design
  • , Vassilis KostakosAffiliated withUniversity of Oulu, Center for Ubiquitous Computing
  • , Dominique GillisAffiliated withGhent University, i-KNOW
  • , Simo HosioAffiliated withUniversity of Oulu, Center for Ubiquitous Computing

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This chapter gives an overview of technological solutions that allow us to observe human activity during travel or in interaction with each other or with the environment. Different categories of solutions are presented, namely observation by scanning, location-enabled devices and tagging. For each category we look into current innovative solutions, both in applied hardware as in how the data is processed. For each category examples are discussed and the possibilities and bottlenecks of each solution are highlighted.