User Participatory Sensing for Disaster Detection and Mitigation in Urban Environments

  • Shin’ichi Konomi
  • Kazuki Wakasa
  • Masaki Ito
  • Kaoru Sezaki
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9749)


Pervasive communication technologies have opened up the opportunities for citizens to cope with disasters by exploiting networked mobile devices. However, existing approaches often overlook the brittleness of the technological infrastructures and rely heavily on users’ manual inputs. In this paper, we propose a robust and resilient sensing environment by extending and integrating cooperative location inference and participatory sensing using smartphones and IoTs. The proposed approach encourages proactive engagement in disaster mitigation by means of everyday data collection and end-user deployment of IoT sensors.


Participatory sensing Disaster mitigation Smartphones IoT Urban environments Civic computing 



We acknowledge Prof. Toshihiro Osaragi for providing us the mobility simulation data right after a great earthquake. This work was supported by CREST, JST.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shin’ichi Konomi
    • 1
  • Kazuki Wakasa
    • 2
  • Masaki Ito
    • 3
  • Kaoru Sezaki
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Spatial Information ScienceThe University of TokyoKashiwaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Socio-Cultural Environmental StudiesThe University of TokyoKashiwaJapan
  3. 3.Institute of Industrial ScienceThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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