mk-sense: An Extensible Platform to Conduct Multi-institutional Mobile Sensing Campaigns
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Mobile sensing has become a growing area of research in pervasive healthcare. In this paper we present mk-sense, an open framework for mobile sensing on smartphones. mk-sense is an initiative to reduce the efforts of researchers involved in multi-institutional sensing campaign. It is designed to facilitate the collaboration of researchers that run simultaneous data collection efforts in different locations. We illustrate the use of mk-sense with two cross-cultural studies conducted in four different countries (Turkey, Mexico, Switzerland, and Spain) with a total of 77 participants. In this paper, we describe the challenges and experience of conducting research in the wild by using mk-sense as sensing platform. Finally, we present how the conducted studies influenced the design decisions of mk-sense, including features, and tools to monitor data gathering in real-time.
KeywordsMobile devices Smartphones Sensing campaign Data management application
We thank the participants of the two sensing campaigns described in the paper for contributing their time and effort in making them successful. This work was partially funded by (1) the Co-Funded Brain Circulation Scheme Project “Pervasive Healthcare: Towards Computational Networked Life Science” (TÜBITAK Co-Circ 2236, Grant agreement number: 112C005) supported by TÜBİTAK and EC FP7 Marie Curie Action COFUND and (2) the EC FP7 Marie Curie Action “UBIHEALTH - Exchange of Excellence in Ubiquitous Computing Technologies to Address Healthcare Challenges” (Project number 316337).
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