Quantifying Vitality of Dashilanr: An Experiment Conducting Automated Human-Centered Observation

  • Boshu CuiEmail author
  • Mingrui Mao
Part of the Advances in Geographic Information Science book series (AGIS)


Urban vitality indicates the city’s prosperity and livability. To achieve a better understanding on the source of vitality, we conducted an experiment in Dashilanr that utilized sensors to carry out human-centered observations and enabled automated data collection during a major event: the 2016 Beijing Design Week. Experimental data demonstrates that vitality changed due to Beijing Design Week and that the audience members of the event carried distinguishing features that separated them from average visitors. These individuals represented an exogenous cause of Dashilanr’s vitality, differing from the community’s endogenous vitality. The result has been visualized on “Human Footmarks” Dashilanr Human Observation Platform and “Audience” People-Centered Observation Platform, representing human-centered observation data at the micro level. The study tested automated observation methods and compared them to methods conducted manually, thereby providing the basis for future research on human observation in other environments.


Urban vitality Human-centered observation Data visualization Observation method Dashilan(r) 



The author would like to thank Professor Xiong Wen at Beijing University of Technology for his help with the experiment. Thanks also to TalkingData for providing sensors and smartphone dataset.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Beijing City Quadrant Technology Co., LtdBeijingChina

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