Combining contribution interactions to increase coverage in mobile participatory sensing systems

Yun Huang, John Zimmerman, Anthony Tomasic, Aaron Steinfeld

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Abstract

Participatory sensing systems use people and their smartphones as a sensing infrastructure, and getting people to make contributions remains a critical challenge. Little work details how system designers should combine different interactions to increase coverage of service location. Tiramisu, a participatory sensing system, invites transit riders to crowdsource real-time arrival information by sharing location traces when they commute. We extended this system with a new feature that allows riders at stops to "spot" buses passing by. To better understand the impact of this new feature, we conducted an observational log analysis, examining changes in coverage and user behavior before and after the new feature. Following the addition of the spotting feature, participants' contributions increased coverage (the number of trips with real-time data) by 98%, and they used the app more than twice as much. The addition of the spotting feature was also followed by a significant increase of trace contributions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2016
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages365-376
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450344081
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 6 2016
Event18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2016 - Florence, Italy
Duration: Sep 6 2016Sep 9 2016

Other

Other18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2016
CountryItaly
CityFlorence
Period9/6/169/9/16

Keywords

  • Coverage of service location
  • Mobile crowdsourcing
  • Participatory sensing
  • User contribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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    Huang, Y., Zimmerman, J., Tomasic, A., & Steinfeld, A. (2016). Combining contribution interactions to increase coverage in mobile participatory sensing systems. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2016 (pp. 365-376). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2935334.2935387