Behavioral Sensing: Integrating Sensors into Social & Behavioral Research

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Behavioral Sensing: Integrating Sensors into Social and Behavioral Research is a collaboration among Edward Miguel (Economics), Eric Brewer (Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences), and Tapan Parikh (School of Information).  The Behavioral Sensing working group is charged with designing a more reliable data collection platform for development economics. The platform will combine rugged, wireless sensor networks for long term, non-intrusive monitoring of behavior (i.e. cookstove usage) with mobile-phone based tools for collecting and transmitting data.  It will enable public health officials and behavioral and social scientists to collect data that participants would ordinarily share through self-reporting, but with greater accuracy, reliability, and frequency than is currently feasible.

The "Behavioral Sensing Research Challenge" supports the design and testing of environmental sensors and ICT-based tools to streamline the collection of data in field research settings. For Summer 2014, CEGA and the Institute of International Studies offered two grants to groups of graduate-level engineering and social science students working on the prototyping and field-testing of such data collection systems.  The two winners are:

  • Sara Kerosky (PhD Candidate, Political Science, UC San Diego) and Estelle Chaussard (Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Berkeley): "Remote Sensing of Illegal Black Sand Mining in the Philippines" -- $5,000
  • Julien Caubel (PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley), Daniel Wilson (PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley), and Vipul Lalchandani (MS Candidate, Environmental Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur): "Measuring Biomass Cooking Behaviors at Massive Scale Using Low-Cost, Balloon-Borne and Terrestrial Black Carbon Aerosol Sensors" -- $8,000

All events will be held from 4-5 p.m. in Room B100, Blum Center for Developing Economies unless otherwise specified.

Wednesday, February 5 
"Mobile data collection, aggregation, and dissemination" 
Gaetano Borrielo (University of Washington, Computer Science and Engineering)

Wednesday, April 2
"Mobile data collection, aggregation, and dissemination"
Josh Blumenstock (University of Washington, Computer Science and Engineering)

Wednesday, April 16
"Sustainable Design: Global Engineering and Research Lab"
Amos Winters (MIT, Mechanical Engineering)

Thursday, October 24, 12-1:00 p.m.
Blum Hall, B100
"Monitoring Government Monitors: Using Smartphones to Improve Health Services in Punjab, Pakistan" 
Michael Callen (Professor of Economics, University of San Diego)

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/le7o6mq 

Monday, November 4, 12-1:00 p.m.
Blum Hall, B100
"Custom Ultra-Low-Cost Sensors for Rigorous Large-Scale Analysis of Cookstove Usage"
Daniel Wilson and Javier Rosa (Behavioral Sensing Research Grantees, UC Berkeley)

"Behavioral Sensing with Open Data Kit and Stove Use Monitors Using Unskilled Enumerators in Darfur"
Angeli Kirk and Daley Kutzman (Behavioral Sensing Research Grantees, UC Berkeley)

RSVP:  http://tinyurl.com/ljnpea8

Tuesday, December 3, 12-1:00 p.m.
Blum Hall, B100
"An Evaluation of Solar Microgrids in India: The Rural Electric Power Project (REPP)" 
Debalina Chakravarty (Development Impact Lab's Visiting Scholar, Jadavpur University) 

"Time-Activity Monitoring System: Uncovering Personal Exposures to Household Air Pollution and Their Relation to Pollution Sources"
Nicholas Lam, Ajay Pillarisetti, and Manual Barron (Behavioral Sensing Research Grantees, UC Berkeley)

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/mkmubpm