Session:Sensors in social research
Time:Tuesday 3rd July, 10:00 - 12:30
Room:3.15
Convenors: Dr Kristrún Gunnarsdóttir (University of Surrey)
Professor Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey)

Abstract Details

This session reports on recent findings in sensor-based studies of social life and potentially sensitive settings. We addresses the technical, observational, ethical and communicational aspects of applying this method. We report on explaining the technology to participants, navigating installations and managing the research instruments in the field, on working across the social and computer science disciplines, how to make sense of sensor-generated data and how these data can be evaluated against well established data-gathering methods in social research. During the coffee break, we will showcase a set of sensors and demonstrate how they work.

Presentation downloads

Ben Bedwell Mitigating practical and ethical issues in sensor-based real world studies
Alison Burrows From learning about sensors to living with sensors: Lessons from Public Involvement in a smart home for healthcare project
Kristrún Gunnarsdóttir Sensors as an observational method: confidence and trust between researchers and study participants

The level of the session is: Advanced

Presentation details

There will be a coffee break from 11.00 - 11.30

Presentation 1
Start time: 10:00
Presentation title: Welcome: digital sensors for social research
Presenter: Professor Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey)
Presentation 2
Start time: 10:10
Presentation title: Sensors as an observational method: confidence and trust between researchers and study participants
Presenter: Dr Kristrún Gunnarsdóttir (University of Surrey)
Presentation 3
Start time: 10:35
Presentation title: From learning about sensors to living with sensors: Lessons from Public Involvement in a smart home for healthcare project
Presenter: Dr Alison Burrows (University of Bristol)
Presentation 4
Start time: 11:30
Presentation title: Sensor-generated data: visualisations and analytic options
Presenter: Dr Jie Jiang (University of Surrey)
Presentation 5
Start time: 11:55
Presentation title: Mitigating practical and ethical issues in sensor-based real world studies
Presenter: Dr Benjamin Bedwell (University of Nottingham)
Presentation 6
Start time: 12:20
Presentation title: Commentary
Presenter: Professor Nigel Gilbert (Univesrsity of Surrey)