Understanding Civic Participation in Environmental Sensing

Understanding Civic Participation in Environmental Sensing: A Values Driven Approach

Maria Victoria Palacin-Silva, PhD Student, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

When? Monday, May 7, 11:30 am-1 pm

Where? iSchool Terrace Lab, room 458 (1961 East Mall, Suite 470, IKBLC)

Abstract: Engaging citizens is a major goal for participatory sensing systems (PS), because PS relies heavily on citizens’ active participation for monitoring tasks. Current research is largely focused on providing incentives for people to increase their participation. Yet, this approach has not proven to be fully effective.  Hence, there is a current need to understand the underlying motivations of users to join, participate and abandon PS initiatives. In my research, I propose to study the dynamics of user motivation and engagement from a value driven perspective. The aims is to develop civic technology design approaches, as well as to environmental data representation and analysis to advance the understanding motivation in participatory sensing for environmental monitoring contexts.

About the speaker: Victoria is a doctoral student at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in Finland. Her work focuses on understanding the link between human values and user engagement and motivation in participatory sensing systems. She has been an Erasmus Mundus Master Scholar during 2013 – 2015 and is an active volunteer in various associations.

This will be an informal presentation with time for questions and socializing.  Coffee and cookies will be served.