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User-centric incentive design for participatory mobile phone sensing
Author(s): Wei Gao; Haoyang Lu
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Paper Abstract

Mobile phone sensing is a critical underpinning of pervasive mobile computing, and is one of the key factors for improving people’s quality of life in modern society via collective utilization of the on-board sensing capabilities of people’s smartphones. The increasing demands for sensing services and ambient awareness in mobile environments highlight the necessity of active participation of individual mobile users in sensing tasks. User incentives for such participation have been continuously offered from an application-centric perspective, i.e., as payments from the sensing server, to compensate users’ sensing costs. These payments, however, are manipulated to maximize the benefits of the sensing server, ignoring the runtime flexibility and benefits of participating users. This paper presents a novel framework of user-centric incentive design, and develops a universal sensing platform which translates heterogenous sensing tasks to a generic sensing plan specifying the task-independent requirements of sensing performance. We use this sensing plan as input to reduce three categories of sensing costs, which together cover the possible sources hindering users’ participation in sensing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9122, Next-Generation Analyst II, 91220H (22 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2050817
Show Author Affiliations
Wei Gao, The Univ. of Tennessee Knoxville (United States)
Haoyang Lu, The Univ. of Tennessee Knoxville (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9122:
Next-Generation Analyst II
Barbara D. Broome; David L. Hall; James Llinas, Editor(s)

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