Research afternoon

Kristrún Gunnarsdóttir presented to the Sociology Department at the University of Surrey.

The talk was titled: “Look, we can measure all this stuff! Questions concerning the use of sensors in social research“. It focused on discussing some of the key considerations in bringing sensors and associated technologies into the mix of observational social scientific methods:

The validity of efficiency arguments
sensors can/should replace surveys?
more accurate data than self-reporting?

Technical / methodological considerations
practical problems of installing sensors
sensor suite assembly and configuration issues
uncertainty in sensor measurements

Wearability / acceptability issues
comfort and easiness
assurances
motivation

Vulnerabilities
privacy concerns
who consents, and to what exactly?
data and security protection

 

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