Integrating multiple personalised sensors for measuring human responses to urban features: A pilot study

Zhaoxi Zhang, Prince M. Amegbor, Clive E Sabel

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The urban environment is associated with human health and physical activities. With the advancement of sensing technology, wearable devices support tracking humans’ movement, health condition and behaviours in the real world settings. This has facilitated the ability of researchers to exploring the relationship between urban settings/forms and psychosocial wellbeing at the individual level. This pilot study employed three kinds of wearable devices: FrontRow wearable lifestyle camera, GPS tracker and Empatica 4 wristband to test the feasibility of objectively measuring the health effect of urban features. Volunteers (k=12) were recruited in November and December 2020 and asked to conduct a self-leading city tour with the equipment around the centre of Roskilde, Denmark. Two of them wore the sensors in their daily life for one-week. We utilized a naturalistic data collection strategy in an uncontrolled setting to test the feasibility of integrating GPS, wearable camera and health trackers together in daily life. In the analysis, we utilized machine learning to assess individuals' exposures to the urban environment from a large quantity of high-resolution images obtained from the wearable camera, and the effect on psychological responses. The rest of the paper discusses the feasibility of integrating the three sensors in monitoring the physiological responses to different urban forms or environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR)
EditorsCarlos Nunes Silva
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherIGI Global
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2021
Event5th International Conference In Urban e-Planning 2021 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 7 Sept 202110 Sept 2021

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NameInternational Journal of E-Planning Research
PublisherIGI Global
ISSN (Print)2160-9918
ISSN (Electronic)2160-9926


Conference5th International Conference In Urban e-Planning 2021
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