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Participatory Sensing, Opinions and Collective Awareness

  • Vittorio Loreto
  • Muki Haklay
  • Andreas Hotho
  • Vito D.P. Servedio
  • Gerd Stumme
  • Jan Theunis
  • Francesca Tria

Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. New Sensing Technologies for Societies and Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-7
    2. Denzil Ferreira, Vassilis Kostakos, Immanuel Schweizer
      Pages 9-19
    3. Jan Theunis, Matthias Stevens, Dick Botteldooren
      Pages 21-46
    4. Sidharta Gautama, Martin Atzmueller, Vassilis Kostakos, Dominique Gillis, Simo Hosio
      Pages 47-68
    5. Vassilis Kostakos, Jakob Rogstadius, Denzil Ferreira, Simo Hosio, Jorge Goncalves
      Pages 69-92
    6. Mehdi Riahi, Rameez Rahman, Karl Aberer
      Pages 93-114
    7. Martin Atzmueller, Martin Becker, Juergen Mueller
      Pages 115-133
    8. Martin Atzmueller, Martin Becker, Andrea Molino, Juergen Mueller, Jan Peters, Alina Sîrbu
      Pages 135-155
  3. Citizen Science, Participatory Sensing and Social Computation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-162
    2. Charlene Jennett, Eleonora Cognetti, Joanne Summerfield, Muki Haklay
      Pages 201-212
    3. Vito D. P. Servedio, Saverio Caminiti, Pietro Gravino, Vittorio Loreto, Alina Sîrbu, Francesca Tria
      Pages 237-254
  4. Collective Awareness, Learning and Decision Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-303
    2. Pietro Gravino, Alina Sîrbu, Martin Becker, Vito D. P. Servedio, Vittorio Loreto
      Pages 337-362

About this book


This book introduces and reviews recent advances in the field in a comprehensive and non-technical way by focusing on the potential of emerging citizen-science and social-computation frameworks, coupled with the latest theoretical and modeling tools developed by physicists, mathematicians, computer and social scientists to analyse, interpret and visualize complex data sets.

There is overwhelming evidence that the current organisation of our economies and societies is seriously damaging biological ecosystems and human living conditions in the short term, with potentially catastrophic effects in the long term. The need to re-organise the daily activities with the greatest impact – energy consumption, transport, housing – towards a more efficient and sustainable development model has recently been raised in the public debate on several global, environmental issues. Above all, this requires the mismatch between global, societal and individual needs to be addressed. Recent advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can trigger important transitions at the individual and collective level to achieve this aim.

Based on the findings of the collaborative research network EveryAware the following developments among the emerging ICT technologies are discussed in depth in this volume:

• Participatory sensing – where ICT development is pushed to the level where it can support informed action at the hyperlocal scale, providing capabilities for environmental monitoring, data aggregation and mining, as well as information presentation and sharing.

• Web gaming, social computing and internet-mediated collaboration – where the Web will continue to acquire the status of an infrastructure for social computing, allowing users’ cognitive abilities to be coordinated in online communities, and steering the collective action towards predefined goals.

• Collective awareness and decision-making – where the access to both personal and community data, collected by users, processed with suitable analysis tools, and re-presented in an appropriate format by usable communication interfaces leads to a bottom-up development of collective social strategies.


Citizen cyberscience and crowdsourcing Collective Social Dynamics Environment and Sustainability EveryAware Participatory Sensing Social Simulation and Computation

Editors and affiliations

  • Vittorio Loreto
    • 1
  • Muki Haklay
    • 2
  • Andreas Hotho
    • 3
  • Vito D.P. Servedio
    • 4
  • Gerd Stumme
    • 5
  • Jan Theunis
    • 6
  • Francesca Tria
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic EngineeringUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg WürzburgGermany
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  5. 5.Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceUniversity of KasselKasselGermany
  6. 6.VITO—Flemish Institute for Technological ResearchMolBelgium
  7. 7.Institute for Scientific Interchange FoundationTorinoItaly

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