Activity-Based Advertising

  • Kurt Partridge
  • Bo Begole
Part of the Human-Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)


This chapter discusses Activity-based Advertising, an approach to more accurately target advertisements by inferring a consumer’s activities. This chapter begins with some of the important characteristics of advertising, and explains the incentives held by consumers and marketers. We explain why consumer and advertiser interests are not necessarily at odds, and briefly survey some existing targeting technologies that benefit both. We then describe the vision and benefits of activity-based advertising, and describe how it can advance targeting technologies even further. We finish with a methodology for evaluating activity-based advertising technologies, and present some initial results of activity-based advertising’s potential.


Activity Inference Wearable Camera Behavioral Target Mobile Advertising Plane Ticket 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



Matthias Sala co-designed, implemented, and ran the PEST user study while an intern at PARC. Many of the ideas in this chapter emerged out of discussions with the PARC research community, particularly Dan Greene, Maurice Chu, and Alan Walendowski.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Palo Alto Research Center, Inc.Palo AltoUSA

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