AlbaNova and Nordita Colloquium

Mining the Air at the Edge of the Internet

by Prof. Scott Kirkpatrick (School of Engineering and CS, HUJI)

Most of us now carry in our pockets a package of powerful sensors, connected to the internet. These make possible near real-time monitoring, in aggregate, of the health of our infrastructures, both physical and electronic, and ourselves. I'll describe some recent progress in gathering and interpreting smartphone-based measurements from about 1% of the population in several large US cities. Managing the tradeoffs between personal privacy and social benefits becomes easier as the degree of coverage increases.