mk-sense: An Extensible Platform to Conduct Multi-institutional Mobile Sensing Campaigns

Netzahualcoyotl Hernandez-Cruz, Bert Arnrich, Jesús Favela, Remzi Gökhan, Cem Ersoy, Burcu Demiray, Jesús Fontecha

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Mobile sensing has become a growing area of research in pervasive
healthcare. In this paper we present mk-sense, an open framework for mobile sensing on smartphones.  mk-sense is an initiative to reduce the efforts of researchers involved in multi-institutional sensing campaign. It is designed to facilitate the collaboration of researchers that run simultaneous data collection efforts in different locations. We illustrate the use of mk-sense with two cross-cultural studies conducted in four different countries (Turkey, Mexico, Switzerland, and Spain) with a total of 77 participants. In this paper, we describe the challenges and experience of conducting research in the wild by using mk-sense as sensing platform. Finally, we present how the conducted studies influenced the design decisions of mk-sense, including features, and tools to monitor data gathering in real-time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-216
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2 Nov 2016


  • Mobile devices
  • Smartphones
  • Sensing campaign
  • Data management application


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