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Common Sense
Paul Aoki and Allison Woodruff

We are developing mobile sensing technologies that help communities gather and analyze environmental data. We hope that this hardware and software will empower everyday citizens to learn more about their environment and influence environmental regulations and policy. In order to inform our designs, we have conducted extensive interviews with potential end users, non-profits, and government agencies. Based on our findings, we have developed various hardware and software prototypes, and we have provided novel devices and end user visualization software to users in real-world deployments. Our most recent focus has been in West Oakland, California. Particulate matter is of great interest in West Oakland due to its port and the associated pollutants. We are working with a community action group in West Oakland to conduct a "backpack study" with portable commercial particulate matter data loggers that can be carried in backpacks or messenger bags. Community volunteers and local high school students collect the geo-tagged particulate matter data and view it online.

Paul Aoki is a research scientist at Intel Labs Berkeley. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include mobile computing and communication systems, human-computer interaction and computer-supported cooperative work. His current work focuses on mobile sensor devices and on technologies for emerging regions.

Allison Woodruff is a research scientist at Intel Labs Berkeley. Her primary research interests include environmentally sustainable technologies, domestic technologies, mobile and communication technologies, and ubiquitous computing. Prior to joining Intel, Woodruff worked as a researcher at PARC from 1998-2004. Woodruff holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, an MS in Computer Science and an MA in Linguistics from the University of California, Davis, and a BA in English from California State University, Chico. Her current project focuses on mobile environmental sensing and public policy (

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