Outputs

Janet Dickinson, Chris Speed (2013).

Spaces of Flows 1.0: A working experience using Sixth Sense Transport technology, Digital Economy 2013: Open Digital, 4-6 November, MediaCityUK, Salford
Abstract: This workshop will loan smartphones to participants and embed them within a social network using the Sixth Sense Travel App to explore the flow of objects and information across MediaCityUK: The Sixth Sense Travel App, designed for a campsite community, gives people a sense of being in time by enabling users to follow the collective physical traces of other users in the past, present and, based on space-time memories, into the future. This enables users to make sense of network movements so they can reflect on their place in the social network across space and time. Workshop participants will be set travel tasks based on the collection of objects around the MediaCityUK conference venues. This replicates a shopping trip activity and demonstrates how an awareness of others within a social network might create opportunities for collaboration and reduce the need for car trips.
The activity will begin indoors with a short presentation and introduction to the iPhone app, before moving out into the local area. Participants should be aware of Manchester weather but also a chance to take part in a relatively active game of GPS hide and seek!

Janet Dickinson, Julia Hibbert, Chris Speed (2013).

Space-time knowledge in social networks: Smartphone enabled travel collaboration (poster presentation), Department for Transport RGS Workshop, 27th August, London, UK

Janet Dickinson, Julia Hibbert, Chris Speed (2013).

Space-time knowledge in social networks: a collaborative travel app, Space-time knowledge in social networks: a new paradigm for transport geography? RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2013: New geographical frontiers, 28-30 August, London, UK

Abstract: Social networks that are rooted in physical locations, such as village or school communities, evolve distinctive space-time patterns of physical movement. These space-time patterns include shared, recursive pathways where the routines of the population coincide and result in distinctive rhythmic patterns of place. While individuals are aware their pathways coincide with others, until recently it was hard to visualise the presence of others in a social network in any meaningful way. Mobile social networking provides a new substrate to understand the travel patterns of communities.
This workshop will loan smartphones to participants and embed them in a temporary social network to experiment with a collaborative travel app. The Sixth Sense Transport app, designed for a campsite community, gives people a sense of being in time by enabling users to follow the collective physical traces of other users in the past, present and, based on space-time memories, into the future. This enables users to make sense of network movements so they can reflect on their place in the social network across space and time. Workshop participants will be set travel tasks based on the collection of objects around RGS conference venues. This replicates a shopping trip activity and demonstrates how an awareness of others within a social network might create opportunities for collaboration and reduce the need for car trips. Following the activity we will re-convene to discuss how this and the findings of other papers presented in the session may be evolving new perspectives for transport geography.

Viachaslau F, Dickinson, J (2012)

Predicting and visualising congestion to enable fluid tourism travel International workshop, 'Next generation mobile computing for dynamic personalised travel planning' at the 2012 Mobisys conference (June 26th, Low Wood Bay, United Kingdom.) ISBN: 978-1-4503-1325-4. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2307874.2307886

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We understand the extent to which behavioural change in transport habits and practices can be facilitated through the creation of a new form of ‘transport network’, based on extending social tablet.pngnetworking principles to transport users.

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Mobile Apps

The project has developed a suite of mobile phone apps for each of the corresponding research contexts. Watch videos and read details of the projects aims, phone-exploded.pngkey findings and outputs.

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The 6ST team comprised researchers from the universities of Southampton, Edinburgh, Salford, people.pngBournemouth and Lancaster.

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