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Combining Surveys with Passive Data Collection: Collecting smartphone sensor data as part of a longitudinal panel study (In-Person and Online)

May 2, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm



This presentation will be offered in-person and online. You must register to secure your spot (limited in-person spots).

As smartphone penetration continues to increase around the world, survey researchers are exploring novel ways to leverage the capabilities of smartphones for data collection that go beyond self-reports.
Researchers can now administer survey questions on the smartphone and, at the same time, ask respondents to perform tasks such as taking pictures, recording audio and video, and granting access to data from built-in sensors and log files Combining these different sources of data promises to produce information not available from either type of measurement alone.
In this talk, the presenter will discuss the benefits and challenges of collecting data passively with smartphones within an existing longitudinal survey. The lessons learned in this study provide design suggestions for other large scale surveys planning to integrate passive mobile measurement into the data collection process.

Presenter: Florian Keusch

  • Professor of Social Data Science and Methodology in the Sociology Department, School of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) at the University of Maryland.
  • Faculty Board Member of the International Program in Survey and Data Science (IPSDS)
  • Associate Editor of Survey Research Methods


    Registration is required to secure your spot. Limited space for in-person option.

Additional course information:

  • Registration will close at 12:01am 5/1/2023. No late registrations will be accepted.
  • In-Person location will be Davis Library Room 219;
  • Zoom link for this course will be sent prior to the presentation. Registration must be made at least 3 days prior to the presentation date to receive the Zoom link.

For questions regarding this class, please contact Jill Stevens at


May 2, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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208 Raleigh Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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