Sensing the Baby Boomers: Tracking Older Adults' Travel Behavior Using Android-Based Smartphones

The researchers' primary aim is to test collection of high-resolution GPS-enhanced behavioral data, gained by monitoring urban baby boomers via smartphones. They will recruit participants through a currently administered mail-back survey of leading edge baby boomers (55-65 year olds) who reside in Boston's urban neighborhoods. Smartphones will then be deployed to detect participants' travel and activity behavior. Collected data will be post-processed to identify environmental and transportation-related information. Despite burgeoning research using smartphone data, no smartphone-based methods have been used to research travel behavior of this specific age cohort. In this proposed next phase of an ongoing research project examining the travel and residential preferences of baby boomers, the researchers will further advance their knowledge of the relationship between the built environment and travel behavior of older adults and implications for active and healthy aging. In addition, they will advance the use of smartphone devices for activity data-collection, by evaluating the validity and reliability of smartphones as a data collection tool that can be harnessed to understand activity and travel patterns in detail.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Principal Investigators:

      Ben-Joseph, Eran

      Zegras, P

    • Start Date: 20100901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20120831
    • Source Data: RiP Project 29319

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01480739
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT07-G-0001, MITR23-9
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: May 7 2013 1:01AM