STSM: Modelling the quality of user perceived experience

Modelling the quality of user perceived experience

Aleksandar Karadimce | University of information science and technology, Ohrid, MK | 12.03.2018 to 10.04.2018 | 30 Days
Host: Dr. Giuseppe Lugano | Hostinstitution: UNIVERSITY OF ŽILINA, Žilina, SK

Purpose of STSM

The STSM was carried out at University Science Park of the UNIVERSITY OF ŽILINA (UNIZA) in Zilina, Slovakia. Specifically, Mr. Karadimce was hosted as visiting researcher of the ERAdiate team. Mr. Karadimce contributed to the outputs of two projects implemented at UNIZA, namely ERAdiate and MoTiV.

ERAdiate (Enhancing Research and Innovation Dimensions of the University of Zilina in Intelligent Transport Systems) is an ERA Chair pilot project funded under the FP7 Pilot (2014-2019). As part of the H2020 pillar “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation”, it is expected to close the research and innovation gap in EU. The main mission is to build an attractive and internationally competitive environment at UNIZA through the development of human resources and maximization of research infrastructure exploitation. It has active involvement in three COST Actions (CA15212 on “Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy and innovation throughout Europe”, CA16222 on “Wider Impacts and Scenario Evaluation of Autonomous and Connected Transport” and TU1305 ''Social Networks and Travel Behaviour'', which recently ended). The ERAdiate team is implementing the H2020 project MoTiV (Mobility and Time Value): this project addresses emerging needs and perspectives on Value of Travel Time (VTT), a relevant research area particularly valuable to decision-makers, transportation planners, engineers, and economists in the context of projects aiming at enhancing transportation infrastructure.

The STSM of Mr. Karadimce contributed to provide valuable suggestions and to define research hypothesis for the refinement of the MoTiV conceptual framework, which is focused on better understanding the travellers’ perspective to value of travel time by means of smartphone-based data, which will be voluntarily collected by MoTiV data collection participants. In brief, the MoTiV project adopts a citizen science approach to better shape user-friendly transport and mobility systems.The main goal of the MoTiV project is to contribute to advance research on VTT by introducing a conceptual framework for the estimation of VTT at an individual level based on the value proposition of mobility. The conceptual framework will be validated through data collection and evaluation in at least 10 EU countries. The mobility and behavioral dataset will be collected using a mobile application developed by the project consortium, which will combine and integrate into an innovative way features from a multi-modal “journey planner” and an “activity/mobility diary”. With this mobile app, end-users will be able to more easily track, understand, and re-evaluate travel decisions to make the most of their free time in accordance with personal preferences, lifestyle, interests, and budget. The target is to engage in the data collection process a minimum of 5.000 participants actively using the MoTiV app for at least two weeks. Besides validating the conceptual framework, the dataset will be made available to the scientific community as an Open Dataset to stimulate further research in this area. The project outcomes are expected to be relevant both for the scientific community involved in studies on VTT and for policymakers and solution developers shaping the value propositions of travel time. 

This STSM will explore the potential of the ordinary people to directly utilize the power of mobile devices, which allows them to collect the mobile sensory data and to report the perceived quality of travel time. In this way, citizens will better appreciate the time spend while traveling and at the same time collectively contribute by providing a complete picture of VTT to sustainable transport planners in the future. Moreover, these outcomes are directly related to the main objectives of COST Action CA15212 that uses citizen science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe.

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