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Mobile Apps and Sensors in Surveys

2021 (programme and materials)

The 2021 MASS workshop was held digitally on April 22 and 23 2020. You can find the programme of the workshop below. Most of the presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the title of every talk.


Session Main presenter Title of talk
Day1 –

April 22,


Session 1: Coverage & Participation Oriol Bosch, London School of Economics Track me but not really: device undercoverage and its consequences when tracking online behaviour
Bella Struminskaya, Utrecht University The role of technological skills and privacy concerns in willingness to share smartphone sensor data
Anne Elevelt, Statistics Netherlands Consent to data linkage: a meta-analysis
Session 2: Substantive research applications Lianne de Vries, Free University Amsterdam The Ecological Momentary Assessment of Well-being
Rachel Schmidt, RSG The RMove app to study travel behavior
Georg-Christoph Haas, IAB Nurnberg Combining smartphone sensor and survey data to evaluate the relationship between smartphone usage and levels of exhaustion
Session 3: Accelerometry research Arie Kapteyn, University of Southern California Does Feedback from Activity Trackers influence Physical Activity? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial
Chris Antoun, University of Maryland Participation Metrics for Accelerometer-Based Research
Vera Toepoel, Utrecht University Distributing activity trackers to investigate health behavior: response rates, data quality, and the role of incentives
Annemieke Luiten, Statistics Netherlands Comparing activity trackers to investigate health behavior: balancing quality, costs and usability
Day 2,

23 April,


Session 4: Designing and Testing Deirdre Giesen, Statistics Netherlands How to design pre-tests for data collection apps? First experiences at Statistics Netherlands.
Lauren Walton, Nielsen Improving the User Experience of mobile apps
Caroline Roberts, University of Lausanne Can a smartphone app be used to survey the general population: Comparing an app- and a browser-based web survey design
Daniil Lebedev, HSE University Moscow Comparison of different methods of GPS paradata usage in CAPI surveys for interviewers’ monitoring
Session 5: Analysis & modeling app data Nick de Wolf, Statistics Netherlands A shop receipt scanning and classification pipeline
Debangan Dey, John Hopkins University Modelling of intensive longitudinal mixed type data with Semiparametric Gaussian Copula and its application to real-time mobile monitoring of daily health behaviours
Siiri Slim, University of Tartu Combining smartphone based application MobilityLog and quantitative interviews to study people`s mobility and social interactions
Session 6: Interactions and voice Doerte Junghaenel, University of Southern California Linguistic sampling of social interactions: Pilot testing of a mobile approach to study people’s word use.
Konstantin Gavras, University of Mannheim New Avenues in Survey Data Collection: Comparing the Quality of Text and Voice Answers to Political Attitude Questions in Smartphone Surveys
Sebastian Bahr, IAB Nurnberg Measuring online and offline social networks with a mobile app
Closing discussion