Subscribe to E-Bulletin Donate to CEGA

Behavioral Sensing: New Technology Solutions for Data Collection in Development Research


Recent technology breakthroughs are offering unique opportunities to collect data with greater accuracy, reliability, and frequency than ever before. Research in global development and poverty alleviation – which too often relies on cumbersome, expensive, and unreliable data collection techniques, prone to measurement errors and reporting bias – is now catching up with this trend.

Over the past two years, the Behavioral Sensing Workgroup has helped develop innovative strategies for data collection in development research. Combining expertise from engineering and social science, the program has supported the design and testing of a number of new approaches to capture the behavior of individuals in resource-constrained settings, including through low-cost environmental sensors, microsatellite imagery, and mobile-phone based tools.

This seminar will feature the work of our 2014 grantees, building on an interdisciplinary skill set to generate demand-driven solutions to development challenges.

© Image credit: Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Date and Time

Dec 2, 2014 12:00pm — 1:30pm


223 Moses Hall
Institute of International Studies

UC Berkeley


  • Remote Sensing of Illegal Black Sand Mining in the Philippines
    Sara Kerosky, Estelle Chaussard
  • Measuring Biomass Cooking Behaviors at Massive Scale Using Low-Cost, Balloon-Borne and Terrestrial Black Carbon Aerosol Sensors
    Julien Caubel, Daniel Wilson, Vipul Lalchandani
  • Income for Information: Measuring the Value of Time
    Robert On, Saika Belal


Institute of International Studies, Development Impact Lab