From sensors to sense-making: Opportunities and challenges for information science

Vivek K. Singh, Chirag Shah, Jacek Gwizdka, Hideo Joho, Cathal Gurrin

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With the growth in sensing devices, data logging capabilities and multi-sensory presentation interfaces, it has been argued that the future of documents is “multisensory, pervasive, and immersive,” and building an agenda around these themes is critical for future information science research. Hence, in this panel, we bring together an international group of researchers actively engaged in research at the intersection of sensors and information science. The panel will discuss the new research opportunities and challenges afforded by the use of different kinds of sensors (e.g., fitness trackers, phones, cameras, fMRIs) for information science research. The panel aims to raise awareness and catalyze a strong research activity on sensor-enriched information science, which is expected to have multiple implications for human information behavior, health informatics, neuro-information science, data science, social informatics and computational social science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-602
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Library and Information Sciences


  • computational social science
  • data analytics
  • information practices
  • lifelogging
  • mobile computing
  • multi-method research
  • neuro-information science
  • sensors
  • social informatics
  • wearable devices


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