Advances and challenges in sensor-based research in mobility, health, and place

Eun-Kyeong Kim, Lindsey Conrow, Christina Röcke, Basile Chaix, Robert Weibel, Camille Perchoux

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Mobile sensing using portable sensors and momentary assessments has transformed the way mobility and place are considered in health and well-being research. Research at the intersection of Mobility, Health, and Place has increasingly leveraged methodological advances in data collection using mobile sensing technologies, data processing, data analytics, and clinical applications to observe and unveil intertwined relations between individuals’ characteristics and behaviors, changing environments, and their health and well-being at fine-grained spatial and temporal scales. In this editorial, we provide an overview of recent health and behavioral research in the context of mobility and place. Specifically, we classify health-relatable mobile sensing technologies with a proposed taxonomy of mobile sensing, and review how new sensing approaches transformed research trends in the field of mobility, health, and place. We then discuss challenges in data collection and processing, analysis, and interpretation and practices.

•Mobile sensing has transformed research in Mobility, Health, and Place.
•It enables pervasive real-life measurements of personal behavior, context and health.
•It enables the development of novel digital biomarkers and personalized intervention.
•Classification of mobile sensing technologies and methods is proposed.
•Issues remain in data collection and analysis to address uncertainties and biases.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102972
JournalHealth & Place
Early online date3 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2023

Bibliographical note

Eun-Kyeong Kim was funded by the Velux Stiftung, Switzerland (Project No. 1155; Project acronym: MOBITEC-GP; Principal investigator: PD Dr. Timo Hinrichs). Funders had no role in organizing the special issue, executing the review research, and writing the manuscript.
Camille Perchoux was funded by the European Union, under the Horizon European Research Council (ERC) Starting grant program (Grant Agreement No. 101040492; Project acronym: FragMent).


  • Wearable sensors
  • Mobility behaviour
  • Health
  • Mobile sensing

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