Gather complex data, simply

Design Changes 2012
4TU Delft
4TU Eindhoven
4TU Twente
4TU Wageningen

Modern research in social sciences increasingly relies on data collection from participants. The resulting data sets are large, variable and complex, combining the output of various hardware, software and human sources. Software for collecting such data is often developed specifically for one or two studies, after which it becomes obsolete, e.g. because new hardware is used.

In this project new data collection software, called ‘Tempest’, is developed which circumvents these drawbacks. Tempest focuses on ease of use and deployment, on making use of participants’ own devices, and on long-term reliability. A test version of Tempest has been used to collect data on the consumption of video in a home entertainment setting. The results were very positive.

Eventually, Tempest will be made freely available on the internet. Researchers will be able to adapt it to their individual needs and use it in various applications.

Partners

Eindhoven University of Technology;
DESIRE Network of the Marie Curie Programme.

People

Nikolaos Batalas, Dipl.Eng, PDEng, Eindhoven University of Technology, Dept. Industrial Design, PhD candidate;
prof.dr. Panos Markopoulos, Eindhoven University of Technology, Dept. Industrial Design, promoter.

External funding

DESIRE Network of the Marie Curie Programme.

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Modern research in social sciences increasingly relies on data collection from participants. The resulting data sets are large, variable and complex, combining the output of various hardware, software and human sources. Software for collecting such data is often developed specifically for one or two studies, after which it becomes obsolete, e.g. because new hardware is used.

In this project new data collection software, called ‘Tempest’, is developed which circumvents these drawbacks. Tempest focuses on ease of use and deployment, on making use of participants’ own devices, and on long-term reliability. A test version of Tempest has been used to collect data on the consumption of video in a home entertainment setting. The results were very positive.

Eventually, Tempest will be made freely available on the internet. Researchers will be able to adapt it to their individual needs and use it in various applications.

Partners

Eindhoven University of Technology;
DESIRE Network of the Marie Curie Programme.

People

Nikolaos Batalas, Dipl.Eng, PDEng, Eindhoven University of Technology, Dept. Industrial Design, PhD candidate;
prof.dr. Panos Markopoulos, Eindhoven University of Technology, Dept. Industrial Design, promoter.

External funding

DESIRE Network of the Marie Curie Programme.

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Gather complex data, simply

Modern research in social sciences increasingly relies on data collection from participants. The resulting data sets are large, variable and complex, combining the output of various hardware, software and human sources. Software for collecting such data is often developed specifically for one or two studies, after which it becomes obsolete, e.g. because new hardware is used.

In this project new data collection software, called ‘Tempest’, is developed which circumvents these drawbacks. Tempest focuses on ease of use and deployment, on making use of participants’ own devices, and on long-term reliability. A test version of Tempest has been used to collect data on the consumption of video in a home entertainment setting. The results were very positive.

Eventually, Tempest will be made freely available on the internet. Researchers will be able to adapt it to their individual needs and use it in various applications.

Partners

Eindhoven University of Technology;
DESIRE Network of the Marie Curie Programme.

People

Nikolaos Batalas, Dipl.Eng, PDEng, Eindhoven University of Technology, Dept. Industrial Design, PhD candidate;
prof.dr. Panos Markopoulos, Eindhoven University of Technology, Dept. Industrial Design, promoter.

External funding

DESIRE Network of the Marie Curie Programme.

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Modern research in social sciences increasingly relies on data collection from participants. The resulting data sets are large, variable and complex, combining the output of various hardware, software and human sources. Software for collecting such data is often developed specifically for one or two studies, after which it becomes obsolete, e.g. because new hardware is used.

In this project new data collection software, called ‘Tempest’, is developed which circumvents these drawbacks. Tempest focuses on ease of use and deployment, on making use of participants’ own devices, and on long-term reliability. A test version of Tempest has been used to collect data on the consumption of video in a home entertainment setting. The results were very positive.

Eventually, Tempest will be made freely available on the internet. Researchers will be able to adapt it to their individual needs and use it in various applications.

Partners

Eindhoven University of Technology;
DESIRE Network of the Marie Curie Programme.

People

Nikolaos Batalas, Dipl.Eng, PDEng, Eindhoven University of Technology, Dept. Industrial Design, PhD candidate;
prof.dr. Panos Markopoulos, Eindhoven University of Technology, Dept. Industrial Design, promoter.

External funding

DESIRE Network of the Marie Curie Programme.

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