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smart-phone cognitive geography study in downtown Berkeley

From: Drew D.
Sent on: Monday, July 12, 2010 9:29 PM
Hello all,

I'm recruiting for a cognitive geography experiment in downtown Berkeley. I'm studying how people complete a real world "traveling salesman" problem (remember that from introductory computer science?). This is of vague relevance to Ruby because participants in the experiment carry with them an Android phone, which I've programmed to track their movements with GPS, query them with questions, and communicate back and forth with a Rails-based server for recording and visualizing.

In exchange for about 1.5 hours of your time participating, you'll have your choice of a $15 gift certificate to Trader Joe's or to Peet's Coffee. Plus you'll be helping me earn my Ph.D.

If interested, please e-mail or call Dan, my research assistant, ([address removed] or [masked]) with your name, phone number, and the times you're generally available (i.e., weekday mornings, weekend afternoons, etc.). We're scheduling participants most anytime during the month of July.

(Note that this particular experiment is limited to people who are already familiar with downtown Berkeley (you live there, you work there, you've been there often). I have future experiments planned that will be open to other areas. Do feel free to drop me a line if you'd be interested in participating elsewhere in the future.)

Thanks for your time,

Drew Dara-Abrams
in the Department of Geography
at the University of California, Santa Barbara

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