Parsons The New School for Design partnered with the Nokia Research Centers in Palo Alto and Beijing to conduct a field test user study of rich context modeling software offered to universities to capture mobile device sensor data. Nearly 70 participants generated a substantial quantity of mobile context data in China over 5 weeks, including geo--positioning (GPS and GSM), co-- location/co--proximity (Bluetooth), communications (SMS and voice log) and other data.
In response the Center for Mobile Creativity at the Parsons School of Art, Media and Technology and sponsored by Nokia Research Center offered the Mobile Context Modeling Fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship to fund a research deliverable that constructs an interactive visualization of this context modeling data. The initiative aimed to serve the social sciences and the arts towards new ways of understanding modeled contexts and allow for better understand social clustering and spatial--temporal communications. In the Spring of 2009 a mobile game called Flute was developed by myself in conjunction with MFA candidate Max Chang to be used during the Parsons The New School for Design 2010 trip to China.