Making Children's Mobility to School Safe, Social and Fun: The CLIMB Project

Thursday, December 07, 2017
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
EER 3.646
Free and open to the public

Today’s children are being labeled "the backseat generation": chauffeured to and from school and experiencing their world from the backseat of their parent’s car. This behavior, and other limits placed on children by their parents, restricts the independent mobility of children in their own neighborhoods, stunting their physical, social, cognitive and emotional development. Instead, being active, independent, confident members of the neighborhood promotes positive childhood development.

The CLIMB project, a joint initiative of Bruno Kessler Foundation and the Municipality of Trento with the goal to make children’s independent mobility a SAFE, SOCIAL and FUN experience, exploiting the neighborhood as a smart community and ICT research results as transformative technologies.  CLIMB integrates technology and advanced IT solutions such as the Internet of Things, Internet of Service, and Gamification.  Our initial focus is on simplifying the daily operation of walking buses and provides a mobile App supporting volunteers, smart, wearable devices that use proximity sensors to allow the automatic detection of children joining the walking bus, and a complementary game called Kids Go Green that motivates children to get to school through sustainable means.

This talk introduces CLIMB, its challenges, solutions, successes, and the research behind the work. We also place the project in the greater context of the smart community, discussing current directions and future challenges.


Amy Murphy

Amy L. Murphy

Research Scientist
Bruno Kessler Foundation-ICT

Amy L. Murphy received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa in 1995, and M.S. and D.Sc. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1997 and 2000 respectively. Dr. Murphy is currently a research scientist in the Energy Efficient Embedded Digital Architectures unit at the Bruno Kessler Foundation-ICT, a research center in Trento, Italy. Prior to this, she worked as an assistant professor at the University of Lugano, Switzerland and the University of Rochester, NY, USA. 

Dr. Murphy's research interests include the design, specification and implementation of protocols and middleware systems for wireless environments. She has served on the technical program committees of several IEEE and ACM conferences including SenSys, IPSN, and Middleware and served as Program Chair for Middleware 2013 and vice TPC chair for PerCom 2017.