CS&E Seminar: Fosca Giannotti - Mining the patterns and profiles of human mobility - February 27, 2012, at 12:00 @Aula Magna

Speaker: Fosca Giannotti, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione, CNR, Pisa.
Title: Mining the patterns and profiles of human mobility
Time and Location: Monday, February 27, 2012, at 12:00, Aula Magna

Abstract: The wireless networks that surround us, as a by-product of their normal operations, allow for sensing and collecting massive repositories of spatio-temporal data, such as the call detail records from mobile phones and the GPS tracks from car navigation devices, which represent society-wide proxies of human mobile activities. These big mobility data provide an unprecedented powerful social microscope, which helps us understand human mobility, and discover the hidden patterns and profiles that characterize the trajectories we follow during our daily activity. We illustrate the basic methods of mobility data mining, designed to extract from the big mobility data the patterns of collective movement behavior, i.e., discover the subgroups of travelers characterized by a common purpose, and the profiles of individual movement activity, i.e., characterize the routine mobility of each traveller. We also present how mobility data mining can be combined with complex network analysis to address fascinating new questions, such as how to discover the geographical borders that emerge from the network of flows between any two zones in a territory, and how to measure to what extent the mobility patterns shape and impact the social networks we inhabit.

Contacts: Domenico Lembo, Massimo Mecella, Stefano Leonardi

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