Human Mobility Analytics in Big Data Era

“Human mobility” is a commonly used but loosely defined term which represents the concept about people’s spatiotemporal occupation and involves interaction among human, society, and surrounding physical environment. Better understanding human mobility is essential for understanding human interactions with surrounding environment and the use of geographic space, which can benefit transportation and urban planning, political decision making, epidemiology, economic development, emergency management, and many other fields. Human activities have been producing massive amount of geospatial data. Recent technology advancements further pushed the volume, variety, and velocity of human mobility to an unprecedented level. How to efficiently process, analyze, and make sense of the massive human movement data remains challenging, especially within dynamic spatial and temporal context.

Our studies along this line aim to develop innovative computing methods, spatial algorithms to effectively analyze big human movement data and reveal human movement patterns that contributes to a better understanding of human activities and their surrounding environment under various circumstances and within different domains, such as transportation, social networks, public health, urban analysis, and emergency management.

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