Unveiling the complexity of human mobility

Unveiling the complexity of human mobility by querying and mining massive trajectory data (2011)

The technologies of mobile communications pervade our society and wireless networks sense the movement of people, generating large volumes of mobility data, such as mobile phone call records and Global Positioning System (GPS) tracks. In this work, we illustrate the striking analytical power of massive collections of trajectory data in unveiling the complexity of human mobility. We present the results of a large-scale experiment, based on the detailed trajectories of tens of thousands private cars with on-board GPS receivers, tracked during weeks of ordinary mobile activity. We illustrate the knowledge discovery process that, based on these data, addresses some fundamental questions of mobility analysts: what are the frequent patterns of people’s travels? How big attractors and extraordinary events in???uence mobility? How to predict areas of dense traf???c in the near future? How to characterize traf???c jams and congestions?  

http://www.springerlink.com/content/j46l519q47656474/fulltext.pdf 

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Cosimo Accoto

Research Affiliate at MIT | Author "Il Mondo Dato" (Egea) | Philosopher in Residence | Business Innovation Advisor | www.cosimoaccoto.com

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