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Special Session “Big data for mobilities studies: Applications and critical perspectives”

Special session at 2018 International Geographical Union Regional Conference

Quebec City 6-10 August

The quantity and variety of Big Data have been increasing in recent years due to a network of sensors and portables, but also due to the use of Internet and social networks. This information is generated at great velocity which enables the study of dynamic processes in almost “real time”. In the technological era, human activity leaves a digital trace and frequently this trace is geolocalized. Some examples are the use of GPS for navigation, the activity/signal registered by our smartphones, the use of transport intelligent cards, bike renting systems, the use of credit cards or social networks.

These new sources of data are very useful for studying mobility patterns and improving transport planning. Therefore, we can estimate transit travel times using the API of Google Maps or TomTom data, or we can calculate origin and destination matrices using the activity recorded by our smartphones or transport intelligent cards. Traffic flows can be estimated using mobile phone data or using the video cameras to count cars or citizens in a street. Furthermore, public bicycle parking spots can be used to study their origin and destination flows and car parking data is useful to observe the number of cars parked in different locations. On the other hand, social networks are a valuable source of data for mobility pattern analysis, but also, we can look into qualitative aspects related with mobility by using semantic intelligence techniques.​

Big Data also raises the issue of both its technical and scientific limits. There is a big challenge in knowing the biases’ magnitude associated with Big Data. Knowing what or who is covered depends on the source of data and whether it is representative of different social groups and different kinds of mobilities.​ Therefore within this session there will be room to also debate about data quality, potential biases (e.g., related to the use of data obtained from a single phone provider, use of social networks etc.) and various data restrictions.

If you are interested to participate in this special session, please send an abstract of your presentation (max 250 words, including the object of study, research problem, methods, and conclusions), authors’ affiliation and contact details to  Ana Condeço – Melhorado (acondeco@ucm.es ) by 15 February 2018. We will notify contributors of acceptance as they went along and by 22 February 2018 for last submissions.

Accepted contributors will then need to submit their abstract to the conference by 15 March 2018 at 11:59 pm EST through http://igu2018.ulaval.ca/registration-submission/how-to-submit/. This step involves to first pay conference fees (see pricelist at http://igu2018.ulaval.ca/registration-submission/fees/).

 

Cluster 6 Workshop: Accessibility in urban modelling: from measurement to policy instruction

It is our pleasure to invite you to the accessibility workshop of NECTAR Cluster 6 which will be held in Lyon, France, the 18 and 19th of June 2018. This workshop welcomes all works dealing with accessibility. If you would like to participate in the workshop, please send an abstract of your presentation (about 500 words) including author names and affiliations and keywords, to Ouassim Manout  and Ioannis Baraklianos, before February 15th. The call for abstracts can be found here. Note that the workshop will be followed by a meeting of the Urban Europe Research Alliance (UERA) (June 20th).

Cluster 7 Workshop: Social and Health Issues in Transportation

It is our pleasure to invite you to a workshop of NECTAR Cluster 7 (Social and Health Issues) which will be held at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 6-8, 2018. If you are interested to participate in this workshop, please send an abstract of your presentation (about 500 words) including author names and affiliations and keywords in PDF format to d.f.ettema@uu.nl before January 31, 2018. The call can be found here.

Cluster 5 Workshop: Smart Transport for Sustainable Tourism

It is our pleasure to invite you to join the workshop of NECTAR Cluster 5 (Leisure, Recreation and Tourism) which will be held at the University of Salento, Italy, on May 24-25, 2018. If you are interested to participate in this workshop, please send an abstract of your presentation (about 500 words) including author names and affiliations and keywords, and your CV (2-4 pages) in PDF format to luca.zamparini@unisalento it before January 31, 2018. More information can be found here.

Special NECTAR session at Mobile Tartu Conference 2018

Call for papers

We are pleased to invite you for a special session Mobile Phones, Travel and Transportation organised by Cluster 8 (ICT) of NECTAR at the Mobile Tartu international conference, Estonia, June 27-29th, 2018.

Main topic

The use of mobile phone data within the field of transportation is increasing. GSM and GPS data generated by phones are used for analysis varying from determining the average speed at certain road sections to gathering revealed preference data of travellers regarding their travel behaviour (e.g. mode and route choice). As a result mobile phone data is increasingly used to better understand the daily urban system providing decision information for road authorities as well as road users and private companies.

Topics of interest

We seek to attract papers which will provide insights both from a conceptual and an empirical perspective, on the use of mobile phone data or smart phone apps within the field of transportation.

Important dates

Abstract submissions: 31 January 2018

Abstract acceptance: 15 February 2018

Paper deadline: 20 June 2016

Detailed information can be found here.

Special NECTAR session at the Regional Science Association Conference 2018

It is our pleasure to invite you to a Special Session promoted by NECTAR Cluster 5 (Leisure, Recreation and Tourism) during the 12th World Congress of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), to be held in Goa (India), between May 29 and June 1, 2018. A broad range of topics related to regional science will be discussed, including a special session about “The future of tourism” (see call for papers here). All the information about the Congress (including a large group of notorious keynote speakers) can be found here: http://regionalscience.org/2018worldcongress/

The call for papers is open until November 30.

 

7th International Symposium on Dynamic Traffic Assignment, Hong Kong

The 7th International Symposium on Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA): Smart Transportation takes place in Hong Kong 6-8 June, 2018. This Symposium aims to foster excellence in dynamic traffic assignment (DTA) research and practice, and provide a forum for exchanging innovative ideas and challenges on DTA and related transportation science research problems. The theme of this Symposium is smart transportation. It is jointly organized by the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), the Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and the The Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies (HKSTS).

Practitioners and academics are cordially invited to share their knowledge, experience and insights on the design, analytics, investigations, analysis, planning, operation, engineering, co-ordination and management of smart transport systems, taking into account the time-varying characteristics of travel demand and supply and the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. The Symposium will last three full days (from Wednesday to Friday). The technical program may include plenary sessions, paper presentations, and interactive sessions. Deadline for submission of extended abstracts is 30 November 2017.

For details, please visit the conference website at:  http://www.hksts.org/dta2018/


Smart Cities and Value of Time: Transport Planning for the ‘On Move’ Society

International Symposium: Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC), Dom. Rep., 18-19 January 2018

Travel time and activity time have been treated as separate notions, albeit with some assumed interdependencies. But, literature show that people accept noticeable higher travel time ratios when travelling by public transport compared with travelling by car. The cost of travel time is reduced as travel time is converted as activity time (towards the productive use).  Furthermore, the impact of a high quality journey is an important issue in lifestyle and distribution of activities. The efficiency, safety and productivity of the journey can be expected to impact the value of time. And, the proportion of travel time saved, which can be used for other activities might have positive effects on the quality of life.

In recent years some significant ICT-related innovations have been introduced to large shares of society, but research on the current relation between characteristics of ICT-use and its impact on mobility is limited. Development of smart cities and urban living labs is strongly affected by the ICT use and mobility patterns. As urban living labs co-create new products from collaboration between public, private and civic partnerships. At the same time, in certain self-constrained environments, activity duration has many effects in travel patterns for out-of-home activities. The duration of the main activity may have an effect on the propensity to undertake a secondary tour.

This symposium aims to contribute to the debate on planning transport system and urban development according to the needs and activities undertaken by citizens of the modern ‘on  move’ society. The symposium is organized in collaboration with the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC) and the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

If you are interested to participate in this workshop, please send an abstract of your presentation (about 500 words) including author names and affiliations and keywords, and your CV (2-4 pages) in PDF format to l.c.lapaixpuello@utwente.nl  and pamela.sanchez@intec.edu.do before November 1, 2017.

More information can be found here: https://smartcitiesdr.com/