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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/).


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.


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/

New edited book

Please find a call for a new edited book on “Preparing for the New Era of Transport Policies – Learning form Experiencehere. The editors are Yoram Shiftan (Technion, Israel Institute of Technology) and Maria Kamargianni (MaaSLab, Energy Institute, University College London).

Deadline extended till Aug 15!

Call for papers

The journal “Research in Transportation Business & Management) has issued a call for papers for a special issue on “New developments in the global transport of Agricultural Products, Energy and Natural Resources” (guest Edited By: Christopher Clott and Albert Veenstra). More info can be found here:


Symposium “THE FUTURE OF URBAN NETWORK RESEARCH”, September 18 – 20, 2017 at Ghent University (Belgium)

References to ‘urban networks’ in academic books and articles have grown dramatically since the 1950s, and research on the topic of urban networks now extends across many social and natural science disciplines (e.g. geography, sociology, engineering, physics) and over many scales of analysis from the local formation of social networks among neighbours in cities, to the regional formation of inter-city transportation networks, to the global formation of transnational urban-economic networks. This rapid growth in the size, scope, and scale of urban network research has left the area invigorated, but without a clear agenda for future work.


Special Issue on “Technologies and Control for Sustainable Transportation”

Transportation Research Part C will publish a Special Issue on “Technologies and Control for Sustainable Transportation”. The CFP is available here: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/transportation-research-part-c-emerging-technologies/call-for-papers/special-issue-on-technologies-and-control-for-sustainable

This special issue calls for papers that contribute to mathematical models, methodologies, quantitative analyses, and advanced applications that address the impacts of novel technologies and control systems to enhance the sustainability of (urban) transportation systems.

Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2016