Is Human Mobility Predictable?
The study of the interdependence of human movement and social ties of individuals is one of the most interesting research areas in computational social science. Previous studies have shown that human movement is predictable to a certain extent at different geographic scales.
One of the open problems is how to improve the prediction exploiting additional available information. In particular, one of the key questions is how to characterise and exploit the correlation between movements of friends and acquaintances to increase the accuracy of the forecasting algorithms.
Nokia Mobile Data Challenge
Our dataset that has been provided for the Nokia Mobility Data Challenge is composed of information related to 39 users, including the following: GPS traces, telephone numbers, call and SMS history, Bluetooth and WLAN history.
We use GPS traces to analyse the movement of the users.
From University of Birmingham:
- Manlio De Domenico (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
- Antonio Lima (PhD student)
- Mirco Musolesi (Faculty)
From INSA Lyon:
- Paul Mougel (Visiting Student)
Our paper was the winning entry of the Open Challenge of the Nokia Mobile Data Challenge 2012:
- M. De Domenico, A. Lima, M. Musolesi. Interdependence and Predictability of Human Mobility and Social Interactions. Proceedings of the Nokia Mobile Data Challenge Workshop. Colocated with Pervasive 2012. Newcastle, United Kingdom. June 2012.
- M. De Domenico, A. Lima and M. Musolesi. Interdependence and Predictability of Human Mobility and Social Interactions. Journal version submitted for publication. arXiv:1210.2376.
- Nokia Press Release: Unlocking the secrets of smartphone data
- BBC Midlands: video coverage (and blog post)
- MIT Technology Review: A Phone that Knows Where You’re Going
- MSNBC: Your future phone may know where you’re going
- Discovery News: Phone predicts Where you’re going next
- Mashable: Phone Predicts Where You’re Going
- Toronto Star: Where will you be this time tomorrow? Smartphone data can guess within 20 metres
- Forbes: Algorithm Aims To Predict Crime By Tracking Mobile Phones
- Wired: Algorithm predicts your location in 24 hours with 20-metre accuracy
- The Sunday Times: Dog’n’ bone sniffs out your next move
- The Washington Post: GPS technology finding its way into court
- Slate: What Happens When Our Cellphones Can Predict Our Every Move?
- KPCC: Cell phones know where you’re going before you do (and audio interview)
Please contact Mirco Musolesi sending an email to m.musolesi [AT] cs.bham.ac.uk