NSF Mobility Workshop | 11-12 May 2017

Call for Participation — Workshop on Analyzing Movement and Mobility Within Geographic Context

Abstract submission deadline: Monday, February 20.

The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
11-12 May 2017

The wealth of moving objects data (MOD) generated by GPS, radiolocation, proximity sensors and other location-aware technologies comes with a significant cost - the lack of path semantics such as the motivations and activities associated with the mobility behavior. Consequently, methods for analyzing MOD focus on the morphology of the object’s path in space with respect to time. Ignoring the geographic context is a major weakness since this can help researchers infer among different behaviors that are consistent with the same mobility behavior, such as whether apparently coordinated movement is coincidental or indicative of a shared activity.  A vital research frontier is developing new MOD analytical techniques that go beyond the movement pattern to include the geographic context within which movement occurs.

We invite broad participation from researchers at any level and from any field of study (e.g., transportation, sociology, animal movement ecology, public health, GIS) with interests in measuring and analyzing animal and/or human movement within its geographic context. Selected participants will receive an award for travel expenses reimbursement ranging from $500-$1000, with priority to students and unfunded scholars.


NSF Workshops on Advancing Movement and Mobility Science by Bridging Research on Human Mobility and Animal Movement Ecology


Recent years have witnessed the emergence of interdisciplinary scientific communities focusing on moving objects, motivated by technological advances in location-aware technologies for moving objects data (MOD) collection. In response to these challenges and opportunities, interdisciplinary communities are emerging that focus on the analysis of MOD to in order to provide new insights into complex spatio-temporal systems. However, a schism is also emerging between researchers focusing on human entities (e.g., people, vehicles, commodities) and animal entities (e.g., tigers, pandas, albatrosses, salmon).

A series of two workshops will bring together scholars working on animal movement ecology and human mobility science to generate a nascent interdisciplinary/cross-domain community focusing on the analysis of moving objects:

i. Measuring and interpreting interactions between and among moving objects (UT - Austin, November 2016);
ii. Analyzing movement and mobility within geographic context (OSU, May 2017).