MASS 2017Mobility Analytics from Spatial and Social Data

with APWeb-WAIM – July 07 – 09, 2017 – Beijing, China



The MASS 2017 aims mobility analytics taking both spatial and social dimensions of data into consideration to be co-held with APWeb-WAIM 2017, soliciting experimental and theoretical work on social networks and spatial data analysis with a particular interest in those studies in connecting the two dimensions, which maps online Web content to offline physical world, to analyze user mobility and behaviors.

Social and spatial enrichments are fundamental components of our daily life. Recent developments in both social networks and spatial services have advanced significantly thanks to the prevalence of the online social platforms, smart devices, and geo-positioning components. The availability of considerable data with social and spatial dimensions has been attracting attentions from research communities, where previous studies used to mainly examine both domains separately. However, social and spatial processes interact dramatically. For instance, joint actions happen within space and social factors such as population migration or even just interacting with friends on a geo-enabled smartphone. The joint actions pose challenges to bridge network space where social relationships connect actors, geographic space where each actor or behavior is geo-referenced, and complex attributes that consist of actor or geo-location context. A growing number of researchers realize potential applications of mobility analytics methods to geographically embedded social networks, which call for the support of spatial social data analysis in integrated tools, especially those capable to process data at a large scale.