Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

International Initiatives

Participation in Other International Programs

International Initiatives
  • MOTif

  • Title: Mobile phone sensing of human dynamics in techno-social environment

  • International Partners (Institution - Laboratory - Researcher):

    • Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Instituto de Cálculo - Alejo Salles

    • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil) - Jussara M. Almeida

  • Duration: 2018 - 2019

  • Start year: 2018

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is becoming increasingly social, as demonstrated by the multitude of emerging technologies and technology platforms that facilitate social interactions, taking place as communication via telephone, text message, email, online social networks etc. At the same time, our social activities are increasingly embedded in the ICT environments that enable and enhance our ability to transact, share experiences, and maintain social relationships. One of the best ways to explore these developments is through the mining and analysis of data, which are collected through mobile phones and allow us to investigate how individuals act when embedded in a technology-enabled environment. Unlimited access to a wide range of mobile applications and services may change our way to gain information, to communicate, or even to behave in different contextual places like home, work, or anywhere else. Thus understanding individual activity patterns and the source of decisions behind them is moreover important for the design of future services and to estimate the demand on the infrastructure. The MOTIf project builds on the analysis and modeling of geo-localized temporally detailed but fully anonymised mobile phone call networks. These datasets allow us to address the two scientific objectives about spatiotemporal patterns of service usage of anonymised individuals to learn when, where, and what people are doing; and about the fine-grained sociodemographic structure of society and its effect on the the individual social behaviour. In other words our goal in general is to understand how individuals behave in a dynamic techno-social environment.