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IJGI Webinar | Social Computing for Geographic Information Science: Which Data, Tools, and Methods for Analyzing Mobility?

9 Jul 2021, 15:00

Human Mobility, Spatial Interaction, Geo-social Data, Transportation
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1st IJGI Webinar

Social Computing for Geographic Information Science: Which Data, Tools, and Methods for Analyzing Mobility?

The increasing use of location-based social networks and the huge generation of social geo-located data from mobile sensing devices have fueled an urgent need of understanding and analysing the interplay between geographic information science and social computing in order to design new approaches for collecting, representing, understanding, managing, learning, interacting, and reasoning about social geographic information. New challenges and perspective are open if we consider how data collected and analysed can be used for services such as transportation and urban planning.

This webinar is dedicated to explore how social geographic information can be used for understanding human mobility dynamics. Two international experts, Dr. Ludovico Boratto from University of Cagliari and Prof. Zhenlong Li from University of South Carolina, will outline current trends, research challenges and opportunities created by the use of social media data for analyzing people mobility in urban areas and for measuring spatial social interactions.

Date: 9 July 2021

Time: 3:00pm CEST | 9:00am EDT | 9:00pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 856 3693 7260

Webinar Secretariat: ijgi.webinar@mdpi.com

Chairs

National Research Council (CNR), Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies (IRPPS), Italy

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Arianna D’Ulizia received the M.S. degree in computer science engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2005 and the Ph.D. degree in computer science and automation from the University of “Roma Tre” in 2009. She is currently a Researcher with the Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies at the National Research Council of Italy. She has organized several international workshops and special issues as Guest editor on international journals. She is editor-in-chief of the “EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cognitive Communications” journal and an associate editor of the “IEEE Access” journal. She is an editorial board member of several international journals and a program committee member for national and international conferences and workshops. She has authored more than70 papers published in international journals, conferences and books. She is mainly interested in social computing, online social networks, geographical query languages, geographic information systems, human-computer interaction, multimodal interaction, visual languages, knowledge management and innovation.

National Research Council (CNR), Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies (IRPPS), Italy

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Patrizia Grifoni received the degrees in Electronic Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. She is senior researcher and works at the National Research Council of Italy since 1990. From 1994 to 1999 she was contract professor of “Elaborazione digitale delle immagini” in the course for Cultural Heritage professionals with the University of Macerata. She is professor of “Software Engineering and Object-Oriented Programming” at the telematic International Uninettuno University. She is the author of more than 250 papers on journal, books and conferences. She has been member of the program committee for many conferences, guest editor for many Special issues in international journals, and is member of the editorial board of some international journals such as “International Journal of Information Systems in the Service Sector (IJISSS)”, of the “Journal of Digital Information Management (JDIM)”. She was the scientific responsible for CNR of some European and National projects. Her expertise and main research interests are: Social Informatics, Social Computing, Human-Machine Interaction, Multimodal Interaction, Sketch-Based Interfaces, Multimedia Applications, User Modelling, Knowledge Bases, Spatial Data, Geographic Information Systems, Spatial-Temporal models and systems, Responsible Research and Innovation, Ethics, Risk Management, Web platforms, Social Networks, Web 2.0, Machine learning, Internet of The Future, Quadruple Helix stakeholder’s engagement, User and Context Modelling, and Technology Assessment.

National Research Council (CNR), Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies (IRPPS), Italy

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Fernando Ferri received the degrees in Electronic Engineering in 1990 and the PhD in Medical Informatics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1993. He is Director of Research with the National Research Council of Italy. He has been contract professor from 1993 to 2000 of “Sistemi di Elaborazione” for the course for Cultural Heritage professionals with the University of Macerata. He is the author of more than 300 papers on international journal, books and conferences. He is professor of “Algorithms and data structures” and of “Information Systems and Databases” at the telematic International Uninettuno University. He was the Coordinator of some European and national projects. He has been member of the program committee for many conferences, guest editor for many special issues in international journals, and is member of the editorial board of some international journals. His main research areas of interest are: Social Informatics, Social Computing, Human-Machine Interaction, Multimodal Interaction, Sketch-Based Interfaces, Multimedia Applications, User Modelling, Knowledge Bases, Spatial Data, Geographic Information Systems, Spatial-Temporal models and systems, Responsible Research and Innovation, Ethics, Risk Management, Web platforms, Social Networks, Web 2.0, Machine learning, Internet of The Future, Quadruple Helix stakeholder’s engagement, User and Context Modelling, Technology Assessment and Medical Informatics.

Invited Speakers

University of Cagliari, Italy

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Ludovico Boratto is a researcher at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Cagliari (Italy). His research interests focus on recommender systems and their impact on the different stakeholders, both considering accuracy and beyond-accuracy evaluation metrics. He has authored more than 60 papers and published his research in top-tier conferences and journals. His research activity also brought him to give talks and tutorials at top-tier conferences and research centers (Yahoo! Research). He is editor of the book “Group Recommender Systems: An Introduction”, published by Springer. He is an editorial board member of the “Information Processing & Management” journal (Elsevier) and “Journal of Intelligent Information Systems” (Springer), and guest editor of several journals’ special issues. He is regularly part of the program committees of the main Web conferences, where he received three outstanding contribution awards. In 2012, he got his Ph.D. at the University of Cagliari (Italy), where he was a research assistant until May 2016. From May 2016 to April 2021, he joined Eurecat as Senior Research Scientist in the Data Science and Big Data Analytics research group. In 2010 and 2014, he spent ten months at Yahoo! Research in Barcelona as a visiting researcher. He is a member of ACM and IEEE.

University of South Carolina (USC), United States

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Zhenlong Li is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina (USC), where he established and leads the Geoinformation and Big Data Research Lab (http://gis.cas.sc.edu/gibd). His primary research field is GIScience with a focus on geospatial big data analytics, spatiotemporal computing, and cyberGIS with applications to disaster management, human mobility, and public health. He has received funding support from NSF, NIH, and ESIP among others. He has more than 90 publications including 60 journal articles. Li is recognized as a Breakthrough Star by USC in 2020 and is listed as one of the Geospatial World 50 Rising Stars by the Geospatial Media and Communications in 2021. He served as the Chair of the Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group of Association of American Geographers (AAG), Co-Chair of the Cloud Computing Group of Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), and Board of Director of the International Association of Chinese Professionals in GIScience.

Webinar Content

On Friday, 9 July 2021, MDPI and the Journal IJGI organized the 1st webinar on IJGI, entitled "Social Computing for Geographic Information Science: Which Data, Tools, and Methods for Analyzing Mobility?".

The introduction was held by one of the Chairs of the webinar, Dr. Arianna D’Ulizia. She received her Master degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Automation from the University of “Roma Tre”. She is currently a Researcher with the Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies at the National Research Council of Italy. She is editor-in-chief of the “Endorsed Transactions on Cognitive Communications” journal and an associate editor of the “IEEE Access” journal.

The first speaker to quick off this webinar was Dr. Ludovico Boratto, with his presentation “Data Collection on People Mobility and Transportations: Current Solutions, Open Challenges and New Opportunities”. He is a researcher at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Cagliari (Italy). His research interests focus on recommender systems and their impact on the different stakeholders, both considering accuracy and beyond-accuracy evaluation metrics. Dr. Boratto is an editorial board member of the “Information Processing & Management” journal (Elsevier) and “Journal of Intelligent Information Systems” (Springer), and guest editor of several journals’ special issues. In 2012, he got his Ph.D. at the University of Cagliari (Italy), where he was a research assistant until May 2016. From May 2016 to April 2021, he joined Eurecat as Senior Research Scientist in the Data Science and Big Data Analytics research group. Additionally, he is a member of ACM and IEEE.

The second presentation with the title " Big Social Media Data to Measure Place Connectivity and Human Mobility Dynamics" was held by Dr. Zhenlong Li. He is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina (USC), where he established and leads the Geoinformation and Big Data Research Lab (http://gis.cas.sc.edu/gibd). His primary research field is GIScience with a focus on geospatial big data analytics, spatiotemporal computing, and cyberGIS with applications to disaster management, human mobility, and public health. Dr. Li is recognized as a Breakthrough Star by USC in 2020 and is listed as one of the Geospatial World 50 Rising Stars by the Geospatial Media and Communications in 2021.

The presentations were followed by a Q&A and a discussion, moderated by the Chair Prof. Dr. Patrizia Grifoni. She received the degrees in Electronic Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. She is senior researcher and works at the National Research Council of Italy since 1990. From 1994 to 1999 she was contract professor of “Elaborazione digitale delle immagini” in the course for Cultural Heritage professionals with the University of Macerata. She is professor of “Software Engineering and Object-Oriented Programming” at the telematic International Uninettuno University.

The closing of the webinar was moderated by the Chair Prof. Dr. Fernando Ferri. He received the degrees in Electronic Engineering in 1990 and the PhD in Medical Informatics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1993. He is Director of Research with the National Research Council of Italy. He is also professor of “Algorithms and data structures” and of “Information Systems and Databases” at the telematic International Uninettuno University. He was the Coordinator of some European and national projects.

The webinar was offered via Zoom and required registration to attend. The full recording can be found here on Sciforum website. In order to stay updated on the next webinars on IJGI be sure to sign up for our newsletter by clicking on “Subscribe” at the top of the page.

Program

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CEST

Dr. Arianna D’Ulizia

Chair Introduction: Which Data, Tools, and Methods for Analyzing People Mobility?

3:00 - 3:10 pm

Dr. Ludovico Boratto

Data Collection on People Mobility and Transportations: Current Solutions, Open Challenges and New Opportunities

3:10 - 3:40 pm

Dr. Zhenlong Li

Big Social Media Data to Measure Place Connectivity and Human Mobility Dynamics

3:40 - 4:20 pm

Q&A Session & Conclusion
Prof. Dr. Patrizia Grifoni

4:20 - 4:40 pm

Closing of Webinar
Prof. Dr. Fernando Ferri

4:40 - 4:45 pm

Relevant SI

Social Computing for Geographic Information Science
Guest Editors: Dr. Arianna D'Ulizia, Dr. Patrizia Grifoni & Dr. Fernando Ferri
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021

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