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Planet-scale human mobility measurement

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Pan Hui, Richard Mortier, Michal Piorkowski, Tristan Nicholas Hoang Henderson, Jon Crowcroft

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Research into, and design and construction of mobile systems and algorithms requires access to large-scale mobility data. Unfortunately, the research community lacks such data. For instance, the largest available human contact traces contain only 100 nodes with very sparse connectivity, limited by experimental logistics. In this paper we pose a challenge to the community: how can we collect mobility data from billions of human participants? We re-assert the importance of large-scale datasets in communication network design, and claim that this could impact fundamental studies in other academic disciplines. In effect, we argue that planet-scale mobility measurements can help to save the world. For example, through understanding large-scale human mobility, we can track and model and contain the spread of epidemics of various kinds.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Second ACM International Workshop on Hot Topics in Planet-Scale Measurement (HotPlanet)
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781450301770
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2010
Event8th Annual International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 15 Jun 201018 Jun 2010


Conference8th Annual International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

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