EpiFor @ NetMob 2013 May 4, 2013
The EpiFor team contributed to NetMob, the third conference on the analysis of mobile phone datasets, that took place at the MIT in Cambridge, MA, USA, on May 1-3, 2013.
NetMob is an interdiscplinary conference that aims at gathering experts from different fields who use mobile phone data in their research activity. In recent years, the availability of mobile phone datasets has opened the possibility to improve our understanding of large-scale social networks by investigating how people exchange information, build trust, create markets and develop social interactions. Mobile phone datasets can also be used to analyze mobility and better understand complex processes such as the spread of information and viruses or transportation and the use of urban infrastructures.
Michele Tizzoni presented a contributed talk titled Proxy networks for human mobility in Europe: the impact on epidemic modeling, descrbing some recent results about the use of mobile phone data to estimate populaiton movements and their impact on spatial epidemic models. The work he presented is the result of a large collaboration between a number of research institutions across Europe and the USA. In paritcular, the project has seen the contribution of: the ISI Foundation in Torino, Italy, the INSERM in France, the MIT in the USA, the Université Catholique of Louvain in Belgium and the telecom company Orange in France.