Shaping the City with Data Science

Thursday, April 11, 2019

12.00 p.m.

ISI seminar room 1st floor

Dr. Eduardo Graells-Garrido Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile

Cities are growing at a fast rate, and its infrastructure needs to adapt accordingly. To design, plan, and manage the city, domain experts need data that reflect how people move from one place to another, at what times, for what purpose, and in what mode(s) of transportation. However, traditional data collection methods are not cost-effective or timely.
For instance, travel surveys are expensive, collected every ten years, a period of time that does not cope with quick city changes, and using a relatively small sample of people.
Considering this context, in this talk I give an overview of how we can infer patterns of transportation and mobility in a city by analyzing non-traditional data sources.
I focus mainly on Mobile Phone Data, but I also mention Social Media and Volunteered Geographic Information. As result, the audience will learn about individual- and city-level insights related to transportation, mobility, and visualization.

Eduardo Graells-Garrido is Assistant Professor at the Data Science Institute in Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile; and Telefonica R&D Chile Fellow. He is interested in improving the understanding of how people live their own city; his research lies in the intersection of Urban Informatics, Information Visualization, and Social Sciences. He also writes auto- and science-fiction -- his favorite author is Ursula K. Le Guin.