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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 148
Title: Understanding Human Behavior at Large Scales through Mobile Devices
Lead Author: Hong, Jason I
Abstract: Smart phones, which come with a rich array of sensors and communication capabilities, are becoming more affordable and increasingly adopted by the general population. In this white paper, we argue that the increasing pervasiveness of these mobile devices offers researchers the ability to understand human behavior and real-world social interactions at a fidelity and scale that could not be accomplished before. We provide a brief case study of our own work in using location data from over 400 people to characterize aspects of both those people as well as the places they went. We also sketch out two major research challenges, in terms of the logistics of conducting this kind of research as well as managing privacy issues. We also argue that the costs of this kind of research are quite high, and that researchers need much more support from government and from industry to pursue this line of work, and that a large data collection and data sharing effort may be an effective way to proceed.
PDF: Hong_Jason_148.pdf

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