NetMob
2024
Washington DC
7-9 Oct 2024
NetMob is the primary conference on the analysis of mobile phone datasets in social, urban, societal and industrial problems.
Conference
Main Event
NetMob 2024 runs on a flexible format: a single track of short contributed talks, a simplified submission procedure, and the possibility to present early results or work submitted elsewhere. We welcome all contributions that deal with the analysis of mobile phone datasets. This includes but is not limited to analyses of CDRs, xDRs, mobile location data, Wi-Fi usage, mobile app data, social media content, etc.
Submission Format
  • Authors are invited to submit two-page abstracts (including figures, tables and references).
  • Electronic submission of manuscripts in PDF format is required
Important Dates
  • Submission website opening June 1, 2024
  • Submission deadline: July 7, 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: July 21, 2024
  • Conference: October 7-9, 2024
Data Challenge

Colocated with NetMob 2024, we are launching the NetMob 2024 Data Challenge. The NetMob 2024 Data Challenge seeks to foster competition centered on extracting and utilizing insights from mobility data. Beyond academic progress, the goal of this year’s challenge is to cultivate a global environment where enthusiasm for analyzing mobility data can thrive alongside practical development objectives. Specifically, it targets countries in the Global South, aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Netmob partners with Spectus for the 2024 Data Challenge to publish aggregated mobility dataset for four countries: Mexico, Colombia, Indonesia, and India. The data will cover the year 2019 and there are two datasets included in this challenge:

  • Population Density Data: This dataset describes the daily presence of mobile users, providing insights into the number of devices detected at specific locations on a daily basis. This will be aggregated by day at geohash 3 and 5 levels.
  • Origin-Destination Matrix Data: This dataset describes the flow of devices between two consecutive stops within a single day. The locations are aggregated to geohash 3 and geohash 5, offering detailed movement patterns of mobile users.

Additional datasets will be added that include aggregation by 3-hour intervals for both types of data. The team will also be including data from 2020, but this will not yet be available at the start of the challenge. Participants are encouraged to utilize these datasets to explore and analyze various aspects of human mobility and to inform policy within these countries.

All participants are required to review and agree to the Terms and Conditions before applying. Please apply to participate in the data challenge by completing the Data Request Form.

Challenge winners and winning teams will be selected based on their final report submissions. As an award, the winners and winning teams will be granted six-months of access to the Spectus Data Cleanroom, which contains more granular privacy-preserving data. Spectus reserves the right to determine the specific conditions and scope of this access, ensuring alignment with their privacy policies.

Challenge Format
  • Admitted participants shall submit two-page extended abstracts in PDF format describing their research proposal by July 7.
  • Selected participants will be invited to submit by September 16 a final report consisting of: a complete document without page limits that will be kept confidential, and used to select the challenge awardees as well as to take a final decision on whether the work will be presented at the conference as a talk or a poster; and, 2-page summary of the work that will appear in the public NetMob 2024 Book of Abstracts.
  • Participants should comply with the challenge terms and conditions
Important Dates
  • Abstract submission website opening: June 1, 2024
  • Challenge launch: June 10, 2024
  • Research proposal submission deadline: July 7, 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: July 21, 2024
  • Final report submission deadline: September 16, 2024
  • Notification of presentation and Poster: September 30, 2024
Suggested Topics
  • Weather Patterns, Climate Resilience, and Natural Hazards
  • Urban Planning and Sustainable Transportation
  • Public Health and Well-being
  • Poverty Mapping and Social Protection
  • Advancements in Methodologies for Analyzing Mobile Phone Data
When and Where

NetMob 2024 will take place on 7-9 Oct 2024 at the Preston Auditorium located inside The World Bank Group Main Campus in Washington, DC. U.S.A.

The World Bank Group Main Campus visitor entrance: 752 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Conference dates: October 7-9, 2024
The World Bank Group MC building
752 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Steering Committee
Vincent Blondel
Vincent Blondel

University of Louvain

Leo Ferres
Leo Ferres

IDSUDD, ISI Foundation & Telefónica

Marco Fiore
Marco Fiore

IMDEA Networks Institute & Net AI

Vanessa Frias-Martinez
Vanessa Frias-Martinez

University of Maryland

Renaud Lambiotte
Renaud Lambiotte

University of Oxford

Program Committee
Bruno Lepri, FBK Foundation, Italy
Enrique Frias-Martinez, UNIR iTED, Spain
Giovanna Miritello, Vodafone
Takahiro Yabe, New York University, US
Anastasios Noulas, Firefly, US
Lei Dong, Peking University, China
Chen Zhong, University College London, UK
Neave O'Clery, University College London, UK
Albert Ali Salah, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Giulia Pullano, Georgetown University, US
Luca Pappalardo, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Luca Vassio, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Ruben Cuevas Rumin, University Carlos III, Spain
Stefania Rubrichi, Orange Innovation, France
Veena Mendiratta, Northwestern University, US
Hugo Alatrista-Salas, De Vinci University, France
Rosario Medina, Pontifical Catholic University, Peru
Yang Yue, Shenzhen University, China
Nicholas K.W. jones, World Bank, US
Erwin W. Knippenberg, The World Bank, US
Mirco Musolesi, University College London, UK
Yoshihide Sekimoto, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Oscar Eduardo Barriga-Cabanillas, The World Bank, US
Mori Kurokawa, KDDI Research, Japan
Daniel A. Rodriguez, UC Berkeley, US
Riccardo Di Clemente, Northeastern Univ. London, UK
Organizers
Sveta Milusheva
Sveta Milusheva

The World Bank

Trevor Monroe
Trevor Monroe

The World Bank

Wenlan Zhang
Wenlan Zhang

The World Bank

Lakech Tsegaye
Lakech Tsegaye

The World Bank

Vincent Gauthier
Vincent Gauthier

Telecom SudParis & Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Vanessa Frias-Martinez
Vanessa Frias-Martinez

University of Maryland

Marta Gonzalez
Marta Gonzalez

University of Berkeley

Naman Awasthi
Naman Awasthi

University of Maryland

Saad Mohammad Abrar
Saad Mohammad Abrar

University of Maryland

Daniel Smolyak
Daniel Smolyak

University of Maryland

Sponsors