Welcome to netmob logo 2023

October 4-6, Madrid, Spain

NetMob is the primary conference on the analysis of mobile phone datasets in social, urban, societal and industrial problems.


NetMob 2023 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).
  • Submissions should include the title, author(s), affiliation(s) and email address(es) on the first page.
  • Electronic submission of manuscripts in PDF format is required.

Data Challenge

Colocated with NetMob 2023, we are launching the NetMob 2023 Data Challenge. The challenge aims at deriving new knowledge from the analysis, characterization, modelling and cross-correlation of an original high-resolution dataset describing mobile service usage in multiple regions of France

Challenge format:

  • Prospective participants shall apply to the challenge in order to get access to the dataset. Instructions are available at the challenge webpage.
  • Admitted participants shall submit two-page extended abstracts in PDF format including title, author(s), affiliation(s) and email address(es) on the first page, describing their preliminary results from the dataset analysis.
  • Selected participants will be invited to submit by September 22, 2023 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 2023 Book of Abstracts.

When & Where

NetMob 2023 will take place on October 4-6, 2023 at the Auditorium of Puerta de Toledo campus of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, located in downtown Madrid, Spain.

The campus can be reached via public transport by:

Madrid city center can be reached from the Aldolfo Suares Barajas Airport (MAD) airport by

Program at a glance

  • Conference talks
  • Conference posters
  • Challenge talks
  • Challenge posters
Time Wednesday, 4 October 2023 Thursday, 5 October 2023 Friday, 6 October 2023
Talks Talks Poster Talks Poster
08:30-09:15 Setup Setup
09:15-09:45 Welcome Keynote A Keynote B
09:45-10:15 Session A
10:15-10:45 Session H Awards
10:45-11:00 Break Break Break
11:00-12:00 Session B Session I Display Session N Display
12:00-13:00 Session C Session J Session O
13:00-14:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:00-15:00 Session D
15:00-16:00 Session E Session K Session P
16:00-16:15 Break Break Break
16:15-17:15 Session F Session L Session Q
17:15-18:00 Session G Session M Session R

Keynote A

Keynote A

Luca Pappalardo (ISTI-CNR)

Thursday, 5 October 2023 | 09:15 - 10:15

Keynote B

Keynote B

Marta C. Gonzalez (University of California at Berkeley)

Friday, 6 October 2023 | 09:15 - 10:15

The complete session list is available on the program page.

For authors of abstracts accepted for presentation as a talk

  1. Each talk will be allocated 12 minutes plus 3 minutes for Q&A. We will have to enforce a strict compliance with timing due to a fairly packed program, so please make sure that you stay in the allotted 12 minutes with your presentation.
  2. Prepare a PDF file with your slides and upload it via HotCRP by September 29 at the latest. We will collect and organize all slide decks, which will be played from a local computer to avoid last-minute problems with connectivity and incompatibility.
  3. Provide a short biography of the presenter in the dedicated free-text form in HotCRP.
  4. Note that NetMob 2023 will be a fully in-person event, and we do not have options for remote presentation.

For authors of abstracts to be presented as posters

  1. Format of posters is A0 in portrait orientation (84.1 cm width x 118.9 cm height, or 33.1 inches x 46.8 inches).
  2. You need to print the poster on your own, an 'emergency' printing facility is available in the venue but that should only be considered as a backup.
  3. As you can see from the program, each poster is exhibited for one full day on October 5, the second day of the conference. You are welcome to set up your poster at any time between 8:30 (when the venue opens) and the end of the first coffee break (at 10:45). The official time allocated for attendees to browse posters is from 13:00 to 15:00, and we encourage you to stand by your poster during that time, after grabbing your lunch. You should remove your poster by the end of the day.

Book of Abstract

The NetMob 2023 Book of Abstracts can be downloaded here.

  • 48 Conference Talks
  • 18 Conference Poster
  • 10 Data Challenge Talks
  • 34 Data Challenge Poster

Travel grants

We are pleased to announce the availability of Travel Grants for NetMob 2023, sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation through PRTR and the European Union-NextGenerationEU, for the promotion of telecommunications studies in Spain.


Full-time graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in bachelor, master or doctoral programs may apply following the application guidelines below. Due to regulations of the sponsoring funds, students who are or have been enrolled in a Spanish university at any point of their career are not eligible.


Eligible students shall submit one single PDF file containing the following three documents.

  1. A brief cover letter (one page maximum) indicating:
    • the college/university programs the student has been enrolled in, with an explicit confirmation that the student has never been enrolled in any Spanish university;
    • whether the student is a first author, a co-author and/or the presenter for one or more accepted talks, posters and/or challenge contributions at NetMob 2023;
    • the student's research interests and its alignment with NetMob 2023;
    • a statement about how attending the conference will benefit the student's career and/or research;
    • an estimate of the airfare and hotel costs of attending NetMob 2023.
  2. A recommendation letter from the student's advisor including:
    • a confirmation that the student is a full-time graduate or undergraduate student in good academic standing;
    • an explanation of how the travel grant would help the advisor supporting the economic costs of the student's participation to NetMob 2023;
    • a commitment to cover travel costs in excess of the travel grant.
  3. The student's CV.

Applications should be sent via mail to to netmob2023@imdea.org by September 22 AoE. Please include 'Student Travel Grant application' in the subject of such mails. Note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Each grant will consist of a reimbursement of up to 500 euros for travel, accommodation and living expenses. The Reimbursement will happen after the end of the conference, upon presentation of receipts and proofs of payment by the grant recipient. Full details will be provided to the awardees in due time.


Registration fees

Attendee Early Bird* Regular Link
Student € 100 € 150 Register
Academic € 200 € 300 Register
Industry € 200 € 300 Register

*Early Bird ends on August 30, 2023. Regular registration ends on October 6, 2023.

Terms and Conditions

All payments are processed through the Stripe gateway - the NetMob 2023 organization committee has no liability whatsoever. Student registration rates are available to full-time students only (a valid student ID or other proof of full-time student status is required to pick up the registration on-site).

Refund/Cancellation Policy

All registration refund requests must be sent via email to netmob2023@imdea.org and received no later than October 1, 2023. A full refund, minus € 15.00 for online registration, will be issued. For those who pay by credit card, refunds can only be processed to the credit card to which the original charge was made. Processing of the refunds may take over 30 days. Refund requests received after October 1, 2023 will not be honored. No-shows are subject to the full fee.

Payment Methods

Credit Card is the preferred/suggested method for registration. However, domestic and international wire transfers are accepted, if you wish this payment method, please contact netmob2023@imdea.org. Please clearly state your name and registration ID if you choose off-line payment options. The amount to be paid should be the Euro amount we should receive + processing fees that you may be charged. Unless we receive the full amount you owe NetMob in Euro, your registration status is not considered confirmed.

Visa Information

Citizens of the Member States of the European Union, and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, may enter Spain with their national identity card or with a valid passport.

If you are a Non-European Union citizen and want to travel to Spain for attending NetMob 2023 you will have to obtain a visa. There are different types of visa that vary, depending on the period of time you have to stay in the country and the travel purpose. The Schengen visa is issued to third-country nationals listed in Annex I of Regulation (EU) 2018/1806. This visa allows the holder to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days (in any 180-day period) for the purposes of tourism, business, visiting family, medical treatment, studies, training placements or volunteer activities that last under 3 months, or for other non-gainful activities. You can find more information on this website.

Support Letters

As part of the visa application process, you may be required to include a visa support letter. To request a visa support letter, register for the conference and then email your request to the NetMob Organizers (netmob2023@imdea.org), and include:

  • Your name as it appears on your passport
  • Your passport number and birth date
  • Your current postal mailing address
  • Your Registration Confirmation Number
  • If you have any papers accepted for the conference or Data Challenge, please provide the title and indicate whether you are the “sole author” or a “co-author”

Visa support letters are answered in the order they are received. You will receive a PDF letter by email within 4-5 business days. Please note that we do not fax visa support letters. The PDF serves as a signed electronic version of the original letter which will be mailed to your current mailing address. If you do not receive the letter by post mail on time for your visa appointment, please print out your PDF letter and take it with you.

Please note that Support Letter will only be sent to participants who have registered and paid for the Conference. Should participants withdraw from the conference after the issue of Support Letter, the consulate will be notified of the withdrawal accordingly.


As October is high season in Madrid, and a period when many large events and fairs are celebrated, we strongly recommend to reserve your accommodation as soon as possible.

These are some hotels that are close to the conference venue and well connected by public transport:

Also the following neighborhoods are close to the conference venue and well connected by public transport:

Steering Committee

University of Louvain

IDSUDD, ISI Foundation & Telefónica

IMDEA Networks Institute & Net AI

University of Maryland

University of Oxford

Program Committee

  • Albert Ali Salah, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Bruno Lepri, FBK Foundation, Italy
  • Carlee Joe-Wong, Carnegie Mellon University, US
  • Enrique Frias-Martinez, Universidad Camilo Jose Cela, Spain
  • Giovanna Miritello, Vodafone, UK
  • Giulia Pullano, Georgetown University, US
  • János Kertész, Central European University, Vienna
  • Katarzyna Wac, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Luca Pappalardo, ISTI-CNR, Italy
  • Luca Vassio, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Marta Gonzalez, Berkeley, US
  • Mirco Musolesi, University College London, UK
  • Mori Korokawa, KDDI Research, Japan
  • Ruben Cuevas Rumin, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Stefania Rubrichi, Orange Innovation, France
  • Takahiro Yabe, NYU, US
  • Tassos Noulas, Firefly, US
  • Veena Mendiratta, Northwestern University, US
  • Yoshihide Sekimoto, University of Tokio, Japan
  • Zbigniew Smoreda, Orange Innovation, France

Local Organizers

IMDEA Networks Institute

IMDEA Networks Institute

IMDEA Networks Institute

Past editions

Mathematical Institute, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Mathematical Institute, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Vodafone Theatre in Milan, Italy

Vodafone Theatre in Milan, Italy

MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, USA

MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, USA

April 7-10, 2015

Special session on the D4D Orange challenge on mobile phone dataset analysis

May 2-3, 2013

Special session on the D4D Orange challenge.

October 10-11, 2011

Co-located with the Third IEEE Conference on Social Computing

May 11, 2010

Co-located with the International Conference on Network Science