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People get together on special events: Discovering happenings in the city via cell network analysis

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3 Author(s)
Ferrari, L. ; Dipt. di Sci. e Metodi dell''Ing., Univ. of Modena & Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy ; Mamei, M. ; Colonna, M.

Several pervasive and mobile computing systems would benefit from being notified about special events happening in the city. In this paper we present a methodology to discover events from human mobility patterns as recorded by cell network usage. Experiments conducted over an extensive dataset from the main Italian telecom operator show that the proposed approach is effective and can be applied to a number of different scenarios. These results can have a strong impact on pervasive applications including online map services, automatic gazetteers, urban planning, and disaster response.

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Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops (PERCOM Workshops), 2012 IEEE International Conference on

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19-23 March 2012