The City Browser: Utilizing Massive Call Data to Infer City Mobility Dynamics

ACM International Workshop on Urban Computing, New York
24 Aug 2014

This paper presents the City Browser, a tool developed to analyze the complexities underlying human mobility at the city scale. The tool uses data generated from mobile phones as a proxy to provide several insights with regards to the commuting patterns of the population within the bounds of a city. The three major components of the browser are the data warehouse, modules and algorithm, and the visualization interface. The modules and algorithm component utilizes Call Detail Records (CDRs) stored within the data warehouse to infer mobility patterns that are then communicated through the visualization interface. The modules and algorithm component consists of four modules: the spatial-temporal decomposition module, the home/work capturing module, the community detection module, and the flow estimation module. The visualization interface manages the output of each module to provide a comprehensive view of a city’s mobility dynamics over varying time scales. A case study is presented on the city of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, where the browser was developed to better understand city mobility patterns.

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