BEGIN seminar – Vanessa Brum-Bastos

Sebastijan Sekulic
Wednesday 8 January 2020

Date: 21 January 20120
Time: 15:00-16:00
Venue: School VI

Movement analytics: using geospatial temporal data to understand behavior

Movement analytics has been boosted in the recent years by the ubiquitous availability and quality of spatio-temporal data on people and wildlife. Movement ecology and human mobility are the two main application areas of movement analytics, the first one aims to understand wildlife behavior for conservation purposes mostly, whilst the second one looks at human movement to improve transportation and urban planning, particularly in the context of smart cities. Location-based services and GPS trackers are constantly creating massive data-sets on individuals’ locations at specific timestamps. These data-sets can be analyzed to extract movement patterns, which in conjunction with contextual data can lead to a further understanding of behavior.  In this seminar, Dr Brum-Bastos will present her work on the influence of the weather on human movement in Scotland – UK, bicycling ridership patterns in San Francisco – US and the impact of e-scooters in Tempe – US.


Vanessa Brum-Bastos is a Research Fellow at the School of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews. Currently, she works with Dr Urska Demsar on the project Uncovering the Mechanisms of Migratory Bird Navigation with Big Data Analytics funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Dr Bastos research focuses on the development and implementation of Context-Aware Movement Analysis (CAMA) to further understand behavior from movement data. More specifically, she is interested in combining movement data with environmental and socio-economic variables to understand how different factors can influence human mobility and wildlife behavior. This knowledge is critical for planning equalitarian sustainable transportation systems, as well as designing biodiversity conservation plans.



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