Human Mobility Sensing, Analytics, and Services for Societal Good

Wednesday October 18, 2017
Location: CIC Panther Hollow
Time: 4:30PM-5:30PM

John Paul Shen (Carnegie Mellon University)


Unprecedented in human history, we now have the necessary tools to pursue ambitious global-scale experimental research on human mobility. Researchers from the fields of computer, information, data, behavior, and social sciences, finally have our “Large Hadron Collider” to sense, curate, and analyze an incredible amount of real-world and real-time human mobility data; this is enabled by ubiquitous wireless connectivity, billions of mobile devices, and global ride sharing/hailing services. This talk presents a vision for such large-scale research on human mobility with the aim of using big data sensing and analytics for developing services for the mobile population and societal benefits.


After spending 15 years in the industry, John returned to CMU in 2015. Prior to that he was the founding director of the Nokia North America Research Lab, pursuing research in mobile computing and web services. Before joining Nokia in 2006, he was Director of the Microarchitecture Research Lab at Intel, pursuing research on aggressive superscalar and multi-core processor designs. Before joining Intel in 2000, John was a tenured full Professor in the ECE Dept. at CMU. He has returned to this former position, and is currently directing a new CMU initiative on “Human Mobility Analytics and Services” (HUMANS).