[Air-L] CfP workshop on Mobile phone positioning in Geography. Tartu Estonia, submission end 1 dec 2007
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*International workshop SPM2008 in Tartu, Estonia* *
*Social Positioning Method (SPM) 2008.*
*Mobile positioning data in geography and planning: data, analyses and
*Organised by: *Chair of Human Geography, University of Tartu and
The aim of the Social Positioning Method (SPM) 2008 workshop is to
discuss the theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of mobile
positioning based applications in geography and planning, and to share
knowledge between academic, public and private institutions.
- To teach participants to handle mobile positioning related issues with
theoretical and practical lessons on data management, analyses and
- To develop new approaches for using mobile positioning in geography,
planning, public administration and businesses, especially using
mobility studies, population geography, mobility related sustainability
studies and real-time mapping;
- To share know-how of mobile positioning applications between academic,
public and private institutions and to start active networking;
- To discuss aspects of data security, privacy and surveillance.
*The Social positioning method (SPM)*—integrates the location
coordinates of mobile phones (either real-time tracing or historic data)
and the personal (social) features of phone holders for geographical
analyses, LBS applications and urban planning. This method is developed
in Positium LBS and the Chair of Human Geography of University of Tartu
as a cooperative project of geographers, planners and IT experts since 2001.
*A number of study experiments and real-time positioning applications
*will be shared during the workshop from* Positium Barometer, MIT
Sensible City Lab with “Live Rome” and Orange Lab.* The workshop will
also feature invited well-known international keynote speakers.
The Following papers provide a short introduction to the topic from
Estonia and elsewhere:
*Ahas, R. Aasa, A., Roose, A., Mark, Ü., Silm, S. 2007. *Mobile
positioning as a new data source and method for tourism surveys: an
Estonian Case Study. Tourism Management (/Published online 28.06.2007/).
*Reades J, Calabrese F, Sevtsuk A, Ratti C, 2007. *Cellular census:
Explorations in urban data collection. IEEE Pervasive Computing 6(3): 30-38.
*Ahas, R., Mark, Ü. 2005.* Location based services – new challenges for
planning and public administration? Futures, 37(6): 547-561.
*Target groups: *Master- and PhD students, researchers and lecturers in
disciplines of Geography, Economics, Public Administration,
Architecture, Planning, GIS and IT Disciplines. Practicing specialists
from ICT companies.
*Activities: *1) paper submission round; 2) theoretical lectures; 3)
practical studies with mobile tracking and seminars; 4) site visits to
LBS companies in Estonia; 4) practical work and discussion of results in
mobile positioning laboratory of University of Tartu; 5) student paper
*Invited keynote speakers: *Prof. G. Gartner Vienna TU, Austria; Prof.
J. Jauhiainen Univ. of Oulu, Finland; Prof. Mei-Po Kwan, Ohio State
University, USA; Prof C. Ratti, MIT, USA; Dr. T. Tammaru, University of
Tartu, Estonia, Prof H. Timmermans, Eindhoven University of Technology,
Holland; Dr. H.J. Tork Estonian Space Council; Prof. F. Witlox, Univ. of
*Place:* Tartu, Estonia.
University of Tartu has been last 375 years the Centre of Estonian
Culture, Education and Science. Tartu lies in Southern Estonia, 185 km
south from Tallinn… www.visitestonia.org <http://www.visitestonia.org/>
*Time:* 10-14 March 2008
*Planned activity (tentative)*
10.03 Welcome, introduction, theoretical and methodological framework.
11.03 Networks, databases, data collection and analysis; A-GPS and Galileo.
12.03 Excursion, field experiment with active and passive positioning.
13.03 Mapping human behaviour, space-time activities; mobile positioning
and architecture; privacy and surveillance.
14.03 Presentation and discussion of practical works; real time
outlines for summary report and publishing plans.
*Participation fee: *academic 200 EUR industries 400 EUR (covering
seminar rooms, experiment techniques, coffee brakes and excursion).
Expected accommodation costs in University Hostel starts from 25 EUR (in
*Ask more information and download registration form:* spm2008 at ut.ee
<mailto:spm2008 at ut.ee>
*Abstract (200 words) and registration form to *spm2008 at ut.ee
<mailto:spm2008 at ut.ee> , *submission date:* 1. December 2007.
*Notice of acceptance:* 15.12.2007**
*Organisers:* Prof. Rein Ahas, University of Tartu, Vanemuise 46, Tartu,
51014, ph +3725035914, fax +372-7-375-825, spm2008 at ut.ee
<mailto:spm2008 at ut.ee>;
*technical organising Mari Nuga *spm2008 at ut.ee
<mailto:spm2008 at ut.ee> ph +372 55540584**
Dr. Frank Thomas
FTR Internet Research
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