Contextualizing Movement: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Analytics and Modeling of Moving Phenomena

November 27, 2017 - 11:15am to 12:15pm
Department of Geography, Environment, and Society, UMN
Keller Hall 3-180
Junaed Sattar


Intrinsic characteristics and the environment of individuals contribute to their patterns of movement. These factors drive movement trajectories of individuals at multiple spatial and temporal scales. To understand movement, it is therefore essential to study and model the underlying mechanism driving movement patterns of individuals at different scales.

The GIScience community has come a long way since early research on modeling and analysis of ‘moving point objects’. With the growing ubiquity of sensors to collect movement and contextual data, we now have ample means of measuring and contextualizing movement in various applications such as movement ecology, human mobility, and health and environmental problems (e.g. disease diffusion, hurricanes). Accordingly, computational movement analytics have evolved to more context-aware approaches for better understanding moving processes. In this presentation, using interdisciplinary case studies from GIScience and Movement Ecology, I highlight the importance of context in the study, analysis, and modeling of movement. The presentation provides an overview of ways to contextualize movement and to incorporate context variables in computational movement analytics.


Biographical Sketch

Somayeh Dodge is Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Science (GIScience) at the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society of the University of Minnesota, where she conducts research on analysis, modeling, and visualization of moving phenomena. Her current interdisciplinary research focuses on exploring the relationships between movement, behavior, and environment at multiple spatial and temporal scales through Movement Ecology applications.  Somayeh's research has been published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, International Journal of Geographic Information Science (IJGIS), Journal of Movement Ecology, Information Visualization, and Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. Somayeh teaches introductory and advanced GIScience courses including Digital Earth, Advanced GIScience, and Advanced Geovisualization. She has been a member of the European COST Action IC0903 MOVE, Movebank initiative, and served as Academic Councilor of the GIS specialty group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and editorial board member of the GIS&T Body of Knowledge initiative of the University Consortium of GIS (UCGIS).