Mobile Tartu 2014
Mobile Data, Geography, LBS
PhD Summer School and Conference
1-4 July 2014 in Tartu, Estonia

The aim of the event is to discuss theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of research using mobile data –derived from mobile phone or crowd-sourced social media – and explore practical applications of this data in geography and planning.

Mobile Tartu 2014 proposes special sessions on urban studies, social media, emergency management and LBS business models.

The conference is accompanied by an international PhD field experiment “Mobile Methods in Mobility Studies” on 1-2 July which is co-organized by the Doctoral School in Economics and Innovation.

Target Groups

The PhD summer school and conference targets researchers and doctoral students working on or interested in theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of mobile positioning, mobile phones and crowd-sourced social media. Those interest in the topic of mobile research from other fields – architects, city planners, mobile operators, emergency management analysts and ICT firms – are also welcome to contribute.

Call for Research Papers

28 February – deadline for submitting abstracts up to 300 words (send to
15 March – acceptance notifications
20 June – deadline for submitting a full paper

A special issue(s) in a scientific journal cited in ISI Web of Science is planned to publish. The journal will be selected after receiving papers. The papers from Mobile Tartu 2008, 2010 and 2012 were published in the Journal of Urban Technology, the Journal of Location Based Services and Environment and Planning B.

After conference recommendation: Highlight of Estonian Culture, Estonian 26th Estonian Song and Dance Celebration 4-6 July 2014, Tallinn. BOOK YOUR TRIP EARLY!!!

Contacts of the organising committee:

Head of organising committee: prof. Rein Ahas
Phone: +372-7-375077
Chair of Human Geography
University of Tartu
Vanemuise St. 46
51014 Tartu

Mobile Tartu 2014 program available here

Participation Fee (incl. materials, coffee breaks, conference dinner)

Early Registration

(paid until March 31st 2014)

Late Registration

(paid from April 1st 2014)

Regular 260 EUR 320 EUR
Presenter 200 EUR 270 EUR
Student 90 EUR 120 EUR
Pre-Conference PhD Seminar
Regular 90 EUR 120 EUR
Presenter & student 60 EUR 80 EUR
Post-Conference Excursion to Tallinn (04.07) 50 EUR 80 EUR

The registration is now open.

Register by clicking here.

Prof. Carlo Ratti

An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. Ratti has co-authored over 200 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, GAFTA in San Francisco and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His Digital Water Pavilion at the 2008 World Expo was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the Best Inventions of the Year. He has been included in Esquire Magazine’s Best and Brightest list, in Blueprint Magazine’s 25 People who will Change the World of Design and in Forbes Magazine’s People you need to know in 2011. Ratti was a presenter at TED 2011 and is serving as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management. He is a regular contributor to the architecture magazine Domus and the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. He has also written as an op-ed contributor for BBC, La Stampa, Scientific American and The New York Times.

Prof. Noam Shoval

His main research interests are tourism and culture as tools for urban regeneration, models of hotel location, and tourism management policies in heritage cities. In recent years, he has begun to explore and write about the implementation of advanced tracking technologies in various areas of spatial research such as tourism urban studies and medicine.

Prof. Harvey J. Miller

His research and teaching focus on the intersection between geographic information science and transportation science. He wants to understand how people use mobility and communications technologies to allocate scarce time among activities in geographic space. He is also interested in the social dimensions of transportation, and the collective implications of human mobility and accessibility for sustainable transportation, livable communities and public health. His main approach to these questions is the development and application of GIS and spatial analytical techniques to extract information from fine-grained data on mobile objects and related spatio-temporal phenomena.

Prof. Kay Axhausen

He has been involved in the measurement and modelling of travel behaviour for the last 25 years contributing especially to the literature on stated preferences, microsimulation of travel behaviour, valuation of travel time and its components, parking behaviour, activity scheduling and travel diary data collection. His current work focuses on the microsimulation of daily travel behaviour and long-term mobility choices and the response of the land-use system to those choices. This work is supported by analyses of human activity spaces and their dependence on the traveller’s personal social network.

Prof. Gennady Andrienko

He is lead scientist responsible for the visual analytics research at Fraunhofer IAIS and full professor (part-time) at City University London. He co-authored monographs “Exploratory Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Data” (Springer, 1996) and “Visual Analytics of Movement” (Springer, 2013), more than 60 peer-reviewed journal papers, 20 book chapters, and about 100 conference papers.

He is chairing the Commission on GeoVisualization of the ICA – International Cartographic Association (since 2007). Together with Natalia Andrienko, he co-organized scientific events on visual analytics, geovisualization and visual data mining, and co-edited 11 special issues of major journals.

Prof. Matthew Zook

For the past several years he has studied how the geoweb is produced (particularly the practices surrounding user-generated data) in order to better understand where, when, and by whom geo-coded content is being created.  He focuses on how code, space and place interact as people increasingly use of mobile, digital technologies to navigate through their everyday, lived geographies.  Of special interest is the complex and often duplicitous manner that code and content can congeal and individualize our experiences in the hybrid, digitally augmented places that cities are becoming. As an economic geographer he also studies how flows of material goods in the global economy are shaped by immaterial flows of information.  His interest is in the range of ways in which material and virtual flows are intertwined: sometimes complementary, sometimes contradictory, but always central to the evolution of spatial relations in the economy.

Prof. Pnina Plaut

Scientific Program Committee

Prof. Rein Ahas, University of Tartu

Prof. Gennady Andrienko, Fraunhofer IAIS and City University London

Prof. Kay Axhausen, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Prof. Vincent Blondel, The Université catholique de Louvain

Prof. Yanwei Chai, Peking University

Prof. Martin Dijst, Utrecht University

Prof. Prof Bob McKercher, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Prof. Georg Gärtner, Vienna University of Technology

Prof. Menno-Jan Kraak, University of Twente

Prof. Jukka Matthias Krisp, University of Augsburg

Prof. Mei-Po Kwan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Patrick Laube, University of Zürich

Mr. Michail Skaliotis, Eurostat

Prof. Yu Liu, Peking University

Prof. Harvey Miller, Ohio State University

Prof. Martin Raubal, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Prof. Noam Shoval, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Zbigniew Smoreda, Orange Lab

Prof. Tiit Tammaru, University of Tartu

CEO Margus Tiru, Positium LBS

Prof. Donggen Wang, Hong Kong Baptist University

Prof. Nico Van de Weghe, Ghent University

Prof. Robert Weibel, University of Zurich

Prof. Frank Witlox, Ghent University

Dr. Matthew A. Zook, University of Kentucky

Local Organising Committee

Rein Ahas (Chair), Department of Geography, University of Tartu (

Ingrid Grigorjeva (Secretariat), Department of Geography, University of Tartu (

Erki Saluveer, Positium LBS

Siiri Silm, Department of Geography, University of Tartu

Anto Aasa, Department of Geography, University of Tartu

Pre-conference PhD seminar: Järveveere holiday centre (55 km north-west from Tartu; organised bus from Tartu to the venue and back)

Conference venue (Estonian Biocentre; Riia 23b-105, Tartu): E 26,7178975 N 58,3728873

Conference dinner (02.07. at 20.00): (Ülikooli kohvik; Ülikooli 20, Tartu): E 26,7199870 N 58.3817242

You can reach Tartu by flying to the local Tartu Airport or to the Tallinn Airport from where you can take a frequent bus to Tartu. Ask more arrival information from the organisers by sending an e-mail to

Accommodation suggestions:
Hotel Antonius *****
Hotel London ****
Barclay Hotel ***
Dorpat Hotel ***
Hotel Park ***
Tartu Hostel

Map of Tartu

Map of Estonia

Please contact the organising committee if you have any questions.

Chair of Human Geography
University of Tartu
Vanemuise St. 46
51014 Tartu

Phone: +372-7-375077
Fax: +372-7-375822


University of Tartu