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UB researchers awarded by the Mobile World Scholar Challenge

The objective of the project is to predict mobility in certain contexts and help the design of communication protocols so they adapt better to the patterns and to allow a more efficient communication between devices

The objective of the project is to predict mobility in certain contexts and help the design of communication protocols so they adapt better to the patterns and to allow a more efficient communication between devices

15/02/2018

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Researchers from the DataScience@UB research group Albert Díaz-Guilera and Josep Perelló, researchers of the Institute of Complex Systems of the UB (UBICS), were awarded the Mobile World Congress Scholar Challenge 2018’s Silver Prize Winner for their participation in the section Network Efficiency.

 

The Mobile World Scholar Challenge is a contest, organized by the GSMA, aimed at university researchers who want to present their innovations in products and services that will make an impact on industry and technology. The video of the awardees describes the research that was carried out through the project Bee-Path, which studies human mobility in certain contexts and with a smartphone app. This project offers an automatic analysis on the kind of mobility the user conducts and it proposes mathematical models to explain the observed phenomena.

Its objective is to predict mobility in certain contexts and help the design of communication protocols so they adapt better to the patterns and to allow a more efficient communication between devices. “In a hyperconnected world, full of mobile devices whose owners move around according to different patterns depending on their personal and environmental features, we should know how this mobility and this interconnection interact” says Albert Díaz-Guilera, director of UBICS.

Some examples of the application of this interrelation would be, for instance, the moment when a sports stadium gets emptied after the game, when people leave in search of their means of transport. Another case would be when train passengers get to the station at the same time and look for a bike to rent. “We should take into account the interactions between devices, therefore we have to set efficient communication protocols, based not only on the knowledge of associated technology (both in communication and data processing) but also connections with the mobility of users”, says Josep Perelló.

About DataScience@UB

DataScience@UB is a research group working to respond to the challenges in the organizations that result from a massive data generation, both from a technological perspective and social and scientific ones. This group is a candidate to receive the TECNIO seal, given by the Generalitat de Catalunya and supported by ACCIO, as a technology developer for their task in creating and transferring new technologies to company. Link to the video on the Bee-Path project Link to Mobile World Scholar Challenge website:

 

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