Mobile Tartu 2022

Mobile Data, Human mobility, Geography

Mobile Tartu 2022 Conference

The next Mobile Tartu Conference will be held on June 11-14, 2024!

International Conference on June 29-30, 2022 and PhD Course on June 28-29 in Tartu, Estonia

Recordings of conference keynote presentations and panel discussions can be viewed below.

The Mobility Lab of the University of Tartu welcomes you to the 8th Mobile Tartu biennial conference!

Mobile Tartu conference series gathers leading scholars, researchers, and professionals to discuss the latest research and applications in human mobility and mobile big data. The conference features keynote speeches, presentations, panel sessions, and vibrant discussions about the conceptual, methodological, and empirical aspects of measuring mobility with the help of mobile big data and understanding related socio-spatial and human-environmental interactions.

The conference includes an PhD Course with paper discussions and hands-on workshops on mobile big data applications for understanding human mobility, and a session on transport and mobility organised by NECTAR, the Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research, and a session on the latest research of using new data sources for official statistics.

We invite contributions, which are related to human mobility and mobile big data sources, such as mobile phone, social media, GPS, or mobile applications data, and discuss the following (but not limited to):

  • Measuring and understanding human mobility with mobile big data
  • Socio-spatial and environmental inequalities and human wellbeing
  • Social networks, digital technology, and spatial mobility
  • Associations between disasters/interruptions and spatial (im)mobility
  • Multi-local living and cross-border mobilities
  • Domestic and international tourism
  • Spatial and transport planning, smart cities, and urban governance
  • Urban sustainability and liveability
  • Official statistics
  • Open data, methods, and research practices
  • Data privacy, surveillance, and ethics

Keynote speakers

Rein Ahas Lecture: Mei-Po Kwan

Professor Mei-Po Kwan is Director of the Institute of Space and Earth Information Science and Choh-Ming Li Professor of Geography and Resource Management of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prof. Kwan is a Fellow of the United Kingdom Academy of Social Sciences, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and American Association of Geographers and a Guggenheim Fellow. 

Malene Freudendal-Pedersen

Malene Freudendal-Pedersen is Professor in Urban Planning at Aalborg University, Denmark, where she is leading the research group Planning for Urban Sustainability (PLUS). 

Kimmo Kaski

Kimmo Kaski, DPhil (Oxford), is Professor of Computational Science at Helsinki University of Technology, now Aalto University School of Science and has been Academy Professor and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Computational Complex Systems Research. 

Robert J Sampson

Robert J. Sampson is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, Affiliated Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, and founding director of the Boston Area Research Initiative.

Read more about keynote speakers.

Panel discussions

Panel discussion on sustainable urban mobility. Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Andres Sevtsuk (MIT). Discussants: Prof. Malene Freudendal-Pedersen (Aalborg University), Prof. Frank Witlox (Ghent University / University of Tartu), Aksel Johannes Part (Tartu city government), Assoc. Prof. Age Poom (University of Tartu).

Panel discussion on mobile data and methodsModerator: Prof. Tuuli Toivonen (University of Helsinki). Discussants: Prof. John Östh (Oslo Metropolitan University), Prof. Kimmo Kaski (Aalto University), Assoc. Prof. Siiri Silm (University of Tartu), Kaja Sõstra (Statistics Estonia).

PhD Course on June 28-29: “Mobility data analysis for social and environmental research” 

PhD Course is FREE of charge.

The PhD Course aims to familiarise participants with mobile big data sources and related methods for human mobility research. The course involves keynote presentations as part of the Mobile Tartu conference, presentations on the use of mobility data in private and public sector, a PhD seminar for discussing individual research papers, and three parallel practical workshops, which focus either on activity spaces, on environmental exposures in travel environments, or on cross-border mobility. In the workshops, the participants will apply smartphone GPS-data, social media data, or environmental data coupled with bike sharing data, respectively. The workshops will be led by researchers from the Digital Geography Lab, University of Helsinki, and the Mobility Lab, University of Tartu. During the PhD Course, the participants will discuss the conceptual, methodological, and ethical aspects of mobile big data collection, processing, analysis, visualisation, and management.

The Course provides an excellent opportunity for students and early career researchers for advancing their skills on geospatial data literacy and mobile big data analytics, for mutual learning and receiving peer feedback on their own research projects. The course also contributes to developing international and interdisciplinary networks of early career researchers who are interested in human mobility research and mobile big data.

Target group: PhD and postdoctoral researchers and master students working on or interested in conceptual, methodological, and empirical aspects of mobile big data and human mobility research.

Please note that on acceptance to the PhD Course, you will be asked to share a four-page abstract by May 15, and be ready to provide an oral peer-review for another extended abstract.

► Call for abstracts

Abstract submission is open until February 15 February 28, 2022. Please submit your abstract via the submission form at Abstract submission.

► Registration

Registration to the conference will open in April, 2022. The registration fee includes conference materials, coffee breaks, lunches, and a conference dinner (June 29).

PhD Course (June 28 – 29) is FREE of charge (it includes participation at the main conference).

Registration fees (including VAT)*:

Main conference days (June 29-30)

Early Bird

Ends April 30, 2022

Sleeping Beauty

Ends June 20, 2022

Students 200 EUR 250 EUR
Regular 250 EUR 300 EUR


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EUThis event is organised by the Doctoral School of Earth Sciences and Ecology, supported by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund (University of Tartu’s ASTRA project PER ASPERA).




We look forward to meeting you in Tartu!