University of Warwick
TITLE | Counting crowds with mobile phone and Twitter data
ABSTRACT | A large dataset of mobile phone network access records and geo-localized tweets in Milan, Italy, was released at the start of 2014. Here, we present results showing how we can infer the number of people attending events in restricted spaces, such as football games, by making use of the information contained in these two datasets.
BIOGRAPHY | Federico Botta is a PhD student in the Centre for Complexity Science at the University of Warwick. After a BSc degree in physics and a first MSc in theoretical physics, both obtained at the Universita’ degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy, he moved to Warwick to join the Doctoral Training Centre in Complexity Science. He obtained a second MSc in Complexity Science, awarded with Distinction, and started his PhD in October 2013, after being awarded a full EPSRC scholarship.
His interests range from the analysis of complex and real-world networks, with a particular focus on the detection and definition of communities, to computational social sciences, with a strong interest on large datasets that explore people’s behaviour. Other areas of research include the study of connections between statistical physics and networks and, more broadly, the mathematical modelling of real-world systems.