This workshop was a clear case example of what an EU-funded COST project provides to active members: a chance to visit, meet and exchange ideas with other members of the MOVE project, thereafter promoting regional collaboration which will champion the scientific objectives of the MOVE project.
Phase 1: The data challenge preparation
The workshop proposal which was drafted by Godwin Yeboah, PhD student at Northumbria University (UK), under the supervision of three experienced researchers; Seraphim Alvanides from Northumbria University (UK), Stefan Van Der Spek from TU Delft (Netherlands), and Nico Van De Weghe from Ghent University (Belgium). A two-hour initial meeting/skype conference was held on 1st February 2013 to brainstorm and plan in advance for a successful workshop where all four organizers were present. A website was later developed to provide a portal to host all documentations on the workshop: https://sites.google.com/site/cdc2013workshop
Phase 2: The actual event
The actual workshop, started at 9am on Tuesday 14th May 2013 at the Faculty Club, Groot Begijnhof 14, 3000 Leuven (Belgium) after one hour of registration and preparations. Seraphim and Godwin delivered a “double act” presentation for the 24 participants. The presentation focussed on the background of the project which led to the collection of the bicycle dataset used for the workshop. Some experiences from the project were also shared. Two keynote speakers, Veronique Van Acker and Hans Skov-Petersen, followed with their presentations which were mainly about experiences gathered in CIVITAS and BIKEABILITY projects respectively. After a coffee break, the morning session ended with two more presentations which were about relating mobility patterns with socio-demographic profiles using agent based modelling technique as well as analysing and exploring the built environment using cyclists’ tracks collected using GPS (Global Positioning System). Question time was offered before an hour of lunch break. The afternoon session started with three presentations comprising movement reconstruction using hybrid map-matching algorithm, extraction of bicycle trips from GPS data, identification of road signal patterns, and, after a short coffee break, a spatio temporal analysis of flows. Nico and Seraphim led an insightful one and half hour open discussion which touched on data quality, data processing and analysis, using agent based modelling technique, acknowledgement, possible future collaborations with using the dataset, toolsets, visualisation techniques, high tech hardware for movement data collection.
Phase 3: The results of the data challenge
The emerging themes were quality assessment of processed data from algorithmic routines, quality assessment of cycling infrastructure, impact assessments incubation period, objective parameterization of cyclists’ movement behaviours and their related analytical frameworks, urgent need for tracking cyclists’ from different geographical areas to enable comparison of results. Photos from the workshop can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/cdc2013workshop/gallery
In addition to supporting data warehouses, such as chorochronos.org, participants proposed the development of a web portal which points to existing toolsets for executing various tasks related to movement data collection, processing, analysis and visualisation. Example of toolsets discussed were Postdap, JMapMatching among others. The workshop created an enabling environment for collaboration which should be maintained by future periodic gatherings; an annual workshop on data challenges was widely recommended.
Acknowledgements: Financial support from MOVE (COST Action IC0903) towards travel expenses is acknowledged.
Please find updated information for the CDC2013 workshop in the following:
Below is a snapshot of some of the presentations. More photos as well as presentations may be assessed using the provided links above.