FCE Distinguished Chair Professor Inaugural Lecture on "Spatiotemporal Analytics for Big Data: Application in Human Movement and Health Research"
Human mobility is an essential element of people’s spatiotemporal experiences, and these complex experiences cannot be fully understood by just looking at where people live. With the advent of new geospatial technologies like sensing and GPS tracking, vast amount of complex spatiotemporal data can be collected. However, human behaviors revealed by these data have not been fully understood. In this presentation, I discuss new methods developed for this purpose, and draw upon recent conceptual and methodological developments to examine how a perspective that integrates the spatial and temporal dimensions and takes human mobility into account can help identify the relevant spatiotemporal context that influences people’s health behaviors or outcomes. Using examples from my recent projects, I discuss how the collection and analysis of high-resolution space-time data enabled by advanced geospatial and mobile technologies can provide new insights on the relationships between people’s health behaviors and the complex spatiotemporal dynamics of environmental influences.