The main conference on the scientific analysis
of mobile phone datasets

7-10 April 2015, MIT Media Lab

April 7

In this year edition, NetMob will host a one-day school and 3 days hackathon. The school+hackathon is mainly intended for students willing to get a crash course on mobile phone data analysis and a hands-on training during the hackathon. This is a great opportunity for students to get the most of NetMob

April 8-9
Scientific Conference

The main part of Netmob is the scientific conference. We plan to have some keynote talks as well as contributed talks. We hope to see you there and look forward catching up with the latest developments in mobile phone dataset analysis. Submit your abstract (here) and don't forget to register (here)

April 10
Orange D4D Challenge Day

Building on the success of the previous edition, NetMob will host an special event and award session for the new 'Data for Development Senegal' Challenge on mobile phone dataset analysis. Check for more details



The conference will take place in the sixth floor of the MIT MediaLab building E14 located at 75 Amherst St. Cambridge, MA 02139

Here is an interactive map of the MIT campus with a marker in the E14 Building

There are a number of hotels around MIT. Here you can find a list of possibilities

We have also secured a discounted rate for a limited number of rooms at the the Hyatt Regency Cambridge. Please, follow this link to make the reservation


Program overview

Detailed program


The school+hackathon is separate from the conference and open to anybody interested in learning more about mobile phone data and how they can be used in economic development, agriculture, transportation, health, urban planning, and visualization. A special $10 ticket is available at (limited space)
The hackathon will take place on April 7 and 8. A crash course on mobile phone data analysis will take place on April 7 followed by 24 hours of hacking on an actual dataset of one year of mobility and communication data for 300,000 people in Senegal –

Questions about the hackathon:

  • I have expertise on economic development, agriculture, transportation but don't know how to code and/or don't know anything about mobile phone data, is this for me? Yes, absolutely! We need domain expertise and new ideas
  • What is the format of the school + hackathon? Check the program for the school on the right handside of the page. People will enroll first in the one-day school and will continue in the hackathon throughout the next 2 days.
  • Is registration needed for the hackathon? Yes, it is the only way to participate. Since people will have access to actual data and there are a limited number of places we expect participants to register. But don't worry, we have created a (cheap) $10 registration ticket for the hackathon participants. Register now at and select the hackathon/school ticket.
  • Does this ticket allow the participant to attend the general conference? Nope, only the school+hackathon track.
  • Can I form a team for the hackathon? Yes. Actually you are expected to do that to get the most of the hackathon!
  • Are food, drinks and coffee provided? Yes, we'll make sure you get food and as much coffee as you can drink
Program for the school

Lectures on April 7 will heavily rely on python for the examples.

    April 7
    • 8:30-9:00am Breakfast
    • 9:00-10:30am Introduction and overview of the data (Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, MIT & Zbigniew Smoreda, Orange) [Slides]
    • 11:00-12:30pm Intro to data-science tools (Luc Rocher, ENS-Lyon+MIT) [Slides]
    • 12:30am-2:00pm Lunch
    • 2:00-2:45pm Mobility modeling (Jameson Toole, MIT) [Slides]
    • 2:45-3:30pm Epidemic spreading (Nicola Perra, NEU) [Slides]
    • 4:00-4:45pm Social networks (Giovanna Miritello, ZED, Spain) [Slides]
    • 4:45-11:00pm Team formation + hacking + dinner
    April 8
    • 8:30am Breakfast
    • 9:00am-5:30pm Hacking
    • 12pm Lunch
    • 5:30-7:00pm Presentation of the projects prize ceremony
    April 9
    • Noon: Plenary talk by the winning team



The availability of mobile phone datasets has opened the possibility to improve our understanding of how humans communicate, socialize, move around cities, mobilize, etc. Netmob is the primary conference in the analysis of those datasets in social, urban, societal and industrial problems.


The 2015 edition of NetMob will take place at the Media Lab at MIT in a conference format similar to that of the previous editions: one track of short contributed talks, a simplified submission procedure, no proceedings (except for a book of abstracts), and the possibility to present recent results or results submitted elsewhere.


Call for Submissions: 1st September 2014
Submission deadline: 30th January 2015
Notification of acceptance: February 2015
Registration opening: 1st October 2014
Deadline for early registration: 15th March 2015
Conference: April 8-10, 2015

Netmob Book of Abstracts

Oral contributions

PDF, 131 pages, 27.8Mb

Poster contributions

PDF, 120 pages, 46.8Mb

D4D Book of Abstracts

Scientific Papers

PDF, 298 pages, 82.8Mb


PDF, 56 pages, 52.8Mb


Registration is now open! Early registration ends up 15th March 2015.

NetMob 2015 Organizers

Esteban Moro


Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain).

Vincent Blondel


Professor of Applied Mathematics at Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). Also Recteur de l'UCL

Alex 'Sandy' Pentland


Director of the Human Dynamics Laboratory and Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program at MIT

Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye


Graduate student at MIT Media Lab and privacy researcher

Program Committee

Karl Aberer, EPFL, Switzerland
Rein Ahas, University of Tartu, Estonia
Francesco Calabrese, IBM Research, Ireland
Manuel Cebrián, NICTA, Australia
Augustin Chaintreau, Columbia University, USA
Vittoria Colizza, INSERM, France
Massimo Colonna, Telecom Italia, Italia
Nicolas Decordes, Orange, France
Kenth Engø-Monsen, Telenor, Norway
Pedro Ferreira, Carnegie Mellon University, US
Vanessa Frias-Martinez, University of Maryland, US
Enrique Frias-Martinez, Telefonica Research, Spain
Marta Gonzales, MIT, US
Bruno Gonçalves, Aix-Marseille Université, France
János Kertész, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Gautier Krings, Real Impact Analytics, Belgium
Renaud Lambiotte, University of Namur, Belgium
Rubén Lara, Mobily, Saudi Arabia
David Lazer, Northeastern University, US
Sune Lehmann, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Miguel Luengo, UN Global Pulse, US
Cecilia Mascolo, University of Cambridge, UK
Veena Mendiratta, Bell Labs Alcatel-Lucent, US
Giovanna Miritello, Zed, Spain
Mirco Mucolesi, University of Birmingham, UK
Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Harvard University, US
Nuria Oliver, Telefónica Research, Spain
Dino Pedreschi, Università di Pisa, Italia
Daniele Quercia, Yahoo Labs, Spain
Pablo Rodriguez, Telefónica Research, Spain
Jari Saramäki, Aalto University, Finland
Frank Schweitzer, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Zbigniew Smoreda, Orange Labs, France
Pål Sundsøy, Telenor, Norway
Pedro Zufiría, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain


NetMob 2013

May 2-3, 2013
Media Lab at MIT (Cambridge, MA)
NetMob 2013 program (3MB)
NetMob 2013 Book of abstracts (176 pages, 40MB)
Netmob 2013 had a special session on the D4D Orange challenge on mobile phone dataset analysis
The D4D book (850 pages, 122MB) contains copies of all the submissions to the D4D challenge that have been selected for NetMob. It is a unique source of information of what can be achieved with mobile phone datasets for countries development.

NetMob 2011

October 10-11, 2011
Media Lab at MIT (Cambridge, MA)
Co-located with the Third IEEE Conference on Social Computing
NetMob 2011 Book of abstracts (127 pages, 16MB)

NetMob 2010

May 11, 2010
Media Lab at MIT (Cambridge, MA)
Co-located with the International Conference on Network Science
NetMob 2010 Book of abstracts (81 pages, 5.5 MB)


If you wish to receive conference informations as soon as available,
please consider joining the low-traffic newsletter NetMobNews

Contact Information

Created by - Copyright 2014