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Event: Big Data, Urban Models and Transport Planning: the EUNOIA project

In this event you will be able to know how to use different unconvencional sources of data, such as mobile phone records, credit cards, smart cards or social networks, to identify the activity and travelling patterns at the cities. This event will be completely developed in English.



16:00-19:30GMT1 | HORA LOCALMadrid

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BBVA Innovation Center
Plaza de Santa Bárbara, 2
28004 Madrid
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Big Data, Urban Models and Transport Planning: the EUNOIA project

Cities are growing rapidly worldwide, and the quest for sustainable urban transport is becoming an increasingly urgent challenge for all major cities around the world. To make informed decisions, urban planners and policy makers need to evaluate the impact of different policies, measures or infrastructures on a range of performance indicators. Urban simulation models are used for this purpose. New data sources containing geolocated information open promising opportunities for the formulation, calibration and validation of urban models. At the same time, this abundance of information often comes at the expense of low quality, noisy or biased data. The ability to mine, blend and analyse data from multiple sources is becoming increasingly important to overcome these issues and extract relevant information about the underlying behaviour of individuals. The EUNOIA project intends to exploit the opportunities opened by big data to develop new urban models and ICT tools empowering city governments and their citizens to design better mobility policies.

In this event we will explain how different, non-conventional data sources — such as mobile phone records, credit card data, smart ticketing, or online social networks — have been used to characterise activity-travel patterns in cities. We will present the theoretical results of the project, such as the modelling of the interdependencies between social networks and travel behaviour, and the integration of such models into large-scale agent-based transport simulations. And we will explain how these new data, models and tools have been put at work to address relevant policy questions in the cities of Barcelona, London and Zurich. In addition to presentations from experts in the field, the day will include a round table where future research directions will be discussed. Following a workshop format, the event is particularly aimed at policy makers, urban planners, transport practitioners, and professionals from industry and academia.

Maxi San Miguel

Maxi San Miguel is Professor of Physics at the University of the Balearic Islands and Director of IFISC. He holds a PhD in Physics (1978) from the University of Barcelona. He has previously occupied professional positions at University of Barcelona, Temple University (Philadelphia, PA, USA), Universita di Roma La Sapienza, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ, USA), University of Strathclyde (Glasgow), and University of Technology of Helsinki. He was the chairman of the EPS Division on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (1998-2002), and he is a member of the IUPAP commission on Statistical Physics (since 2011) and Medal of the Spanish Physical Society-BBVA 2010. Current research includes the characterization of complex networks, co-evolution dynamics of networks and agents, collective social phenomena, problems of cooperation and social consensus, human mobility and urban development. He is the Coordinator of the EUNOIA project.

Twitter: @IFISC_mallorca


Júlia López Ventura

Júlia López is coordinator of Smart City strategies in the Barcelona City Council since October 2012. Her personal interests are focused on studying how the application of new technologies can affect the life in the city, especially following the evolution of Intelligent and Smart City projects all around the world, and applying this knowledge to the coordination of Smart City projecs in the city of Barcelona. Since September 2008 she served as European projects manager, having a wide international experience in managing tech-enabled pan-European projects, especially in funding identification, proposal preparation and project development. During this period she also participated and organised several networking activities at national and international level, such as EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum (Smart Cities Working Group deputy chair) and Major Cities of Europe. She holds a MSc in Telecom engineering and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Sociology.

Twitter: @jlopezventura

LinkedIn: Júlia López Ventura


José Javier Ramasco

José Javier Ramasco obtained the PhD in Physics at the University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain in 2002. He then held two postdoctoral positions of two years each at the University of Oporto, Portugal, and Emory University, Atlanta, USA. Afterwards, he has worked as researcher at the ISI Foundation in Turin, Italy, for four years, and now at the IFISC as Ramon y Cajal researcher. His interests lie in the area of complex systems, in particular complex networks and their application to socio-technical systems. Lately, his research has focused on spatial including the characterisation and modelling of transport networks, air and ground transportation systems, as well as the analysis of urban ecosystems.

Twitter: @IFISC_mallorca

LinkedIn: José Javier Ramasco


Maxime Lenormand

Maxime Lenormand received his PhD degree in ComputerScience from the Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France in 2012. He is currently working as Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex System (IFISC) in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. His research interests focus on big data analysis and modeling of complex systems in a multidisciplinary context, with particular applications to urban systems and human mobility.

LinkedIn: Maxime Lenormand



Marc Barthélemy

Marc Barthélemy is a former student of the École Normale Supérieure of Paris. In 1992, he graduated at the University of Paris VI with a thesis in theoretical physics titled ‘Random Walks in Random Media’. After his thesis, he focused on disordered systems and their properties. In 1999, he visited Prof. Stanley at Boston University and started to work on the properties of complex networks. Since 1992, he has held a position at the CEA (Paris), where his interests moved towards applications of statistical physics to complex networks and complex systems. Together with Alain Barrat and Alessandro Vespignani, he wrote the book Dynamical Processes in Complex Networks (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He has worked in theoretical epidemiology and, more recently, in problems connected with spatial networks, urban systems and mobility statistics.



Joan Serras

Joan Serras is a Research Associate at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London (UCL). His research interests include transport modelling, system dynamics and multilevel representations.

Twitter: @j_serras

LinkedIn: Joan Serras



Thibaut Dubernet

Thibaut Dubernet is member of the Institute for TransportPlanning and Systems (IVT) at ETH Zurich since 2011, after graduating in Urban Systems Engineering at the Technical University of Compiègne (UTC). His research focuses on the influence of inter-personal interactions on mobility behaviour, with a strong focus on simulation techniques.




Miguel Picornell

Miguel Picornell, Smart Cities and Urban Mobility Program Manager at Nommon, graduated as a Civil Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). He holds a Master’s Degree in Planning and Management in Civil Engineering from the UPV and a Master in Leadership in Civil Engineering from Universidad de Castilla la Mancha (UCLM), and he is currently undertaking a PhD on Urban Planning at the UPV. His doctoral research focuses on the analysis of geolocated data from mobile devices for the characterisation or urban mobility patterns. He joined Nommon In October 2012, where he is in charge of the smart cities and urban mobility business area and is involved in different research and consultancy projects related to spatio-temporal data analysis and to the development of land use-transport interaction (LUTI) models.

Twitter: @_nommon

LinkedIn: Miguel Picornell


Mike Batty

Michael Batty is a Professor at University CollegeLondon where he chairs the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). He has worked on computer models of cities and their visualisation since the 1970s and has published several books, such as Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, 2005) which won the Alonso Prize of the Regional Science Association in 2011, and most recently The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, 2013). His blogs cover the science underpinning the technology of cities and his posts and lectures on big data and smart cities are at His research group is working on simulating long term structural change and dynamics in cities as well as their visualisation. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) and the Royal Society (FRS), was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004 and the 2013 recipient of the Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud.

Twitter: @jmichaelbatty

LinkedIn: Mike Batty

15.30 - 16.00 Registration

16.00 - 16.05 Introducing by BBVA


16:05 - 16:15 Introduction to the EUNOIA Project

Maxi San Miguel (IFISC)

16.15 - 16.30 EUNOIA in the context of Barcelona smart city strategy

Júlia López Ventura (IMI-Barcelona)

16.30 - 16.50 New data sources for the study of urban mobility

José Ramasco (IFISC)

16.50 - 17.10 Analysis of credit card data: how people move and spend their money

Maxime Lenormand (IFISC) & Joan Serras (CASA-UCL)

17.10 - 17.30 Digital traces: towards a typology of cities

Marc Barthélemy (IPhT-CEA)

17.30 - 18.00 Coffee break

18.00 - 18.20 A transport model of London using activity based principles

Joan Serras (CASA-UCL)

18.20 - 18.40 Social relationships and leisure travel. An application to Zurich

Thibaut Dubernet (ETH)

18.40 - 19.00 Big Data and transport modelling: application to Barcelona’s bike sharing scheme

Miguel Picornell (Nommon) 

19.00 - 19.30 Round table: Data, models and transport planning

Moderador: Mike Batty (CASA-UCL) 

19.30 - 20.30 Drinks and networking

If you are interested in attending to this event, please send an email to the following address:

[email protected]