RSS 2017 International Conference

Tuesday 5 September 2017 to Thursday 7 September 2017
Full day
Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD

The Urban Big Data Centre has organised a panel session at the RSS 2017 International Conference - one of the largest statistical conferences held annually in Europe - and will also be exhibiting.

The three-day conference programme offers a mix of keynote talks and sessions organised into ‘streams’ or topics, plus an equally diverse schedule of evening social events including the conference dinner and ceilidh on the final night of the conference.

UBDC's session will take place on the first day of the conference, the details of which are as follows:

Session 2.7 Invited – Data Science of Urban Movement

Organiser: Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow
Date/Time: Tuesday 5th September 2017, 11:50 –13:10
Location: Conference Room 4/5
Type: Data science & computing


  • Exploring the relationship between Strava cyclists and all cyclists
    Jinhyun Hong, Mark Livingston, David Mcarthur and Kirstie English, UBDC, University of Glasgow
  • A ‘big data’ approach to studies of cycling and air pollution exposure: a case study using Strava Metro data
    Yeran Sun, UBDC, University of Glasgow
  • Will using the Internet while travelling reduce future car ownership rates of Millennials?
    Jinhyun Hong and David McArthur, UBDC, University of Glasgow


Urban movement is a multifaceted phenomenon, affected by weather, pollution, socioeconomic status and increasingly also new technologies such as internet and travel apps. It affects the lives of most people from simple day-to-day activities to long-term health outcomes.

This session will explore the use of new types of data, Strava Metro cycling app GPS data and integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD data) including travel diaries and GPS traces, to understand urban movement. The papers will, first, explore the usefulness of Strava data to make inferences about urban cycling in general, how is cycling affected by weather, geography and cycling infrastructure, and how different journey types (commuting and leisure) are differently exposed to health hazards such as pollution. Secondly, the presentations will look at how travel choices, whether by public transport, car or active travel is affected by sociodemographic background, social capital, the urban environment and new technologies, and what long-term consequences will this have for health and the future of urban movement.

The data used in the presentations is available for other researchers for free through UBDC data services.

Discussant: Professor Richard Harris, University of Bristol