November 30, 2012: Seminar Announcement - Jean Bolot: "Adventures in cell phone data mining"

Seminar Announcement

Adventures in cell phone data mining

Jean Bolot
Friday, November 30, 2012
11:00 a.m., 1325 SEO Building


Cell phones are ubiquitous in modern life and the call records collected by network operators are a powerful tool to study the behavior of cell phone users at previously impossible-to- achieve scales. In this talk I will describe how the analysis of call records data, in particular social network and location data, leads to very interesting research problems related to the economics and monetization of that data. I will describe several such problems and I will then focus on a few specific questions such as: Is the mobile call graph different from other types of graphs? How predictable and unique is your location data? How can we model the economic value of that location data, and can we use such models in practice?

Brief Bio:

Jean Bolot leads the research lab of Technicolor, located in Palo Alto. Before Technicolor, he ran the research lab of Sprint, which was focused on large scale cell phone data mining. Prior to Sprint, he was a founding team member of Ensim, a Silicon Valley company in the area of data center automation. Earlier, he did research at INRIA in France on Internet measurement and voice over the Internet. He received his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Host: Professor Tanya Berger-Wolf

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