Mobile Tartu 2020: PhD Summer School and International Conference

29 June – 01 July 2020
Tartu, Estland

PhD Summer School and International Conference from 29th of June to 1st of July 2020 in Tartu, Estonia.  

7th Mobile Tartu biennial conference invites researchers who are interested in human mobility and mobility data. To keep up with the latest advancements in theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of measuring human mobility and new mobility datasets, conference features a wide range of presentations by leading scholars, experts and researchers in this field. Explorations on practical application of mobile data (CDR, signaling, GPS, social media, etc.) in scientific research, planning, governance, smart cities and location based services is highly anticipated. 

Along with other achievements, the Population Mobility Monitor - one of the key tools developed by the University of Tartu within the MARA project -  will be presented at the conference.


  • Lessons on data management

  • Methodological developments

  • Studies based on mobile positioning data

  • Official statistics based on big data

  • Mobile positioning based applications

  • Visualisation of mobility data

  • Data security, privacy and surveillance

  • New approaches 

  • Crowd-sourced social media data

Mobile Tartu 2020 proposes also special events:

1)     PhD course “Mobile phone based data collection field experiment” on 29th of June

2)     “Mobile phones, travel and transportation” organised by NECTAR (


Target group

The PhD summer school and conference targets researchers and doctoral students working on or interested in theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of mobile positioning, mobile phones and crowd-sourced social media. Those interested in the topic of mobile research from other fields – architects, city planners, mobile operators, emergency management analysts and ICT firms – are also welcome to contribute.


Please refer to the event website for any updates