Open Problems in Shared Bicycle Research

Urban Mining

I recently attended and presented at a workshop on shared bicycle systems in Paris, France. The workshop, called “Spatio-temporal Data Mining for a Better Understanding of People’s Mobility: The Bicycle Sharing System (BSS) Case Study” was organised by Latifa Oukhellou from IFSTTAR; the program and slides are online here (and the presentation that I gave on my recent paper is embedded below).

I personally think that it was an excellent opportunity to collect a variety of people who have been working with data from shared bicycle systems; particularly since the work spanning this ‘nascent’ field is from people with very diverse academic backgrounds. The day uncovered surprising similarities in the techniques that people are using to analyse a variety of city’s data (e.g., clustering stations), and, more broadly, what the few (but growing) researchers in this field have been trying to solve.

The day also really served to…

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