MobilitApp: Analysing Mobility Data of Citizens in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

written by Silvia Puglisi [Hiro] on 2016-11-18

MobilitApp is a platform designed to provide smart mobility services in urban areas. It is designed to help citizens and transport authorities alike. Citizens will be able to access the MobilitApp mobile application and decide their optimal transportation strategy by visualising their usual routes, their carbon footprint, receiving tips, analytics and general mobility information, such as traffic and incident alerts. Transport authorities and service providers will be able to access information about the mobility pattern of citizens to offer their best services, improve costs and planning. The MobilitApp client runs on Android devices and records synchronously, while running in the background, periodic location updates from its users. The information obtained is processed and analysed to understand the mobility patterns of our users in the city of Barcelona, Spain.

citation: Silvia Puglisi, Ángel Torres Moreira, Gerard Marrugat Torregrosa, Mónica Aguilar Igartua and Jordi Forné. (2016). "MobilitApp: Analysing Mobility Data of Citizens in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona." Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series. Vol. 169.

proceedings: 'Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series'

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On Web user tracking: How third-party http requests track users' browsing patterns for personalised advertising

written by Silvia Puglisi [Hiro] on 2016-06-20

On today's Web, users trade access to their private data for content and services. Advertising sustains the business model of many websites and applications. Efficient and successful advertising relies on predicting users' actions and tastes to suggest a range of products to buy. It follows that, while surfing the Web users leave traces regarding their identity in the form of activity patterns and unstructured data. We analyse how advertising networks build user footprints and how the suggested advertising reacts to changes in the user behaviour.

citation: S. Puglisi, D. Rebollo-Monedero, J. Forne. (2016). "On Web user tracking: How third-party http requests track users' browsing patterns for personalised advertising." Ad Hoc Networking Workshop (Med-Hoc-Net), 2016 Mediterranean.

proceedings: 'Ad Hoc Networking Workshop (Med-Hoc-Net), 2016 Mediterranean'

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RESTful Rails Development: Building Open Applications and Services

written by Silvia Puglisi [Hiro] on 2015-10-29

The Web is slowly but surely changing from a model in which a human reader browses content on web pages to a model in which services and clients (not necessarily humans) exchange information. And because of this, author Silvia Puglisi explains, it makes more sense to build platforms instead of just products or applications. Platforms are like ecosystems interconnecting different applications, services, users, developers, and partners, and offer many benefits.

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citation: S. Puglisi. (2017). "RESTful Rails Development: Building Open Applications and Services." OReilly Media.