Future directions in human mobility science

Luca Pappalardo, Ed Manley, Vedran Sekara, Laura Alessandretti

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We provide a brief review of human mobility science and present three key areas where we expect to see substantial advancements. We start from the mind and discuss the need to better understand how spatial cognition shapes mobility patterns. We then move to societies and argue the importance of better understanding new forms of transportation. We conclude by discussing how algorithms shape mobility behavior and provide useful tools for modelers. Finally, we discuss how progress on these research directions may help us address some of the challenges our society faces today.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Computational Science
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)588-600
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • human mobility
  • mobility science
  • computational social science


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