Visual analytics of cellular signaling data

  • Haisheng LiEmail author
  • Yang Wei
  • Yuanjie Huang
  • Qiang Cai
  • Junping Du


Cellular signaling data is a type of traffic data, which contains rich spatio-temporal information. Rather than studying the trajectories of individuals, we propose a visual analytics methodology to analyze the crowd flows among a geographical network extracted from real-time cellular signaling data. We design a suite of visualization techniques to explore and reveal mobility patterns over the networks of spatiotemporal clustering. The feasibility of our approach was verified on a real real-time cellular signaling dataset in one week.


Cellular signaling data Visual analytics Clustering Human mobility 



This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China(No.61320106006, No.61532006, No.61877002) and the Beijing Municipal Natural Science Foundation (No.4162019).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer and Information EngineeringBeijing Technology and Business UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.National Engineering Laboratory for Agri-product Quality TraceabilityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Beijing Key Laboratory of Big Data Technology for Food SafetyBeijingChina
  4. 4.School of Computer ScienceBeijing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsBeijingChina

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