Dr. Yan Yingwei co-chairing the ISPRS working group on Human Behaviour and Spatial Interactions

Dr. Yan Yingwei co-chairing the ISPRS working group on Human Behaviour and Spatial Interactions

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Dr. Yan Yingwei will run the ISPRS working group on Human Behaviour and Spatial Interactions between 2022 and 2026 (https://www2.isprs.org/commissions/comm4/wg6/). The working group is currently planning the workshop about Geo-Spatial Computing for Understanding Human Behaviours in the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2023 in Egypt (https://gsw2023.com/index.php/project/geohb-2023-geo-spatial-computing-for-understanding-human-behaviours/). Ses here for details.

Working Group Mission

Activity spaces have become complex, being shaped by diverse human behaviours. Therefore, the sustainability of development has faced various challenges ranging from pollution to equity in accessibility to activity spaces and opportunities. To tackle these challenges, it is vital to develop a better understanding of how people interact with their environments by systematically investigating human behaviour and its uncertainties. Meanwhile, massive human-activity-related spatial datasets together with rich semantic information are being produced from different sources, such as GNSS sensors, surveillance systems, wearable devices, crowd-sourcing tools, and social media platforms. These data sources play an essential role in mining spatio-temporal-semantic information and in inferring spatial knowledge, thus producing benefits for the study of the mechanisms of human behaviour and the underlying spatiotemporal uncertainty. However, challenges remain as to how to effectively harness such big datasets of human activities.

The mission of this WG is to encourage new models, methods, approaches, theories, and insights not only focusing on spatial and temporal information but also on semantic information in interpreting complex human activity patterns towards a better understanding of the human behaviour uncertainties. In addition, the WG focuses on a paradigm combining classic spatial analysis methods, theoretical knowledge on spatial behaviour (e.g. spatial cognition, time geography), and advanced GeoAI technologies to enhance the capabilities of human behaviour-related data processing as well as spatial knowledge inferring. This enables researchers and practitioners to answer key questions like: How do individuals work, live and play? How would human mobilities or human activities be affected if a new policy rolls out? How would human spatial behaviour be affected in case of a crisis or emergency? What facilities should be built, and where should they be allocated to develop a more liveable and human-centric spaces? The WG also provides a niche for studying spatial human behaviour and its uncertainties, the findings of which can be applied to decision-making and policy-making for facilitating sustainable development.

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