UCSD iDash Project



Real time public health data capture using Big Data and social media are now at the forefront of behavioral measurement, disease surveillance, and health promotion in many public health research activities. Public health research community is now rapidly reexamining the role of dynamic environmental-behavioral interactions and how both elements of this interaction can be modified to promote optimal health in the areas of obesity, cancer, HIV, influenza, alcohol and drug misuse research.There is a great opportunity for geographers and GIS specialists to collaborate with public health researchers and practitioners to develop comprehensive research framework, web maps, and visualization tools to promote health behaviors, detect disease outbreaks, and prevent health problems.

This webinar will discuss the impacts of big data and social media to disease outbreak surveillance and health disparities problems. Several web applications developed by the Center of Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA) (http://humandynamics.sdsu.edu/research.html(link is external)) at San Diego State University will be introduced to demonstrate the value of social media analytics, including SMART dashboard for city-level flu outbreak monitoring tasks and GeoViewer for studying environmental-behavioral interactions


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Workshop on Location-based Social Media Data

March 13-14, 2015* Athens, Georgia, USA     http://research.franklin.uga.edu/iclsm

Title: Spatiotemporal Modeling and Analytic Tools for Geo-targeted Social Media Data (Workshop at the International Conference on Location-based Social Media Data)

March 12, 2015 (Thursday), 3pm – 5pm.

Organizers: Dr. Xinyue Ye and Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou

This workshop will focus on the introduction of several research tools for spatiotemporal modeling and analytics of geo-targeted social media data, such as information diffusion modeling over time and space, the connection between online activities and real world human behaviors, and new knowledge discovery tools or machine learning functions. This workshop is one of the outreach activities for the NSF-IBSS (Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research) project, entitled “IBSS: Spatiotemporal Modeling of Human Dynamics Across Social Media and Social Networks” (2014-2018, Award # 1416509). Project website: http://socialmedia.sdsu.edu/


The detail agenda for this two hour workshops is

  1. New NSF IBSS project introduction and collaboration opportunities (10 minutes, Ming)
  2. Introduction to the HDMA GitHub with Social Media APIs (10 minutes, Ming)
  3. Demo of SMART dashboard and GEO Viewers. (15 minutes, Ming)
  4. Social Media Analysis and Simulation Tools (25 minutes, Xinyue Ye)
  5. Python Programming for Twitter APIs and Web Map Application. (20 minutes, Su Han, Ph.D. student from SDSU/UCSB).
  6. Panel Discussion (40 minutes): (5 minutes short talks from each panelist, 20 minutes Group discussion)

Chair: Ming-Hsiang Tsou


  • Shih-Lung Shaw
  • Xinyue Ye
  • Bin Jiang
  • Xiaobai Yao


Total: 120 minutes (Two hours).