New TR_C paper online – Context-aware next location prediction

Our new paper entitled “Context-aware multi-head self-attentional neural network model for next location prediction” was accepted at Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies and is now available (open-access!) online.

We present a multi-head self-attentional (MHSA) neural network that integrates location features, temporal features, and functional land use contexts for next location prediction. This comprehensive approach effectively captures movement-related spatio-temporal information, leading to state-of-the-art performance on GNSS mobility datasets.

Our analysis demonstrates that training the model on population data yields superior results by learning from collective movement patterns, surpassing the capabilities of individual-level models. Moreover, we emphasize the significance of recent past movements and weekly periodicity, showing that learning from a subset of historical mobility is sufficient to obtain an accurate location prediction result.

The proposed model represents a pivotal advancement in accurate and interpretable individual mobility prediction, and can be readily applied in downstream applications, including planning on-demand transport services, implementing mobility incentives, and suggesting alternative mobility options.

Check out the paper online and the corresponding code on Github!