Modelling human and animal movements using an SOR model

Authors: Joni Firat*, University of South Florida
Topics: Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: animal movement, time geography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Astor Ballroom I, Astor, 2nd Floor
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Computational movement analysis involves the analysis and modelling of the movements, activities, and interactions of mobile objects over space and time. Though computational movement analysis is a term largely used in GIScience, the analysis and modelling of movement using computational techniques is widespread across the social, behavioural, and biological sciences. Within GIScience, a variety of mobile object types have been studied, although contributions have largely come from scientists engaged in the subjects of human mobility and animal movement ecology. Outside GIScience, computational movement analysis is also applied in human movement science and animal biomechanics under other guises, albeit generally at finer spatial and temporal scales. Although it is clear from the literature that there is considerable overlap between all of these fields that explore human and animal movements—especially in terms of methodologies—it is also apparent that there is also a lack of a common framework uniting them. This paper presents a stimulus-organism-response (SOR) model as a way to model the movement process for humans and animals across fine and broad spatial and temporal scales, in such a way that links key processes from human movement science, animal movement ecology, and human mobility.

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