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Call: MIMODE 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Event Details

Migration and Mobility Research in the Digital Era (MIMODE 2021)
Call for Abstracts
The recent availability of massive amounts of digital data have profoundly revolutionized research on migration and mobility, enabling scientists to quantitatively study individual and collective mobility patterns at different granularities as generated by human activities in their daily life. Harnessing such digital data offers many new opportunities to study migration and mobility and fill in the gaps left by traditional data. At the same time, such innovative data sources also come with several limitations, biases, and challenges, which have led to diverging research methodologies and frameworks, requiring even greater effort in their operationalization and communication to stakeholders and policy makers.  

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from different fields and practitioners from around the world to facilitate a conversation on the use of innovative digital data sources, new methodologies, empirical findings, and critical challenges of studying migration and mobility in the digital era.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • New data sources for mobility and migration research, challenges and opportunities
  • Internal and international migration, short- and long-term mobility
  • Modeling and predicting human mobility patterns
  • Machine learning and AI methods for studying mobility
  • Longitudinal analyses and empirical studies of mobility and migration
  • Socio-economic and environmental drivers of migration
  • Integration and segregation of migrant populations
  • Measuring the impact of natural disasters, conflicts, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic on migration
  • Access to mobility data, open science, and privacy concerns
  • Evaluation and development of migration policy
We welcome submissions of abstracts on ongoing or published work that fit the topics of the event. The submissions must be a single PDF-file of maximum 2 pages in English including the title, list of authors and affiliations, abstract text (maximum 500 words), descriptive figure or table (optional), and references (optional). The abstracts can be in any format or style as long as they do not exceed the page and word limits. Alternatively, authors can use the abstract template of the CCS2021 conference (  

Abstracts must be submitted electronically by July 15, 2021, through the Easychair platform at the following link:

All submissions will be evaluated by the Program Committee on the basis of quality and fit to the satellite theme.

Oral presentations will be allocated 12 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. Please note that the presenting author must register to the main conference as announced on CCS2021 website.

Important Dates
  • July 15, 2021 — Deadline for abstract submissions (midnight CET)
  • July 30, 2021 — Notification of abstract acceptance for oral presentation
  • October 27-28, 2021 — MIMODE 2021 workshop (CCS2021 satellite days)
MIMODE 2021 is currently scheduled to be held in person in Lyon, France as a satellite event of CCS2021. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we may expect the workshop to turn into a hybrid or fully online event.
Presenting authors can indicate their availability to travel to Lyon in October 2021 in the submission platform. We will consider researchers’ needs and organize our satellite event accordingly as we approach the date of the event. More details will follow soon.

The satellite is organized by research scientists in the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Germany (Daniela Perrotta, Samin Aref, and Jisu Kim). Contact the organizers at