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D4R CHALLENGE WORKSHOP
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21 JANUARY 2019

CALL FOR PROJECTS

Dear applicants,

We are pleased to announce the Data for Refugees (D4R) Challenge, with the aim of improving the living conditions of more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.

 

This challenge is initiated by Turk Telekom, in partnership with the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and Bogazici University. It makes available anonymous call patterns of Turk Telekom's mobile phone users in Turkey, including citizens and refugees. The participants of the challenge will be given access to a number of datasets, collected from one million customers over the course of one year, and anonymized so that no personal information is present. The participants will submit project reports at the end of the Challenge.

 

The datasets include cell tower locations, site-to-site traffic on an hourly basis, fine-grained mobility of a subset of customers for 15-day periods, and individual trajectories for a subset of customers over the entire observation period with sub-prefecture location information. Call Data Records (CDR) of phone calls and SMS exchanges are made available. Additionally, each CDR record is tagged with a "Refugee" flag that indicates (with high probability) whether the record belongs to a customer with refugee status or not.

 

The general aims of the Challenge are to:

1) Contribute to the welfare of the refugee populations,

2) Gain insights on key issues, including safety and security, health, education, unemployment, social integration and segregation, mobility, and distribution of resources and infrastructure,

3) Help governments and international bodies model the dynamics of the refugee populations and to discover vulnerabilities (socio-economic vulnerabilities, gaps in education and services, etc.),

4) Seed further projects, co-created with refugees, resulting in new applications, services, and innovative solutions for refugees in Turkey and elsewhere.

 

Participation will be under a strict agreement to protect data confidentiality and privacy. Research teams applying for the Challenge will be lead by a permanent staff member of an institution, and all team members will be individually named in the agreement. A short proposal describing the aims of the team will be submitted for application. The applications will be evaluated primarily on their ultimate benefit to the refugees. Commercial use of data is not permitted.

 

The Project Evaluation Committee will select five projects, one for each of the major Challenge themes (i.e. security and safety, health, education, unemployment, integration), and prizes (10K x 5= 50K TL) will be awarded at the end of the Challenge. The project reports, after evaluation, will be made public, and a white paper will be prepared to present the findings of the projects in an accessible way to the relevant ministries and the NGOs. Participants will retain full ownership and copyright of their work. Upon submission, participants agree that all submitted material will be public and covered under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) open licensing agreement, allowing use of the material with due credit for the authors.

 

Timeline of the Challenge:

January 2018: Call for projects

15 February 2018: Deadline for 1 page project proposals (and optional

presentation)

5 March 2018: Project evaluation results, sharing of datasets

31 July 2018: Submission deadline for project reports September 2018: Evaluation of reports October 2018: Project workshop and the public announcement of the winning projects

 

You can find more information on the Challenge on the website:

http://d4r.turktelekom.com.tr/

To submit a project proposal, use the 'Register Now' link.

 

We hope you will consider joining the Challenge, and help us harness data science for a humanitarian cause.

 

D4R Organization Committee:

Albert Ali Salah (Bogazici University)

Alex Pentland (MIT)

Bruno Lepri (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)

Emmanuel Letouze (MIT)

Patrick Vinck (Harvard University)

Xiaowen Dong (University of Oxford)

Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye (Imperial College London)


“DATA FOR REFUGEES TURKEY” IS A BIG DATA CHALLENGE,
D4R CHALLENGE WORKSHOP
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21 JANUARY 2019
WELCOME

Welcome to the homepage of the Data for Refugees (D4R) Challenge Workshop. This workshop will gather stakeholders seeking to use Big Data for improving the living conditions of refugees. The Challenge participants will present their findings at the Workshop, and Awards will be distributed on different categories:
Health, education, social integration, unemployment, safety & security, respectively.

The presentations will be in English.

Date and Location

This workshop will take place on the 21th of January 2019 at Boğaziçi University, Albert Long Hall.

Participation and Registration

The workshop is free to attend, but security requires the names of attendees to enter the university on the day of the workshop. Please register if you like to attend.

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Program

09:00 - 09:30   Opening talks (Boğaziçi University, TUBITAK, Türk Telekom)
09:30 - 10:00   D4R Challenge Award Ceremony
10:00 - 11:00   Session 1 (Oral)
Reducing measles risk in Turkey through social integration of Syrian refugees Paolo Bosetti, Piero Poletti, Massimo Stella, Bruno Lepri, Stefano Merler and Manlio De Domenico Data Analytics without Borders: Multi-Layered Insights for Syrian Refugee Crisis Ozgun Ozan Kılıç, Mehmet Ali Akyol, Oğuz Işık, Banu Günel Kılıç, Arsev Umur Aydınoğlu, Elif Sürer, Hafize Şebnem Düzgün, Sibel Kalaycıoğlu and Tuğba Taşkaya Temizel UDMIT: An Urban Deep Map for Integration in Turkey Sedef Turper Alışık, Damla Bayraktar Aksel, Asım Evren Yantaç, Lemi Baruh, Sibel Salman, İlker Kayı, Ahmet İçduygu and Ivon Bensason 11:00 - 12:00   Session 2 (Oral)
AROMA_CoDa: Assessing Refugees’ Onward Mobility through the Analysis of Communication Data Harald Sterly, Benjamin Etzold, Lars Wirkus, Patrick Sakdapolrak, Jacob Schewe, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner and Benjamin Hennig Measuring fine-grained multidimensional integration using mobile phone metadata: the case of Syrian refugees in Turkey Michiel Bakker, Daoud Piracha, Patricia Lu, Keis Bejgo, Mohsen Bahrami, Yan Leng, Jose Balsa-Barreiro, Julie Ricard, Alfredo Morales, Vivek Singh, Burcin Bozkaya, Selim Balcisoy and Alex Pentland Quantified Understanding of Syrian Refugee Integration in Turkey Wangsu Hu, Ran He, Jin Cao, Lisa Zhang, Huseyin Uzunalioglu, Ahmet Akyamac and Chitra Phadke 12:00 - 14:00   Session 3 (Poster) and lunch
Refugees in undeclared employment - A case study in Turkey Fabian Bruckschen, Till Koebe, Melina Ludolph, Maria Francesca Marino and Timo Schmid Mobile Data for Mobility: Travel and Communication Patterns of Syrian Refugees Eda Beyazıt, Ervin Sezgin, Kerem Arslanli and Mehmet Gencer Segregation and Sentiment: Estimating Refugee Segregation and its Effects Using Digital Trace Data Neal Marquez, Emilio Zagheni and Ingmar Weber Integration of Syrian refugees: insights from D4R, media events and housing market data Simone Bertoli, Paolo Cintia, Fosca Giannotti, Etienne Madinier, Caglar Ozden, Michael Packard, Dino Pedreschi, Hillel Rapoport, Alina Sirbu and Biagio Speciale Exploring Refugee Mobility due to Large Scale Events using Mobile Phone Records Fatima K. Abu Salem, Al-Abbas Khalil, Ahmad Dhaini, Joachim Diederich, Shady Elbassuoni and Wassim El Hajj An Overview of Group Behavior on Turkey Humberto T. M-Neto, Jussara M. Almeida, Artur Ziviani, Virgilio A. F. Almeida, Jaqueline Faria de Oliveira, Douglas C. Teixeira and Haron C. Fantecele New Approaches to the Study of Spatial Mobility and Economic Integration of Refugees in Turkey Steven Reece, Franck Duvell, Carlos Vargas-Silva and Zovanga Kone Syrian Refugee Integration in Turkey: Evidence from Call Detail Records Tugba Bozcaga, Fotini Christia, Elizabeth Harwood, Constantinos Daskalakis and Christos Papadimitriou Optimizing the Access to Healthcare Services in Dense Refugee Hosting Urban Areas: A Case for Istanbul Tarik Altuncu, Nur Sevencan and Ayse Seyyide Kaptaner Social Integration of Syrian Refugees: Some Insights from Call Detail Record Datasets Nuran Bayram-Arli, Fatih Cavdur, Mine Aydemir, Fadime Aksoy and Asli Sebatli Refugee Integration in Turkey: A Study of Mobile Phone Data Ismail Uluturk, Ismail Uysal and Onur Varol Measuring Segregation of Syrian Refugees via Mobile Call Detail Records Fatih Uludağ, Halit Eray Çelik, Serbest Ziyanak, Murat Canayaz and Fikriye Ataman Reaching all children:A data-driven allocation strategy of educational resources for Syrian refugees. Suad Aldarra, Lorenzo Lucchini, Elisa Omodei and Laura Alessandretti Developing Integration Policy for Refugees through Mobile Phone Data Analysis: A Study on Türk Telekom Customers Ibrahim Zincir, Tohid Ahmed Rana, Ayselin Yıldız and Dilaver Arıkan Açar 14:00 - 15:00   Session 4 (Oral)
Measuring and mitigating behavioural segregation as an optimisation problem: the case of Syrian refugees in Turkey Daniel Rhoads, Javier Borge-Holthoefer and Albert Solé-Ribalta Refugee Mobility: Evidence from Phone Data in Turkey Luisito Bertinelli, Rana Comertpay, Anastasia Litina, Jean-François Maystadt, Benteng Zou and Michel Beine Mobility and Calling Behavior to Assess the Integration of Syrian Refugees in Turkey Antonio Luca Alfeo, Mario Giovanni C.A. Cimino, Bruno Lepri and Gigliola Vaglini 15:00 - 16:00   Session 5 (Oral)
Characterizing the Mobile Phone Use Patterns of Refugee Hosting Provinces in Turkey Ross Gore, Meltem Y. Sener, Christine Boshuijzen-van Burken, Erika Frydenlund, Engin Bozdag and Christa de Kock Improve Education Opportunities for Better Integration of Syrian Refugees in Turkey Marco Mamei, Seyit Cilasun, Marco Lippi, Francesca Pancotto and Semih Tumen Towards an Understanding of Refugee Segregation, Isolation, Homophily and Ultimately Integration in Turkey Using Call Detail Records Jeremy Boy, David Pastor, Marguerite Nyhan, Rebeca Moreno Jimenez, Daniel Macguire and Miguel Luengo Oroz

Targeted Outcomes

The aim of the Workshop is to disseminate the findings of the D4R Challenge to a wider public. 31 research groups will present their results in the Workshop. The group meetings will bring the Challenge participants together to initiate a recommendations document (to be completed after the Workshop). These recommendations will be compiled in a jointly-authored chapter in the forthcoming book:

Salah, A.A., A. Pentland, B. Lepri, E. Letouze, P. Vinck, Y.A. de Montjoye, X. Dong (eds.), Guide to Mobile Data Analytics in Refugee Scenarios, Springer International, forthcoming.

Furthermore, a white paper in Turkish will be edited from the Challenge outcomes to be shared with the authorities.

Organization

Scientific Committee
Albert Ali Salah, Boğaziçi University
Alex Pentland, MIT
Bruno Lepri, FBK
Emmanuel Letouze, Data-Pop Alliance
Patrick Vinck, Harvard University
Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Imperial College London
Xiaowen Dong, University of Oxford

Project Evaluation Committee
Senem Özyavuz, Turk Telekom
Iyad Rahwan, MIT
Anahi Ayala Iacucci, Internews
Bülent Sankur, Boğaziçi University
Yıldırım Bahadırlar, TUBITAK BILGEM
Alex Rutherford, MIT
Claire Melamed, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Jean-Marie Garelli, UNHCR
Ahmad Garibeh, Istanbul & I
Geoffrey Charles Fox, Indiana University
Josephine Goube, Techfugees
Fırat Yaman Er, Turk Telekom
Phuong Pham, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Mithat Büyükhan, TC Ministry of Education
Mazen AboulHosn, IOM
Ömer Hakan Şimşek, TC Ministry of Health
Nona Zicherman, UNICEF
Manuel Garcia-Herranz, UNICEF
Vedran Sekara, UNICEF

Contact

Albert Ali Salah, salah@boun.edu.tr

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Attention Please

PROJECT GROUPS SUBMIT PROPOSALS has been extended until March 23, 2018.