Destination Data | Harvard SEAS

June 20, 2017
Lake Como

With its 28-mile-long azure lake, framed by the snow-capped Alps, the picturesque city of Como, Italy, is a popular vacation destination for entertainment royalty, including George Clooney, Madonna, and Sting.

Paparazzi keep track of these famous visitors, but how can municipal officials monitor the way the other 1 million tourists who visit Como each year travel among the districts and attractions in this medieval city?

To help Como’s tourism office answer that question, a team of students in Computational Science and Engineering Capstone Project (APCOMP 297R) partnered with Fluxedo, an Italian tech startup, to model human dynamic flow throughout the city by integrating cell phone and social media data analytics.

The students, completing the course as part of the Computational Science and Engineering master’s program, offered by the Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, collaborated with peers at the Italian technical university Politecnico di Milano for their capstone project.  Read More.