Welcome to the homepage of Xin Lu

Co-founder, Flowminder Foundation.
Associate Professor, College of Information System and Management, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha, China. 
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Xin obtained his PhD from Department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet, He worked at the Department of Sociology at Stockholm University during 2009~2012 and the Institute For Future Studies in Stockholm in early 2013.

Dr. Xin's research is multidiciplinarily distributed in the following areas:

  • Mobile phone data based human traveling behavior analysis during nature disasters.
  • Evaluating and improving Respondent-driven sampling method (RDS), a "network-based sampling" strategy for HIV-related high-risk population surveys.
  • Network-based epidemic modeling of sexual transmitted diseases (STI).
  • Operational research, graph algorithms.
  • Anomaly detection models for Symdromic Surveillance Systems.
  • Other issues in Big Data, Mobility, Complex Networks, Social Networks, Complex Systems, Organizational Dynamics, Human Behaviors, etc..



Selected Publications

  • Lu X, Wrathall DJ, Sundsøy PR, Nadiruzzaman M, Wetter E, Iqbal A, et al. Unveiling hidden migration and mobility patterns in climate stressed regions: A longitudinal study of six million anonymous mobile phone users in Bangladesh. Global Environmental Change, 2016,38:1-7. (pdf)
  • Buckee, Caroline O., et al. Society: Protect Privacy of Mobile Data. Nature, 514, 7520 (2014): 35-35. (pdf)
  • Lu X. & Brelsford C. Network Structure and Community Evolution on Twitter: Human Behavior Change in Response to the 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami. Scientific Reports, 4. doi: 10.1038/srep06773. (pdf)
  • Lu X.. Linked Ego Networks: Improving Estimate Reliability and Validity with Respondent-driven Sampling. Social Networks, 2013, 35: 669-685. (pdf)
  • Lu, X., et al. Approaching the Limit of Predictability in Human Mobility. Scientific Reports, 2013, 3. doi: 10.1038/srep02923 (pdf)
  • Lu X., et al.. Predictability of population displacement after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2012, 109 (29), 11576-11581. (pdf)
  • Lu, X., Linus Bengtsson, Tom Britton, Martin Camitz, Beom Jun Kim, Anna Thorson, Fredrik Liljeros. The Sensitivity of Respondent-driven Sampling Method.  Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 2012, 175: 191-216. (pdf)
  • Bengtsson L., et al. Improved Response to Disasters and Outbreaks: Tracking Population Movements with Mobile Phone Network Data in Haiti. PLoS Medicine, 2011; 8 (8): e1001083 (pdf)

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