Deep Transfer Learning Across Cities for Mobile Traffic Prediction

Qiong Wu, Kaiwen He, Xu Chen, Shuai Yu, Junshan Zhang

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Precise citywide mobile traffic prediction is of great significance for intelligent network planning and proactive service provisioning. Current traffic prediction approaches mainly focus on training a well-performed model for the cities with a large amount of mobile traffic data. However, for the cities with scarce data, the prediction performance will be greatly limited. To tackle this problem, in this paper we propose a novel cross-city deep transfer learning framework named CCTP for citywide mobile traffic prediction in cities with data scarcity. Specifically, we first present a novel spatial-temporal learning model and pre-train the model by abundant data of a source city to obtain prior knowledge of mobile traffic dynamics. We then devise an efficient generative adversarial network (GAN) based cross-domain adapter for distribution alignment between target data and source data. To deal with data scarcity issue in some clusters of target city, we further design an inter-cluster transfer learning strategy for performance enhancement. Extensive experiments conducted on real-world mobile traffic datasets demonstrate that our proposed CCTP framework can achieve superior performance in citywide mobile traffic prediction with data scarcity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1255-1267
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2022


  • Citywide mobile traffic prediction
  • cross-city learning
  • data scarcity
  • domain adaptation
  • transfer learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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