This workshop aims into bringing together researchers and practitioners to discuss and explore the research challenges and opportunities in applying the web, the mobile, the pervasive and the social computing paradigm to understand cities and, crucially, engage their citizens in an effort to reclaim urban space for improving their quality of life. Our goal is to create a better understanding of cities and a living lab for understanding both technological and social phenomena. The interdisciplinary focus aims into attracting and welcomes diverse researchers from social sciences and information systems.
We are seeking multi-disciplinary contributions that reveal interesting aspects about urban life and exploit the digital traces to create novel citizen centric applications that benefit not only citizens, but also urban planners and policy makers. This is especially important with many cities now signing up for opportunities to participate in Living Labs or Smarter Cities pilot programs, the need to discuss and evaluate where these projects are going is highly topical at this time. Though the concept of “smart cities” is widely popular, there is still no consensus on how to pursue this goal. The workshop topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Registration for participating in the workshop is now open here
We solicit 6-pages research papers that will present original, previously unpublished, research. Each one of the accepted papers will be allocated a 15-minute slot during the workshop (12 minutes for presentation and 3 minutes for questions). All papers must follow AAAI formatting guidelines.
You can submit your paper here.
The worshop will include an "Urban Beers" session, which will bring together the local community with the global network of researchers that will participate in the workshop and allow for a productive idea exchange. We welcome urban enthusiasts from all horizons (e.g., startups, academia, local government) to share their stories and free beers. It will start with a quick presentation from the local stakeholders as well as an 1-minute madness-type presentation from the workshop authors and any other participant that would like to do so. Let's share our ideas on all aspects of technologically-enhanced urban life, related to its economics, governance, sustainability and design! If you are interested in presenting to the ``Urban Beers'' session of the workshop, please send your presentation title and a brief intro about yourself to Kostas and Daniele. To simply participate at the event, please visit the meetup page.
More details can be found here as well.
The "Urban Beers" session will take place in a location outside the traditional academic environment (Startplatz - Im Mediapark 5, Köln) in order to facilitate the interactions. The list of speakers includes: