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UrbanNet 2016, Amsterdam

21st September 2016

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The Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC), in conjunction with ‘BigData4ATM’ and ‘insight’, will co-host an international event in Amsterdam on 21 September 2016.

Scope and rationale:
The pervasive access to information is empowering citizens to make more informed decisions (e.g., regarding their travel behavior, shopping, energy and other resources consumption habits, etc.), as well as leading to new forms of social relationships and to the introduction of new activities such as e-shopping and teleworking. At the same time, the penetration of ICT is turning individuals into passive and/or active ‘sensors’ that produce, exchange and consume an increasing amount of information, generating a variety of heterogeneous data on citizens’ preferences and behavior. As we move, shop, travel, etc., we leave e-footprints informing on our needs, choices and opinions. This feedback loop is modifying urban dynamics, as well as opening new opportunities for understanding such dynamics and developing new approaches to the design and management of urban systems. In recent years, research on the analysis of non-conventional data sources has begun to jump from academia to industry and public administration, and the interest in new data-driven applications and decision-making tools for infrastructure and strategic planning is growing every day both in private and public sectors.

Following a series of successful satellites organised at previous ECCS/CCS events, (UrbanNet2013 at ECCS13, CitiNet 2014 at ECCS14, UrbanNet2015 at NetSci 2015), the objective of the UrbanNet2016 workshop as satellite of the CCS 2016 is to create a space for exchanging state-of-the-art results and innovative ideas on how to address the problems and opportunities opened by smart cities through complex systems theory and methodologies. Particular attention will be devoted to new data-driven approaches for improving the planning and management of urban infrastructures, including land use, transportation, energy and tourism planning, to mention some examples.

Call for contributions:
Submission of contributed talks are accepted as an extended abstract (max. 2 pages). The abstract in a txt or pdf format should be done via Easychair at this link. The deadline for abstract submission is July 15, 2016.

Submissions will be evaluated and selected by the Program Committee members, based on the adherence to the workshop theme, originality and scientific quality. A non-exhaustive list of topics to which particular attention will be paid includes:

  • Methods and tools for the exploitation of new sources of spatial and temporal data, both for real time management and for longer term strategic planning of urban infrastructure and services (transport, energy, communications, tourism…).
  • ICT-driven social and behavioural changes and their impact on location and activity patterns in cities.
  • Modelling of the coupling between short-term and long-term urban dynamics.
  • Consumer data as a proxy for modelling urban networks.
  • Interplay between activity-travel patterns and social networks.
  • Multiplex and multilayer networks in urban contexts.

Once the selection process is completed, the authors of the accepted abstracts will be notified by e-mail. Please remember that all the participants in the CCS conference or the satellites must register at this link.



21st September 2016
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