The First Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (PURBA 2011)

The First Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (PURBA)
In conjunction with Pervasive 2011
San Francisco | June 12-15, 2011

Submission Deadline: February 4, 2011

Selected extended papers will be considered for possible fast track publication in the PERVASIVE AND MOBILE COMPUTING (PMC) journal published by Elsevier.

The IBM award is given to the best student paper presented at the PURBA 2011 workshop.

Over the past decade, the development of digital networks and operations has produced an unprecedented wealth of information. Handheld electronics, location devices, telecommunications networks, and a wide assortment of tags and sensors are constantly producing a rich stream of data reflecting various aspects of urban life. For urban planners and designers, these accumulations of digital traces are valuable sources of data in capturing the pulse of the city in an astonishing degree of temporal and spatial detail. Yet this condition of the hybrid city – which operates simultaneously in the digital and physical realms – also poses difficult questions about privacy, scale, and design, among many others. These questions must be addressed as we move toward achieving an augmented, fine-grained understanding of how the city functions – socially, economically and yes, even psychologically. This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss and explore the research challenges and opportunities in applying the pervasive computing paradigm to urban spaces. We are seeking multi-disciplinary contributions that reveal interesting aspects about urban life and exploit the digital traces to create novel urban applications that benefit citizens, urban planners, and policy makers. The PURBA 2011 Workshop fosters discussions covering topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Pervasive computing applications for urban planning and design
  • Mining of data collected from urban networks e.g. transportation, energy
  • Urban mobility and geo-localization
  • Multi-source urban information integration
  • Real-time urban information processing
  • City-related knowledge infrastructure and computational models
  • Case studies and applications of mixed urban sensing and mining
  • Analysis of social networks in urban space
  • Middleware for mobile urban computing
  • Context-aware systems for urban space
  • Smart cities
  • Intelligent transportation system
  • Urban application demos and visualizations
  • Wireless sensor networks, mobile devices, and social network sensing
  • Security, privacy, reputation, and trust issues in urban computing
  • Impact of pervasive technologies in urban space e.g. social, economical, and psychological.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline:  February 4, 2011
Paper acceptance notifications:  March 11, 2011


All contributions must be submitted as PDF files. The workshop accepts manuscripts in LNCS format (up to 8 pages). Visionary and position papers are encouraged. All contributions must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three reviewers and judged on originality, technical correctness, relevance, and quality of presentation by the Program Committee. All accepted submissions must be presented during the workshop.

Selected extended papers will be considered for possible fast track publication in the PERVASIVE AND MOBILE COMPUTING (PMC) journal published by Elsevier. Note, that extended papers must provide significant additional material compared to the workshop submission.


The IBM award is given to the best student paper presented at the PURBA 2011 workshop, to acknowledge and encourage excellence in research by students.

Eligibility for the award is restricted to papers whose primary author and presenter is a registered student at the time of paper submission.


The awardee will be presented with a certificate and a monetary award at the workshop.

Technical Program Committee

Alexandre Gerber, AT&T Labs
Carlo Ratti, MIT
Carlos Bento, Universidade de Coimbra
Cecilia Mascolo, University of Cambridge
Chandra Narayanaswami, IBM Research
Daniele Quercia, University of Cambridge
Deborah Estrin, UCLA
Dino Pedreschi, Universita di Pisa
Elizabeth Daly, IBM Research
Fabien Girardin, Lift Lab
Fosca Giannotti, CNR-Pisa
Francisco Pereira, Universidade de Coimbra
Hedda Rahel Schmidtke, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
John Krumm, Microsoft Research
Jon Reades, UCL
Licia Capra, UCL
Marco Conti, CNR-Pisa
Marco Veloso, Universidade de Coimbra
Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology
Massimo Colonna, Telecom Italia
Markus Schlapfer, ETH Zurich
Mauro Martino, Northeastern University
Mike Batty, UCL
Milind Naphade, IBM Research
Mirco Musolesi, University of St. Andrews
Olivier Verscheure, IBM Research
Patrick Olivier, Newcastle University
Ramon Caceres, AT&T Labs
Rex Britter, MIT
Rob Claxton, British Telecom
Sandro Rambaldi, University of Bologna
Sergio Savaresi, Politecnico di Milano
Shin-ya Sato, NTT Network Innovation Labs
Stephan Sigg, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Surapa Thiemjarus, SIIT, Thailand
Teerayut Horanont, University of Tokyo
Thomas Ploetz, Newcastle University
Yoshihide Sekimoto, University of Tokyo
Zbigniew Smoreda, Orange Labs

Organizing Committee

Francesco Calabrese, MIT, IBM Research
Santi Phithakkitnukoon, MIT, Newcastle University
Dominik Dahlem, MIT
Giusy Di Lorenzo, MIT, IBM Research

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