Call: PURBA 2012 – Second Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications

The Second Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (PURBA)
In conjunction with Pervasive 2012
Newcastle, UK | June 18-22, 2012

Submission Deadline: March 2, 2012

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 is the second in this series building upon the successful PURBA 2011 workshop. It 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-2012 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.


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 and judged on originality, technical correctness, relevance, and quality of presentation by the Program Committee. All accepted submissions must be presented during the workshop.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline:  March 2, 2012
Paper acceptance notifications:  April 2, 2012

Technical Program Committee

Aaron Quigley, St. Andrews University
Alexander Varshavsky, AT&T Labs
Anand Ranganathan, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Carlo Ratti, MIT
Carlos Bento, Universidade de Coimbra
Daniele Quercia, University of Cambridge
Daqing Zhang, TELECOM & Management SudParis
Dino Pedreschi, Universita di Pisa
Elizabeth Daly, IBM Research
Enrique Frias-Martinez, Telefonica Research
Francisco Pereira, MIT
Licia Capra, University College London
Marco Conti, CNR-Pisa
Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology
Martin Brynskov, Aarhus University
Massimo Colonna, Telecom Italia
Mirco Musolesi, University of Birmingham
Neal Lathia, University College London
Patrick Olivier, Newcastle University
Ramón Cáceres, AT&T Labs
Sandro Rambaldi, University of Bologna
Shin-ya Sato, NTT Network Innovation Labs
Stephan Sigg, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Teerayut Horanont, University of Tokyo
Yoshihide Sekimoto, University of Tokyo
Zbigniew Smoreda, Orange Labs

Organizing Committee

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


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