The First International Workshop on Smart Cities and Urban Analytics (UrbanGIS) 2015

NOVEMBER 3, 2015

Paper Submission: September 8, 2015

Notification of Acceptance: September 29, 2015

Camera Ready Paper Due: October 3, 2015

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Welcome to the First International Workshop on Smart Cities and Urban Analytics 2015, in conjunction with the 23rd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2015)

About half of humanity lives in urban environments today and that number will grow to 80% by the middle of this century; North America is already 80% in cities, and will rise to 90% by 2050. Cities are thus the loci of resource consumption, of economic activity, and of innovation; they are the cause of our looming sustainability problems but also where those problems must be solved. Smart cities are leveraging advanced analytics solutions, usually with spatio­temporal data, to support urban management and more informed decision making. Big urban data, if properly acquired, integrated, and analyzed, can take us beyond today’s imperfect and often anecdotal understanding of cities to enable better operations, informed planning, and improved policy.

Despite many efforts in tackling challenges of smart cities through big data and spatio(­-temporal) analysis, there is no standard spatio(­-temporal) data infrastructure able to support the wide range of requirements in different problem areas. This workshop will provide a forum for researchers from various domains to present their results and to work together toward developing such an infrastructure. This includes, but not limited to, techniques, policies, and standards required to acquire, process, and use spatio(­-temporal) data,particularly in the urban context.


Research Topics

We are soliciting papers (including significant work-in-progress) that describe academic research efforts as well as applications and prototypes that leverage spatial or spatio­temporal data analysis to address urban challenges. Areas of research include but are not limited to:

  • Application and experimental experiences in smart cities
  • Data indexing techniques for massive spatio­-temporal dataset
  • Human mobility modeling and analytics
  • Large­-scale visualization of urban data
  • Machine learning for predictive models
  • Parallel and distributed computing of big urban data
  • Safety, security, and privacy for smart cities
  • Smart buildings, grids, transportation, and utilities
  • Social computing, sensing and IoT for smart cities
  • Streaming/real­time processing of spatio­-temporal data
  • Urban informatics


Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be at most 8 pages for full papers and at most 4 pages for short papers/work-in-progress, formatted according to ACM formatting guidelines. Papers will be evaluated by the program committee members for the significance and relevance of their research contributions, as well as their presentation. Short papers are expected to be work in progress or of smaller scale but the same evaluation criteria will be applied as for full papers.


Workshop Organizers

  • Huy T. Vo, CUSP/CUNY
  • ­Juliana Freire, ​New York University
  • Claudio T. Silva, ​New York University

Program Committee

  • Daniel Aliaga, Purdue University
  • Charlie Catlett, A​rgonne National Lab & University of Chicago
  • Alex Chohlas-Woo, New York Police Department
  • ­Theo Damoulas, University of Warwick
  • Bill Howe, University of Washington
  • James T. Klosowski, AT&T Labs – Research
  • Ming Li, University of Nevada – Reno
  • David Maier, Portland State University
  • Carlos Scheidegger, University of Arizona
  • Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Lucien Wilson, KPF & Columbia University
  • Jianting Zhang, City University of New York



Technical talks are 15 minutes each including time for Q&A.

NOVEMBER 3, 2015

08:50-09:00 : Opening Remarks

09:00-09:45 : Discussion on “Attempts at Building UrbanGIS Infrastructure”, Claudio Silva [Slides]

09:45-10:30 : Session on Interactive Systems

Prototyping A Web-based High-Performance Visual Analytics Platform for Origin-Destination Data: A Case study of NYC Taxi Trip Records [PDF] [Slides]
Jianting Zhang, Simin You, and Yinglong Xia

Optimizing Routes of Public Transportation Systems by Analyzing the Data of Taxi Rides [PDF]
Keven Richly, and Ralf Teusner

Understanding Transportation Accessibility of Metropolitan Chicago Through Interactive Visualization [PDF] [Slides]
Shi Yin, Moyin Li, Nebiyou Tilahun, Angus Forbes, and Andrew Johnson

10:30-11:00 : Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 : Session on Modeling and Algorithm Designs

Bidding strategy of a microgrid in the deregulated electricity market [PDF] [Slides]
Gabriella Ferruzzi, Guido Cervone, Luca Delle Monache, Giorgio Graditi, and Francesca Jacobone

Urban sidewalks: visualization and routing for individuals with limited mobility [PDF] [Slides]
Nicholas Bolten, Amirhossein Amini, Yun Hao, Vaishnavi Ravichandran, Andre Stephens, and Anat Caspi

An Algorithmic Approach for Environmentally-Friendly Traffic Control in Smart Cities [PDF] [Slides]
Keyvan Rezaei Moghadam, Bhaskar Krishnamachari, and Kai Huang

Scalable Detection of Traffic Congestion from Massive Floating Car Data Streams [PDF] [Slides]
Gyozo Gidofalvi, and Can Yang

Modeling semantic trajectories including multiple viewpoints and explanatory factors: application to life trajectories. [PDF]
David Noël, Marlene Villanova-Oliver, Jerome Gensel, and Pierre Le Quéau

12:30-14:00 : Lunch

14:00-15:30 : Session on Data Management and Accesss

Exploring New Data Sources to Improve UK Land Parcel Valuation [PDF] [Slides]
Henry Crosby, Paul Davis, and Stephen Jarvis

Identification and Classification of Urban Development Place Types for the New York Metropolitan Region [PDF] [Slides]
Lucrecia Montemayor, and Ellis Calvin

GPS and accelerometer time stamps: proper data handling and avoiding pitfalls [PDF] [Slides]
Philip Hurvitz

Digital Terrain Model Generation using LiDAR Ground Points [PDF]
Andi Zang, Xin Chen, and Goce Trajcevski

SNT-index: Spatio-temporal index for vehicular trajectories on a road network based on substring matching [PDF] [Slides]
Satoshi Koide, Yukihiro Tadokoro, and Takayoshi Yoshimura

Probabilistic Group Nearest Neighbors query based on Voronoi diagram [PDF]
Weige Wang, Xu Jian, Xu Ming, Zheng Ning, and Ge Enquan

Protecting privacy of GPS trails by anonymization of the road graph [PDF] [Slides]
Mariusz Kamola

15:30-16:00 : Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 : Session on Data Analytics

A New Method for Urban Spatial Analysis: Measuring Gaze, Attention, and Memory in the Built Environment [PDF] [Slides]
Lezhi Li, Jake Rudin, Xiaodi Yan, Allen Sayegh, and Stefano Andreani

The Urban Characteristics of Street Harassment: A First Look [PDF] [Slides]
Mai Elsherief, and Elizabeth Belding

An integrative method for mapping urban land use change using “geo-sensor” data [PDF] [Slides]
Charles Chang, Zhiwei Ye, Qunying Huang, and Caixia Wang

Where Chicagoans tweet the most: Semantic analysis of preferential return locations of Twitter users [PDF]
Aiman Soliman, Junjun Yin, Kiumars Soltani, Anand Padmanabhan, and Shaowen Wang

17:00-17:10 : Closing Remarks