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Urban Informatics and the Web

Pelechrinis, Konstantinos and Quercia, Daniele (2015) Urban Informatics and the Web. In: ACM WWW.

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Abstract

Based on a recent report from the United Nations, more than 50% of the world’s population currently lives in cities. This percentage is projected to increase to 70% by the year 2050 [1]. As massive amounts of people move to urban areas there is a need for cities to be run more efficiently, while at the same time improving the quality of life of their dwellers. Nevertheless, the exact same force that sets the above requirement, i.e., the proliferation of urbanization lev- els, makes this task much harder and challenging, especially in megacities. Despite the aforementioned conflicting dy- namics, many city management operations can be facilitated by appropriate exploitation of the unprecedented amount of data that can be made available to authorities from a va- riety of sources. In the era of big data and ubiquitous and pervasive mobile computing, different types of sensors such as parking meters, weather sensors, traffic sensors, pipe sen- sors, public transportation ticket readers and even human sensors (e.g., through web technologies, social media or cell phone usage data) can assist in these efforts. Furthermore, civic applications can exploit web and mobile technologies to deliver a livable, sustainable and resilient environment to the citizens. Harnessing these information streams and technologies presents many challenges that are in the epi- center of this tutorial. In this tutorial we will present the current practices and methods in the emerging field of ur- ban informatics as well as the open challenges. The topics to be covered in this tutorial are structured in three sessions: (i) introduction to urban studies and urban informatics, (ii) civic data and technologies for urban sensing and (iii) an- alytical techniques used for urban data analysis. Finally, we will also provide concrete examples of urban informatics applications.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Pelechrinis, Konstantinoskpele@pitt.eduKPELE
Quercia, Daniele
Date: 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Event Title: ACM WWW
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Telecommunications
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 14:05
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 04:59
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/25434

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