The International Workshop on Urban Computing (UrbComp 2012)

August 12, 2012 – Beijing, China, Held in conjunction with KDD 2012

Aims and Scope
With the rapid progress of urbanization and civilization on earth, urban
computing is emerging as a concept where every sensor, device, person,
vehicle, building, and street in the urban areas can be used as a component
to probe city dynamics to further enable city-wide computing for serving
people and their cities. Urban computing aims to enhance both human life
and urban environment smartly through a recurrent process of sensing,
mining, understanding, and improving. Urban computing also aims to deeply
understand the nature and sciences behind the phenomenon occurring in urban
spaces, using a variety of heterogeneous data sources, such as traffic
flows, human mobility, geographic and map data, environment, energy
consumption, populations, and economics, etc.
Recently, real-world data reflecting city dynamics becomes widely
available, including, e.g., users’ mobile phone signal, GPS traces of
vehicles and people, ticketing data in public transportation systems,
user-generated content (like tweets, micro-blog, check-ins, photos), data
from transportation sensor networks (camera and loop sensors) and
environment sensor networks (temperature and air quality), as well as data
from the Internet of Things. As a result, we are ready to carry out real
urban computing activities that lead to better and smarter cities. By
better sensing and understanding the city dynamics we are more likely to
design effective strategies and intelligent systems for improving urban
lives. Examples of urban computing projects can be found on

Topics of Interests
Topics of interest include, but not limited to, the follows:

· Urban sensing and city dynamics sensing

· City-wide traffic modeling, visualization, analysis, and prediction

· City-wide human mobility modeling, visualization, and understanding

· Urban computing for urban planning and city configuration evaluation

· Urban environment/pollution/energy consumption monitoring and data analysis

· City-wide intelligent transportation systems

· Anomaly detection and event discovery in a city

· Discover regions of interests and regions of different functions

· Mining public transportation data, such as ticketing data in bus and subway systems, road pricing data, and taxi data

· Social behavior modeling, understanding, and patterns mining in urban spaces

· City-wide mobile social applications in urban areas

· Location-based social networks enabling urban computing scenarios

· Smart recommendations in urban spaces

· Intelligent delivery services in cities

· Mining data from the Internet of Things

Important Dates
Paper submission due: May 27, 2012
Paper Notification: June 12, 2012
Camera-ready due: June 14, 2012

Awards and Journal Publications
We will set one best paper award according to the review results and
presentation of a paper. All the papers accepted by UrbComp 2012 will be
invited to the special issue on urban computing at ACM Transaction on
Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST) if the authors would like to
expand a paper by adding 25 percent significantly new materials. The
journal review will take into account the workshop review of a paper. This
will not be considered as a double submission.

We solicit submissions up to 8 pages in a single PDF file including all
content, figures, tables, and references, following ACM camera-ready
templates available at:,
via the submission website before the submission deadline. Each paper will
be assigned to three reviewers for a peer review. All accepted papers will
be included in the ACM digital library.