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First International Workshop on Social Connections in the Urban Space
2011 (SocialUrb-2011)

in conjunction with IEEE SOCIALCOM 2011, MIT, USA, October 9-11, 2011

Important Dates
Paper Submission: 1 July 2011
Author Notification: 12 August 2011
Final Manuscript: 22 August 2011
Workshop Date: 9-11 October 2011

Background and Motivation
Significant amounts of data are collected in the urban space we move and
live in. Most of this data is
gathered  by governmental and defence agencies. Satellites are used to
capture movement and
transport while 'dataveillance' captures people's use of credit card,
mobile phone, and loyalty card
information. CCTVs are also ubiquitous. More recently, applications to
gather data using people's
mobile phones as a sensor in the urban space have appeared and
contribute to this pool of urban data.
This unprecedented bottom-up approach achieves collaborative collection
of large quantities of data.
'Participatory Urbanism' sees a shift in mobile device usage - from
communication tool to networked
mobile personal measurement instrument. Through this, individual
citizens can become more proactive
in their involvement with their city, neighborhood, and urban

Given this growing pool of data of the urban space, there is a question
on how the data can be used
fruitfully and sensibly to better understand sociality and to inform
future planning of our urban

This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to
discuss and explore research
challenges and opportunities in social computing in urban spaces. We are
seeking multi-disciplinary
contributions that reveal interesting aspects about urban social life
and exploit the sensory data as well
as digital traces (e.g. mobile phone data, online social network data,
transportation traces) to create
novel urban social applications that benefit citizens, urban planners,
and policy makers.

The SocialUrb-2011 Workshop fosters discussions covering topics such as
(but not limited to):
* Analysis of social networks in urban spaces
* Social computing applications for urban planning and design
* Social sensing methodology
* Computational social study of urban spaces
* Mining of data collected from urban social networks
* Urban social geography
* Multi-source urban social information integration
* Real-time urban social information processing
* Case studies and applications of mixed urban social sensing and mining
* Middleware for mobile urban social computing
* City-related knowledge infrastructure and computational models
* Urban social application demos and visualizations
* Security, privacy, reputation, and trust issues in urban social computing
* Impact of social computing technologies in the urban space e.g.
economical, psychological.

Submission must be in IEEE conference paper style with no more than 6
pages in PDF file
Submit your
paper(s) at the SocialUrb-2011 submission site
conf=socialurb2011). 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
Technical Program Committee.
Should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors must attend
the workshop to present the work
in order for the paper to be published by IEEE and included in the IEEE
Digital Library.

Organizing Committee
Santi Phithakkitnukoon, Newcastle University, MIT
Cecilia Mascolo, University of Cambridge
Tuck Wah Leong, Newcastle University
Teerayut Horanont, University of Tokyo

Technical Program Committee
Carlos Bento, Universidade de Coimbra
Daniele Quercia, University of Cambridge
David Kirk, University of Nottingham
Deborah Estrin, University of California, Los Angeles
Dino Pedreschi, Universita di Pisa
Dominik Dahlem, MIT
Elizabeth Daly, IBM Research
Fosca Giannotti, CNR-Pisa
Francisco Pereira, MIT
Janne Lindqvist, Carnegie Mellon University
Licia Capra, University College London
Marco Conti, CNR-Pisa
Masaki Ito, Tottori University
Mike Batty, University College London
Mirco Musolesi, University of St. Andrews
Mori Kurokawa , KDDI labs
Niwat Thepvilojanapong, Mie University
Nuria Oliver, Telefonica Research
Patrick Olivier, Newcastle University
Peter Wright, Newcastle University
Ram Dantu, University of North Texas
Renaud Lambiotte, Imperial College London
Rob Claxton, British Telecom
Sandro Rambaldi, University of Bologna
Shin-ya Sato, NTT Network Innovation Labs
Stephan Sigg, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Tokuro Yonezawa, Keio University
Yaniv Altshuler, MIT
Yoshihide Sekimoto, University of Tokyo
Zbigniew Smoreda, Orange Labs


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