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

Submission Deadline EXTENDED: March 9, 2012

The IBM Best Student paper Award will be given at the Workshop

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
•       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

The IBM award is given to the best student paper presented at the
PURBA 2012 workshop, to acknowledge and encourage excellence in
research by students.
Eligibility for the award is restricted to papers whose primary author
and presenter is a registered student at the time of paper submission.
SUBMISSION to be considered for the award.
The awardee will be presented with a certificate and a monetary award
at the workshop.

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline:      March 9, 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
DeDe Paul, AT&T Labs Research
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
Ramσn Cαceres, AT&T Labs Research
Sandro Rambaldi, University of Bologna
Shin-ya Sato, NTT Network Innovation Labs
Stephan Sigg, NII, Japan
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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