Workshop: Pervasive Urban Applications, 12 June 2011, San Francisco

This workshop is organized by MIT’s Senseable City Lab, Newcastle Culture Lab, and IBM. Deadline for paper has already passed…:

The First Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (PURBA) will take place in conjunction with the Ninth International Conference on Pervasive Computing in San Francisco, CA, USA on June 12-15, 2011.

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 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.


  • Francesco Calabrese, MIT
  • Santi Phithakkitnukoon, MIT
  • Dominik Dahlem, MIT
  • Giusy Di Lorenzo, MIT


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