First International Workshop the Urban Internet of Things (Urban IOT 2010) - - CALL FOR PAPERS - CALL FOR DEMOS

"As more people move to cities, it will become increasingly challenging to design infrastructures that support efficiently the needs of inhabitants without sacrificing the quality of life. Vital services such as transportation, healthcare, education and public safety, will need to be delivered in a timely manner for always more people. Urban areas are being increasingly instrumented with networked sensors that measure various urban and environmental parameters such as air quality, traffic, or noise levels. GPS-enabled mobile phone networks could provide valuable information about people’s mobility patterns or practical usage of the urban environment and public infrastructure. New levels of urban intelligence that will help to design smarter cities are within reach through a meaningful interpretation of all this data and future cities should more than ever leverage these new technologies to transform and optimize their services and resources use.However, the public infrastructure and networks often remain obscure structures whose workings are not accessible to many citizens. Can that change by designing the points of interaction with the infrastructures in a way that slowly - but steadily - engage behavioral changes? As our urban environments are reshaped by mobile and sensing technologies, we need to leverage the most recent technical developments to build flexible platforms for supporting constructive collaboration between the different disciplines involvedin urban design. Open and easy to use platforms that enable efficient integration, processing, storage, and access to the enormous amount of data digital cities generate are essential. It is only by considering the IoT as a platform for engaging citizen's action, that a new space where infrastructures become ecologies may open. We are concerned by how to open up the bare technology for social and cultural transformation, by raising awareness about what is already in place and exploring the potential for enacting citizenship through IoT.Urban computing draws from various disciplines such as HCI, ubiquitous computing, distributed systems, urban planning, and many others. This workshop will provide a forum for the different disciplines involved in the design of future cities to establish a common ground for better interdisciplinary cooperation in this area. We invite original and inspiring contributions from technology experts, researchers in academia and industry, designers, urban planners, and architects to share their knowledge, experiences, and best practices for building smarter cities. We particularly encourage practical or provocative ideas that deal with the various technical and social challenges and opportunities offered by the increasing digitalization of our urban environments. The format will be a full day mix of paper and invited presentations, along with open discussions about the particular challenges of urban environments."First International Workshop the Urban Internet of Things (Urban IOT 2010) 29 November 2010, Tokyo, Japan in conjunction with the Second International Conference on the Internet of Things 2010 (IOT 2010) Relevant topics include - but are not limited to - the following:  *  - Ubiquitous/pervasive, wearable, or context-aware computing in urban environments    - Interfacing transportation systems, energy, water, and waste management systems    - Infrastructures for smart cities and intelligent buildings monitoring and control    - User experience, interaction design, and innovative urban interfaces and affordances    - Web-inspired architectures for programmable urban environments    - Design of cities and public spaces using locative media, navigation, and GIS systems    - Prototyping, deployment, and maintenance methodologies for urban computing    - Design for active citizenship enabled by a participative IoT    - Large-scale social networks and participatory sensing    - Surveillance, privacy and policy*We solicit *short papers (max. 6 pages) or demo papers (max. 3 pages)* that describe new research directions, early results, works-in-progress and working prototypes in the areas of ubiquitous computing and interaction design for urban environments. Research papers must be original prior unpublished work and not under review elsewhere as they will be published on the *IEEE Digital Library*. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and selected based on their originality, merit, and relevance to the workshop. Submission requires at least one author to fully register for IOT 2010 and to present the paper on-site.Organizers:
  • Vlad Trifa (ETH Zurich/SAP Research/MIT SENSEable City Lab)
  • Karmen Franinovic (ZHdK/Zero-Th)
  • Kristian Kloeckl (MIT SENSEable City Lab/IUAV)
  • Dominique Guinard (ETH Zurich / SAP Research / MIT Mobile Experience Lab)
Paper submission deadline: September 10, 2010* Notification of acceptance: October 1, 2010 Camera-ready papers due: October 15, 2010 Workshop date: November 29, 2010More on the WebofThings blog. 

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