CIKM 2015 Workshop: Understanding the City with Urban Informatics

Friday, 23 October, 2015
Full-day workshop (agenda TBC)
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf 3006, Melbourne, Australia

UBDC staff will host a workshop on 'Understanding the City with Urban Informatics' at the 24th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2015) in Melbourne, Australia this October.

The full-day workshop is being organised by the following UBDC staff:

The call for papers and further information is available on the Workshop website. But please note the following deadlines:

  • Regular paper submission: 26 June 2015 (extended)
  • Special track for re-submissions of CIKM papers: 8 July 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: 23 July 2015
  • Camera ready: 7 August 2015
  • Data challenge release date: early June 2015
  • Data challenge submission: 31 August 2015
  • Workshop: 23 October 2015


Urban Informatics aims to exploit the large quantities of information produced by modern cities in order to gain insights into how these cities function. The goal of the workshop is to provide a multidisciplinary forum, which brings together researchers in Big Data (BD), Information Retrieval (IR), Data Mining, and Urban Studies, to explore novel solutions to the numerous theoretical, practical and ethical challenges arising in this context. The workshop provides enormous opportunities for data scientists who wish to understand the complexities of working with city data, conduct innovative research within Urban Informatics, and build a long-term community in this emerging research area.

Themes and Topics

This workshop is an opportunity for researchers from the information retrieval (IR) and Big Data communities, as well as other related communities (Databases, Knowledge Management), to discuss the emerging research topic of Urban Informatics, identifying its unique challenges, opportunities and future directions. The workshop focuses on four different themes within the areas of Information Retrieval and/or Big Data, as follows:

  • Theoretical, experimental, and/or methodological developments which advance the state-of-the-art in Information Retrieval and/or Big Data management for Urban Informatics
  • Novel applications of Big Data and/or Information Retrieval approaches in Urban Informatics
  • Experiences and use cases for Big Data and/or Information Retrieval approaches in Urban Informatics
  • Challenges in evaluating Urban Informatics tasks and applications

With these themes in mind, the workshop solicits high-quality original research papers in topics which include, but are not limited to:

  • New theory and models for urban Information Retrieval and Big Data computing
  • Ultra-high efficiency compression, coding and transmission for urban data
  • System architectures, scalability and efficiency
  • Personalization, recommendation and filtering of urban data
  • Deep learning and cloud computing for Urban Informatics
  • Information extraction, knowledge representation, and reasoning over urban data
  • Information Retrieval access techniques for Urban Informatics
  • Use of social media in Urban Informatics
  • Spatial, temporal, and graph data mining for Urban Informatics
  • Filtering, time-sensitive and real-time search
  • Novel applications of Information Retrieval and Big Data approaches in Urban Informatics (e.g., smart cities, healthcare, energy, transportation, safety, crime, search and retail)
  • Interaction, access, and visualization of urban data
  • User-based evaluation, crowdsourcing-based evaluation, click models, interaction models in Urban Informatics
  • Ethics, privacy and security in Urban Informatics