Call for Papers
ACM Transaction on Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST)
Special Issue on Urban Computing


With the rapid progress of urbanization and civilization on earth, urban computing is emerging as a concept where every sensor, device, person, vehicle, building, and street in the urban areas can be used as a component to probe city dynamics to further enable city-wide computing for serving people and their cities. Urban computing aims to enhance both human life and urban environment smartly through a recurrent process of sensing, mining, understanding, and improving. Urban computing also aims to deeply understand the nature and sciences behind the phenomenon occurring in urban spaces, using a variety of heterogeneous data sources, such as traffic flows, human mobility, geographic and map data, environment, energy consumption, populations, and economics, etc.

Recently, real-world data reflecting city dynamics becomes widely available, including, e.g., users' mobile phone signal, GPS traces of vehicles and people, ticketing data in public transportation systems, user-generated content (like tweets, micro-blog, check-ins, photos), data from transportation sensor networks (camera and loop sensors) and environment sensor networks (temperature and air quality), as well as data from the Internet of Things. As a result, we are ready to carry out real urban computing activities that lead to better and smarter cities. By better sensing and understanding the city dynamics we are more likely to design effective strategies and intelligent systems for improving urban lives. Examples of urban computing projects can be found on

Topics of Interests

We invite the submission of high-quality manuscripts reporting relevant research in the area of sensing/mining/understanding/managing city dynamics. The special issue welcomes submissions presenting technical, experimental, methodological and/or applicative contributions in this scope, addressing -though not limited to- the following topics:


Manuscripts shall be sent through the ACM TIST electronic submission system at (please select "Special Issue: Urban Computing" as the manuscript type). Submissions shall adhere to the ACM TIST instructions and guidelines for authors available at the journal web site:

The papers will be evaluated for their originality, contribution significance, soundness, clarity, and overall quality. The interest of contributions will be assessed in terms of technical and scientific findings, contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the problem, methodological advancements, and/or applicative value.

Important Dates

Paper submission due: Oct. 18, 2012 (Oct. 7, 2012)
Final paper notification: Mar. 8, 2013
Camera-ready due: Mar. 31, 2013

Guest Editors

Yu Zheng, Researcher, Microsoft Research Asia
Ouri E. Wolfson, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
Hai YANG, Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Licia Capra, Senior lecture, University of College London

Last change: October 4, 2012