Urban Computing—Data, Techniques, Tools, and Applications

Dear Colleagues,

Since the term “urban computing” was first introduced, the field has continued to evolve and grow. In particular, new sources of data and advances in technologies to process this data mean that the role of urban computing in shaping our cities has intensified. Urban computing is a combination of computer science with other urban fields such as urban planning, design, sociology, transportation, environmental science, history, geography, and cultural studies. Urban computing strives to generate data-driven frameworks to help us analyse and understand urban processes and to solve urban challenges.

The availability of urban data has increased dramatically in the last decade, which has led to greater impact for urban computing. The descriptive power of the data is potentially magnified, albeit with additional challenges, when big data sources are included in urban computing frameworks. These data are collected using various methods by different devices, formats, standards, and tools which need new data infrastructures and methods to address urban challenges. In parallel with the increased supply of data and ever-increasing technological infrastructure, new tools and techniques have emerged to support urban computing. It is now common to find changes in computational tools used within urban computation tools, including (open-source) software, heterogeneous architectures and resources, data storage (cloud), and computational methods. The power of urban computing is seen in the variety of applications which are used by different actors, including governmental, public, and private sectors as well as researchers and citizens.

The focus of this Topical Collection is on data, techniques, tools, and applications of urban computing to identify, analyse, understand, highlight, and simplify urban complexities, solve wicked urban problems, promote participatory planning, and improve the quality of life in cities through digital technologies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  1. Urban big data and text analytics;
  2. Smart mobility and smart environments;
  3. Spatial decision support systems and urban dashboards;
  4. Acquisition and processing of high resolution remotely sensed data (Lidar, image, etc.) for urban applications;
  5. Location-based service in smart cities;
  6. (Location) privacy and blockchain technology in smart city;
  7. Internet of things and sensor networks for smart cities and mobility;
  8. Computational social science;
  9. Data acquisition, storage, management, analysis, sharing;
  10. Geovisualisation and geosimulation of urban dynamics;
  11. 3D geovisualisation;
  12. Agent-based simulation for urban dynamics;
  13. Urban sensor network data and applications;
  14. Augmented reality (AR), extended reality (ER), and virtual reality (VR) for urban applications.

Dr. Gavin McArdle
Prof. Dr. Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi
Dr. Hamidreza Rabiei-Dastjerdi
Topic Editors

Deadline for abstract submissions: 30 June 2022.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022.

Topic Board

Dr. Gavin McArdle
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Topic Editor-in-Chief
School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Interests: location-based services; VGI; user profiling; geovisual analysis; smart city technology; urban dynamics; citizen science
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Prof. Dr. Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi
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Topic Editor
Département des sciences géomatiques, Université Laval, Québec (Qc), G1V 0A6, Canada
Interests: spatiotemporal representations; geosimilation and optimisation; human–environment interactions; spatial cognition; sense of place; smart mobility; smart cities
Dr. Hamidreza Rabiei-Dastjerdi
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Topic Editor
School of Computer Science and CeADAR (Ireland’s National Centre for Applied Data Analytics & AI), University College Dublin (UCD) Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Interests: smart city; spatial data analytics; remote sensing and GIS applications; urban inequalities; spatial demography; urban studies

Relevant Journals List

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
Big Data and Cognitive Computing
- 5.3 2017 16.89 Days 1400 CHF Submit
3.398 3.0 2012 12.44 Days 1800 CHF Submit
Remote Sensing
4.848 6.6 2009 16.06 Days 2400 CHF Submit
Smart Cities
- - 2018 15.12 Days 1200 CHF Submit
3.251 3.9 2009 15.35 Days 1900 CHF Submit

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