1st International Conference on Urban Data Science

Theme: Smart Cities  

January 20-21, 2020 • IIT Madras, India

Registrations Open Conference Program

About The Conference

Conference Begins In

Urban areas continue to be the centers of human activities and remain the loci of resource and service consumption, economic transactions, and innovation. In fact, the projections in parts of the world point to rapid urban growth. Other areas of the urbanized world are experiencing population decline, reduced revenues, concentrated poverty, and higher demands for services. Whether growing or shrinking, cities and metropolitan areas face challenges of infrastructure, public health, transportation, public safety, and environmental sustainability, to name but a few. To address some of these challenges, the cities of today are increasingly leveraging advanced computing and communication technologies as well as big data analytics under the umbrella of smart cities and urban informatics. Extensive research is taking place in a wide range of relevant research areas to address some of these emerging challenges. Smart City initiative is of global importance especially undertaken by cities in US, India, multiple EU countries, and UAE governments in recent times.

We are pleased to announce the first international conference focused on urban data science and smart cities. The conference aims to gather researchers, practitioners, and subject matter experts from academia, industry, and city administration to address a number of research themes arising out of building future smart cities.

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Conference Program

Day 1 (20th January):

  • (8:00 - 9:00) Registration Starts

  • (9:00 - 9:30) Conference opening remarks

  • (9:30 - 10:30) Keynote 1 (Mark Fox, University of Toronto)

    Session Chair: Prof. D Janakiram
  • (10:30 - 10:45) Tea Break

  • (10:45 - 12.15) Research Track 1

    Session Chair: Anjaneyulu Pasala
    1. Muhammad Fazalul Rahman, Naveen Sharma and Pradeep Kumar Murukannaiah, Predicting the Influence of Urban Vacant Lots on Neighborhood Property Values.
    2. Yogalakshmi Jayabal and S Rajagopalan. An Analysis of Bus Ticket Sales in East Bangalore.
    3. Navita Parthasarathy and Sachit Rao. Is Public Transport Spatially and Temporally Equitable? A Case-Study in South-East Bangalore.
    4. Ruihong Wang, Subasish Das and Abhisek Mudgal, Patterns of Origin Destination Distributions: Rules Mining using Massive GPS Trajectory Data.

  • (12:15 - 1:00) Tech Talk (Raja Pratap, Honeywell)

  • Session Chair: Chester Rebeiro
  • (1:00 - 2:00) Lunch

  • (2:00 - 3:00) Keynote 2 (Hari Vasudev, Walmart Labs)

  • (3:00 - 3:15) Tea Break

  • (3:15 - 4:15) Practitioner's Track

    Moderator: Raj Cherubal, CEO Chennai Smart Cities Limited
    1. "Automatic License Plate Recognition for Indian Roads using Deep Learning" by Arihant Patawari and Praveen Ravirathinam (Tamil Nadu e Governance Agency)
    2. "Harnessing the Power of Data for Maintstreaming Urban Resilience" by Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar and Ashali Bhandari (National Institute for Urban Affairs)
    3. "Simulogue: A tool for dialogue using simulations" by Bharath Palavalli and Harsha K (Fields of View)

  • (4:15 - 4:45) IEEE Standards for Smart Cities (IEEE Standards Association)

    Session Chair: H.R. Mohan
  • (4:45 - 5:15) Keynote 3 (Malini Krishnankutty, IIT Bombay)

  • (6:00 - 10:00) Startup session with Dinner

Day 2 (21st January):

  • (9:30 - 10:30) Keynote 4 (Anand Sivasubramaniam, Penn State)

  • Session Chair: Soundar Kumara
  • (10:30 - 10:45) Tea Break

  • (10:45 - 12:15) Research Track 2

    Session Chair: Naveen Sharma
    1. Shubhi Sonal and Santhanam Kumar, Urban data application towards quality of life optimization in Indian cities.
    2. Umamaheshwaran Rajashekar and Ashali Bhandari. Harnessing the Power of Data for Mainstreaming Urban Reliance.
    3. Anita Kane, Viswanath Kumar Ganesan, Milind Sardesai and Mahesh Shindikar, Green Cover Analysis using Tree Census Data to Optimize the Bio-diversity in Pune Municipal Development Area.
    4. Veena Gadad, Sowmyarani C N, Ramakanth Kumar P, Dayananda P. Role of privacy attacks and utility metrics in crowdsourcing for urban data analysis.

  • (12:15 - 1:15) Panel Discussion

  • Title: Data Driven Urban Health Care Delivery Models
    1. Sridharan Sivan (s10 Health)
    2. Sharmila Devadoss (Medlo Tek Health Systems)
    3. Raj Prakash G, CEO, zifo R&D Solutions
    4. Muthukumar Velumani, VP Operations, Sett & Lucas
    5. Dr Narendra Nath Jena, Director & Head, Institute of Emergency Medicine

  • (1:15 - 2:00) Lunch Break

  • (2:00 - 3:00) Keynote 5 (Raghu Krishnapuram, IISC Bangalore)

  • Session Chair: Srinath Srinivasa
  • (3:00 - 3:15) Tea Break

  • (3:15 - 4:45) Tutorial on Data Science (Vijay Srinivas, Walmart Labs)

  • Session Chair: Srinivasa Raghavan
  • (4:45 - 5:00) Closing remarks

  • (Evening) Visit T-Nagar: Smart city initiative (interested participants)


General Chair

Dharanipragada Janakiram, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Programme Co-Chairs

Naveen Sharma, Rochester Institute of Technology
Srinath Srinivasa, International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore

Organizing Committee

H.R. Mohan, Chairman, ACM Chennai
P. Sakthivel, Chairman, IEEE Computer Society Chennai
Srinivasa Raghavan, TCS
Anjaneyulu Pasala, Infosys
Chester Rebeiro, IIT Madras

Programme Committee

Rajkumar Buyya, University of Melbourne
Peter Edwards, University of Aberdeen
Christopher Homan, Rochester Institute of Technology
Dharanipragada Janakiram, Indian Institute of Technology Madras
M Ann Howard, Rochester Institute of Technology
Sriram Kailasam, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi
Raghu Krishnapuram, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore
Pradeep Kumar Murikannaiah, Rochester Institute of Technology
Saraju Mohanty, University of North Texas
Betty Purwandari, University of Indonesia
Naveen Sharma, Rochester Institute of Technology
Srinath Srinivasa, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore
Asha Subramanian, Public Affairs Center India

Steering Committee

Dharanipragada Janakiram, IIT Madras
Naveen Sharma, Rochester Institute of Technology
Manish parashar, Rutgers University
M Ann Howard, Rochester Institute of Technology
Soundar Kumara, Penn State
Gopal S Pingali, IBM India
Chokchai Box Leangsuksun, Louisiana Tech University

Publicity Chair

Pradeep Chowriappa, Louisiana Tech University

Practitioner Track Chair

Ashwin Mahalingam, IIT Madras


The conference is naturally expected to be multi-disciplinary, drawing experts in data science, social sciences, cloud and distributed computing, urban sustainability, public policy, and software engineering. Participants are expected to share new findings, discuss current and future urban challenges, exchange ideas, discuss potential collaborative opportunities, and report latest research efforts that cover a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

Internet of Things

  • Smart Sensors.
  • Energy saving schemes for IOT devices.
  • Test bed and experiment experiences in cities.


  • Big data for urban informatics.
  • Systems for urban data collection.
  • Human mobility modeling and analytics.

Software Engineering

  • Software engineering for urban applications.
  • Wireless protocols for IoT devices.
  • Cloud computing and network infrastructure that supports smart cities.

Social Science and Public Policy

  • Using data to promote healthy cities.
  • Public administration and big data.
  • Access and usability of data for citizens.
  • Using data analytics for poverty reduction interventions.


  • AI and deep learning models for traffic and other infrastructure management.
  • Environment and urban monitoring.
  • Mobile crowdsourcing.
  • Smart transportation.
  • Smart energy and water meters.
  • Smart buildings and Emergency response/disaster management.

Individuals with an interest in these and related themes are invited to submit original and unpublished research papers, position papers, and successful case studies or implementations in practice.

PDF for the CFP can be found   here


International Delegates

Early bird Registration (till 12th Jan 2020):

Members of supporting organisations & Paper Authors: $150 + $27 = $177
Researchers (MS, PhD, PDF): $100 + $18 = $118
Others: $200 + $36 = $236

Regular Registration (after 12th Jan 2020):

Members of supporting organisations & Paper Authors: $200 + $36 = $236
Researchers (MS, PhD, PDF): $150 + $27 = $177
Others: $250 + $45 = $295

Indian Delegates

Early bird Registration (till 12th Jan 2020):

Members of supporting organisations & Paper Authors: Rs. 2500 + 450 = Rs.2950
Researchers (MS, PhD, PDF): Rs. 2000 + 360 = Rs.2360
Students (UG/PG): Rs. 1000 + 180 = Rs.1180
Others: Rs. 3000 + 540 = Rs.3540

Regular Registration (after 12th Jan 2020):

Members of supporting organisations & Paper Authors: Rs. 3000 + 540 = Rs.3540
Researchers (MS, PhD, PDF): Rs. 2500 + 450 = Rs.2950
Students (UG/PG): Rs. 1250 + 225 = Rs.1475
Others: Rs. 3500 + 630 = Rs.4130

*Please note that the final price is includes a GST of 18%.

To Register..

Tranfer the registration (Amount * Number of participants) to the given bank Account and send the following details (for all participants) and transaction proof to uds.iit.rit@gmail.com for registration confirmation and TAX Invoice.

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Account Details for Transfers

Account Name: International Conference on Urban Data Science
Account Number: 38949485666
Account Type: Current Account
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch Name: IIT Madras
IFSC Code: SBIN0001055
Swift Code: SBININBB453
Address: Indian Institute of technology, IIT Campus, IIT Chennai Chennai-600036

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Submissions can be at most 16 single-spaced pages (all included) in Springer Verlag's LNCS series format.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: 15th October, 2019
Acceptance Notification: 10th November, 2019
Camera Ready Deadline: 17th November, 2019
Conference dates: 20-21 January, 2020


IC & SR Building
Near Gajendra Circle
Opposite to Admin Building
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Adyar, Chennai
Tamil Nadu 600036


IIT Madras

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology

Supported By

IEEE Computer Society, Madras Chapter

IEEE Standard Association

IEEE Smart Cities

IEEE Technology & Engineering Management Society

Society for Electronic Transactions and Security

Computer Society of India

ACM Chennai, Professional Chapter


ACM India

Confedration of Indian Industry

IIIT Bangalore




January 20-21, 2020


Email: uds.iit.rit@gmail.com

Email: djram@iitm.ac.in (General Chair)