1st International Conference on Urban Data Science

January 20-21, 2020 • IIT Madras, India

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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.

Conference Program

Keynote Speakers:

  • Mark Stephen Fox, University of Toronto

  • TBD


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

Panel Chair

Vijay Srinivas Agneeswaran, Walmart Labs

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
Praeep 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, Banhalore
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 Rajan Tirupatikumara, 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


Submissions can be at most 16 single-spaced pages (all included) in Springer Verlag's LNCS series format.
Submission Link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=uds20

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: 1st October, 2019   15th October, 2019
Acceptance Notification: 31st October, 2019   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

Sponsered By

ACM Chennai, Professional Chapter

Supported By

IEEE Computer Society, Madras Chapter




January 20-21, 2020


Email: uds.iit.rit@gmail.com