Symposium on Urban Informatics Exploring Smarter Cities

Drexel University, Philadelphia
June 11, 2013


The Symposium will be held at the ExCITe Research Center in University City, Philadelphia. The ExCITe Center is a multi-disciplinary center with partners throughout the Philadelphia region. Among other initiatives, the ExCITe Center supports a city-scale research agenda that explores interfaces for urban computing. This research focuses on new interfaces and technologies that enhance connectedness with urban infrastructure to foster community and promote greater civic engagement.

Drexel University
ExCITe Center
3401 Market
Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

8:00 - 9:00 Light Breakfast and registration (registration available throughout the morning)
9:00 - 10:00 Welcome and Opening Plenary

Dr. Keith Hampton
Associate Professor
School of Communication & Information, Rutgers University

BIO After receiving his doctorate from University of Toronto in Sociology, Dr. Hampton joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty as the first professor of "technology and the city" in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and later joined the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as chair of the American Sociological Association's section on Communication and Information Technologies from 2007-2009, and past-chair from 2009-2010. Hampton is currently an associate professor of communication at Rutgers University's School of Communication and Information. - from Wikipedia

10:15 - 11:45 Digital and Physical Spaces

Raz Schwartz, Social Media Information Lab, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University
The Social Media Life of Small Urban Spaces

Jessa Lingel
The city is my library: Spatial information practices of transnational migrants

Mariam Asad and Christopher Le Dantec, Georgia Institute of Technology
Cycle Atlanta: Data-Driven Discourse in City Planning

11:45 - 1:00 Working Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 Community

Claudia Lopez, University of Pittsburgh
Brian Butler, University of Maryland
Does anything ever happen around here? Assessing the online information landscape for local events

Bonnie J. Johnson, Urban Planning
Germaine R. Halegoua, Film & Media Studies
University of Kansas
The Meaning of "Neighborhood" in the Digital Age and the Future of a Neighborhood Association"

Stephanie Santoso
Andreas Kuehn

Intelligent Urbanism: Convivial Living in Smart Cities

2:30 - 2:45 Coffee Break
2:45 - 4:15 Citizen Participation

Jonathan Lukens, Georgia Institute of Technology
DIY Urban Telecom

Jacob Thebault-Spieker
CitizenSense: A Geographic Collective Intelligence Platform

Laura Forlano
Anijo Mathew, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology
Designing Policy for Urban Informatics

4:15 - 5:45 Equity

Todd Wolfson, Media Mobilizing Project and Rutgers University
Poverty, Inequality, and the Social and Political Effects of the Digital Divide in Urban America

Alan Wiig, Geography Urban Studies, Temple University
Urban Change or Perpetuating Existing Social Inequalities?

Charles Kaylor, Temple University
Smoothing the Transition to Smarter Cities: An Analysis of Philadelphia's Freedom Rings Project

5:45 - 6:00 Closing
6:00 - 7:00 Reception and Poster Session