UBI Challenge Workshop 2010 - Real World Urban Computing

Urban computing is an emerging multidisciplinary field which studies public spaces such as cities as computing sites. It is driven by two related trends, urbanization and rapid deployment of rich computing infrastructure in urban areas. As urban computing systems are by definition culturally situated in the public spaces, their successful development calls for harnessing the real world as your research laboratory.


Date: Sunday, September 26, 2010
Time: 8:30 - 17:00
Location: Room 4A.18

Morning session (8:30 - 12:00)
8:30 Opening words and introduction of participants

9:00 An investigation about Internet of things in urban areas: a real world case study and the search for new design tools (Mario Chiesa, Istituto Superiore Mario Boella)

9:30 Rapid Prototyping for Urban Sensing (Dawud Gordon & Michael Beigl, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

10:00 Context-Aware Navigation: Improving urban living experience with predictive navigation system (Giusy Di Lorenzo, Santi Phithakkitnukoon & Carlo Ratti, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

10:30 Dynamic NFC-Displays as a Prototyping Platform for Direct Mobile Interactions with Public Displays (Gregor Broll, Wolfgang Reithmeier, Roman Graebsch, Paul Holleis & Matthias Wagner, DOCOMO Euro-Labs)

11:00 Open Ubiquitous Oulu (Hannu Kukka, University of Oulu)

11:30 UBI Challenge (Jukka Riekki, University of Oulu)

Lunch break (12:00 - 13:30)

Afternoon session (13:30 - 17:00)
Prototyping of new urban computing applications and services.

Call for papers

Topics of interest

UBI Challenge Workshop 2010 (UCW 2010) solicits original contributions within the broad scope of real world urban computing. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

  • devices and techniques
  • systems and infrastructures
  • applications
  • methodologies and tools
  • theories and models
  • experiences

The fundamental requirement for all contributions is that they clearly address real world urban computing in some respect.

Workshop format

The one-day workshop will have two sessions. The morning session comprises of the presentation of the accepted papers, a summary of the recent activities in the open ubiquitous Oulu and an introduction of the UBI Challenge. The presentations provide the stimulus for the afternoon session, which focuses on prototyping of new urban computing applications and services using different prototyping methods and starting assumptions. The resulting prototypes are documented for further analysis and dissemination.

The workshop provides the participants with ample opportunity for active interaction with like-minded colleagues on urban computing. Additional benefits include inside access to recent activities and findings of a leading edge urban computing research program and a comprehensive overview of the ongoing UBI Challenge.

Key dates

  • Aug 09, 2010 - Submission deadline (final extension)
  • Aug 23, 2010 - Notification of acceptance
  • Sep 06, 2010 - Camera-ready deadline
  • Sep 26, 2010 - Workshop at Ubicomp 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark


  • Timo Ojala, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Jukka Riekki, University of Oulu, Finland

Program committee

  • Anind Dey, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Jonna Häkkilä, Nokia Research Center, Finland
  • Timo Ojala, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Jukka Riekki, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Jürgen Scheible, Aalto University, Finland
  • Mikael Wiberg, Umeå University, Sweden

Paper format

Papers should be formatted according to the Ubicomp ACM Word or Latex template and submitted as PDF files. Papers must be no longer than 4 pages, including the abstract of no more than 150 words, all figures, and references. Paper submissions have to be anonymized to facilitate double blind review. Authors should take care throughout their paper that their and their institution's identity is not revealed. However, relevant references to an author's previous research (which may be required for reviewers to understand and evaluate the paper's contribution) should not be suppressed but instead referenced in a neutral way.

Paper submission

Papers are submitted using the EasyChair Conference System. You need an EasyChair account to submit your paper.