This page hosts the proceedings of the NSF sponsored Big Data and Urban Informatics workshop held at the University of Illinois at Chicago, August 11-12, 2014. Papers are organized in the general themes they were presented under. A compiled pdf of all papers will be available shortly.


For a PDF version of the compiled proceedings, please visit this link: Download Proceedings.


Introduction to the Proceedings

Introduction to Proceedings of Workshop on Big Data and Urban Informatics sponsored by National Science Foundation
Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, University of Glasgow, U.K., Nebiyou Tilahun and Moira Zellner, University of Illinois at Chicago, U.S.A.

Background Paper

Big Data and Urban Informatics: Innovations and Challenges to Urban Planning and Knowledge Discovery.
Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, University of Glasgow, U.K., Nebiyou Tilahun and Moira Zellner, University of Illinois at Chicago, U.S.A.

Analytics of User-Generated Content

Developing An Interactive Mobile Information Platform To Integrate Environmental Big Data And Citizen Science In Urban Environmental Management.
Zhenghong Tang, Yanfu Zhou, Hongfeng Yu, Tiantian Liu and Yue Gu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.

Fast food data: Where user-generated content works and where it doesn’t
Robert Manduca, MIT, Seth Spielman and David Folch, , University of Colorado, USA

Using Social Media Data to Understand Cities
Dan Tasse and Jason Hong, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

Crowdsourcing Street Beauty: A New Method for Visual Preference Surveys
Robert Goodspeed and Jacob Yan, University of Michigan, USA

Visualizing a City Using Collection of Crowdsensed Sound
Yoshito Tobe, Itaru Usami and Niwat Thepvilojanapong, Mie University, Japan

Data behind Urban Big Data.

Big Data and Survey Research: Supplement or Substitute?
Timothy Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago and Tom Smith, NORC, University of Chicago, USA.

When Big Data Are Not Complete: A Time Geographic Analysis of Taxicab GPS Traces
Brittany Wood and Mark W. Horner, , Florida State University, USA.

Considering smartphones: Testing big data veracity via user privacy and trust in location-aware applications
Caitlin Cottrill, University of Aberdeen, UK.

True Lies in Big Data: Detecting Location Spoofing based on Geographic Knowledge
Bo Zhao and Daniel Sui, Ohio State University, USA.

Accounting for Heteroscedasticity in Big Data
Francisco Antunes, University of Coimbra, Portugal; Aidan O’Sullivan, SMART/MIT, Singapore; Filipe Rodrigues, CISUC, Portugal; and Francisco Pereira, SMART, Singapore.

Analytics of User-Generated Content.

CyberGIS Enabled Urban Sensing from Volunteered Citizen Participation using Mobile Devices
Junjun Yin, Shaowen Wang and Yizhao Gao, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Using Big Data to Study Urban Sentiments: Twitter Data vs. Published Meeting Minutes
Justin Hollander, Tufts University, USA; and Erin Graves, , Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, USA.

The Designer as Regulator – Design Patterns and Categorization in Citizen Feedback Systems
Dietmar Offenhuber, Northeastern University, USA

The Potential for Big Data to Improve Neighborhood-Level Census Data
Seth Spielman, University of Colorado, USA

Urban Plan-Making.

Big Data for Plan-Making: Using Volunteered Geographic Information in Bike-share Planning
Nader Afzalan, University of Colorado Boulder, USA.

Planning for the Change: Mapping Sea Level Rise and Storm Inundation in Sherman Island Using 3Di Hydrodynamic Model and LiDAR
Yang Ju, Wei-Chen Hsu, John D. Radke, William L. Fourt, Wei Lang, University of California at Berkeley, USA; Olivier Hoes, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands; Howard Foster, Gregory Biging, Emery Roe, Martine Schmidt-Poolman, Rosanna Neuhausler, Amna Alruheil and William F. Maier, University of California at Berkeley, USA.

Parameterizing Land Use Planning: Deploying quantitative analysis methods in the practice of city planning
Talia Kaufmann, MIT, USA

Estimating Driving and Parking Patterns from Cellular Network Data: An Application to Plug-In Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Planning
Jing Dong and Xuesong Zhou, Iowa State University, USA

Changing Organizational and Educational Perspectives with Big and Open Urban Data.

How Should Urban Planners Be Trained to Handle Big Data?
Steven French and Camille Barchers, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.

Big Spatio-temporal Network Data Analytics for Smart Cities: Research Needs
Venkata M.V. Gunturi, Shashi Shekhar, William Northrop and Andrew Kotz, University of Minnesota, USA.

‘Big’ Data + ‘Open’ Data + ‘Mobile’ Data: A Framework for Urban Informatics
Kevin Desouza, Arizona State University, USA.

Emerging Urban Digital Infomediaries and Civic Hacking in an Era of Big Data and Open Data Initiatives
Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, University of Glasgow, UK; Lise Dirks and Yaye Keita-Mallon, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

Urban Knowledge Discovery.

The Influence of Distance Decay Coefficient on Modularity-based Community Detection in Spatial Networks
Yaoli Wang, University of Georgia, USA and Song Gao, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

Seeing Chinese Cities through Big Data
Jeremy Wu, Consultant, USA and Rui Zhang, Digital China Holdings Limited, China.

Time-geographic Relationships between Vector Field Densities of Activity Patterns and Transport Systems
Xintao Liu, Wai Yeung Yan and Joseph Chow, Ryerson University, Canada.

Understanding the Usage of NYC Taxicabs for Vehicle Electrification in a Large Metropolitan Area
Promiti Dutta and Roger Anderson, Columbia University, USA.

The Impact of Land-Use Variables on Free-floating Carsharing Vehicle Rental Choice and Parking Duration
Mubassira Khan, Randy Machemehl and Zhanmin Zhang, University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Big Urban Probe Data for the Provision of Advanced Traveler Information Services and Traffic Management Schemes
Josep Maria Salanova Grau, Evangelos Mitsakis, Iraklis Stamos and Georgia Aifandopoulou, Hellenic Institute of Transport, Greece.

Identifying Driving Risk Factors to Support Usage-Based Insurance using Smartphone Personalized Driving Data
Yi-Chang Chiu, University of Arizona, USA; Yu-Luen Ma, Illinois State University, USA and Xianbiao Hu, Metropia Inc., USA.

Integrating fixed and mobile arterial roadway data sources for transportation analysis
Alexander Bigazzi, Wei Feng, Adam Moore and Miguel Figliozzi, Portland State University, USA.

Inside the Triangle: Does Database Selection Alter our Understanding of Urban Industrial Systems?
Mary Donegan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

The Southern California Housing Bubble: Neighborhood Level Measures and Economic Implications
Johannes Moenius, University of Redlands, USA.

Examining Intraurban Migration in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area using Parcel Data
Shipeng Sun, University of Minnesota, USA.

Modeling Urban Capacity with Public Data: Helping Realize Universal Prekindergarten in New York City
Richard Dunks, Ravi Shroff, Miguel Castro, Jeongki Lim and Haozhe Wang, New York University, USA.

Health and Well-Being

UbiActive: A Smartphone-Based Tool for Trip Detection and Travel-Related Physical Activity Assessment
Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota, USA.

Archive of Many Outdoor Scenes: Using Public, Online Webcams for Public Health Surveillance
Aaron Hipp, Deepti Adlakha, Rebecca Gernes, Agata Kargol and Robert Pless, Washington University in St. Louis, USA.

Extracting Activity Patterns from GPS Track Data
Sungsoon Hwang, DePaul University, USA, Christian Evans and Timothy Hanke, Midwestern University, USA.

Big Data, Small Apps: Premises and products of the civic hackathon
Sara Carr and Allison Lassiter, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

‘Big Data’: Pedestrian Volume Using Google Street View Images
Li Yin, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA, Qimin Cheng, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China, Zhenfeng Shao, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, Zhenxin Wang, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA, Laiyun Wu, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA.

Urban Data Management.

On City Dashboards and Data Stores
Oliver O’Brien, James Cheshire, Steven Gray, Michael Batty and Andrew Hudson-Smith, University College London, UK.

Centralized Real-Time Platform as a Tool for Urban Studies
Orlando Cabanas, Politecnico di Milano, Italy and Celine Steer, Freelancer, Italy.

AURIN Supporting Urban Informatics through a Big Data Analytics Online Workbench
Chris Pettit, Robert Stimson, Marcos Nino-Ruiz, Luca Moradini, Ivo Widjaja, Phil Delaney, Martic Tomko, Richard Sinnot, Bill Randolph, Tom Kvan, University of Melbourne, Australia.

A Big Data Mashing Tool for Measuring Transit System Performance
Gregory Erhardt, Oliver Lock, Elsa Arcaute and Michael Batty, University College London, UK.

Guiding Data-Driven Transportation Decisions
Kristin Tufte, Basem Elazzabi, Nathan Hall, Morgan Harvey, Kath Knobe, David Maier and Veronika Megler, Portland State University, USA.

Livability & Sustainability.

Computable Liveability
Glenn Geers, NICTA, Australia.

Advancing Sustainability Indicators Through Text Mining: A Feasibility Demonstration
Samuel Rivera, Barbara Minsker, Daniel Work and Dan Roth, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA.

Combining Physical and Participatory Sensing in Urban Mobility Networks
Xiao-Feng Xie and Zun-Jing Wang, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

Collecting, Mapping, Analyzing, and Archiving Urban Soundscapes
Tae Hong Park, New York University, USA.

Insights into Social Equiity.

Big Data and Equity in U.S. Cities
Mai Nguyen and Emma Boundy, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA.

Modeling Social Justice Issues in Urban Zones Using Big Data: Evidence from Bikeshare and Taxicab Data
David King, Columbia University, USA; Jonathan Peters, City University of New York, USA; Adam Davidson, City University of New York, USA; and Juan Francisco Saldarriaga, Columbia University, USA.

Applications of Machine Learning to “Stop and Frisk”
Ravi Shroff and Alex Chohlas-Wood, New York University, USA.

On Exploring Spatial Correlations in Census Derived Socioeconomic Datasets
Vinay Prabhu, Carnegie Mellon University, USA; Rohit Negi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA and Miguel Rodrigues, University College London, UK.

Emergencies and Crisis Informatics.

Dynamic Agent Based Simulation of an Urban Disaster using Synthetic Big Data
Daniel Felsenstein, A. Yair Grinberger and Michal Lichter, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Using Social Media to fill the Gaps in Urban Areas During Emergencies
Guido Cervone, The Pennsylvania State University, USA; Emily Schnebele and Nigel Waters, George Mason University, USA; Mark Mattson and Jeff Harrison, The Carbon Project, USA; Martina Moccaldi and Rosa Sicignano, University of Salerno, Italy.

Agent-based Large-Scale Emergency Evacuation Using Real-Time Open Government Data
Wei Lu, Cheng Liu and Budhendra Bhaduri, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA.

Scaling an Urban Emergency Evacuation Framework: Challenges and Practices
Rajasekar Karthik and Wei Lu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA.

Urban Knowledge Discovery – Transportation.

From Global to Local: Big Data and Model Development for Spatially and Temporally Scalable Multi-Modal and Multi-Commodity Freight Transportation
Guoqiang Shen, University of Oklahoma, USA.

Big Brother is Watching You… To Predict Crashes
St-Aubin, Paul, Nicolas Saunier, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada, and Luis Miranda-Moreno, McGill University, Canada.

A Bayesian Urban Link Travel Time Estimation Model Using Large-scale Taxi Trip Data
Xianyuan Zhan and Satish Ukkusuri, Purdue University, USA.

Modeling Taxi Demand and Supply in New York Using Large-Scale Taxi GPS Data
Ci Yang, Rutgers University, USA, and Eric Gonzales, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.

Finding Public Transportation Community Structure based on Large-Scale Smart Card Records in Beijing
Song Gao, University of California Santa Barbara, USA and Ying Long, Beijing Institute of City Planning, China.

Spatially-Explicit Computational Evaluation of Urban Accessibility from a Human’s Point of View
Eran Ben-Elia, Tel Aviv University, Israel, Itzhak Benenson, Tel Aviv University, Israel; Yodan Rofe, Ben Gurion University, Israel and Dimitry Geyzersky, Performit Ltd, Israel.

Developing a Comprehensive US Transit Accessibility Database
Andrew Owen and David Levinson, University of Minnesota, USA.

Impact of Subway Accessibility on Taxi Trip Generation in New York City
Dan Wan, Camille Kamga and Anil Yazici, City College of New York, USA.

Urban Knowledge Discovery – Cities, Land Use, Energy.

Exploring the Use of ‘Big Data’ for Analyzing the Dynamic Spatial Patterns of Hotel and Entertainment Development
Li Yin, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA, Liang Wu, China University of Geosciences, China, Sam Cole and Laiyun Wu, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA.

Popular Urban Amenities: The Ingredients of Attractive Restaurant Areas in Dutch Cities
Arribas-Bel, Daniel, University of Birmingham, UK and Jessie Bakens, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Getting out of the pool: shrinkage methods for tall and wide datasets. An example from building energy consumption.
David Hsu, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Planning in the Big Data Era: A Theme Study of Residential Energy Policy.
Hossein Estiri, University of Washington, USA.