Urban Computing: Using Big Data to Solve Urban Challenges


Urban computing is a process of acquisition, integration, and analysis of big and heterogeneous data generated by a diversity of sources in cities to tackle urban challenges, e.g. air pollution, energy consumption and traffic congestion. Urban computing connects unobtrusive and ubiquitous sensing technologies, advanced data management and analytics models, and novel visualization methods, to create win-win-win solutions that improve urban environment, human life quality, and city operation systems. Urban computing is an inter-disciplinary field where computer science meets urban planning, transportation, economy, the environment, sociology, and energy, etc., in the context of urban spaces. In this talk, I will overview the framework of urban computing, discussing its key challenges and methodologies from computer science’s perspective. This talk will also present a diversity of urban computing applications, ranging from big data-driven environmental protection to transportation, from urban planning to urban economy. The research has been not only published at prestigious conferences but also deployed in the real world. More details can be found on http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/urbancomputing/default.aspx


Prof. Yu ZHENG
Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Date & Time

6 Oct 2016 (Thursday) 14:30 - 15:30


E11-4045 (University of Macau)

Organized by

Department of Computer and Information Science


Dr. Yu Zheng is a research manager from Microsoft Research, passionate about using big data to tackle urban challenges. One of his project, entitled Urban Air, has been deployed with the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, predicting air quality for over 300 Chinese cities. He publishes referred papers frequently as a leading author at prestigious conferences and journals, such as KDD, VLDB, AI, and IEEE TKDE, where he has received five best paper awards. Those papers have been cited for over 10,000 times (H-Index 49). His book, titled “Computing with Spatial Trajectories”, has been used as a text book in universities world-widely and awarded the Top 10 Most Popular Computer Science Book authored by Chinese at Springer. Zheng currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, and has served as chair on over 10 prestigious international conferences—most recently, as the program co-chair of ICDE 2014. In 2013, he was named one of the Top Innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review (TR35) and featured by Time Magazine for his research on urban computing. In 2014, he was named one of the Top 40 Business Elites under 40 in China by Fortune Magazine, because of the business impact of urban computing he has been advocating since 2008. Zheng is also a Chair Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, an Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.