PURBA 2012 - Second Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications - overview

PURBA 2012


The Second Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (PURBA) will take place in conjunction with the Tenth International Conference on Pervasive Computing in Newcastle, UK, on June 18-22, 2012.

Over the past decade, the development of digital networks and operations has produced an unprecedented wealth of information. Handheld electronics, location devices, telecommunications networks, and a wide assortment of tags and sensors are constantly producing a rich stream of data reflecting various aspects of urban life. For urban planners and designers, these accumulations of digital traces are valuable sources of data in capturing the pulse of the city in an astonishing degree of temporal and spatial detail. Yet this condition of the hybrid city – which operates simultaneously in the digital and physical realms – also poses difficult questions about privacy, scale, and design, among many others. These questions must be addressed as we move toward achieving an augmented, fine-grained understanding of how the city functions – socially, economically and yes, even psychologically.

This workshop is the second in this series building upon the successful PURBA 2011 workshop. It aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss and explore the research challenges and opportunities in applying the pervasive computing paradigm to urban spaces. We are seeking multi-disciplinary contributions that reveal interesting aspects about urban life and exploit the digital traces to create novel urban applications that benefit citizens, urban planners, and policy makers.

A report on the 2011 edition has been published on IEEE Pervasive Computing Magazine.

You can mark your attendance and see who is attending on the LinkedIn events site.


The workshop will be help on June 19th, from 9:00 to 17:30.

This workshop attracted significant interest and many interesting submissions. In total 14 papers were submitted, of which we accepted 7 for presentation. See Accepted papers for the list of papers.

We are proud to announce an IBM sponsored best student paper award

Important Dates (preliminary)

Full paper submission Friday, March 9, 2012
Author notification Friday, April 6, 2012
Camera ready Friday, April 20, 2012
Workshop Tuesday, June 19, 2012


PURBA 2012


  • IBM Research, Smarter Cities Technology Center, Ireland
  • Culture Lab, Newcastle University, UK
  • MIT, Senseable City Lab, USA

Important Dates

  • Paper submission:March 9,2012
  • Author notification: April 6, 2012
  • Camera ready: April 20, 2012
  • Workshop: June 19, 2012