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IEEE Pervasive Computing (
Call for Papers
Urban Computing special issue

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Author guidelines:
Submission address:
WIP Deadline:  See below
Publication date: June 2007

IEEE Pervasive Computing invites articles about urban computing: the
integration of computing, sensing, and actuation technologies into our
everyday urban settings and lifestyles. Successful integration requires
taking several facets of the urban environment into account at once.
Urban settings frame social behaviors; they encompass architectural
forms and features that may or may not be harmonious with given
technologies; and they are increasingly but variably permeated by
wireless networks and fixed and mobile devices. A key challenge is the
great diversity and density of people, devices, and built artifacts
found in urban places. Urban computing ranges from city-wide
transportation-sensing infrastructure, to services embedded in a cafe,
to the bluetooth "aura" of an individual's mobile phone as he or she
walks down a street.

We welcome papers on all aspects of pervasive technologies embedded
specifically in the city, especially those that combine social,
architectural, and technological perspectives. We encourage reports of
user studies and other data-gathering exercises; lessons learned from
technology designs and deployments; conceptual frameworks for urban
computing; and fully worked-out visions for the cities of the future.

Example topics include

     * Clicks and mortar: the built environment as a tangible interface
to services and applications.
     * Archi-tech-ture: designing technology for architecture and
architecture for technology.
     * Wireless society: accounts of media or bandwidth sharing and
other social phenomena that emerge from increasing densities of
bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular networks in urban areas.
     * Theories of the urban landscape such as space syntax applied to
technological embeddings.
     * Street riders: applications for transportation systems and
vehicular technologies, especially car-car and car-street interactions.
     * Citizen sensors: sensors that people wear or carry to measure
such factors as pollution levels or the presence of individuals nearby,
and especially applications that combine results from across the city.
     * Urban interaction: displays, smart posters and other public
interaction facilities.
     * Digital identity: the presentation of self in digital urban life.
     * Sous les pavés, la plage ("under the paving stones, the beach,"
from Paris, 1968): investigations exploring alternative digital tags,
markings, traces, and graffiti.
     * Urban experiences: technologies for events such as festivals,
mediascapes, other new ways of experiencing the city.
     * Come out and play: street games, especially perpetual games, that
remix the city landscape as gameboard.
     * Downtownware: middleware for smart streets, buildings, buses,
pedestrians, and so forth—a key aspect being the highly dynamic nature
of these systems.
     * The city as a system: system support for metropolitan scale
computational abstractions. One example is spatial programming, where
tuple spaces are embedded as a location-dependent coordination
mechanism, potentially across the city.
     * Urban noir: the darker side of urban life: privacy, security ...
opportunity or barrier to adoption?
     * Real-world deployments: experiences, and lessons learned.

Submissions should be 4,000 to 6,000 words long and should follow the
magazine's guidelines on style and presentation. All submissions will be
peer-reviewed in accordance with normal practice for scientific
publications. Submissions should be received by 15 January 2007 to
receive full consideration.

In addition to full-length submissions, we also invite work-in-progress
submissions of 250 words or less (submit to Molly Mraz at
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reviewed by the Department Editor Anthony Joseph and, if accepted,
edited by the staff into a feature for the issue. The deadline for
work-in-progress submissions is 1 April 2007.

Guest Editors:
Matthew Chalmers, University of Glasgow, matthew [at]
Michael Joroff, MIT, mljoroff [at]
Tim Kindberg, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Bristol, timothy [at]
Eric Paulos, Intel Research, Berkeley, eric [at]


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