*** Symposium on Urban Informatics: Exploring Smarter Cities ***
*** June 11th, 2013 | Philadelphia, PA ***


The symposium on Urban Informatics will bring together designers, city 
planners and managers, technologists, scholars and entrepreneurs to 
explore the frontiers of the urban environment in Philadelphia, at the 
heart of the northeast urban corridor. The event will be hosted at the 
Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) research 
center on the Drexel University campus, in association with the Drexel 
iSchool and the Center for Public Policy.

Urban informatics work happens at the nexus of complex processes including:

    Policy | Technology and Design | People | Data

We invite submissions that examine these processes with special 
attention to aspects of:

  - Access and New Literacies
  - Data in the City
  - Community and Communication

We will accept two kinds of submissions to the Symposium on Urban 

** Dec 15, 2012 - Essay Proposals **
The symposium will be accompanied by a special issue submission to the 
Journal of Urban Technologies. Authors should email a brief bio and a 
description of their proposed essay topic and title to the symposium 
chair, Kris Unsworth (unsworth(at)drexel.edu) with the subject: Urban 
Informatics Essay Submission by December 1st. Proposals should not 
exceed 400 words.

Invitations to submit essays will be made by January 15th. Full essays 
of approximately 5000 words will be due April 15th, 2013. Invited essay 
authors will be given an individual panel presentation of 20 minutes to 
present their work at the symposium.

** March 1st, 2013 - Panelist Proposals **
Panelist presenters may submit as an individual presentation (20 
minutes) or an entire panel (80 minutes).

Individual presenters should email a brief bio and a description of 
their proposed presentation topic and title to the symposium chair, Kris 
Unsworth (unsworth(at)drexel.edu) with the subject: Urban Informatics 
Panel Submission by March 1st, 2013.

Full panel proposals (3-4 presenters plus a panel chair) can also be 
made by submitting the names and bios of the participants, a brief 
overview of the panel (not to exceed 200 words) and up to 300 words 
about each of the presenters' topics.

For both of the above submission types, we invite proposals that 
investigate, explain, or reflect on social and cultural aspects of urban 
technologies as well as proposals that report on the design or 
deployment of new technologies.

** Important Dates **
December 15, 2012 - Essay Proposal Submission Deadline
January 15th, 2012 - Notification of Invited Essay Authors
March 1, 2013 - Presentation Proposal Submission Deadline
April 15th, 2013 - JUT Essay Submission
June 11th, 2013 - Symposium

** Symposium and Special Issue Review Committee **

Kristene Unsworth, Symposium Chair
Assistant Professor - The iSchool at Drexel University

John Bertot
iSchool - University of Maryland - Professor and Co-Director, 
Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC)

Richardson Dilworth
Associate Professor, Director, Center for Public Policy - Drexel University

Tom Erickson
IBM - Interaction Designer and Researcher, Social Computing Group

Megan Finn
Microsoft Research - Post Doc Researcher, Social Media Collective

Andrea Forte
Assistant Professor - The iSchool at Drexel University - Research 
Co-leader, City-Scale Expressive Technologies, ExCITe Center

Marcus Foth
Associate Professor - Director, Urban Informatics Research Lab - 
Principal Research Fellow, School of Design - Queensland University of 
Technology, Australia

Christopher LeDantec
Assistant Professor - School of Literature, Media, and Communication - 
Georgia Institute of Technology

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