2nd International Workshop on Citizen Sensor Networks

CitiSen 2013

CitiSen 2013

19th September, Barcelona.

2nd International Workshop on Citizen Sensor Networks.

The meeting of researchers from complex system networks, sensor networks, distributed intelligence and the social, economic or organizational sciences is of crucial importance for the future of citizen sensor networks. The multidisciplinary interactions for this area of research are extensively recognized for its role in cross-fertilization, and it has undoubtedly been an important source of inspiration for the body of knowledge that has been produced in the distributed artificial intelligence. The Citizen Sensor Network workshop was born with the goal of bringing together researchers interested in distributed engineering, with researchers focused on finding efficient solutions to problems where the data acquisition is produced in a decentralized manner, representing complex social systems.

This workshop will be a collocated event within ECCS2013.

Dates and Location

  • Submission Deadline: June 22, 2013.
  • Notification of Acceptance: July 14, 2013.
  • Deadline for Early Registration: July 20, 2013.
  • Conference: September 19th, 2013. (To be determined)
  • Location: ECCS13 Venue.

Organizing Commitee

  • Jordi Nin, UPC-BarcelonaTECH.
  • Daniel Villatoro, Barcelona Digital.


Topics of interest include everything involving Citizen Sensor Networks. Some examples are the following:

  • participatory sensing.
  • data mining techniques on crowdsourced datasets.
  • geo-data extraction.
  • smart-cities and transport systems technologies.
  • standards for CSN.
  • methodologies and simulation languages for CSN.
  • simulation platforms and tools for CSN.
  • visualization and analytic tools.
  • approaches for large-scale CSN.
  • scalability and robustness in CSN.
  • Multimedia information management in CSN.
  • Privacy technologies in CSN.
  • Uncertainty and incomplete information management in CSN.
  • CSN in environmental modeling.
  • CSN in geo-localization tools.
  • CSN in web services.

We invite paper and abstract submission for CitiSen 2013, taking place in Barcelona, September 2013. All submitted papers must not exceed TWELVE (12) pages in camera-ready format for CITISEN. Over-length submissions will be rejected without review. Papers for CITISEN should be submitted using the LNCS formatting style. Abstracts are also welcome without any recommended length but with a clear description of the scientific contribution. Proceedings with accepted papers and abstacts will be published (as in the previous CitiSen workshop) in the LNAI/LNCS series (Springer-Verlag).

Submissions (papers and abstracts) should include the title, author(s), affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es) on the first page. Electronic submission of manuscripts in PDF format is required (you may want to look at ). Please use the EasyChair tool. Once a paper or abstract has been accepted for presentation, at least one author is required to attend the workshop and present the paper.

A selection of the best papers presented at the Workshop will be considered for publishing in the Advanced Complex System Journal as a special issue.

LNAI   Advances in Compex Systems

Scientific Commitee

  • Andrea Baronchelli (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Ana Bazzan (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil)
  • Sergio Borger (IBM Research, Brazil)
  • Longbing Cao (UTS, Australia)
  • Francesco Calabrese (IBM Research, Ireland)
  • Licia Capra (University College London, UK)
  • Enrique Frias-Martinez (Telefonica Research, Spain)
  • Jordi Herrera-Joancomarti (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Catalonia)
  • Fernando Koch (IBM Research, Brazil)
  • Neal Lathia (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Ed Manley (UCL Casa - Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UK)
  • Yamir Moreno (Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI), Spain)
  • Mirco Musolesi (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Alexei Pozdnoukhov (NCG- NUIM, Ireland)
  • Daniele Quercia (Yahoo! research, Catalonia)
  • Sergio Ricciardi (UPC-BarcelonaTECH)
  • Savaltore Rinzivillo (KDD-Lab , ISTI - CNR, Italy)
  • Victor Rodríguez Doncel (Technical University of Madrid, Spain)
  • Francesco Ronzano (Barcelona Digital, Catalonia)
  • Frank Schweitzer (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Jetzabel Serna (Barcelona Digital, Catalonia)

Invited Talks

Sensorship or Censorship - That's the Question

Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Abstract to be Determined.

Dirk Helbing has been at ETH Zurich since 2007. He is Professor of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation. Before joining ETH Zurich, he was Managing Director of the Institute for Transport & Economics at Dresden University of Technology, Germany, where he was appointed full professor for Traffic Modeling and Econometrics in 2000. Helbing studied physics and mathematics at the University of Göttingen (D), and completed his doctoral thesis at Stuttgart University (D). For his PhD thesis on modeling social processes by means of game-theoretical approaches, stochastic methods and complex systems theory, he was awarded two research prizes. In 1996, he received a Heisenberg scholarship following the completion of his habilitation on traffic dynamics and optimization. From 1997 on, he spent two years altogether at international research institutions in various countries.

In 2008, Professor Helbing was elected as a member of the prestigious German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). He has organized several international conferences and has edited special issues on material flows in networks and on cooperative dynamics in socio-economic or traffic systems. Professor Helbing has given numerous public talks and published more than 200 papers, including several contributions to high-impact journals like Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). In addition, he heads the Physics of Socio-Economic Systems Division (SOE) of the German Physical Society (DPG), is member and co-founder of the ETH Risk Center, and scientific leader of the FuturICT flagship project. Prof. Helbing has also been recently appointed as member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems.

Crowdsourcing for the good of London

Daniele Quercia (Yahoo! Labs)

For the last year or so, we have been working on studying social media in the context of London. By combining what Twitter users in a variety of London neighborhoods talk about with census data, we showed that certain topics are correlated (positively and negatively) with neighborhood deprivation. Users in more deprived neighborhoods tweet about wedding parties, matters expressed in Spanish/Portuguese, and celebrity gossips. By contrast, those in less deprived neighborhoods tweet about vacations, professional use of social media, environmental issues, sports, and health issues. More recently, we launched two crowdsourcing websites. First, we launched urbanopticon.org, which extracts Londoners' mental images of the city. By testing which places are remarkable and unmistakable and which places represent faceless sprawl, we are able to draw the recognizability map of London. The site has attracted tens of thousands of players, and I will show you few preliminary results. Second, we launched another site called urbangems.org. This crowdsources visual perceptions of quiet, beauty and happiness across the city using Google Street View pictures. The aim is to identify the visual cues that are generally associated with concepts difficult to define such beauty, happiness, quietness, or even deprivation http://bit.ly/QWo40z. The site has been awarded the A.T. Kearney Prize and has been featured in falling-walls.com 2012 in Berlin.

Daniele Quercia recently joined Yahoo! Labs in Barcelona. Before that, he was a Horizon Senior Researcher at The Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. He is interested in the relationship between online and offline worlds and his work has been focusing in the areas of data mining, computational social science, and social computing. Previously, he was Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he worked on social networks in a city context. For his PhD at the University College London, he created algorithms with which co-located mobile users share pictures and videos using short-range technologies, and his thesis was nominated for BCS Best British PhD dissertation in Computer Science. During his PhD, he was a Microsoft Research PhD Scholar and MBA Technology Fellow of London Business School, and he also interned at the National Research Council in Barcelona and at National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo. He studied at Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), and University of Illinois (USA).


Session 1: Trajectory Mining

  • 9:00 - 9:25 Alex Pardo, Albert Clapes, Sergio Escalera and Oriol Pujol. Actions in Context: System for people with Dementia
  • 9:25 - 9:50 Mirco Nanni, Roberto Trasarti, Barbara Furletti, Lorenzo Gabrielli, Peter Van Der Mede, Joost De Bruijn, Erik De Romph and Gerard Bruil. Transportation planning based on GSM traces: a case study on Ivory Coast
  • 09:50 - 10:15 Lorenzo Gabrielli, Salvatore Rinzivillo, Francesco Ronzano and Daniel Villatoro. From Tweets to Semantic Trajectories: mining Anomalous Urban Mobility Patterns
  • 10:15 - 10:30 Andrew Koster, Fernando Koch and Ana Bazzan. Incentivising Crowdsourced Parking Solutions

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:40 Invited Talk: Dirk Helbing

Session 2: Transportation Networks

  • 11:40 - 12:05 Pietro Cantarelli, Marion Debin, Clement Turbelin, Chiara Poletto, Thierry Blanchon, Alessandra Falchi, Thomas Hanslik, Isabelle Bonmarin, Daniel Levy-Bruhl, Alessandra Micheletti, Daniela Paolotti, Alessandro Vespignani, John Edmunds, Ronald Smallenburg, Carl Koppeschaar, Ana O. Franco, Annasara Carnahan and Vittoria Colizza. Who’s your citizen scientist? The European participatory flu surveillance experience
  • 12:05 - 12:30 Cristian Tanas and Jordi Herrera-Joancomartí. Smart Sensor Networks Simulation Using ns-3
  • 12:30 - 12:45 Jordi Nin, David Carrera and Daniel Villatoro. On the Use of Social Trajectory-based Clustering Methods for Public Transport Optimization
  • 12:45 - 13:00 Ed Manley, Jon Reades and Michael Batty. Understanding Disruption on Public Transport Networks using Smart Card data

13:00 - 13:40 Invited Talk: Daniele Quercia

Support for Participants coming from Transition Countries

Thanks to support from the UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy, we are able to offer grants to offset some of the costs associated with attending the CitiSen 2013 workshop for participants coming from "transition countries". Interested participants please send a mail with your vitae to nin@ac.upc.edu.

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