Institute of Information Science Academia Sinica
Topic: Urban Computing: A city-wide computing using city dynamics for coping with the biggest challenges in urban spaces
Speaker: Dr. Yu Zheng (Microsoft Research Asia)
Date: 2012-05-15 (Tue) 15:00 – 17:00
Location: Auditorium 106 at new IIS Building
Host: Meng Chang Chen


The rapid progress of urbanization on earth leads to modern cities, which provide people with a comfortable life but simultaneously followed by big challenges, such as traffic jams, increasing population, energy consumption, and pollution. Urban computing is emerging as a concept where every sensor, device, person, vehicle, building, and street in the urban areas can be used as a component to probe city dynamics to further enable city-wide computing for coping with these challenges. Urban computing aims to enhance both human life and urban environment smartly through a recurrent process of sensing, mining, understanding, and improving. Urban computing also aims to deeply understand the nature and sciences behind the phenomenon occurring in urban spaces, using a variety of heterogeneous data sources representing city dynamics, such as traffic flows, human mobility, geographic data, environment, energy consumption, populations, and economics. This presentation will substantiate the concept of urban computing with some concrete research examples which can be found on


Dr. Yu Zheng is a researcher from Microsoft Research Asia. He is an IEEE senior member and ACM senior member. His research interests include trajectory data mining, location-based social networks, and urban computing. He has published over 50 referred papers at international conferences and journals, such as SIGMOD, SIGKDD, AAAI, ICDE, WWW, Ubicomp, IEEE TKDE, and ACM TWEB. These papers have been featured by top-tier presses like MIT Technology Review and New Scientists multiple times. He has received 3 best paper awards from UIC’10, ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS’11, and ADMA'11 as well as 1 best paper nominee from Ubicomp’11. He has published two book chapters and edited one book as an editor-in-chief. He has been invited to over 30 prestigious international conferences as a chair or program committee member, including KDD, Ubicomp, IJCAI, ACM SIGSIAPTAL, PAKDD, and SSTD, etc. He is also an editorial board of 4 international journals and frequently invited to give a speech in many conferences and forums. So far, he has supervised over 30 visiting Ph.D. students from around the world. He has received 3 technical transfer awards from Microsoft and 20 granted/filed patents. In 2008, he was recognized as the Microsoft Golden Star. He joined MSRA in July 2006 right after received a Ph.D. degree in communication and information systems from Southwest Jiaotong University.