Catlett delivers keynote address on urban computing

September 4, 2013

New technologies are providing an enormous amount of data about city dynamics and living.  On August 11, 2013, researchers and practitioners met in Chicago at UrbComp 2013, with the aim of discussing the state of the art in “urban computing.” The workshop, held in conjunction with the ACM SIG-KDD conference, focused on ways to integrate and analyze the “big data” being acquired from sensor devices, data management models, and visualization methods.  

Giving the keynote address at UrbComp was Charlie Catlett, senior computer scientist at Argonne’s Mathematics and Computer Science Division and founding director of the Argonne/University of Chicago Computation Institute’s Urban Center for Computation and Data.

Catlett spoke about the emerging opportunities in the computational urban sciences.  “New data sources today can enable questions of the form ‘What should we do now’ – a far advance from earlier approaches that were limited to examining past mistakes,” said Catlett. “Through internal data-sharing partnerships between city governments, academia, and industry, even more detailed and comprehensive questions can be asked, ultimately supporting a transition from purely reactive to proactive policy and planning.”

For more information, see the UrbComp 2013 website