Call for Papers

Over the past decade, the development of digital networks and operations has produced an unprecedented wealth of information. Handheld electronics, location devices, telecommunications networks, and a wide assortment of tags and sensors are constantly producing a rich stream of data reflecting various aspects of urban life. For urban planners and designers, these accumulations of digital traces are valuable sources of data in capturing the pulse of the city in an astonishing degree of temporal and spatial detail. Yet this condition of the hybrid city – which operates simultaneously in the digital and physical realms – also poses difficult questions about privacy, scale, and design, among many others. These questions must be addressed as we move toward achieving an augmented, fine-grained understanding of how the city functions – socially, economically and yes, even psychologically.

Important Dates

9-page Paper submission: 10 May 2013 27 May 2013
Paper notifications: 12 June 2013 14 June 2013
Camera-ready: 19 June 2013
Workshop: 8 September 2013


This workshop is the third in this series building upon the successful PURBA-2011 and PURBA-2012 workshops. It aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss and explore the research challenges and opportunities in applying the pervasive computing paradigm to urban spaces.

We are seeking multi- disciplinary contributions that reveal interesting aspects about urban life and exploit the digital traces to create novel urban applications that benefit citizens, urban planners, and policy makers. The PURBA-2013 workshop fosters discussions covering topics such as (but not limited to):

IBM Best Student Paper Award

The IBM award is given to the best student paper presented at the PURBA workshop, to acknowledge and encourage excellence in research by students. Eligibility for the award is restricted to papers whose primary author and presenter is a registered student at the time of paper submission. The paper must be identified as a student paper at the time of submission to be considered for the award. The awardee will be presented with a certificate and a monetary award at the workshop.


Please submit via Easychair.

All contributions must be up to 9 pages and submitted as PDF files. The workshop accepts manuscripts in SIGCHI format (please note the new templates!). The accepted papers will be published in the Ubicomp 2013 supplemental proceedings. Visionary and position papers are encouraged. All contributions must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All submitted papers will be reviewed and judged on originality, technical correctness, relevance, and quality of presentation by the Program Committee. All accepted submissions must be presented during the workshop.