October 31 - November 1 - Co-Located Events
October 28-30 - Conference
Lyon Convention Centre - Lyon, France
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Urban Computing Summit [clear filter]
Tuesday, October 29


Walking on Hexagons: Unification of Urban Data with H3 - Isaac Brodsky & Sina Kashuk, Uber
We are proposing the use of H3, as a standard hexagonal discrete global grid system, to index data for analysis. When it comes to big data, H3 is uniquely suited to this analysis because of its hexagonal grid, suitability for distributed processing, and easy-to-use API. One of the applications of H3 is to combine datasets with different geographic shapes and forms into a unified dataset. In this talk, we will walk through an example of how to bring Lyon Open Data sets such as demographics, land use, elevation, street network, noise sensing, air pollution, and point of interest data to the hexagon level, analyze the data, and visualize the results to gain insights for better urban planning and management.

The resulting analysis allows us to create new composite metrics such as walkability and quality of life. Our goal is to inspire city planners and data scientists to leverage the power of their data coupled with H3 geospatial tools in urban geospatial analytics.

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Isaac Brodsky

Senior Software Engineer, Uber
Isaac Brodsky is a Senior Software Engineer at Uber, with experience in big data and real time analytics. He is the lead for the H3 open source project.
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Sina Kashuk

Senior Data Scientist, Uber
Sina Kashuk is a Senior Data Scientist at Uber, with experience in remote sensing and machine learning, as well as computer vision, time series and geospatial analysis. He applied data science to resilience efforts for several years at DataKind, NYU & CUNY. He especially enjoys creating... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 11:30 - 12:05
Tête d'Or 2
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Project Flowgate: Improve Ecosystem and People's Life in Data Centers - Gavin Lu, VMware
Data centers, server rooms and labs are pretty common in enterprise offices. They not only support mission critical applications and data, but also are the places where people work in. But due to issues on technology, organization, business etc., people working in data centers, often feel inefficiency, in-productivity, and in-sustainability.

Project Flowgate is trying to lessen these issues in a novel way. It is designed to integrate data from various facility systems managed by REW teams, and IT stacks managed by IT admins together. With a newly created holistic picture of the data center as a whole piece, it's promising to:

* achieve aligned culture: make people on different teams collaborate more than compete
* consume less energy: make it easy to know how much to save while keep the same or better SLA
* make environmental friendly: discharge less warmness and carbon to the earth
* improve health: people can work more productively, can focus more on real meaningful tasks

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Gavin Lu

R&D Director, VMware
Gavin Lu runs an innovation team focused on edge computing and intelligence in VMware Office of CTO. He joined VMware in 2009 and worked on multiple products on virtualization, networking, cloud management, big data, OpenStack, container, IoT and ML. He has 17 years' industrial experience... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 12:20 - 12:55
Tête d'Or 2
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Open Access to Your POI Data - Randy Meech, Streetcred Labs, Inc.
StreetCred is a way to create, improve, and validate POI data in a fun, collaborative game. We believe users should have access to the data they create for any purpose they want. Maybe you’d like to make a map of specific places in your city but have a hard time getting access to good POI data. Or maybe your organization or government wants to use StreetCred to map key places in your city. You could be an OpenStreetMap contributor who wants to use a mobile app to generate data to help the project. Local teams might want to collect high-quality data nearby, but have no easy way to do it. We're announcing a vector tile service compatible with OpenStreetMap to encourage the creation of better POI global data.

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Randy Meech

CEO, Streetcred Labs, Inc.
Randy was recently CEO of Mapzen, an all-open mapping platform for map display, search, and navigation that created durable and significant open software and data assets such as the Pelias geocoder, Valhalla routing engine, Tilezen vector tile libraries, Tangram rendering engine... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 14:25 - 15:00
Tête d'Or 2
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Open Source Projects to Live long and Prosper: Linux for Smart Infrastructure and Industry - Yoshitake Kobayashi, Toshiba Corporation & Urs Gleim, Siemens AG
Power plants, radar systems, traffic lights, communications and weather systems have been part of everyday life for decades, which have made security and longevity paramount. Currently, these systems are built from scratch, with little re-use of existing software building blocks. This, in turn, drains resources and leads to fragmentation and duplication of effort. This is where open source comes in. The Civil Infrastructure Platform works with other open source projects to develop a super long-term supported (SLTS) open source "base layer" of industrial grade software that enables the implementation of building blocks in civil infrastructure projects. This session will feature how open source software powers smart cities, an overview of CIP activities and its collaborative efforts with other OS projects such as Debian, the ELISA Project and EdgeX Foundry.

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Urs Gleim

Head of Smart Embedded System, Siemens AG
Urs Gleim is leading the embedded systems group at Siemens Corporate Technology which hosts the Corporate Competence Center Embedded Linux. This team centrally provides Linux and related technologies for various Siemens products. Additionally, he is the Chair of the Governing Board... Read More →
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Yoshitake Kobayashi

Senior Manager of Open Source Technology department, Toshiba Corporation
Yoshitake Kobayashi is the Senior Manager of The Open Source Technology Department at Toshiba Corporation. The team provides a Linux based system and related technologies such as Database and Web application frameworks for various Toshiba products. His research interests include operating... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 15:15 - 15:50
Tête d'Or 2
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Design an Open Geo-analytics Toolset for Data-driven Urbanism - Shan He, Uber
Urbanists now have a collection of open data, advanced tools, and analytic modules at hand to tackle complex urban issues. The vast quantity of open geospatial data collected by smartphones, satellites and cellphone towers goes beyond the representation of the physical world; it also reveals how humans reside in space, interact with each other, and move through the urban fabric. 

We created kepler.gl for easy consolidation, exploration, and visualization of a variety of geospatial datasets on the web. It offers urban designers and city planners a new set of lens to understand mobility, transit, population, infrastructure, land use data at scale, and through time. In this talk, I will give an overview of some of the existing and new features in kepler.gl, including 3D map layers, time-based animation, spatial joining, GPU filtering, etc. And how they provide a powerful toolset for understanding and evaluating the relationship between people and the built environment.

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Shan He

Sr. Data Visualization Engineer, Uber
Shan is a senior data visualization engineer at Uber. She is the founding member of Uber's data visualization team and creator of kepler.gl. At Uber, Shan builds data tools and platforms to make business intelligence easy to access, creates exploratory data visualizations to faci... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 17:10 - 17:45
Tête d'Or 2
Wednesday, October 30


Microscopic Simulation of Urban Mobility Concepts - Michael Behrisch, German Aerospace Center
Transportation and individual mobility are key aspects of liveable cities. So integrated urban planning benefits from open tools covering the traffic side of live for instance by simulating traditional planning tasks as well as new concepts including communicating and automated vehicles in public and private transport. Eclipse SUMO (Simulation of Urban Mobility) is such an open source microscopic traffic simulator. It has been developed by the German Aerospace Center since 2001. In this talk, SUMO and its capabilities for the realistic simulation of cars, busses, bikes, pedestrians, trains and even ships in cities, such as Berlin, are presented in an overview. We will present also recent efforts in simulating new kinds of public transport and vehicle communication (also with a small tutorial if wished). All actions are integrated in the newly founded Eclipse openMobility working group whose upcoming projects will be presented as well.


Michael Behrisch

Researcher, German Aerospace Center
I did a PhD in computer science at the Humboldt University Berlin and work since 2007 on the further development of the traffic flow simulation software SUMO. I gave numerous talks at scientific and open source conferences, most recently at the EclipseCon Europe and the EuroForum... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:30 - 12:05
Tête d'Or 2
  • Session Slides Included Yes


Data-Driven Tools for Decision Makers in City Planning - Talia Kaufmann, Northeastern University/OECD
Cities are in great need for quantitative metrics to assess performance of urban neighborhoods and the level of service they provide to their residents. Such metrics are essential to support decision-making processes in the practice of city planning on one end; and for residents’ real-estate decisions about where to move or live on the other. And so, illuminating the spatial and social inequalities between neighborhoods through data-driven tools are the first step in advancing equitable real estate development.

This short talk will showcase a data visualization tools for understanding the spatial inequalities in accessibility to services and amenities in cities around the world. The tool visualizes results from a research collaboration with the Urban Unit and the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD (Organization for Economic Collaboration and Development).
This talk will showcase the power of large urban data for policy whereas the previous version focused on viz tools.


Talia Kaufmann

PhD student, Northeastern University/OECD
Talia Kaufmann is a PhD student in Public Policy and a Resident doctoral fellow at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University. Her research is devoted to planning cities with data by deploying quantitative analysis methods in the practice of city planning. Talia’s... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 12:20 - 12:55
Tête d'Or 2