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MUD@ICML 2015 : 2nd International Workshop on Mining Urban Data


When Jul 10, 2015 - Jul 11, 2015
Where Lille
Submission Deadline May 1, 2015
Notification Due May 10, 2015
Final Version Due May 15, 2015
Categories    smart cities   urban data   machine learning

Call For Papers

The deadline for submissions has been extended to *May 3th*.

Mining Urban Data 2 - ICML 2015 Workshop - Deadline: May 1st, 2015

Call for Papers - MUD2 - 2nd International Workshop on Mining Urban Data - Emerging Learning Paradigms and Applications for Smart Cities


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* Important Dates
Please, refer to for up-to-date information.
- Paper submission: May 3, 2015
- Notification: May 10, 2015
- Camera-ready: June 15, 2015
- Workshop day: July 11, 2015

* Smart Cities and Urban Data

We are gradually moving towards a smart city era. Many innovative applications arise daily utilizing massive urban data streams. Technologies that apply machine learning algorithms to urban data will have significant impact in many aspects of the citizens' everyday life. Examples of such applications include managing disastrous events, understanding the city's sentiment and opinion, tracking health issues, monitoring crucial environmental factors as well as improving energy efficiency and optimizing traffic. Unfortunately, urban data have some characteristics that hinder the state of the art in machine learning algorithms. Such are diversity, privacy, distributed and partitioned data, lack of labels, noise, complimentary of multiple sources and requirement for online learning. Many smart city applications require to tackle all these problems at once. This workshop aims at discussing a set of new Machine Learning applications and paradigms emerging from the smart city environment.

We especially welcome contributions based on data that can be reused by the community, and we plan to make a list of these data sets available on the workshop website. For researchers who would like to try their hand on smart city data, data sets from the city of Dublin are already listed on the workshop website.

A non-exhaustive list of challenges posed by smart cities data and welcomed at the workshop include:

- Online learning - data generated from sensors can only partially/temporarily be stored. Thus, a major requirement is to process and analyse them as they arrive from the sources. Algorithms should be on-line and adaptive.

- Large Scale Learning - the massive volume of data demands distributed / parallel processing technologies. Other issues include the complexity of the data coming from different sources with different spatial and temporal references or granularity.

- Learning in Mobile Environment - special techniques are required for storing and learning in mobile environments.

- Heterogeneous Data and Information Fusion - in many smart-city applications, different types of information (GPS, weather, Twitter, traffic data) should be analysed and combined in order to draw conclusions.

- Learning with Social media - the main issue in mining micro-blogging data (e.g. Twitter) is that the text is very short, cursorily written and in different languages.

- Event Detection - a very interesting research issue that arises from such data is the identification of real world events (e.g. "traffic jam", "accident", "flood", "concert").

- Learning with Uncertain/Noisy Data - data generated by a smart city are typically very noisy. Uncertainty management procedures as well as crowdsourcing techniques might be required in order to aid the data models disambiguate the information.

- Learning without Labels - with the size of the data sets and the associated area, labeling the full data set can be prohibitively expensive. Therefore, learning must typically be done with originally no or extremely few labels. Semi-supervised or active learning approaches could therefore be very interesting for such applications.

- Computer vision - CCTV cameras are a rich source of information. They can be used to count pedestrians, detect accidents, security etc.

* Applications

MUD will focus on presenting novel approaches that target some of the following applications: a) Traffic Management, b) Public Transport Adjustment, c) Accident Prevention, d) Resource Allocation, e) Energy Efficiency, f) Sentiment Analysis, g) Environment.

* Invited Speakers
Kristian Kersting (Fraunhofer IAIS and Technical University of Dortmund)
Sarad Mehrotra (University of California, Irvine)
Eleni Pratsini (IBM Smart Cities Centre)

* Organizers

- Ioannis Katakis, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
- Francois Schnitzler, The Technion
- Thomas Liebig, TU Dortmund University
- Gennady Andrienko, Fraunhofer IAIS and City University London
- Dimitrios Gunopulos, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
- Shie Mannor, The Technion
- Katharina Morik, TU Dortmund University

The workshop is organized by the consortium of the EU Project INSIGHT. For more information please visit

* Submission

Submission is done through EasyChair:

Submissions should follow the ICML 2015 format ( and can be up to eight pages long, excluding references. Additional appendices are allowed. Papers do not need to be anonymized.
All submissions will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. The conference proceedings will be published as CEUR Workshop Proceedings ( and will be indexed by DBLP. Accepted papers will be either presented as a talk or poster. We welcome submissions on novel research work as well as extended abstracts on work recently published or under review in another conference or journal. With respect to other (previous or future) publications, authors can choose to have an extended abstract (1-2 pages) included in the proceedings instead of the actual reviewed paper.

Please find more information at the website:
ICML 2015 web site:

If you have any question about the workshop, you can send an email to

Ioannis Katakis,
Francois Schnitzler,
Thomas Liebig,
Gennady Andrienko,
Dimitrios Gunopulos,
Shie Mannor,
Katharina Morik

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