Discovery and Exploration of Urban Context (Workshop at AmI-15)

Call for Participation
Discovery, Exploration and Understanding of Urban Context

Workshop, in conjunction with AmI-15

November 11, 2015 Athens, Greece

Mobile technology offers significant potential to connect users to their immediate geographic environment. Yet existing approaches to doing so are largely visual, which can isolate users from that environment, and utilitarian, such as directing a user to a destination or showing nearby coffee shops as a list. The recent rise of geo-social media (images, text updates and check-ins) has offered new ways to support contextualising the environment and connecting users with it. Work such as PULSE (that presents geographically nearby tweets as audio), Columbus (that allows the rediscovery of photographs taken in the nearby environment) and HotCity (that uses check-in data to create context-sensitive heatmaps to show tourists the socially active areas of a city) have shown how this media can be used to provoke and engage users with the environment through mobile technology, without isolating them from that environment.

In this workshop we will explore how this media, or `urban context’, can be used to encourage more playful and exploratory engagement by users with their immediate built environment. Using the geo-social media about that environment as a way to encourage users to discover it in-situ. Contribution areas include (but are not limited to):

  • Geo-Social Media
  • Geo-HCI
  • Multimodal Interaction
  • Data fusion
  • Tourism Applications
  • Pedestrian Navigation
  • Pervasive Displays
  • Urban Context
  • Pervasive Interaction
  • Geo-Visualisation

The workshop will start with short petcha-cutcha presentations before working on brainstorming new, novel urban interactions based on an historical social dataset.

Participants should email an (up to) 4-page CEUR 2-column format abstract in pdf format to the organisers. This should clearly articulate a position relevant to the workshop. At least one author must register for the workshop and the conference.

Submissions should be emailed to

If you have any questions or queries please contact the organisers at

You can download the workshop abstract from here for more details on the workshop.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31st July 2015
Notification of Acceptance: 31st August 2015
Workshop: 11th November 2015


David McGookin (Aalto University, Finland)
Andreas Komninos (Strathclyde University)
Vassilis Kostakos (University of Oulu)