Urban Computing: Using Big Data to Solve Urban Challenges

Yu Zheng, Lead Researcher Microsoft Research Asia; 2008 Microsoft Golden Medal

Abstract:Urban computing is a process of acquisition, integration, and analysis of big and heterogeneous data generated by a diversity of sources in urban spaces, such as sensors, devices, vehicles, buildings, and human, to tackle the major issues that cities face, e.g. air pollution, increased energy consumption and traffic congestion. Urban computing connects unobtrusive and ubiquitous sensing technologies, advanced data management and analytics models, and novel visualization methods, to create win-win-win solutions that improve urban environment, human life quality, and city operation systems. This talk will present our recent research into urban computing, introducing the applications and technologies for integrating and deep mining heterogeneous data. Examples include large-scale dynamic ridesharing, identifying different functional regions (e.g., residential and commercial areas) in urban spaces, crowd sending city-wide gas consumption, and fine-grained air quality inference throughout a city. These examples have been published in top-tier conferences and journals recently, such as KDD, UbiComp, ICDE, received 4 best paper awards. More details can be found on this page.

Bio: Dr. Yu Zheng is a lead researcher from Microsoft Research Asia and a Chair Professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University. His research interests include location-based services, spatio-temporal data mining, and ubiquitous computing. He has published over 50 referred papers as a leading author at quality conferences and journals, such as SIGMOD, SIGKDD, AAAI, ICDE, WWW, Ubicomp, and IEEE TKDE. These papers have been featured by top-tier presses like MIT Technology Review multiple times. He has received 4 best paper awards, e.g. ICDE'13, and as 1 best paper nominee from Ubicomp’11.  Zheng has been serving over 30 prestigious international conferences as a chair or program committee member, including program co-chair of ICDE2014 (industrial track). He is also an editorial board of 4 international journals, such as GeoInformatica, and a keynote speaker of a few international conferences. His book, titled “Computing with Spatial Trajectories”, has been used as a text book in USA, Canada, Australia, Korea, and China.  Zheng has received 3 technical transfer awards from Microsoft and 22 granted/filed patents. In 2008, he was recognized as the Microsoft Golden Star. In 2013, he was named Top Innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review (TR35) for his research using data sciences to solve urban challenges. His homepage: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/yuzheng/