Smart City and Urban Computing

This is an interdisciplinary project where computer scientists collaborate with urban related disciplines such as transportation, environmental sciences, and economics. The project is partly supported by NSF Grants IIP-1534138 and IIS-1213013.

Representative publications


  • Y. Zheng, L. Capra, O. Wolfson, H. Yang, Urban Computing: Concepts, Methodologies, and Applications ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, Vol. 5(3), Sept. 2014.
  • Resource Search in Geospatial Networks

  • Q. Guo, O. Wolfson, Probabilistic spatio-temporal resource search, Geoinformatica, Vol 22(1), Springer, Jan. 2018, pp. 75-103.
  • D. Ayala, O. Wolfson, B. Dasgupta, J. Lin, B. Xu, "Spatio-temporal Matching for Urban Transportation Applications", accepted to appear in ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems 2018.
  • B. Zou, N. Kafle, O. Wolfson, J. Lin, A Mechanism Design Based Approach to Solving Parking Slot Assignment in the Information Era Transportation Research Part-B: Methodological, Elsevier, doi:10.1016/j.trb.2015.05.015, June 2015, pp. 631-653.
  • S. Ma, O. Wolfson, B. Xu, "UPDetector: Sensing Parking/Unparking Activities Using Smartphones", Proc. of the 7th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science, Dallas, TX, Nov. 2014, pp. 1-10.
  • Ridesharing

  • S. Ma, Y. Zheng, O. Wolfson, Real-Time City-Scale Taxi Ridesharing (invited paper) IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Vol.27(7), July 2015, pp. 1782-1795
  • O. Wolfson, J. Lin, Fairness versus Optimality in Ridesharing, Proc. of the 18th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM), Daejeon, South Korea, May 2017, pp. 118-123.
  • L. Foti, J. Lin, O. Wolfson, N. Rishe, "The Nash Equilibrium Among Taxi Ridesharing Partners", Proc. of the 25th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM GIS), Redondo Beach, CA, Nov. 2017.
  • J. Lin, S. Ma, S. Sasidharan, O. Wolfson, "A Model of Multimodal Ridesharing and Its Analysis", Proc. of the 17th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM), Porto, Portugal, June 2016.
  • S. Ma, O. Wolfson, Analysis and Evaluation of the Slugging Form of Ridesharing, Proc. of the 21st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems Systems (ACM GIS), Orlando, FL, Nov. 2013.
  • Computational Aspects of Intelligent Transportation

  • P. Szczurek, B. Xu, O. Wolfson, J. Lin, "Estimating Relevance for the Emergency Electronic Brake Light Application", IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, accepted, appeared in electronic form, Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/TITS.2012.2201257.
  • O. Wolfson, P. Sistla, B. Xu, "Information Search and Processing in Intelligent Transportation Systems", Transportation Research Part-C (Emerging Technologies), invited paper, special issue on "Data Management for Vehicular Networks" Issue 23C, doi:10.1016/j.trc.2012.02.002 Elsevier, 2012, pp. 3-13.
  • O. Wolfson, B. Xu, "A New Paradigm for Querying Blobs in Vehicular Networks" IEEE Multimedia, Vol.21(1), Jan-Mar. 2014, pp. 48-58.
  • P. Sistla, O. Wolfson, B. Xu, Continuous Nearest-Neighbor Queries with Location Uncertainty The VLDB Journal, Vol. 24(1), Feb. 2015, pp. 25-50.
  • J. Lin, P. Szczurek, O. Wolfson, B. Xu, "The Observe-Driver-and-Learn Platform for Relevance Estimation in Safety Warning Applications from Vehicular Ad Hoc Network" Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2489, Dec. 2015, pp. 49-56.
  • J. Booth, B. DiEugenio, I. Cruz, O. Wolfson, Robust Natural Language Processing for Urban Trip Planning Applied Artificial Intelligence (AAI), Vol. 29(9), DOI:10.1080/08839514.2015.1082280, Oct. 2015, pp. 859-903.

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