Past events 2015

24 Nov

Open Data Meetup Glasgow #7 with the Open Knowledge Foundation

The Urban Big Data Centre in partnership with the Open Knowledge Foundation Scotland, will host its 7th Open Data Meetup in Glasgow this year. More event details and registration is available at Eventbrite.

16 Nov

Urban Studies Lunchtime Workshop: UBDC Data Service

This event is part of the Urban Studies Lunchtime Workshop Series. Director of the Urban Big Data Centre, Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, will be presenting at the 16th November session of the Urban Studies Lunchtime Workshops. Her presentation will focus on the Urban Big Data Centre's data s...

12 Nov

Get the most out of your data - A Workshop for Local Authorities

This workshops aims to increase local authorities’ understanding of how best to interrogate complex urban data to inform the development of effective programmes and policies. The workshop will explore: Why big data is important for urban planning and city management The data services, research s...

9 Nov

Workshop: Exploring application of predictive analytics to improve policy outcomes in Scotland

The Urban Big Data Centre, in partnership with the Scottish Government and the Administrative Data Research Centre (ADRC) Scotland, are pleased to host a workshop on "Exploring the application of predictive analytics to improve policy outcomes in Scotland." The workshop, which will include speake...

6 Nov

Open Data for Scotland - Learn, Experiment, Create

The Urban Big Data Centre is pleased to participate in the Open Data for Scotland event on Friday, 6th November, hosted by The City of Edinburgh Council. UBDC Knowledge Exchange and Outreach Manager, Des McNulty, will provide at lightning talk at 3:35pm on "Using open data to inform city policyma...

23 Oct

CIKM 2015 Workshop: Understanding the City with Urban Informatics

UBDC staff will host a workshop on "Understanding the City with Urban Informatics" at the 4th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2015) in Melbourne, Australia this October. The full-day workshop is being organised by the following UBDC staff: Dr. Yashar Mo...

5 Oct

Urban Studies Lunchtime Workshop: Sustainable Transport and ICT

This event is part of the Urban Studies Lunchtime Workshop Series. UBDC PhD students, Chris Wu and Ashwini Venkatasubramaniam, will be presenting at the 5th October session of the Urban Studies Lunchtime Workshops. Their presentation will focus on Sustainable Transport and ICT: Implications from ...

3 Oct

Intelligent Community Challenge: Urban Design Hackathon

The Intelligent Community Challenge brings together UK councils, university students and local communities to develop intelligent and innovative LED lighting-led solutions to urban challenges through the medium of a UK-wide design competition. The UBDC will be hosting an exhibition stall with inf...

14 Sep

Civil Service Live in Manchester

On Monday, 14th September the UBDC will be participating in the Civil Service Live event in Manchester, England.  Civil Service Live is a series of learning events delivered through a partnership between the UK Cabinet Office and Dods. These interactive events bring together civil servants workin...

1 Aug

Spatial Analysis and Urban Big Data Research at the UBDC in Glasgow

UBDC researcher, Dr. Jing Yao presents at the Workshop on Spatial-temporal Big Data and Advances in Geographical Information Sciences in Beijing, China. The workshop is organised by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Yao's presentation focuses on S...

2 Jul

Digital Media, Power, and Democracy in Election Campaigns: A Workshop

UBDC Scientific Computing Officer, Michael Comerford, presents social media analysis regarding the Scottish referendum included in the paper "Digital Communication Technologies and the Scottish Referendum: how, why and with what implications?" For more information and to see the final schedule, p...

23 Jun

Harvey J. Miller Workshop: The Moving Across Places Study (MAPS) and the Future of Data-Driven Urban Science

Prof. Harvey J. Miller Bob and Mary Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science and Professor in the Department of Geography at The Ohio State University The Moving Across Places Study (MAPS): Measuring the Influence of Light Rail Transit and Complete Streets on Physical Activity Lack of phys...

2 Jun

Open Knowledge Foundation and Open Data Meet-up

The Urban Big Data Centre is hosting the next Glasgow-based Open Data Meet-up in conjunction with the Open Knowledge Foundation. Please join us for a presentation from UBDC staff and an informal discussion regarding open data in Scotland. Please register via this Eventbrite page. Refreshments and...

26 May

International Conference on Weblog and Social Media: “Tweeting Behaviour during Train Disruptions within a City”

UBDC researchers Nut Limsopatham, M-Dyaa Albakour, Craig Macdonald and Iadh Ounis present their paper, "Tweeting Behaviour during Train Disruptions within a City" at the Digital Placemaking Workshop, which is part of the 2015 International Conference on Weblog and Social Media (ICWSM) in Oxford, ...

13 Aug

JSM Conference 2015 - New Tools for Transportation Statistics

On 13th August 2015, Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, UBDC Director, speaks at the JSM Conference in Seattle, Washington. Prof. Thakuriah will participate in the panel on "New Tools for Transportation Statistics" and present on "Unstructured Social Media Data for Transportation Applications: ...

9 Mar

Urban Studies Lunchtime Workshop: From GPS trajectories to Spatial Interaction

This event is part of the Urban Studies Lunchtime Workshop Series. Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka Research Associate in Urban Methods, Modelling and Simulations, Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow Spatial Interaction is a term for any type of movement over space that results from a decision-mak...

2 Mar

Urban Studies Lunchtime Workshop: Spatiotemporal Analysis of House Prices in Fife, Scotland, 2003-2012

Dr Jing Yao Lecturer in Urban Big Data and Quantitative Methods, Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow The real estate market has long provided an active application area for spatial-temporal modelling and analysis. It is well known that house prices tend to be not only spatially but also ...

23 Feb

Urban Studies Lunchtime Workshop: Experiments with a Venue-Centric Model for Personalised and Time-Aware Venue Suggestion

Dr Craig MacDonald Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow in Sensor Systems, University of Glasgow  Location-based social networks (LBSNs), such as Foursquare, fostered the emergence of new tasks such as recommending venues a user might wish to visit. In the literature, recommending venues has typically b...

16 Feb

Urban Studies Lunchtime Workshop: What does this 'Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre' actually do?

This event is part of the Urban Studies Lunchtime Workshop Series. Dr Donald Houston Director, Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre This presentation outlines the work of the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre (a ‘Knowledge Exchange’ initiative), its future plans and how you might be able to use it to ...

9 Feb

Urban Studies Lunchtime Workshop: Transportation infrastructure as a regional policy tool in Norway

This event is part of the Urban Studies Lunchtime Workshop Series. Dr David McArthur Lecturer in Transport Studies, Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow One of the key regional policy issues in Norway is how to counteract the ongoing process of urbanisation. Investments in transport infra...

16 Jan

Prof Peter Brandon: Socio-economic disparities in the nature and context of pre-school childcare in the State of New York: some findings, plus some implications for Scotland

Professor Peter Brandon Department of Sociology, State University of New York at Albany Joint event with the Urban Studies Seminar Series Prof Brandon will discuss findings in relation to the quality of childcare provision in deprived neighbourhoods in New York State and outline a comparative ...

25 Nov

Itzhak Benenson Seminar: The use of big urban data for a human view of accessibility and equity

UBDC is delighted to announce a seminar with Dr. Itzhak Benenson, Professor of Geography and Head of Geosimulation and Spatial Analysis Lab at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Benenson will present on "The use of big urban data for a human view of accessibility and equity" (please see full excerpt below)...

3 Nov

CR&DALL & UBDC Half-Day Conference: Wellbeing and learning for a better life: Reflecting across cultures and contexts

The Urban Big Data Centre in partnership with CR&DALL presents a half-day conference on "Wellbeing and learning for a better life: Reflecting across cultures and contexts" featuring Prof. Anna Robinson-Pant, Professor of Education, University of East Anglia, and Dr. Catherine Lido who will in...

23 Oct

Panel Data Models with Spatially Nested Random Effects

Prof Julie LeGallo, co-author with UBDC Co-Investigator Professor Bernard Fingleton, Director of Research in the Department of Land at the University of Cambridge, will speak at the 8th edition of the Seminar of Spatial Econometrics in hour of Professor Jean Paelinck, from October 23rd - 24th in ...

15 Sep

Open Data Meetup with the Open Knowledge Foundation

The Urban Big Data Centre in partnership with the Open Knowledge Foundation Scotland, will host its second Open Data Meetup in Glasgow this year. Speakers include Ian Stuart from GLOW, the national digital learning environment for Scottish Schools, Jane Morgan from the Scottish Government, and Wa...

2 Sep

Alasdair Gray Seminar: Data Integration in a Big Data Context

Abstract Data is being generated all around us – from our smart phones tracking our movement through a city to the city itself sensing various properties and reacting to various conditions. However, to maximise the potential from all this data, it needs to be combined and coerced into models that...

16 Jul

Introduction to the UBDC in Glasgow; Spatial Statistics in Social Sciences and the Challenges of Big Data

On July 16, Dr. Jing Yao, UBDC Lecturer in Urban Big Data and Quantitative Method, delivers two presentations to audiences at Nankai University in Tianjin, China: one on the UBDC's research and services, and another on Spatial Statistics in Social Sciences and the Challenges of Big Data. Her visi...

8 Jul

Jennifer Cowley Seminar: The Technology Enabled City

The UBDC is delighted to welcome Professor Jennifer Evans-Cowley from The Ohio State University to speak at the UBDC at 12:00pm on Wednesday, 8th July. Jennifer will speak about 'The Technology Enabled City'.  Abstract Intelligent cities offer services to the public which make everyday life easie...

26 Jun

The Urban Big Data Centre – An Introduction to Our Data Services and Research

Hosted by The Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST) at the University of Manchester, this seminar will provide an overview of the UBDC’s research, data services and the data products you can expect to have access to as we continue to develop our offer during 2015. UBDC staff Katarzyn...

8 Jun

Mark S. Fox Seminar: The PolisGnosis Project Enabling the Computational Analysis of City Performance

Mark S. Fox Professor of Industrial Engineering and Computer Science Director, Centre for Social Services Engineering Senior Fellow, Global Cities Institute University of Toronto msf@eil.utoronto.ca; www.eil.utoronto.ca Cities use a variety of metrics to evaluate and compare their performance.  W...

5 May

Robert J. Stimson Seminar: Big Data, Smart Cities and Urban Research Infrastructure

Robert J. Stimson, Senior Academic Advisor (and former Director), Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN), The University of Melbourne (click here for full bio). Advances in information technologies are opening new ways to approach research and policy analysis for cities and regi...

23 Mar

Lunchtime Seminar: Tim Johnson on Sampling Hard-to-Find Populations

Abstract Applied social research often requires a focus on populations that are “hard-to-find.” These might include social groups such as persons with exceptionally low literacy levels, persons with specific types of disabling conditions, some very rare ethnic minority groups, homeless and/or tra...

26 Feb

Watching online behaviours to improve government services

Abstract: Watching online behaviours to improve government services Online behaviours such as web use, social media posts, and the use of online forums provide evidence of citizens' interactions with government services and also evidence of citizens' interactions with each other.  Patterns in thi...

24 Feb

CR&DALL Seminar: Learning through Intergenerational Practice

This will be a half-day seminar to introduce aspects of intergenerational learning, tutoring and research. The day will be introduced by UBDC Director, Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, who will speak on links between lifelong learning and the aims of the centre (for example, inclusion, access ...

4 Feb

Dr Alasdair Rae: From data to wisdom? Spatial data visualisation as a policy tool

Dr Alasdair Rae, University of Sheffield Joint event with the Sustainability Network Please register via Eventbrite Abstract   Dr Rae's work focuses on the current vogue for big data visualisation and its potential usefulness as a tool to guide, inform and promote public policy. We now have more ...

12 Oct

Migrants in the City: New Dynamics of Migration in Urban Settings

The UBDC will be hosting a stall at Migrants in the City: New Dynamics of of Migration in Urban Settings, a conference at the University of Sheffield from 12th-13th October. UBDC Co-I, Prof. Gwilym Pryce, and Research Associate, Dan Olner, will be available to answer questions about the UBDC and ...

7 Oct

PASCAL Observatory Annual Conference: Connecting Cities and Universities at Strategic Frontiers

UBDC Director, Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah will be a keynote speaker at the PASCAL Observatory 12th Annual Conference in Catania, Italy from 7-9 October, 2015. The 12th PASCAL conference will be hosted by one of Italy’s leading institutions, the University of Catania in the beautiful is...

28 Sep

Learning Cities 2015: Using urban ‘Big Data’ to evaluate modern learning cities

UBDC researcher Dr. Catherine Lido will be presenting at Learning Cities 2015 on "Using urban ‘Big Data’ to evaluate modern learning cities" (view abstract below), which is research being undertaken by Dr. Lido and by UBDC Co-I, Professor Mike Osborne. Dr. Lido will be representing the UBDC and t...

10 Jul

Opening of the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics

UBDC Director, Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah will speak at the Opening of the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics in Leeds, UK on Friday, 10th of July.

3 Jun

IASSIST Conference - The Data Divide: Data In The International Context

UBDC Senior IT Manager, Mark Mitchell, presents at the IASSIST Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Wednesday, 3rd June. The topic of this year's conference is The Data Divide: Data in the International Context. Mark will be speaking in a session on Enabling Public Use of Public Data, d...

22 Apr

AAG Annual Meeting: Geo-Social Data - "The concept of the 'third place' - identifying significant places from GPS trajectories"

UBDC researcher, Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka presents her paper, "The concept of the 'third place' - identifying significant places from GPS trajectories" at the Geo-Social Data session of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. For more details and the full ...

22 Apr

Big Data Society Conference: Using data to identify and tackle societal problems

Prof. Nick Bailey, Associate Director of the Urban Big Data Centre will be speaking on "Using data to identify and tackle society problems." Big Data presents exciting opportunities for policy makers and social researchers interested in understanding and addressing societal problems. But it is p...

21 Apr

CyberGIS Symposium: Frontiers of Big Data and Urban Informatics

AAG 2015 Symposium on CyberGIS for Fostering New Frontiers of Geographic Research and Education Session: Frontiers of Big Data and Urban Informatics; Chair: UBDC Director Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah A suite of panel and paper sessions will address new frontiers of geographic research and e...

16 Apr

Edinburgh International Science Festival: Big Solutions in Big Data

UBDC Director, Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, speaks about "Big Solutions in Big Data" at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. For full event details, please visit the event website.

13 Apr

Scottish Economic Society Annual Conference: Financial Literacy Session

UBDC researcher, Dr. Catherine Lido, will be representing Prof. Mike Osborne and presenting the work of the Integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) project and its links with financial literacy. For more information and the final schedule of sessions, please visit the SES website.

11 Apr

AERUS 2015: The 8th Midwest Graduate Student Summit - Big Data Panel

UBDC researcher and Co-I, Associate Prof. Moira Zellner, University of Illinois at Chicago, speaks on the Big Data Panel at the Applied Economics, Regional and Urban Studies (AERUS) 8th Midwest Graduate Student Summit at Purdue University in Northwest Indiana. For more details and a full schedule...

26 Mar

University College Dublin; Transportation Informatics: Examples from the Glasgow Urban Big Data Centre

UBDC Director, Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah will speak at the University College Dublin, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, regarding Transportation Informatics: Examples from the Glasgow Urban Big Data Centre.

18 Mar

Social Science Making a Difference

The Social Science Making a Difference event in the Scottish Parliament will bring together more than 100 people from a variety of organisations working with and benefiting from social science research and academic researchers from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Urban Big Data ...

20 Mar

People-centric Urban Management and Analytics

UBDC researchers, Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka and Dr. Yashar Moshfeghi, presented at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Futures programme workshop on People-centric Urban Management and Analytics. The interdisciplinary workshop involves practitioners (planners), industrialists and ac...

13 Mar

UALL Conference 2015: Making the Lifelong Learning University a Reality

Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) Annual Conference 2015: Making the Lifelong Learning University a Reality UBDC Knowledge Exchange and Outreach Manager, Des McNulty, will speak about the UBDC and "How Big Data can Support the Learning City".

9 Mar

ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning

UBDC Co-PI Prof. Michael Osborne will be presenting on Big Data and Lifelong Learning. For a full programme agenda, visit the ASEM Forum 2015 website.

9 Mar

European Commission Urban Joint Program Initiative Governing Board

UBDC Director, Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah will present at the JPI Urban Europe Governing Board Meeting on the Urban Big Data Centre: Innovations for Sustainable and Socially Just Cities. The purpose of this initiative is to strengthen and co-ordinate European research and innovation withi...

18 Feb

Common Purpose Global Leadership Summit

Des McNulty, UBDC Knowledge Exchange and Outreach Manager will be speaking at the Common Purpose Global Leadership Summit to an international audience of students. Des will be participating in a panel discussion on "What Makes a City Smart?".

13 Feb

AAAS Annual Meeting 2015; Big Data: Challenges and Social Impacts

UBDC Director, Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah speaks on the 'Big Data: Challenges and Social Impacts" Panel. There has been an unprecedented increase in the quantity and variety of data generated by humankind, with an estimated 90 percent of the world’s data being produced in the past two yea...

10 Feb

Royal Statistical Society Conference; Poverty and deprivation: Statistics for Action

UBDC Associate Director, Prof. Nick Bailey, speaks during Session 2 regarding: Places: What are the local/devolved administration/UK needs? - Council Chamber

3 Feb

UK High Performance Computing and Big Data Summit 2015

UBDC Director, Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah speaks on: Urban Big Data Centre Case Study: Addressing the Social, Economic and Environmental Challenges Facing Cities Researching complex urban issues such as transport, employment, housing and education through HPC and analysis of multi-sector...

16 Jan

Data-driven Modeling for Transportation: Prospects and Challenges

UBDC Director, Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah speaks on Data-driven Modeling for Transportation: Prospects and Challenges at The Ohio State University’s Department of Geography in Columbus, Ohio.