Mobile Crowdsourcing & Socio-Physical Analytics for “Smart City” Services

Speaker: Archan Misra

Date: 1 August 2017

Time: 14:00-15:00

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Over the last 5 years, Archan has worked on building and deploying multiple context-aware applications across multiple public venues in Singapore.  In this talk, Archan will describe how a complementary combination of human-centric and infrastructural sensing can enable finer-grained, proactive understanding of urban conditions and events.  First, Archan will describe research on urban mobile crowdsourcing, where the crowdsourcing platform recommends tasks based on predicted worker movement trajectories. He will describe experiences from real-world deployments, both on a university campus and across the city, which illustrate the need to incorporate human behavioral dynamics into crowdsourcing solutions. Subsequently, he shall introduce more recent work on socio-physical analytics, which fuses sensor data from physical urban resources (such as buses, taxis and parking garages) with social media sensing to identify and characterize urban micro-events. Such fine-grained spatiotemporal event localization can help urban planners more precisely characterize the socio-economic activities of city neighborhoods.


Archan Misra is a Professor, and the Associate Dean of Research, in the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University (SMU). His current research interests lie in systems-oriented research in the areas of wearable & IoT sensing, real-time socio-physical analytics and urban mobile crowdsourcing technologies. He is also a Director of the LiveLabs research center, as well as the Director of the recently established Center for Applied Smart-Nation Analytics (CASA). Over a 20-year research career spanning both academics and industry (at IBM Research and Bellcore), Archan has worked extensively on problems spanning wireless networking, mobile & pervasive computing and urban sensing. Archan holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park, and chaired the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Committee on Computer Communications (TCCC) from 2005-2007.