Urban Systems and Networks

Let's build great cities!

NetSci Satellite - June 2nd, 2014 - Berkeley, CA

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Clark Kerr Campus, Building 7, 3rd Floor


Time Presenter Title
2:00-2:30Paul Waddel 
2.30-2:50J.J. RamascoSpatial Structure of Cities
2:50-3:00Liu LikeEmpirical study of long-range connections in road networks
3:00-3:10Sun LijunQuantifying long-term evolution of intra-urban spatial interactions
3:10-3:30Alex ArenasMulti-layer Networks in the Urban Context
3:30-3:40Emanuele StranoInterdependent spatial networks in metropolitan areas
3:40-4:00Sybil DerribleWater and Sustainability
4:00-4:50Coffee Break 
4:50-5:00Markus SchlaepferDefining cities with individual movement Patterns
5:00-5:10 Robert ManducaDomestic migration networks in the United States
5:10-5:20Vittoria ColizzaOn the use of human mobility proxies for modeling epidemics
5:20-5:30Carlos Herrera-YagueThe geography of urban social networks
5:30-5:50Yu-ru LinEmotional Spreading in Emergencies
5:50-6:10Martin B. ShortMathematical Models of Burglary
6:10-6:40David Aldous

Keynote speakers

David Aldous

UC Berkeley

Paul Waddell

UC Berkeley

Invited speakers

Alex Arenas

Universidad Rovira i Virgili

Multi-layer Networks in the Urban Context

Sybil Derrible

University of Illinois at Chicago

Water and Sustainability

JJ Ramasco

Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems

Spatial structure of cities

MB Short

Georgia Institute of Technology

Mathematical Models of Burglary

Yu-Ru Lin

University of Pittsburg

The Emotional Spreading over Cities


Luis Bettencourt

Santa Fe Instittute

Marta González

MIT Humnet Lab

Carlos Herrera-Yagüe

MIT Humnet Lab

Urban system and networks

Cities are at their essence social networks embedded in space through infrastructural networks of communication, transportation and services. This view of cities creates interesting opportunities and challenges to Network Science, by providing a context for their function and evolution.

Cities through out the world are growing vertiginously in number and in size. These demographic and socioeconomic trends present important challenges at various levels: they pose a potential threat to the natural environment and generate a long range of urban issues, from congestion to poverty and from increased health risks to crime.

However, it is precisely at the core of these fascinating complex systems, that we also find new opportunities to tackle such long-standing challenges. In a city, diverse crowds are permanently interacting and at a pace that accelerates with urban scale. This makes cites the natural attractors and producers of technological and social innovations. The latest trends in technology are primarily about objects and people in their daily life equipped with sensors; that can be inventoried and analyzed by computers.

In this context, Network Science is emerging as the common language that allows us to separate the different scale of analysis and to map and discover intrinsic principles of urban organization. We think this is an effective way to analyze cities in quantitative ways opening new unique opportunities to help manage them via new on-line applications and real time communications.

Current challenges to construct reliable theory and models of cities result from the lack of integrated data sources and comparative studies at different scales that would allow us to integrate the building principles of a science of cities. In this workshop we bring together the latest contributions on analysis of urban systems at different scales: from individual mobility to urban infrastructures, including social networks and spreading dynamics. We will arrange presentations that expose the latest methods of analysis and the most important ubiquitous findings related to urban infrastructures, social interactions and human dynamics. Speakers will be selected to represent the most important findings in a particular scale and layer of interest. Panel discussions will be promoted in order to foster interactions and summarize the current state of the art, future challenges and opportunities. Being a multidisciplinary topic, we will also include participants with the latest advances in understanding cities from computer science and urban planning.


  • Spatial Networks Metrics and Models
  • Urban Growth and Urban Organization
  • Urban social networks of communication
  • Resilience of Networks Flows and Infrastructure Networks
  • Urban Encounters and Spreading Dynamics
  • Social Networks and Mobility
  • Interdependent Infrastructure and Transportation Networks
  • Models of Commuting and Migration

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