Transforming Smart Cities with Spatial Computing

Yiqun Xie, Jayant Gupta, Yan Li, Shashi Shekhar

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Spatial methods have a rich history of reforming city infrastructure. For example, John Snow's 1854 London Cholera map spurred cities to protect drinking water via sewer systems and to increase green spaces for public health. Today, geospatial data and mapping are among the technologies that cities use the most due to strategic (e.g., long-Term planning, land-use), tactical (e.g., property tax, site selection, asset tracking) and operational (e.g., E-911, situation awareness, gunshot location) use cases. Moreover, they (e.g., Google Maps) help citizens navigate, drones stay clear of restricted spaces (e.g., airports, NFL games), and sharing-economy (e.g., Uber) match consumers with nearby providers. Future spatial computing opportunities for smart cities are even more compelling. GIS promises to help re-imagine, redesign, see, and compare alternative infrastructure futures to address risks (e.g., climate change, rising inequality, population growth) and opportunities (e.g., autonomous vehicles, distributed energy production). This paper surveys recent spatial computing accomplishments and identifies research needs for smart-city use-cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538659595
StatePublished - Feb 28 2019
Event2018 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2018 - Kansas City, United States
Duration: Sep 16 2018Sep 19 2018

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Name2018 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2018


Conference2018 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2018
CountryUnited States
CityKansas City


  • infrastructure
  • smart city
  • spatial computing

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