Urban AI: Formulating an agenda for the interdisciplinary research of artificial intelligence in cities

Aale Luusua, Johanna Ylipulli

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This workshop forms a novel research community around the topic of 'urban AI'. Within it, we will scrutinise the intersections of artificial intelligence(s) and cities - i.e. urban life, spaces, places, geographies, infrastructures, and practices - from a multidisciplinary, design-oriented perspective. There is a need to form this community, as AIs are being infused as parts of cities at an increasing pace. Thus far research on AIs have been somewhat split into two differing approaches; one that is focused on the grassroots, practice-based engineering of novel AI applications; and another that assumes a large-scale, future-oriented and philosophical approach. We suggest that a third perspective, informed by disciplines that build bridges between high level concepts and empirical realities, is necessary to straddle these two. Traditionally, this has been the realm of design; In this workshop, we ask what themes, questions and methods should be addressed by an emerging design-oriented urban AI research community?

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2020 Companion - Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450379878
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: More than Human Centred Design - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020


ConferenceACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Abbreviated titleDIS
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  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cities
  • Design research
  • Interdisciplinary


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