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Aale Luusua and Johanna Ylipulli. 2020. Urban AI: Formulating an Agenda for the Interdisciplinary Research of Artificial Intelligence in Cities. In Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS' 20 Companion). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 373–376. DOI:

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

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Author: Luusua, Aale1; Ylipulli, Johanna2
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-11-23


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?

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-6974-9
Pages: 373 - 376
DOI: 10.1145/3393914.3395905
Host publication: DIS '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Conference: ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: Dr. Luusua would like to extend sincerest thanks to the Academy of Finland (Grant number 316136).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 316136
Detailed Information: 316136 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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