Venue and structure


Urbannet2015 is a Satellite Workshop at the NetSci2015 conference hosted in Zaragoza, Spain, from 1-5 June 2015. The UrbanNet workshop will be a half-day event and will encompass 3 invited talks of 45 minutes each and 5 contributed talks of 20 min each.


The workshop will take place at the World Trade Center Zaragoza (WTCZ) in Spain, in the afternoon of Monday 1 June 2015



Organising committee


  • Iris Galloso, Technical University of Madrid

  • Oliva García-Cantú Ros, Nommon Solutions and Technologies

  • Maxime Lenormand, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC)

  • Luca Piovano, Technical University of Madrid

  • José Javier Ramasco, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC)


Contact points: Oliva García-Cantú Ros (oliva.garcia-cantu@nommon.es), José Javier Ramasco (jramasco@ifisc.uib-csic.es).



Workshop description


Cities are complex systems conformed by interactions of different sub-systems represented at all scales that can be mapped onto complex networks — transport networks, social networks, energy networks, etc. — all of them interacting and affecting each other. The access to a massive amount of real time data, coming from ICT, enables a better representation of urban and transport networks and the relations between them. Citizens’ activities can be more easily monitored, but also affected and modified. ICT tools empower citizens to make more informed decisions (e.g., regarding their travel behavior, energy and resources consumption habits, etc.) and are leading to new forms of social relationships, as well as to the introduction of new activities. At the same time, the penetration of ICT is turning individuals into passive and/or active ‘sensors’ that produce, exchange and consume an increasing amount of information, generating a variety of heterogeneous data on citizens’ preferences and behavior. Such feedback loops between citizens and city planners and managers are therefore modifying urban dynamics, as well as opening new opportunities for understanding such dynamics and developing new approaches to the design and management of urban systems. This explosion of available data and the development of new forms of data analysis can inform the development of better urban theories and simulation models.


The UrbanNet2015 satellite is mainly concerned with spatial urban networks. The purpose of the satellite is to create a space for exchanging state-of-the-art results and innovative ideas on how to address the problems and opportunities opened by smart cities through complex networks theory and methodologies. Particular attention will be devoted to new data-driven approaches to the study of the formation and evolution of urban networks, as well as to new strategies for improving the planning and management of urban infrastructures, such as land use planning, transportation, energy, or water distribution.


Invited speakers


  • Jesus Gómez-Gardeñes, University of Zaragoza

  • Bruno Gonçalves, Centre of Theoretical Physics, Aix-Marseille University

  • Gennady Andrienko, Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Informations Systems (IAIS)



Final programme


You may download the Final Programme by clicking here.