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KGLM 2175 - Computational Methods and Data Science for Urban Governance

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Good basis on statistics and cartography

Course Description

This seminar revolves around the recent contributions of so-called "urban computing" on city governance. It will propose both a theoretical and a hands-on practical training on data-intensive and computational methods aimed at understanding mobility, transport networks, and territorial dynamics – at the interface between large and small datasets, quantitative and qualitative methods, and, in fine, between scientific results and citizen-oriented applications. We will notably review the broad variety of theoretical and practical prospects that the analysis of urban data offers. Based on this, students will be invited along the course of the semester to build an exploratory study around a question of their choice, relying essentially on open data, in small-sized workgroups.


ROTH, Camille (Associate Professor au MediaLab, Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

24 hours (12*2h) While the very beginning of the semester will be based on a classical format of lectures discussing recent contributions in all generality, it will progressively evolve towards practical reporting and interactive sessions centered around collective projects.

Course validation

Validation will be based on: 1. a collective project gathering about 3-5 students around an exploratory study connected to the seminar topics. 2. a relatively short individual essay (≥ 5 pages) providing a reflection upon the state of the art related to the collective project and its prospects.


Students will be expected to work regularly from a session to the other on the collective project of their choice, as well as write an essay towards the end of the semester.

Required reading

Rob Kitchin, 2014, "The real-time city? Big data and smart urbanism", GeoJournal, 79:1–14

Additional required reading

  • Margarita Angelidou, 2014, "Smart city policies: A spatial approach", Cities 41, S3–S11.
  • Yu Zheng, Licia Capra, Ouri Wolfson, Hai Yang, 2014, "Urban Computing: Concepts, Methodologies, and Applications", ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, 5(3):38, p.1-55
  • Alan Feuer, 2013, "The Mayor's Geek Squad", New York Times, March 23, 2013.