Special Sessions

Special Session #1:

City as a Platform with Open Government Data

Short Description and Key Topics Covered:

A city can not be truly smart without citizens’ engagement and innovation. Opening data that were collected and stored by government to citizens for developing innovative applications could foster public participation, enhance public services, improve government efficiency, and eventually make a city smarter. With open data, city governments are no longer developing applications with its own resources and capabilities only, instead, it calls for all citizens and business entities to utilize data and create public value out of them. A city then becomes a platform with government-society collaboration and innovation facilitated with open data. The special session will cover topics including but not limited to theories and frameworks of city as a platform with open data, models and approaches of building a city as a platform, the influencing factors, mechanisms and dynamics of city innovation with open data, and strategies and policy incentives for open data and innovation.

Session Organizer

Lei Zheng, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Short Bio

Lei Zheng is the director of the Lab for Digital and Mobile Governance at Fudan University, China and an associate professor at the University’s School of International Relations and Public Affairs. His research interests include open gouvernement data, cross-boundary information sharing, government use of social media and mobile public services. Dr. Zheng serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Government Information Quarterly and China E-Government Journal, and he is also a member of the E-government advisory board of China Information Association. He is the conference co-chair of dg.o 2017 held in Fudan University, Shanghai, and co-chaired tracks and mini-tracks at the dg.o, HICCS and ICEGOV conferences. He holds a PhD in Public Administration and Policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY, USA.



Special Session #2:

Persuasive Cities for Sustainable Wellbeing

Short Description and Key Topics Covered:

Quality of life in cities can be improved through reshaping and advancing urban spaces with seamless persuasive technology and socially influencing systems, thus empowering communities to succeed in achieving sustainable wellbeing. This research aims at helping people to acquire healthy and sustainable everyday routines through persuasive urban interventions that facilitate health behavior change at scale. The research seeks to create socially engaging environments supporting wellbeing and innovation through reshaping behavioral patterns, intelligent outdoor sensing, interactive public feedback channels, designing responsive neighborhoods, and fostering adoption of novel experiences in future cities. More: cp.media.mit.edu/agnis-stibe


– Persuasive Urban Wellbeing
– Computer-Supported Influence for Civic Engagement
– Socially Influencing Systems for Public Spaces
– Human-Computer Interaction in Urban Districts
– Health Behavior Change at Scale

– Social Engineering of Future Cities
– Persuasive Technology for City Innovations
– Artificial Persuasion

Session Organizer

Dr. Agnis Stibe, MIT Media Lab, USA.

Short Bio

Dr. Agnis Stibe is a Social Engineer at MIT Media Lab. In his recent TEDx talk and TEDx interview, Agnis envisions future Persuasive Cities that are encouraging healthy and sustainable routines. He believes that our world can become a better place thought purposefully designed urban spaces that successfully blend technological advancements with human nature. His research and its practical applications are built upon socio-psychological theories to design Socially Influencing Systems (SIS) for health behavior change at scale. Agnis is an active member of Persuasive Technology community, frequently speaking at annual conferences and effectively collaborating with industry. Over more than 20 years, Dr. Stibe has gained professional experience in sales and marketing of IT services and products, development of interactive web solutions, and customer relationship management. He has worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, and First Data International. In the course of his career, Dr. Stibe has twice been awarded a recognition from the Minister of Education and Science of Latvia for his long-term creative work. He has also received awards from the Nokia Foundation, Dr. Theo and Friedl Schoeller Research Center for Business and Society, and the Latvian Fund for Education. Dr. Stibe holds a master’s degree in computer science from University of Latvia, an MBA from Riga Business School (in partnership with University of Ottawa and The State University of New York at Buffalo), and a PhD on Socially Influencing Systems from University of Oulu. More: cp.media.mit.edu/agnis-stibe


To submit your paper:

To submit your paper to any of the special sessions above, click here and choose from the Paper Information, in Track 1 pull-down menu, the number and corresponding name of the special session.