December, 17-19, 2015, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Erasing Disciplinary Boundaries in Urban Studies: Social Science and Computation


St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO University) and the Science and Technology Studies Center of European University, Russia are organizing a workshop on Erasing Disciplinary Boundaries in Urban Studies: Social Science and Computation in Saint Petersburg, Russia on December 17-19, 2015.



Digital technologies have fundamentally transformed the process of planning, designing, organizing, and administering contemporary cities, yet while they are a vital aspect of contemporary urban practice, their role and effect are by no means straightforward. On the one hand, the “practitioners” have been able to develop new tools, models, and insights using big data and statistical analysis, with their work geared at impacting and defining planning policy. On the other hand, myriad urban problems, such as poverty, social stratification, issues of accessibility, public participation, pollution, and others, require an optic which does not fit easily with computation-driven research. This event will bring social scientists and urban specialists from various domains of the field together with computation specialists in order to jointly consider issues related to modeling, big data, “smart” cities and infrastructures, open source, new apps and shared platforms, and other key topics in urban study. The two groups will engage with similar topics from different vantage points, aiming to channel the expertise of computation specialists and social scientists toward a joint, profound and nuanced engagement with the contemporary city.


Key conference events:
Guest lectures from world leading scientists:

Lectures, trainings, and workshops from World experts in the field of CPS and Social sciences

Break-out sessions to present and discuss the short scientific presentations of the workshop participants

Scientific and educational tours


Our workshop will be interesting for researchers, scientists and practitioners who work in multidisciplinary projects dedicated to Urban Studies around the world with the focus on Russia and CIS. Students of Bachelor, Master's, and Doctoral programs, and young researchers of the leading academic institutions and industrial organizations are also invited to participate in the event. Selection will be based on your motivation letter.
If you have any questions concerning participation in the workshop please contact eScience Research Insitute, ITMO University Ms Anna Bilyatdinova by e-mail
STS Center, European University at St Petersburg, Ms Anastasia Karkacheva by e-mail

Important Dates and Venues

European University at St Petersburg, 3, Gagarinskayas str, hosts the workshop on: December, 17, 2015 at 17:00

ITMO University, 4 Birzhevaya line, hosts the workshop on December, 18, 2015 starting at 15:00

On December 19, 2015 Final session takes place at Radisson Sonya Hotel St Petersburg from 14:00 til 16:30