Connecting digital and physical cities

Toru Ishida, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Hideyuki Nakanishi

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As a platform for community networks, public information spaces that mirror the city metaphor are being developed around the world. The aim of digital cities is to pursue a future information space for everyday urban life, unlike the creation of new businesses which is the current obsession of the Internet. We started the basic research project called “Universal Design of Digital City,” a five year project established in 2000, a part of the Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST) run by the Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST). The objective of this project is to construct digital cities as the infrastructure that encourages the participation of all people, including the disabled and the aged. We will develop basic technologies for the universal design, focusing on ‘sending information,’ ‘receiving information,’ and ‘participation.’ This paper introduces some of various experiments such as crisis management, environmental learning, and shopping street navigation. Digital cities are not imaginary since they correspond to the physical urban spaces in which we live. Basic technologies including perceptual information infrastructure and social agents are being developed for connecting digital and physical cities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Cities II
Subtitle of host publicationComputational and Sociological Approaches - 2nd Kyoto Workshop on Digital Cities, Revised Papers
EditorsMakoto Tanabe, Peter van den Besselaar, Peter van den Besselaar, Toru Ishida
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)3540439633, 9783540439639
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd Kyoto Workshop on Digital Cities, 2001 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 2001 Oct 182001 Oct 20

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference2nd Kyoto Workshop on Digital Cities, 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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