Sentient PSS for smart cities

Brian Deal, Varkki Pallathucheril, Yong Wook Kim, Haozhi Pan

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Being “smart” has become the Holy Grail for cities and city developers around the world. The idea of a smart city however, has been mostly limited to realtime data acquisition from ever expanding sensor networks. Utilizing these data in thinking about the future, planning, or decision-making has been largely overlooked. Developing a useful planning support system (PSS) for a smart city requires that the PSS possesses a degree of sentience—an awareness of application context and user needs—that few if any current PSSs currently possess. In this chapter we seek to make a case for sentient PSS by first briefly examining the notion of sentience from a computing perspective and by presenting case studies of emerging sensor-driven sentient computing applications. These case studies help us identify essential characteristics of a sentient PSS. We then consider how these characteristics might be manifested based on our experiences in PSS development. We argue, as we have elsewhere, that use-driven development—testing and refining the system in real-world applications—must be the signature of future work on a sentient PSS. We conclude with a discussion on potential challenges and paths forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlanning Support Systems and Smart Cities
EditorsRobert Goodspeed, Joseph Ferreira, John Stillwell, Stan Geertman
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319183671
StatePublished - 2015
EventComputers in Urban Planning and Urban Management Conference, CUPUM 2015 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jul 7 2015Jul 10 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
ISSN (Print)1863-2351


OtherComputers in Urban Planning and Urban Management Conference, CUPUM 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Computers in Earth Sciences


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