Understanding Cities through Big Social Data

As of today, more than 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, about 70% of the people living on the planet will identify themselves as city dwellers. Yet, in Europe we have already reached this percentage.

But, what do we really know about our cities, their problems, their trends, and their citizens? Can social media offer a better understanding of our urban environment? How can citizens become active participant in the improvement of their city’s well-being?

SocialGlass aims at enhancing our ability to sense, interpret, and understand city environments.

Dr. Alessandro Bozzon is the principal investigator of the SocialGlass project, while Dr. Achilleas Psyllidis serves as project leader.  Carlo van der Valk leads the development efforts, which also see the participation of Jie Yang and Vincent Gong. 

More information about SocialGlass are available on the project Website (