Social Agents in Digital Cities

Toru Ishida

Kyoto University

September 22, 2000 11:00 am

This talk presents the concept of digital cities as a social information frastru
cture for urban life (including shopping, business, transportation, education, w
elfare and so on). We propose the three layer architecture for digital cities: a
) the information layer integrates both WWW archives and real-time sensory infor
mation related to the city, b) the interface layer provides 2D and 3D views of t
he city, and c) the interaction layer assists social interaction among people wh
o are g/visiting in/at the city. We started a five years project to develop soci
al agents for supporting social interactions in digital cities. This talk introd
uces various innovative trials and future plans on social agents. 
 Dr. Toru Ishida received the B.E., M.Eng. and D.Eng. degrees from Kyoto ersity,
Kyoto, Japan, in 1976, 1978 and 1989, respectively. He is currently a professor 
of Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. From 1978 t
o 93, I was a research scientist of NTT Laboratories. I was also a visiting rese
arch tist at the Department of Computer Science, Columbia University, an invited
professor at Le Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6), Pierre et Marie Cu
rie, a guest professor, Institut fuer Informatik, Technische Universitaet Muench
en. I have been working on community computing from 1995, and edited two books: 
community computing: collaboration over global information networks (John Wiley 
and Sons, 1998), and community computing and support systems (Springer-Verlag, 1
998). I am currently working on digital cities: experiences, technologies and fu
ture rspectives (Springer, 2000) and initiated Digital City Kyoto with my collea

This page is maintained by InYoung Kim (
Last update: October 2, 2000