Latest updates
  • May 1, 2020:Website of the challenge opens
  • May 31, 2020:Release of Dataset
  • Sept 17, 2020:The deadline has been extended.

Important dates:

  • May 1, 2020: Website of the challenge opens
  • Sept 30, 2020 (extend the deadline): Deadline for submitting proposal (work & extended abstract)
  • Oct 9, 2020 (extend the deadline): Announcement of winning teams, Sending invitations for submitting papers for the special track at the IEEE BigData 2020 conference
  • Oct 30, 2020 (extend the deadline): Deadline for submitting invited papers,
  • Nov 10, 2020: Notification of paper acceptance,
  • Nov 20, 2020: Camera-ready of accepted papers due,
  • Dec 10-13, 2020: The IEEE BigData 2020 conference (special track date TBA)


Although smart cities are currently attracting worldwide attention, the digitalization of cities in Japan has not accumulated many use cases. On the other hand, the aging population, aging infrastructure, and citizens' concerns about future city planning have become social problems. It has become important for local governments themselves to respond clearly to citizens in a data-driven environment. Applications and models that contribute to the maintenance and management of infrastructure and the future forecasting of the city are required to be easy to use.

In this theme, various types of urban development and infrastructure data will be provided in Susono City (located in Shizuoka Prefecture where Mt. Fuji is located, with a population of about 50,000).

In the background, Susono City announced the concept of "Susono Digital Creative City" (in Japanese version of proposal is below <http://www.city.susono.shizuoka.jp/material/files/group/11/7979799.pdf>). This was created in response to Toyota's announcement of the Connected City project, which will be followed by a demonstration of the "Woven City" in a few years. The flow of people and their lifestyles are expected to change significantly in the next few years and decades. Therefore, it has become important to propose future scenarios and data-driven city planning using existing urban data.

The Task

Participants are required to submit proposal include 1) work (for example URL of application, source code, concept movie etc.) and 2) extended abstracts (2-4 pages), selecting one of the following five themes. The published datasets can be commonly used for tasks. There is a requirement to use at least one of the data provided by the committee, in addition to allowing other data to be used.


  • Public facility management
  • Public transportation
  • Future land use planning
  • Revitalization of industry and tourism
  • Road management

Extended abstracts:
This paper should explain the following:

  • The theme of the proposed research/application, including the purpose, background and justification for the research/application.
  • The general methodology and the resources and conditions expected to complete the study/application. We encourage you to submit a demo or video to illustrate the final output, as well as source code via Github.
  • Importance of the research topic.


Extended abstracts (2-4 pages) to online paper submission of IEEE Big Data Cup page. Please provide the link of your work’s URL include the abstract. We strongly suggest the participants to submit their proposals in PDF format based on the new Standard IEEE Conference Proceedings Template (https://www.ieee.org/conferences/publishing/templates.html).