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Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS)
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CITIES 2019 International Conference: Spatial Planning in the Digital Age to Achieve Sustainable Development




Information system and technology have been an integral part of society in big cities. When used appropriately, information systems and technology can solve problems found in the environment and cities, with the government as the executor and the private sector as the supporting party. For examples, information and technology systems have been the main drivers of economic development in developed countries, substantially increasing the productivity of service sectors, development programs, and other human activities.

Indonesia is one of the developing countries that has felt the progress of the development of the information system and technology. While progressing towards digital-oriented society, Indonesia has not been using information systems and technology to improve the productivity of service sectors or support development programs in urban areas. One of the example is that the spatial planning process, such as planning, development, control, and decision-making, has not fully utilized the progress in information systems and technology. For this reason, the CITIES 2019 International seminar aims to bring up the idea of using information systems and technology (potentially applied or already successfully implemented) in the spatial planning process in Indonesia to achieve sustainable development goals.

The committee of CITIES 2019 has invited two foreign speakers to deliver topics on the applications and ideas related to the use of information systems and technology that have been successfully implemented in their countries. The committee also invited two domestic speakers to elaborate topics on the use of information systems and technology in Indonesia, especially in the field of planning and development.



This CITIES 2019 International Seminar is intended to discuss and disseminate studies and scientific thinking related to the use of information systems and technology for spatial planning and development, especially in urban areas in developing countries, one of which is Indonesia. The results of this seminar are expected to be a prescription for planners and the government as policymakers to improve regional management. They can also be a stimulus for academics to foster creative thoughts to realize a sustainable city that consider various urban potential and problems. Therefore, the objectives of this seminar are:

  1. To accommodate knowledge sharing based on the results of multidisciplinary research and cross-sectoral practices to enrich creative ideas in the use of information systems and technology, especially in the current digital era.
  2. To encourage cross-disciplinary research agendas in urban areas in developing countries, which are multidimensional and multidisciplinary.


CITIES is a seminar regularly held by the Urban and Regional Planning Department, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Surabaya. Initially held in 2005, CITIES carries the themes of Urban and Regional Planning. The following is a summary of the CITIES themes:

2005 : Innovations in Spatial Planning Practices for Development and Decentralization.
2008 : In Search of Integration: Between Planning and Spatial Programming.
2009 : Towards Sustainable, Competitive, and Autonomous Spatial Planning.
2010 : Facing the Future: Innovations in Planning Research and Practices.
2011 : Spatial Planning Research Agenda for Sustainable and Just Urban and Regional Development.
2012 : Facing Global Challenges in The Future Urban Sphere.
2013 : Resilient Cities: Beyond mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
2014 : Eco City, Utopia or Reality?
2015 : Intelligent Planning Toward Smart Cities
2016 ; Coastal Planning For Sustainable Maritime Development
2017 : Multi Perspectives on Peri-Urban Dynamics Towards Sustainable Development
2018 : Spatial Economic Transport Interaction for Sustainable Development


The CITIES 2019 theme is “SPATIAL PLANNING IN THE DIGITAL AGE TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”. The seminar is planned to be held for two days. The first day is the main activity of this CITIES seminar: the International Conference by four keynote speakers followed by panel sessions. All articles will be published in SCOPUS indexed journals. On the second day, the activities are workshops and spatial planning competitions between universities. The sub-themes in the 2019 CITIES International Seminar include:

  1. Spatial Planning Process
  2. Infrastructure and Transport Planning
  3. Urban Logistic
  4. Urban Environment
  5. Housing Development
  6. Urban and Regional Economic
  7. Geographic Information System (GIS)
  8. Spatial and Urban Modeling
  9. Data Acquisition
  • Smart City and E-Governance
  • Planning Tools
  • Data Visualization
  • Decision Support System
  • Negotiation Support System
  • Data Integration and Management
  • Sustainable Development 
  • Social and Environment Justice Issues (Social Equity, Social Impact of Development)
  • Inclusive Space and Planning
  • Housing and Urban Heritage
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Urban Environment Management
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management
  • Local Economic Development

In addition to International Seminars, CITIES 2019 organizes workshops. The workshops are intended to provide opportunities for CITIES 2019 participants to improve their competencies. The workshops will be held on the second day of CITIES 2019 activities. The themes of the Workshop / Training offered are as follows:


1.      Open Street Maps

Technological development requires practitioners (planners) to be able to master the use of open source mapping applications based on Geographic Information Systems and webGIS. OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a web-based project for making the world map free and open, built entirely by volunteers by conducting surveys using GPS, digitizing satellite imagery, and gathering and freeing geographic data available in public


2.      Petabencana.id

PetaBencana.id utilizes the power of social media to collect, sort, and display flood information in real-time. PetaBencana.id is a project initiated by the Humanitarian Infrastructures Group at MIT which aims to develop CogniCity Open Source Software (CogniCity OSS) as a free and open platform for disaster management in major cities in South and Southeast Asia. This platform uses the “human as the best sensor” paradigm, where confirmed reports are collected directly from users in the field, with methods that allow fast data processing at minimum costs. This framework produces real-time and accurate data, which is immediately available to authorized users and emergency officers.


3.      ESRI Indonesia

ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute) is a supplier company for international Geographic Information System software, web-based GIS, and geodatabase management. The Esri Center is in the cities of Redlands, California. The name ArcGIS is used to name software products, which operate on desktops, servers and mobile devices. ArcGIS also includes internet-based product and service developers. In a general sense, the term GIS describes all information that integrates, stores, changes, analyzes, shares, and displays geographic information to inform decision making. Some ArcGIS products include ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Mobile, ArcGIS Developer, and ArcGIS Online.


4.      LanduseSim

LanduseSim is software that can predict regional development and land use changes through GIS-based spatial simulation and Cellular Automata. At present, the need for understanding the dynamics of land use is high due to the increase in human activity in a region. The dynamics can take the forms of population, economy, disaster, land use change, or government policy dynamics. Inappropriate interpretations cause adverse impacts in the future, thus requiring accurate and rapid observations and predictions. Through this training, participants are expected to understand spatial changes and potential factors that influence these changes.




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