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The 3rd International EIDOLON Symposium on Cartographic Innovation will be held at the Université Laval, Québec, Canada, on July 3rd and 4th, 2014. The Symposium provides an interdisciplinary forum for leading scientists and young researchers to present their latest research developments and share their ideas in the field of Open Mapping and Urban Intelligence. This symposium will be organized around three aspects: a conference composed of three sessions, each based on one keynote and a series of short presentations (Lightning talks) ; a « Mapping Hacking Challenge » ; and the second edition of the “Geomatics and Smart Cities” Summer School.

Mapping Urban Intelligence

Modern cities are facing major challenges. It is estimated that 60% of the world population will live in cities by 2040; cities use 80% of the total energy consumed; by 2025, the number of cities with more than 10 million people should move from 21 to 29; more than 500 cities now exceed one million inhabitants (83 in 1950). The concept of urban intelligence or «smart cities» is positioned as the preferred solution to address these challenges. This concept is based on a quite simple assumption; Technology infrastructures (networks, sensors, actuators) are essential components of urban infrastructures of the XXIst century. The concept of «smart city» deeply renews, not only the approach for the design and management of urban infrastructures (using our modern infrastructures), but also the governance modalities (political, social, economic, environmental).

The intelligence of a City can’t only be reduced to the level of connectivity of urban spaces. Urban intelligence is primarily dependent on the ability to understand any event or phenomenon, which means to identify (where, when, who, what …), analyze, give «contextual» meaning and react significantly (in a time compatible with the event – in real time if necessary).

The international symposium « Mapping Urban Intelligence» specifically aims at exploring on the one hand, the role of cartography as a source of intelligence and, on the other hand, the cartographic innovations that are needed to understand the whole complexity of intelligent urbanities. These questions will be explored following three complementary angles during the two days program: the times of urban spaces, from daily to historical considerations; new urban spaces: flows, rhizomes, and fuzzy and moving boundaries; and, the spatial capital.


Eidolon is an open research network, created in 2008 in Bergamo. It includes four research centers : the Chôros Laboratory (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Suisse), the Centre for Research in Geomatics (Université Laval– Canada), the Diathesis Laboratory (University of Bergamo, Italie) and the University of Erfurt (Germany), with the Perthes collection and the GlobMap Laboratory. The objective of Eidolon is to contribute to the innovation in cartography either directly or by stimulating research. More specifically, Eidolon aims at establishing links between cartographic languages, main questionings in social sciences and major societal issues. Since 2009, Eidolon organises a biennal event in cartography. The first one, Le sfide cartografiche, was held in Bergamo and devoted to movement, participation and risk issues. The second one, Moving Maps, took place in Lausanne in 2011 and was dedicated to “Mapping Ethics; New trends in Cartography and Social Responsibility”

This third edition will be held in Québec (Université Laval), July 3rd and 4th, 2014, under the Mapping Urban Intelligence theme.