INPUT is managed by an informal group of Italian academic researchers working in many fields related to the exploitation of informatics in planning.

Since the first conference, held in 1999, INPUT has represented an opportunity to reflect on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as key planning support tools.

  • The first conference (Venice, 1999), titled Models and management of processes of spatial transformations, was organized by the IUAV University of Venice in conjunction with the Sixth Conference Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (CUPUM) and focused on the relations between three main topics as follows: new technologies; tools for analysis and forecast; planning and management of processes of spatial change. The conference laid the foundations for the setting up of a network of models designers, users, and clients.
  • The second conference (Isole Tremiti, 2001), titled Democracy and technologies, was organized by the Polytechnic University of Bari and proposed a discussion on three topics as follows: democracy and technologies; worlds and models; knowledge and intelligent agents.
  • The third conference (Pisa, 2003), titled Knowledge modeling and management, was organized by the University of Pisa and explored not only new methodologies and tools for constructing and managing spatial knowledge, but also the issue of their efficient use in planning.
  • The fourth conference (Alghero, 2005), titled Teaching the city, the territory, the environment. Reading, describing, interpreting, managing, designing, was organized by the University of Sassari and discussed planning skills required by emerging changes in planning practices, with a view to the pursuit of equity, sustainability, and rights.
  • The fifth conference (Lecco, 2008), titled New ICTs, design and management of the space. Tools and practices put to the test, was organized by the Polytechnic University of Milan and investigated, in terms of both proliferation and success, planning practices supported by ICTs.
  • The sixth conference (Potenza, 2010) was organized by the University of Basilicata and questioned the role of ICTs in planning and their ability to bring about real changes in planning processes.
  • The seventh conference (Cagliari, 2012) was organized by the University of Cagliari and the University of Sassari and was titled: Planning Support Tools: Policy Analysis, Implementation and Evaluation.
  • The eighth conference (Napoli, 2014) was jointly organized by the Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II and by the Department of Engineering of the University of Sannio and was titled: Smart City: planning for energy, transportation and sustainability of the urban system.

VIDEO presentation of "The International Conference INPUT 2014"

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