Alenka Poplin is an Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University. Her research interests include serious online games and games for change, online geogames for civic engagement, big data for smart cities, happy cities, emotions related to places, mapping emotions in a geographic information system (GIS). She is actively involved in the project Big Data for Sustainable City Decision-Making. Her recent publications include articles in the Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (CEUS), Journal of Cartography and Geographic Information, Journal of Urban Technology, The Cartographic Journal and others. She edited five books, the last one titled The Virtual and The Real in Planning and Urban Design: Perspectives, Practices and Applications, was published in 2018 by Routledge.