Call for Papers

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Important Dates

July 19th 10th, 2019: Workshop Papers submission
Aug 15th 10th, 2019: Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
Sept 8th August 25th, 2019: Final, Camera Ready Papers, Due
Oct 14th, 2019: Workshop date

Workshop Objective

Web4City workshop aims to keep on attracting a significant international attention with regard to web intelligence for smart cities.

In the era of cities and under the UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable growth, cities are making an important shift towards compact design and rapid adaptive response against changing requirements, citizen behavior or crises. Typical issues like parking, traffic congestion and safety, sharing transportation and smart parking are among the topics where intelligence affects smart services, while data collection and analysis enable fast –or even real-time- decision-making.

The aim of this workshop is to address the below smart city dimensions under the lens of the evolving intelligence in the urban space:
• Economy, since new types of business and innovative business models appear in data, App, sharing, creative and circular economies, which are evolving with AI and under the Industry 4.0 growth.
• Mobility, with regard to urban transportation (smart transportation), which lead to autonomous vehicles and platform-based services.
• Environment, since AI can enhance resource management, transportation improvement with routes’ optimization, environmental monitoring etc.
• Living, since applications enhance local life (i.e., e-learning, e-banking, e-commerce, e-tourism etc.).
• People, since they interact with the machines and they have to evolve corresponding skills.
• Governance, where big and open data and smart government lead to real-time government.

Theoretical concepts, empirical evidence and selected case studies from leading scholars and practitioners in the field showing the “big picture” of smart cities and web intelligence will be examined in this workshop.

This workshop aims at gathering researchers from the fields of smart cities that are related to WI2019 topics, to think about the obstacles that hurdle the leveraging of understanding and capturing of smart city trends with regard the intelligence. We target researchers from industry, academia and government to join forces in this exciting area.

This workshop is timely since several relative events can be observed (e.g., Dg.o 2019 Track for Smart Cities and AI), while international standards work on defining and homogenizing IoT, big data and machine learning etc. Additionally, an increasing criticism is that smart city represents an ambiguous urban utopia, which is supported by the partnership of local governments with big technological vendors. Collected articles can deliver a clearer view of smart city reality.

Some indicative but limited topics that the submitted articles can address concern the following:
• Enhancing citizen experience with Web Intelligence;
• Intelligence that enhance mobility-services, sharing, crowd-sourcing etc.;
• AI for Smart City management systems (e.g. parking; traffic etc.);
• AI Practices in smart cities;
• Theoretical foundations on Smart City AI and standards;
• New types of AI businesses in Smart City;
• AI standardization in smart cities;
• Smart city autonomous infrastructure and services;
• Smart city information quality and evolution in social content and role of intelligence;
• Ensuring security and privacy in Smart Cities: the role of web intelligence.

Submission

We welcome full research papers, research in progress, and discussion papers. Full papers should be up to 8 pages long, including the abstract and appendices.

Discussion papers may be short (up to 4 pages), but should clearly and distinctly address one or more issues pertinent to Smart City research including research methods and quality as well as focus of studies. Papers should be designed to support in-depth discussions of one of these issues during the workshop. Although it is a half-day event, the workshop papers will be clustered and each session will discuss a small set of papers focusing on similar or related issues.

Accepted refereed papers, must be presented at the conference by an author who is registered to attend. Please be aware that the WI’ 19 organizers will require at least one registration per paper published in either the main Proceedings or in the Companion volume. At the time of submission of the final camera-ready copy, authors will have to indicate the already registered person for that publication. We strongly encourage at least one author of every paper to register by the early-bird deadline so that session chairs can make plans for its presentation.

Please submit your papers via the Easychair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=web4city).
Although it is a half-day event, the workshop papers will be clustered and each session will discuss a small set of papers focusing on similar or related issues.

Submission Guidelines

The accepted papers will be included in the companion volume of WI’19 proceeding, which will be published by ACM and included in the ACM Digital Library.

All submitted papers must be:

  • written in English;
  • contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses;
  • be formatted according to the WI’19 author guidelines (https://wi-lab.com/cyberchair/2019/wi19/scripts/submit.php?subarea=Wr);
  • be in PDF (make sure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform), and formatted for US Letter size. Files in Postscript (ps) or any other format will not be accepted. Authors should submit a .doc/.docx too to the workshop’s chairs.
  • occupy no more than 8 pages, including the abstract, references, and appendices

It is the authors responsibility to ensure that their submissions adhere strictly to the required format.

Submissions that do not comply with the above guidelines may be rejected without review.

All submissions must be entered into the reviewing system. Each submission will be peer-reviewed by the workshop co-chairs and at least one external reviewer.

Extended version of accepted articles are possible to be selected and included in a special issue with relevant theme of IEC, MDPI Sustainability or some other relative journals.

Accepted refereed papers, must be presented at the conference by an author who is registered to attend. Please be aware that the WI’19 organizers will require at least one registration per paper published in either the main Proceedings or in the Companion volume. At the time of submission of the final camera-ready copy, authors will have to indicate the already registered person for that publication. We strongly encourage at least one author of every paper to register by the early-bird deadline so that session chairs can make plans for its presentation.

Please submit your papers via Easychair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=web4city)

Details of the programme will be made available online.

For any questions, please contact the Workshop chairs:

Leonidas ANTHOPOULOS, Professor, University of Thessaly, Greece, lanthopo@uth.gr
Soon Ae CHUN, Professor, City University New York (CUNY), soonaechun@gmail.com

Program Committee Members (tentative)

• Toru ISHIDA, Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University, Japan
• Sofia Toufic SHAWYRI, University of California at Berkeley
• Nicolas DOUAY, MCF Paris 7 / UMR Geographie-Cites / LabEx DynamiTe
• Beth COLEMAN, University of Waterloo, Director of City as Platform
• Arthur RIEL, The World Bank, Washington, U.S.A.
• Cristina Maria BUETI, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
• Christopher G. REDDICK, The University of Texas at San Antonio, U.S.A.
• Markus RITTENBRUCH, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
• Mag. Michael SACHS, Zentrum fur E-Governance, Donau-Universitat Krems
• Stephen COHEN, Microsoft, USA
• Alois PAULIN, Siemens, Vienna, Austria
• Sakano NARUTOSHI, Fujitsu, Japan
• Julia SEIXAS, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
• Vinay KANDPAL, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), India
• Gordon FELLER, Meeting of the Minds (meetingoftheminds.org)
• Amel ATTOUR, Universite Cote d’Azur, CNRS, GREDEG, Nice
• Ramy Ahmed FATHY, Senior IEEE
• Dirk AHLERS, Norwegian University of Science and Technology