Call For Papers: The Second International Workshop on Smart Cities: People, Technology and Data

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  • August 18th 2016 (PST): Abstract Submission Deadline
  • August 25th 2016 (PST): Full paper submission
  • September 15th, 2016 (PST): Acceptance Notification
  • October 14th, 2016 (PST): Camera-ready Due
  • December 13th, 2016 : Workshop Day

The 2nd International Workshop on Smart Cities: People, Technology and Data will be held in conjunction with the 2016 ACM International Conference on Middleware (Middleware2016) in Trento, Italy on December 12th to 16th. Accepted workshop papers will be included in the adjunct proceedings of the ACM Middleware conference and will be accessible via the ACM digital library.

We had a great workshop last year in Osaka Japan, with a really lively panel session – for a report on that see IWSC15 Panel Session. You can also check-out the Urban Opus paper we submitted last year which discusses our experiences running a number of Smart City projects: Smart Cities: Engaging users and developers to foster innovation ecosystems

Objectives of the Workshop

The objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners both from academia and industries with the goal to discuss, identify and share experiences surrounding construction of smart city systems, city context analysis, its applications and deployment experiences. Cities are experiencing significant challenges such as efficient energy management, economic growth and development, security and quality of life of their citizens. The workshop focuses on the complex interplay between technologies, data and citizens, exploring how citizens can be engaged to co-design Smart City services and how technology can be harnessed to meet their needs. By soliciting experiences papers from leading Smart City testbeds, and then encouraging detailed discussion by practitioners, we aim to develop guidelines and lessons that will grow the Smart City Community.

Topics of the Workshop

The workshop is intended to be a forum to share the experiences about smart city technologies and its applications. The main topics of the workshop can be categorized as:

  • Smart City Systems and Middleware: Smart Cities offer unique problems for system researchers. A combination of highly distributed, loosely coupled and deeply heterogeneous infrastructure often operating as vertically integrated silos requires a system of systems approach. When coupled with a focus on participatory and user-in-the-loop citizen engagement, researchers are forced to re-examine key aspects of the system design and bridge more traditional approaches with exploration of middleware issues such as edge (Fog) computing, code migration, cloud-fog integration along with APIs and technologies for sharing and managing large collections of highly heterogeneous compute device. The workshop will explore technologies and deployment experiences aiming to offer lessons and best practices for future research.
  • Smart City Data Collection and Analysis: New types of data collection and analysis technologies/methodologies are required to create people/citizen-centric services. Specifically, not only existing participatory sensing and opportunistic sensing, but also other types of new sensing approaches will be discussed in this workshop. Such data can be characterized as spatio-temporal data with uncertain and incomplete observations. Then the challenge is to develop data analysis technologies including interpolation (predicting in space) and extrapolation (predicting in time), anomaly detection, effective data fusion and causal analysis across heterogeneous data collections.
  • Smart City Application and Field Experiences: Smart city applications need to be validated in real-world environments involving citizens in the entire application development chain: from the identification of use cases, technical requirements and citizens insights to the evaluation and validation of those applications by the citizens themselves. The workshop invites papers sharing results of smart city applications and experimentations performed in lab and at city scale, in particular with real user involvement. Not only technical validation, but also assessment results of non-technical aspects such as usage, social acceptance, privacy or ethics related issues are particularly encouraged. We also encourage work whose approach understands that cities are places where people live, enjoy and work and ICT is there to increase the quality of their life.

Some of the keywords that describe our focus include:

  • Communication Protocols
  • Mobility Management
  • Internet of Things in Cities
  • Middleware Technologies
  • Security and Privacy
  • Cloud and Fog computing
  • Testbeds, deployments and experiments
  • Open Data and data brokerage
  • Measurement
  • Participatory Sensing
  • Data Fusion and Analysis
  • Tools and Algorithms
  • City Context Recognition and Visualization
  • City Applications
  • Programming models and tools for Smart City applications
  • Citizen Health and Lifestyle Enhancement
  • Safety and Disaster Management


The papers in all the categories should describe original results that have not been accepted or submitted for publication elsewhere. All submissions will be evaluated by at least three members of the international technical program committee. Submissions should be made electronically in PDF format via the electronic submission system at EasyChair. Accepted workshop papers are included in the adjunct proceedings of the Ubicomp Conference and will be accessible via the ACM digital library. The paper should be prepared as a document of no more than 6 pages in ACM format

EasyChair Paper Submission Site is Here:

Important Dates

  • August 18th 2016 (PST): Abstract Submission Deadline
  • August 25th 2016 (PST): Full paper submission
  • September 15th, 2016 (PST): Acceptance Notification
  • October 14th, 2016 (PST): Camera-ready Due
  • December 13th, 2016 : Workshop Day


Rodger Lea, University of Lancaster, UK

Takuro Yonezawa, Keio University, Japan


smartcities16-chairs (atmark)