Special session on Data-driven Smart Cities (DASC 2018) within The 2018 IEEE International Conference on Smart Data (SmartData-2018)

Today, cities play a crucial role as the engines of the economy and centres of connectivity, knowledge, and services1. Based on the estimation from the United Nations, 66% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 20502. Therefore, being the centres of growth and innovation, cities need to take responsibility for environment protection and citizens’ living comfort. In recent years, with the growing interest to Internet of Things (IoT), cities are getting equipped with ICT technologies to improve their efficiency and quality of life of their inhabitants, therefore transforming themselves into Smart Cities3.

There are different perspectives on the development of smart cities. Some focus on integrating ICT into urban environments and on performing complex analytics, modelling, and optimization for cross-sector collaboration and better operational decisions; others on sustainability, wealth and comfort support and people and community needs4. Data is the key ingredient and enabler for the vision and realization of Smart Cities.

There is large scientific interest in the whole concept of smart cities. The significant effort is put to development of actual use cases, providing the platforms or demonstrating the actual usage of the data to provide utility services for citizens, municipalities, and industry. Therefore, there is a strong need to share the expertise to use the data in intelligent and efficient way to produce viable long-living solutions.

This Special session on Data-driven Smart Cities (DASC 2018) aims to gather professionals from municipalities, industry, and academia focusing on different aspects of Smart City. The purpose of the session is to discuss the latest scientific results and practical use cases, identify the opportunities and challenges of novel best methods and practices on data-driven smart cities.

The aims of this Special Session are to:

  • Bring researchers, municipalities, and industry experts together to discuss and share their experiences,
  • Share the current and new research topics and ideas,
  • Raise awareness on challenges and opportunities of smart data within city context,
  • Increase collaboration among cities, research institutes, and industry.

The topics of this SS include, but are not limited to

Data management and infrastructures in the smart city

  • Data acquisition, preprocessing, and storage
  • Data representations
  • IoT solutions and frameworks
  • Crowdsourcing and Mobile computing
  • Data management frameworks and platforms

Data processing and analytics for the smart city

  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Batch and stream data processing
  • Frameworks and platforms for data analysis
  • Context- and situation-awareness
  • Context modelling, reasoning, decision-making
  • Personalization

Applications and use cases

  • Real world applications and experiments
  • Visualization, Augmented and Virtual reality
  • Simulations

Data security and privacy

  • Reliability and trust
  • Ethics

Submission Guidelines:

All papers need to be submitted electronically through the conference submission website (EDAS) in word or PDF format at: https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=24499. The materials presented in the papers should not be published or under submission elsewhere. Each paper is limited to 8 pages (or 10 pages with overlength charge) including figures and references using the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings manuscripts style (two columns, single-spaced, font size 10).

You can access the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Author Guidelines from the following link: http://www.computer.org/web/cs-cps/
Manuscript Templates for Conference Proceedings can be found at: https://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html
Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press (indexed by EI) and IEEE Xplore.

Important Dates:

Paper Submission Deadline : March 20, 2018 (Extended)

Authors Notification : April 25, 2018

Final Manuscript Due: May 15, 2018

Conference: July 30 – August 3, 2018


Dr. Xiang Su, Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland, xiang.su@oulu.fi.

Dr. Ekaterina Gilman, Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland, ekaterina.gilman@oulu.fi

Dr. Theodoros Anagnostopoulos, Department of Infocummunication Technologies, the Information Technologies Mechanics and Optics (ITMO) University, Russia, and Department of Business and Marketing, Athens University of Applied Sciences, thanag@teiath.gr

Professor Christian Prehofer fortiss GmbH, and Institute for Information, TU München, Munich, Germany, prehofer@fortiss.org.

Organizers of the special session represent large national and European efforts in developing smart cities.



[1] European Union (2011) Cities of tomorrow. Challenges, visions, ways forward. Brussels.
http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/docgener/studies/pdf/citiesoftomorrow/citiesoftomorrow_final.pdf (accessed 6.2.2018)

[2] United Nations (2015) World urbanisation prospects. The 2014 revision. New York” Department of Economic and Societal Affairs https://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/Publications/Files/WUP2014-Report.pdf (accessed 6.2.2018)

[3] Ahvenniemi H., Huovila A., Pinto-Seppä I., Airaksinen M. (2017) What are the differences between sustainable and smart cities?, Cities, vol. 60, pp. 234-245.

[4] V. Albino, U. Berardi, R. Dangelico (2015) Smart cities: Definitions, dimensions, performance, and initiatives, Journal of Urban Technology, 22 (1) (2015), pp. 3-21.

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