Re: Call for Papers - Semantic Cities at AAAI 2012

Dear Azamat Abdoullaev,

  Agreed that could be captured by smart/Intelligent cities but the focus
of the workshop is "semantic" integration of large scale and open data,
hence semantic cities. Actually we could consider semantic cities as smart
cities, it is a matter of abstraction.

Best regards,

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   >                    Freddy Lecue/Ireland/IBM@IBMIE,     
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                                       Re: Call for Papers - Semantic      
                                       Cities at AAAI 2012                 

"Cities around the world aspire to provide superior quality of life to
citizens. An increasing number have realized that opening access to their
data, and building semantic models to abstract as well as interconnect
them; can unleash economic growth while addressing sustainability issues.
We call cities that enable such capabilities as, "semantic cities"."

There is a wise rule: "Don't multiply entities beyond necessity". Such
cities fall into smart/intelligent cities, a multibillion sunrise industry:

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Subject: Call for Papers - Semantic Cities at AAAI 2012

> Apologies for cross-postings.
> Call for Papers:
> The AAAI 2012 Workshop on Semantic Cities
> Toronto, Ontario, Canada;  July 22-26, 2012

> Description:
> Cities around the world aspire to provide superior quality of life to
> their
> citizens. An increasing number have realized that opening access to their
> data, and building semantic models to abstract as well as interconnect
> them; can unleash economic growth while addressing sustainability issues.
> We call cities that enable such capabilities as, "semantic cities".
> In a Semantic City, available resources are harnessed safely, sustainably
> and efficiently to achieve positive, measurable economic and societal
> outcomes. Enabling City information as a utility, through a robust
> (expressive, dynamic, scalable) and (critically) a sustainable technology
> and socially synergistic ecosystem could drive significant benefits and
> opportunities. Data (and then information and knowledge) from people,
> systems and things is the single most scalable resource available to City
> stakeholders to reach the objective of semantic cities.
> Two major trends are supporting semantic cities: open data and semantic
> web. Open data is the idea that certain data should be freely available
> everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from
> copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. A number of cities and
> government have made their data publicly available, prominent being
> (UK), Chicago (USA), Washington DC (USA), Dublin (Ireland). Semantic web
> as
> the technology to inter-connect heterogeneous data has matured and it is
> being increasing used in the form of Linked Open Data and formal
> ontologies. Thus, a play-field for more AI research-driven technologies
> for
> cities has emerged.
> In this context, the aims of the workshop are to:
> 1. Draw the attention of the AI community to the research challenges and
> opportunities in semantic cities.
> 2. Draw the attention on the multi-disciplinary dimension and its impact
> on
> semantic cities e.g., transportation, energy, water management
> 3. Identify unique issues of this domain and what new techniques may be
> needed. As example, since governments and citizens are involved, data
> security and privacy are first-class concerns.
> 4. Promoting more cities to become semantic cities
> 5. Elaborating a (semantic data) benchmark for testing AI techniques on
> semantic cities
> 6. Provide a platform for sharing best-practices and discussion
> We encourage submissions that show the relevance or application of AI
> technologies for computational sustainability domains. Apart from focus
> foundational technologies for semantic cities (information management,
> knowledge management, ontology, inference model, data integration), we
> want
> to promote illustrative use-cases using the semantic cities foundation.
> Examples are transportation (traffic prediction, personal travel
> optimization, carpool and fleet scheduling), public safety (suspicious
> activity detection, disaster management), healthcare (disease diagnosis
> and
> prognosis, pandemic management), water management (flood prevision,
> quality
> monitoring, fault diagnosis), food (food traceability, carbon-footprint
> tracking), energy (smart grid, carbon footprint tracking, electricity
> consumption forecasting) and buildings (energy conservation, fault
> detections). We also encourage submissions that address unique
> characteristics of standard AI enabling sustainability problems, like
> optimization, reasoning, planning and learning. Outside AI, we encourage
> submission from communities engaged in open data and corresponding
> standardization efforts, to make their work available at this AI forum.
> Topics of interest include, but not restricted to, are:
> 1. Process to open city (government) data
> 2. Platforms to manage government data
> 3. Provenance, access control and privacy-preserving issues in open data
> 4. Data cities interoperability
> 5. Semantic models, especially those built collaboratively and evolving
> 6. Data integration and organization in semantic cities (social media
> feeds, sensor data)
> 7. Internet of Things in semantic cities
> 8. Robust inference models for semantic cities
> 9. Semantic Event detection and classification
> 10. Applications in semantic cities
> 11. Spatio-temporal analysis and visualization
> 12. User interaction in exploring semantic data of cities
> 13. Knowledge representation and reasoning challenges
> 14. Knowledge acquisition, evolution and maintenance
> 15. Challenges with managing and integrating real-time and historical
> 16. Managing "big data"
> 17. Integrated systems
> 18. Applied AI models for semantic cities
> 19. Issues in scaling out AI techniques for semantic cities
> 20. Case Studies, successes, lessons learnt
> 21. Public datasets and competitions
> Workshop Plan:
> Workshop Format: The workshop will consist of papers and poster
> presentations, a panel, an invited talk, and discussion sessions, in a
> full day schedule. The invited talk will invite a leading expert in the
> field to present their research and vision of future work. The panel will
> focus on connecting the AI researchers to the various challenges that the
> targeted domain brings.
> Submission Guidelines: All papers submissions must be in AAAI format
> ( They can be
> one
> of two types. The first is regular research papers which can be up to 6
> pages long and are expected to present a significant contribution. The
> second is short submission of up to 4 pages which describes a position on
> the topic of the workshop or a demonstration/ tool. All submissions will
> be
> handled electronically via Easychair:

> Important Dates:
> • March 30, 2012: Paper Submission Deadline
> • April 20, 2012: Notification Decision
> • May 8, 2012: Camera Ready Due
> • June 1, 2012: Early registration date
> • July 22-23, 2012: Workshop date
> The Organizers/ Co-Chairs:
> Biplav Srivastava
> IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, USA
> Email: sbiplav at
> Freddy Lecue
> IBM Research Smarter Cities Technology Centre, Dublin, Ireland
> Email : freddy lecue at
> Anupam Joshi
> University of Maryland, College Park, USA
> Email: joshi at
> Program Committee:
> To be announced.

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