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CfP - 6th WebAndTheCity ACM International Workshop – Web Intelligence and Smart Cities

From: Leonidas Anthopoulos <lanthopo@teilar.gr>
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2019 16:22:29 +0200
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CALL FOR PAPERS 

6th WebAndTheCity - Web Intelligence and Smart Cities 

In conjunction with The Web Conference (WWW'20): 30th World Wide Web
International Conference, Taipei, April 21, 2020 

http://webandthecity.home.blog/ 

Important Dates
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Submissions due: Jan 20, 2020 (23:59 Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time zone)
Notification of Acceptance: Jan. 31, 2020
Camera-ready version due: Feb. 17, 2020
Workshop authors' registration and camera-ready papers: Feb. 17, 2020
Workshop day: April 21, 2020 

Workshop Objective
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This is the 6th edition of the workshop series with the label "Web
Applications and Smart Cities" (previous name: AW4City), which started
back in Florence in 2015 and kept on taking place every year in
conjunction with the WWW conference series. Last year the workshop was
in San Francisco during The Web Conference 2019. The workshop series aim
to investigate the role of the Web and of Web applications in smart city
growth. 

This year, the workshop changes its label to "WebAndTheCity" and expands
its scope beyond typical web applications and Apps, with the inclusion
of Web Intelligence that enables self-evolving smart services in SC:
services that vary from typical government transactions and petitions,
to mobility applications (e.g., parking and route location) and to smart
living apps (e.g., transact with buildings) can utilize machine learning
and data in order to self-evolve, adapt to citizen needs and even
transform to custom and more efficient and effective. 

WebAndTheCity aims at gathering researchers from the fields of SC that
are related to this year's conference topics, to think about the
obstacles that hurdle the leveraging of understanding and capturing of
SC trends with regard to the WWW role (web-based, Apps, platforms and
web intelligence). 

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

WebAndTheCity is timely since the SC emerges rapidly with the
contribution of all the scientific fields, while ISO37120 and ISO37122
attempt to certify and measure the performance of SC services. Last but
not least, customer satisfaction from SC services is being measured
real-time with corresponding data collection. All these issues are being
supported by data, the Web, Apps and recently with AI and it is
important to focus on future achievements. 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. Articles can deliver a clearer view of smart city
reality, while innovative applications can strengthen the existence of
opportunities for new entrants in the SC market. 

We target researchers from both industry and academia to join forces in
this exciting area. We intend to discuss the recent and significant
developments in the general areas of smart cities and web applications
and to promote cross-fertilization of techniques. In particular, we aim
at identifying trends and respective applications in smart cities; the
potential impact of smart city in web applications; techniques from
end-to-end solutions' or apps' development that will enable researchers
to understand the dynamic phenomena in smart cities, as well as specify
important directions for the research communities. Standards for web
applications' development in smart cities is interesting for several
areas such as sustainability, crisis management, marketing, security,
and interoperability. To address the above mentioned aspects, we solicit
the following topics (but not limited to): 

* Enhancing citizen and visitor experience with Web Applications and
Services, especially controlled by AI;
* Apps and services that support mobility, sharing, crowd-sourcing etc.;
* Smart City platforms (e.g. parking; traffic management; environment
etc.);
* Smart and Self evolving services (e.g. self-responsive government
services);
* Practices of Web applications, Apps and AI in smart cities;
* Theoretical foundations on Smart City applications and standards;
* Creative partnerships, creative industries and industry 4.0 in Smart
City with a focus on application development and AI (Internet Economics
and Monetization);
* Pervasive Web for Smart City emerging topics (i.e., user behavior
analytics, energy, water, waste, transportation etc.)
* The role of city stakeholders for smart city applications development
and standardization (i.e., promotion push, start-ups, open data);
* Web Infrastructure and AI service standardization;
* The role of standards on smart city data mining; 
* Smart city information quality and evolution in social content;
* Ensuring security and privacy in Smart Cities: the role of web
applications and Apps. 

Submission
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We welcome full research papers, research in progress, and discussion
papers. Full papers should be up to 10 pages long, including the
abstract and appendices. 

Discussion papers may be short (up to 6 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 WWW 2019
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=webAndTheCity2020) or via
e-mail (in .doc/docx and .pdf format) to: lanthopo@uth.gr  with the
subject: WebAndTheCity 2020 proposal"
Details of the programme will be made available online. 
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
WWW2020's 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 ACM SIG Proceedings template
(www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template) with a font size no
smaller than 9pt; 
- 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 10 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 and they will
follow a blind peer-review process by the workshop co-chairs and at
least one external reviewer. More details regarding WWW2020 conference
can be found on https://www2020.thewebconf.org/ 

Extended version of accepted articles are possible to be selected and
included in a special issue with relevant theme of International Journal
of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA), International
Journal of Electronic Government Research (IJEGR) 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 WWW 2020
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=webAndTheCity2020) or via
e-mail (in .doc/docx and .pdf format) to: lanthopo@uth.gr with the
subject: WebAndTheCity 2020 proposal" 

Details of the programme will be made available online. 

For any questions, please contact the Workshop chairs:
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Leonidas ANTHOPOULOS, Professor, University of Thessaly, Greece,
lanthopo@uth.gr 

Marijn JANSSEN, Professor, Delft University of Technology, The
Netherlands, M.F.W.H.A.Janssen@tudelft.nl 

Vishanth WEERAKKODY, Professor, University of Bradford, United Kingdom,
v.weerakkody@bradford.ac.uk 

Program Committee Members (tentative)
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* 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
* 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)
* Soon Ae CHUN, City University New York (CUNY)
* Amel ATTOUR, Universite Cote d'Azur, CNRS, GREDEG, Nice
* Ramy Ahmed FATHY, Senior IEEE
* Dirk AHLERS, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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