[Air-L] Deadline Extension: Workshop on Semantics for Smarter Cities at ISWC 2014

Tope Omitola tope.omitola at googlemail.com
Sat Jul 5 15:31:55 PDT 2014


CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th Workshop on Semantics for Smarter Cities Call For
Papers: http://blog.soton.ac.uk/s4sc/

collocated with the 13th International Semantic Web Conference – Riva del
Garda, Italy, 20 October, 2014.

**Best papers from the Workshop will be considered for publication in the
forthcoming Semantic Web Journal Special Issue on “The Role of Semantics in
Smart Cities”.**

Important Dates (All deadlines are Hawaii time)

               **16.07.2014 – Extension of full paper submission deadline**

               31.07.2014 – notification of acceptance

               25.08.2014 – submission of camera ready version

               20.10.2014 – Workshop date

CityPulse-sponsored 300 EUR Prize will be awarded to the Best Demonstration
paper or experiment.


5th Workshop on Semantics for Smarter Cities Call For Papers

collocated with the 13th International Semantic Web Conference – Riva del
Garda, Italy, 20 October, 2014.

The world’s population is rapidly urbanizing. By 2005, the world’s
population had increased to 6.5 billion, with about 50% living in cities.
By 2025, UN projections show that the world population is expected to
exceed 9 billion with roughly 75% expected to live in cities. This rapid
urbanization is continuing to put tremendous pressure on traditional urban
infrastructures, such as roads, water, and energy, and on societal
institutions. This urbanization challenges require new approaches that will
transform modern cities to comfortable, economically successful, and
environmentally responsible habitats.

We are also seeing a rapid rise in the connection and usage of billions of
low-end and affordable smart devices to the Internet, i.e. the Internet of
Things, and witnessing the expansion of the Web into more areas of our
personal lives. These trends make possible a new generation of smart city
applications and services, with new smart city applications emerging as
more data from different sources (e.g. from utility services, transport
services, environmental data, and from social sensing) become available.
These smart city data are large in volume, multi-modal, vary in quality,
formats, and representation forms. These data need to be processed,
aggregated, and higher-level abstractions need to be created from these
data to make them suitable for the event processing and , knowledge
extraction methods that enable intelligent applications and services for
smart city platforms. Semantic Web technologies and Linked Data together
with data analytics solutions play a key role in providing
inter-operability, association analysis, information and knowledge
extractions, and reasoning about trust, privacy, provenance, and security
in smart city frameworks.

Scope and Objectives

This workshop will explore the interfaces between the Web, the Web of Data,
and the City Smart environment. It will further explore how the Web, and
the intelligences built on top of, and around the Web, can make the notion
of the Smart Connected City possible and realizable.

The workshop aims to gather researchers, city departments, service
providers, application developers, entrepreneurs, and citizens to present
and debate Semantic Web technologies, Linked Data and data analytics and
evaluations for smart city applications as well as impact of user
engagements and social networks. The workshop will also focus on related
standardization activities in W3C, IEEE and ETSI.

It continues on from the successful earlier workshops on the same theme at

AAAI 12 (http://research.ihost.com/semanticcities12/),

IJCAI 13 (http://research.ihost.com/semanticcities13/),

SemCity13 (http://aida.ii.uam.es/wims13/semcity.php), and

AAAI 14 (http://research.ihost.com/semanticcities14/).

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

1.  Semantic platforms to integrate, manage and publish smart city data

Provenance, access control and privacy-preserving issues in open data

Collaborative and evolving semantic models for cities. Challenges and

lessons learned

Semantic data integration and organization in cities: social media feeds,

sensor data, simulation models and Internet of things in city models

Big data and scaling out in semantic cities. Managing big data using

knowledge representation models

Knowledge acquisition, evolution and maintenance of city data

Challenges with managing and integrating real-time and historical city


2.   Process and standards for defining, publishing and sharing open city

Platforms and best practices for city data inter-operability

Foundational and applied ontologies for semantic cities.

3.  Robust inference models for semantic cities

Large-scale stream reasoning

Semantic event detection and classification

Spatio-temporal reasoning, analysis and visualization.

4.  City applications involving semantic models

Intelligent user interfaces and contextual user exploration of semantic

data relating to cities

Use cases, including, but not limited to, transportation (traffic
prediction, personal travel optimization, carpool and fleet scheduling),

safety (suspicious activity detection, disaster management), healthcare

(disease diagnosis and prognosis, pandemic management), water management
(flood prevention, 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)

5.  City as a Smart Utility

Internet of Things

Interaction paradigms in the Smart City

Smart City operating systems

Semantic Complex Event Processing

City services discovery

Service ranking, provenance, and data discovery

Submission Types and Publication

For providing a forum for sharing novel ideas, SSC’14 welcomes a broad
spectrum of contributions, including for example:

Full research papers

Position papers

Case studies

Descriptions of experiments


How to submit

Authors of accepted works are expected to attend the conference to present
their work. The maximum length of:

Short papers, up to 6 pages

Full Research papers, up to 16 pages

Position papers, up to 4 pages

Case Studies papers, up to 16 pages

Demo papers, and descriptions of experiments, including evaluation reports,
(up to 16 pages).

Submissions to the Demo track should describe what will be demonstrated
(this may include screenshots and sample script for the demo). Authors are
encouraged to include a link to where the demo (live or recorded video) can
be found. Authors are advised to make clear in their submission:

What is the research background and application context of the

What are the key technologies used, and how does the demonstrated system,
application or infrastructure relate to pre-existing work?

What will be the key concepts learnt by participants of the demonstration?

***CityPulse-sponsored Best Prize will be awarded to the Best Demonstration
paper or experiment.***

Submissions must be in PDF formatted in the style of the Springer
Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). For
details of the LNCS style, see Springer’s Author Instructions.

Paper submissions to be made electronically through the EasyChair
submission system at: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ssc14

Important Dates (All deadlines are Hawaii time)

               16.07.2014 – full paper submission deadline

               31.07.2014 – notification of acceptance

               25.08.2014 – submission of camera ready version

               20.10.2014 – Workshop date

Organizing Committee

Payam Barnaghi, University of Surrey, UK

Jan Holler, Ericsson, Sweden

Biplav Srivastava, IBM Research, India

John Davies, BT, UK

John Breslin, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Tope Omitola, University of Southampton, UK


Manfred Hauswirth, National University of Ireland, Ireland

Amit Sheth, Wright State University, USA

Mark Fox, University of Toronto, Canada

Ralf Tonjes, University of Applied Science Osnabrück, Germany

Programme Committee

Konstantinos Vandikas, Ericsson, Sweden

Andreas Emrich, DFKI, Germany

Benoit Christophe, Bell Labs – Nozay, France

Cosmin-Septimiu Nechifor, Siemens, Romania

Rosairo Usceda-Sosa, IBM

Mirko Presser, Alexandra Institute, Denmark

Alessandra Mileo, National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland

Herwig Schreiner, Siemens, Austria

Vlasios Tsiatsis, Ericsson, Sweden

Pirabakaran Navaratnam, University of Surrey, UK

Sebastian Rios, University of Chile, Chile

Robert Schloss, IBM T.J. Watson, USA

Stefan Schulte, The University of Vienna, Austria

Alistair Duke, BT, UK

Freddy Lecue, IBM

Monika Solanki, Aston University, UK

Taha Osman, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Pramod Anantharam, Knoesis, Wright State University, USA

Spyros Kotoulas, IBM Research, Smarter Cities Technology Centre, Dublin,

Jose Manuel Gomez Prez, iSOCO, Spain

John Goodwin, Ordnance Survey, UK

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