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Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Harnessing Data for Smarter Cities: Emerging Technologies and Applications

Submit before 31 August, 2024

Today, cities play a crucial role as the engines of the economy and centres of connectivity, knowledge, and services 1. According to United Nations projections, 66% of the global population will reside in urban areas by 2050 2. Therefore, given their roles as centres of growth and innovation, cities need to take responsibility for environment protection and citizens’ living comfort. In recent years, with increased interest in the Internet of Things (IoT), cities are integrating ICT technologies to enhance their operational efficiency and the quality of life for their inhabitants, thus transforming themselves into Smart cities 3.

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 needs of people and community. However, for all these cases, data is the key ingredient and enabler for the vision and realization of smart cities 4. 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 issue aims to discuss the latest scientific results and practical use cases, identify the opportunities and challenges of novel best methods and practices for data aspects of smart cities

Potential topics of interests include but not limited to:

Data management and infrastructures in the smart cities

-          Data acquisition, pre-processing, and storage in the smart cities
-          Data representation
-          IoT solutions and developments in smart cities
-          Crowdsourcing and Mobile computing
-          Data management frameworks and platforms
-          Data security and privacy perspectives

Data processing and analytics for the smart cities

-          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 in the smart cities
-          Fairness

Applications and use cases

-          Real world applications, use cases, and experiments in the smart cities
-          Smart City Data Visualization, Augmented and Virtual reality
-          Simulations

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ekaterina Gilman
Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland

Dr. Xiang Su
Department of Computer Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Dr. Ing. Francesca Bugiotti
CentraleSupélec, Paris, France


Manuscript submission: 31 August 2024
First notification to authors: 30 September 2024
Camera-ready submission: 1 December 2024
Manuscript publication: December 2024

About the Journal

The Journal of Smart Cities and Society focuses on the already existing and well-known concept of smart cities which amalgamate smart infrastructures with human’s needs through services at a community level. “Smart Cities” is an emerging concept which has been gaining momentum as the technology available becomes more sophisticated and provides continuous stimuli to solve some of the growing concerns due to demographical growth.

Instructions for Authors

Contributions must be at least 12 pages in length. Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Conference and workshop papers may be submitted if the paper has been rewritten and expanded to at least 30% (proofs to be included in the cover letter), and, if appropriate, written permissions must have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper. Authors are requested to submit their paper through the journal's online submission system under Section: Harnessing Data for Smarter Cities: Emerging Technologies and Applications.


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  2. United Nations (2015) World urbanisation prospects. The 2014 revision. New York” Department of Economic and Societal Affairs (accessed 15.5.2024)
  3. Ahvenniemi H., Huovila A., Pinto-Seppä I., Airaksinen M. (2017) What are the differences between sustainable and smart cities?, Cities,
  4. Gilman E., Bugiotti F., Khalid A., Mehmood H., Kostakos P., Tuovinen L., Ylipulli J., Su X., Ferreira D., (2024) Addressing Data Challenges to Drive the Transformation of Smart Cities, in ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technologies,