AW4City 2016 ACM Workshop - Web Applications and Smart Cities (Montreal, Canada, April 11 2016)

AW4city 2nd International Smart City Workshop

Enhancing Urban Sustainability with Web Applications


In conjunction with WWW’16: 25th World Wide Web International Conference

Montreal, Canada, April 11th 2016




Workshop Objective


AW4city Workshop main objective is to promote Smart City research results in the context of web applications development. As part of the WWW 2016 International conference, this workshop is dedicated to open discussions about the most important issues today in terms of smart city methodologies, implementations and practices.


The aim of this workshop is to address web-based application and Apps’ design and development in the smart city and urban context.  More specifically, it focuses on innovative applications smart city component and more specifically on the design and implementation of web-based applications and Apps. This component is crucial, since it addresses all the smart city dimensions:

· Economy, since new types of entrepreneurship and business models appear in data and creative industries, and develop web applications and Apps.

· Mobility, with regard to urban transportation (intelligent transportation), distance working, job offering demonstration etc.

· Environment, since applications enhance resource management, transportation improvement, environmental monitoring etc.

· Living, since applications enhance local life (i.e., e-learning, e-banking, e-commerce etc.).

· People, since they concern applications’ end users and

· Governance, where open data and e-government play crucial role in smart city generation an operation.


This year, the proposed workshop will emphasize on the contribution of web applications and Apps to current sustainability smart city challenges like urban efficiency against climate change, economic viability, adoption etc.


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.


This workshop aims at gathering researchers from the fields of smart cities and web application development to think about the obstacles that hurdle the leveraging of understanding and capturing of smart city trends with regard web application development that interconnect citizens, businesses and government in a smart city.


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):


· Theoretical foundations on Smart City web applications;

· Smart City sustainability and the role of web applications;

· End-to-end applications for Smart Cities;

· Smart buildings, smart energy, smart water, smart waste, smart transportation and web applications;

· Smart health, security, leisure, innovation and governance

· Creative partnerships and creative industries in Smart City: the role of the WWW and of the Internet-of-things;

· Standardizing web applications’ development in Smart Cities;

· The role of e-Government in Smart Cities (i.e., technology push);

· Web applications for smart communities;

· Smart City e-service execution with web applications;

· Ensuring resilience, security and privacy in Smart Cities: the role of web applications;

· Web Infrastructure architecture in smart cities: Datacenters, Content Delivery Networks, and Cloud Computing;

· Internet Economics in smart cities: the role of applications;




We welcome full research papers, research in progress, and discussion papers. Full papers should be up to 6 pages long (max 5000 words), including the abstract and appendices. Discussion papers may be short (up to 4 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.


Submission Guidelines


The accepted papers will be included in the companion volume of WWW2016’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 (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates) with a font size no smaller than 9pt;

- be in .doc/.docx and PDF (make sure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform);

- formatted for US Letter size, but excluding references;

- occupy no more than six 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. Each submission will be reviewed by the workshop co-chairs and at least one external reviewer. More details regarding WWW2015 conference can be found on http://www.www2016.ca  


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 (i.e., Journal of Knowledge Economy (JKEC) and Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (JoI) published by Springer).


Accepted refereed papers, must be presented at the conference by an author who is registered to attend. Please be aware that the WWW 2016 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 (in .doc/docx and .pdf format) to: lanthopo@teilar.gr  with the subject: “AW4city proposal”


Details of the programme will be made available online.


Important Dates


Submissions due: Dec 20th, 2015 (23:59 Hawaii Standard Time)

Notification of Acceptance: Jan 15, 2016.

Workshop authors’ registration and camera-ready papers: Jan 31, 2016

Workshop day: April 11, 2016


For any questions, please contact the Workshop chairs:


Leonidas ANTHOPOULOS, Associate Professor, TEI of Thessaly, Greece, lanthopo@teilar.gr


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


Vishanth WEERAKKODY, Professor, Brunel Business School, Brunel University London Uxbridge, United Kingdom, vishanth.weerakkody@brunel.ac.uk


Program Committee Members (tentative)



· Arthur Riel, The World Bank, Washington, U.S.A.

· Cristina Maria Bueti, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Advisor of ITU-T Study Group 5 “Environment and Climate Change”

· Christopher G. Reddick, The University of Texas at San Antonio, U.S.A.

· Guohui Zhang, The University of New Mexico, U.S.A.

· Jane Hunter, The University of Queensland, Australia

· Markus Rittenbruch, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

· Yi Zhang, UCSC, USA

· Flora Salim, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

· Michael Sachs, Zentrum für E-Governance, Donau-Universitat Krems.

· Stephen Cohen, Microsoft, USA

· Nikolaos Mavridis, NCFSR DEMOKRITOS, Greece

· Alois Paulin, TUWien, Vienna, Austria.

· Panos Fitsilis, TEI of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece.

· Gordon Feller, CISCO, USA.

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