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SSC 2014 : CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th Workshop on Semantics for Smarter Cities Call For Papers


When Oct 20, 2014 - Oct 20, 2014
Where Italy
Submission Deadline Jul 7, 2014

Call For Papers


CALL FOR PAPERS: 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.

Important Dates (All deadlines are Hawaii time)

07.07.2014 – full paper submission deadline

31.07.2014 – notification of acceptance

25.08.2014 – submission of camera ready version

20.10.2014 – Workshop date

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 (,
IJCAI 13 (,
SemCity13 (, and
AAAI 14 (

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 data

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), public
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 demonstration?
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:

Important Dates (All deadlines are Hawaii time)

07.07.2014 – full paper submission deadline

31.07.2014 – notification of acceptance

25.08.2014 – submission of camera ready version

20.10.2014 – Workshop date

Organizing Committe

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, Ireland
Jose Manuel Gomez Prez, iSOCO, Spain
John Goodwin, Ordnance Survey, UK

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