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CALL FOR PAPERS

7th WebAndTheCity – Web Intelligence and Resilience in Smart Cities

In conjunction with The Web Conference (WWW’21): 31st World Wide Web International Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, April 19-23, 2021

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Important Dates
Extended Submissions due: Jan 27, 2021 (23:59 Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time zone)
Notification of Acceptance: Feb. 07, 2021
Camera-ready version due: March 01, 2021
Workshop authors’ registration and camera-ready papers: March 01, 2021
Workshop day: April 19, 2021

Workshop Objective
This is the 7th 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 Taipei during The Web Conference 2020. The workshop series aim to investigate the role of the Web and of Web applications in smart city growth.

This year, the workshop focuses on smart city (SC) resilience, with the inclusion of Web Intelligence that enables self-sensing and early alerts, and self-adaptation of smart services in SC: SC seem to have failed so far in recognizing Covid-19 and other risks and questions rise regarding how can SC self-detect and analyze risks from the environment? How it can generate alerts and communications with the appropriate smart components and city stakeholders against these risks?

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 community awareness and citizen surveillance with Web Applications, mobile Apps and Services, especially controlled by AI (i.e., cases coming from Covid-19 crisis);
• Apps and services that support community adaptation, mobility, sharing, crowd-sourcing etc. (especially during a crisis);
• Smart City platforms (e.g. parking; traffic management; environment etc.);
• Smart and Self evolving services (e.g. self-threat analysisl self-responsive government services etc.);
• 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
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=webAndTheCity2021) or via e-mail (in .doc/docx and .pdf format) to: lanthopo@uth.gr with the subject: “WebAndTheCity 2021 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 WWW2021 conference can be found on https://www2021.thewebconf.org/

Extended version of accepted articles are possible to be selected and included in a special issue with relevant theme of MDPI Sustainability (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/WebIntelligence_SmartMobility), International Journal of Electronic Government Research (IJEGR), International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA) 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 2021 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=webandthecity2021) or via e-mail (in .doc/docx and .pdf format) to: lanthopo@uth.gr with the subject: WebAndTheCity 2021 proposal”

Details of the programme will be made available online.

For any questions, please contact the Workshop chairs:
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)
Toru Ishida, Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University, Japan
Sofia Toufic Shwayri, 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
Flora Salim, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Stephen Cohen, Microsoft, USA
Soon Ae Chun, City University New York (CUNY)
Amel Attour, Universite Cote d’Azur, CNRS, GREDEG, Nice