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5th Workshop on Semantics for Smarter Cities Call For Papers

CityPulseLogocollocated with the 13th International Semantic Web Conference – Riva del Garda, Italy, 19 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.

The final version of the workshops and tutorials program is online.

Proceedings of Workshop are online.

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

Topics of Interest

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
  • Evaluations

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)

Best papers will be considered for publication in the Semantic Web Journal special issue on The Role of Semantics in Smart Cities

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 300 EUR 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    16.07.2014 – full paper submission deadline

                      31.07.2014 – notification of acceptance

25.08.2014    07.09.2014 – submission of camera ready version

                      19.10.2014 – 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 OsnabrĂĽck, 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