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WASDAI@IEEE ISC 2021 : Workshop on Advancing Sustainable Development with Artificial Intelligence


When Sep 7, 2021 - Sep 10, 2021
Where Virtual
Submission Deadline Jul 12, 2021
Notification Due Jul 22, 2021
Final Version Due Jul 31, 2021

Call For Papers

Scope and aim
Sustainable Development (SD) has become a worldwide concern in the last decades as scientists, the industry, governments and the society alike become increasingly aware of the negative impacts the shortage of essential resources may have on peoples’ lives and their very existence on earth. Whereas sustainable development may be seen from different perspectives, the concept as we know it today is essentially derived from the 1986 Brundtland Report, advocating the underlying principles for meeting human development goals at the same time natural systems are preserved so as to keep their ability to continuously provide the natural resources and ecosystem services on which the economy and society depend across generations. Therefore, the concept of sustainable development centres around inter- and intragenerational equity anchored essentially on three-dimensional distinct but interconnected pillars, namely the environment, economy, and society.

Aligned with this principle and in order to establish an effective roadmap to materialise a sustainable world, the United Nations General Assembly set up in 2015 an ambitious plan encompassing 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.” The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as Agenda 2030, aim to address global challenges including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice. Naturally, the increasing interest in artificial intelligence (AI) especially across recent years has demonstrated AI is progressively playing a wider impact on many different sectors, and certainly is expected to greatly contribute to leverage the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Agenda 2030.

More than a timely subject, the Workshop on Advancing Sustainable Development with AI (WASDAI) at the IEEE ISC2 2021 aims to serve as an appropriate platform to promote an active discussion on the challenges and opportunities for AI to advance sustainable development and help achieve the ambitious goals set up by UN in its Agenda 2030. WASDAI therefore constitutes a stimulating environment gathering researchers and practitioners to share their knowledge, latest developments, and reflections on how UN’s SDG can be leveraged on AI theories, techniques and tools in a rather interdisciplinary way. The WASDAI workshop is also co-organised by the IEEE ITS Society’s Technical Activity Committee on Artificial Transportation System and Simulation.

Topics of interest
The topics of interest for the WASDAI include, but are not limited to:
* Social Simulation
* Techniques to synthesize artificial societies
* Game theory
* Social coordination mechanisms
* Social dilemmas
* Computational social choice for collective decisions
* Trust, reputation, privacy and security
* Artificial Intelligence and Multi-agent systems for addressing climate transition challenges
* Explainable Artificial Intelligence
* Ethical issues, fairness, accountability, and transparency in AI/ML
* Moral, social, and political implications of AI
* AI for efficient and sustainable resource management
* AI and incentives for sustainable behavior
* Human-centered AI for sustainable development
* Applications of Learning and Optimization in Societally Beneficial Domains
* Agent-based modelling of urban systems
* Smart city services
* Climate policy making and evaluation based on AI
* Carbon footprint estimation
* Models for the carbon market
* Green transportation
* Mobility-as-a-Service and shared economy
* Micro-mobility services
* Power and energy systems
* Methods for large-scale urban data analysis
* Participatory sensing and crowd-sourced data collection
* Earth science and monitoring

Submission Instructions
Prospective authors are invited to submit high quality original Full or Short papers via the EDAS submission site (link). Full papers should describe novel research contributions with evaluation results and are limited to seven (7) pages. Short papers, limited in length to four (4) pages, should be more visionary in nature and are meant to discuss new challenges and visions, highlight early research results, and explore novel research directions.
All submitted papers must be unpublished and not considered elsewhere for publication. Manuscripts should be written in English and formatted according to the IEEE Template. Each submitted paper will undergo the standard IEEE peer-review process and, if accepted and presented at the Workshop, will appear in the IEEE ISC2 2021 conference proceedings, to be submitted and included in the IEEE Xplore digital library.

Workshop organisers
Zafeiris Kokkinogenis, CEiiA, Portugal (
Alberto Fernandez, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, CETINIA, Spain (
Rosaldo Rossetti, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, LIACC, Portugal (

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