UbiCC Journal 2013 : Special Issue Call for Papers: Smart Applications for Smart Cities: New Approaches to Innovation
Call For Papers
Ubiquitous Computing and Communication Journal (ISSN 1992-8424 is planning a special issue on Smart Applications for Smart Cities: New Approaches to Innovation.
Cities are complex, networked and continuously changing social ecosystems, shaped and transformed through the interaction of different interests and ambitions. Ensuring employment, sustainable development, inclusion and quality of life are important concerns. Infrastructures of cities, addressing these concerns, comprise a diversity of services such as healthcare, energy, education, environmental management, transportation and mobility, public safety. Increasingly these services are enabled by broadband infrastructures, wireless sensor networks, Internet-based networked applications, open data and open platforms. The concept of ?smart cities? has emerged during the last few years to describe how investments in human and social capital and modern ICT infrastructure and e-services fuel sustainable growth and quality of life, enabled by a wise management of natural resources and through participative government.
However truly smart - and real - cities are driven bottom up by citizens and organizations as innovators rather than by top down visions and plans that ignore the innovative potential of grassroots efforts, while governments should play the role of mediator bringing companies, research organizations and creative people to work in concert (Ratti, Townsend). The connection between smart environments and bottom-up innovation practices in the framework of cities and urban agglomerations is the main focus of the Special Issue. In particular we explore how collaboration platforms, embedded systems, open data, and semantic web technologies sustain a new round of innovation driven by the creativity of the population and the collective intelligence of collaboration.
The concept of Living Labs takes its point of departure in the consideration of people as innovators, and envisions environments of open and user driven innovation. As infrastructures and social networks become more advanced and widespread, the role of the Internet as an enabler of city services has become more important for urban development. Cities are increasingly assuming a critical role as drivers of innovation in areas such as health, inclusion, environment and business, a trend that will surely continue as more people and devices will become part of the Future Internet even than are connected today. Cities are increasingly becoming a living lab itself, a playground of innovation and transformation.
In this landscape, different traditionally separated streams of scientific research are coming together. New research challenges emerge in and across areas such as urban development and spatial planning, network infrastructure, technology platforms, services and applications, user behaviour, service engineering, innovation theory and urban economics. Also new methodological approaches to research and innovation emerge, such as design science, action research, living labs methodologies, testbed methods and tools, which need a more solid and empirically based foundation in theory as well as in practice. This special issue aims to advance our understanding of the emerging or already more mature research challenges at the cross point of the different areas mentioned. Such understanding will help academics and practitioners to explore new directions and generate knowledge and solutions towards smarter cities.
We specifically encourage papers related to user centered approaches for innovation focusing on smart applications, aiming for a transformation towards smarter cities. Papers may cover smart applications for smart cities, addressing the participative design, implementation and validation aspects. We also solicit methodologically oriented papers on new, non-traditional approaches to citizen-centric innovation for smart cities. Particular topics to be addressed might include, but are not limited to the following :
User driven innovation facilitating participative urban development
Innovation Labs facilitating urban planning, development and transformation
Citizen participation in urban and regional planning and decision-making and governance
Internet-enabled infrastructures, services and networked applications for smart cities
Smart applications for innovation based on Internet of Things and Internet of Services paradigms
Wireless sensor networks and smart sensor-based networked applications in urban areas
Cloud computing, service models and smart city solutions enabling innovation
Standardisation and open interfaces of smart city systems, platforms and applications
Smart applications based on Semantic Web, Linked Data, Ontologies
Infrastructures and applications for new public urban services such as water, energy, healthcare, environmental monitoring, traffic management, intelligent transportation, e-government
Smart grids for utility infrastructures and services in urban areas
E-work and e-business applications
Design, implementation and evaluation of smart applications
Case studies of user driven innovation for smart(er) cities.
Notes for Intending Authors
We are seeking original manuscripts on conceptual and methodological issues related to qualitative research on e-marketing and online consumer behaviour, as well as papers which report on the results of qualitative empirical research in the field.
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Author guidelines can be found at http://www.ubicc.org/authors.aspx#DocData/UBICC_ManuScript_template.doc. All submissions will be refereed by at least three reviewers. Submissions should be directed by http://www.ubicc.org/submit_paper.aspx.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Full paper submission: 1 June 2013
Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2013
Revised submission: 10 August 2013
Final acceptance notification: 25 August 2013
Camera ready version of paper: 15 September 2013
Publication: December 2013
Guest Editor' Board
Dr. Mark Billinghurst, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Dr. Alia I. Abdelmoty, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Dr. Eduardo Alonso, City University London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Dr. Abdelmajid Khelil, Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany), Germany
Dr. Kadouche Rachid, Universit? de Sherbrooke
Dr. Jose Bravo, Castilla-La Mancha University, Spain
Dr. Victor Zamudio, Leon Institute of Technology, Mexico
Dr. Usman Tariq, Imam Mohammad ibn Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Ismail Khalil, Institute of Telecooperation, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Dr. Eric Pardede, Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, La Trobe University, Australia
Dr. Reda Alhajj, University of Calgary, Canada
Dr. Sumi Helal, University of Florida, United States
Dr. Stephen Olariu, Department of Computer Science, Old Dominion University, United States
Dr. Haris Mouratidis, University of East London (UEL), United Kingdom
Dr. Min Song, Old Dominion University, United States
Dr. Wei Wang, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Dr. Albert Y. Zomaya, The University of Sydney, Australia
Dr. Shafique Ahmad Chaudhry, Al-Imam Muhammad Bin Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, United States
Dr. Junaid Ahsenali Chaudhry, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Australia
Dr. Abdul Qader Jilani Saudagar, Imam Mohammad ibn Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Zeeshan Hameed Mir, Electronics & Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea, Republic Of
Dr. Daniel Ashbrook, Nokia Research Center, United States