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AW4city 2018 - 4th International ACM Smart City Workshop (Lyon, France, April 23, 2018)
AW4city 2018, 4th International ACM Smart City Workshop: Enhancing Citizen Centricity with Web Applications

In conjunction with The Web Conference (WWW’18): 27th World Wide Web International Conference 
Lyon, France, April 23, 2018


Important Dates
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Submissions due: Jan. 20th, 2018 (23:59 Hawaii Standard Time)
Notification of Acceptance: Feb. 14, 2018.
Workshop authors’ registration and camera-ready papers: March 10, 2018
Workshop day: April 23, 2018


Workshop Objective
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Following up the success of the past events at WWW2015, WWW2016 and WWW2017, the 4th AW4City 2018 aims to keep on attracting a significant international attention with regard to web applications for smart cities. 

The aim of this workshop is to address web-based application and Apps’ design and development in the smart city and urban context.  More specifically, it focuses on innovative applications smart city component and more specifically on the design and implementation of web-based applications and Apps. This component is crucial, since it addresses all the smart city dimensions:
Economy, since new types of entrepreneurship and innovative business models appear in data, creative and climate economies, and develop web applications and Apps. 
Mobility, with regard to urban transportation (intelligent transportation), distance working, job offering demonstration etc.
Environment, since applications enhance resource management, transportation improvement, environmental monitoring etc.
Living, since applications enhance local life (i.e., e-learning, e-banking, e-commerce, e-tourism etc.). 
People, since they concern applications’ end users and
Governance, where open data and e-government applications play crucial roles in smart city operation.

This year, the workshop will emphasize on the contribution of web applications and Apps to citizen centricity. In the era of cities, municipal leaders, service and utility providers are making an important shift regarding thinking of people as customers and of customer experience. This shift is not a simple task since it demands a continuous service monitoring, assessment and improvement, which normally is based on accurate data analysis and appears as a thinking that makes government and providers more personal and responsive. In this respect, this workshop aims to demonstrate how web applications and Apps can enhance local service delivery and continuous monitoring and improvement.

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. 

This workshop aims at gathering researchers from the fields of smart cities and web application development to think about the obstacles that hurdle the leveraging of understanding and capturing of smart city trends with regard web application development that interconnect citizens, businesses and government in a smart city.

AW4City 2018 is timely, since an increasing criticism is being generated that smart city represents an ambiguous urban utopia, which is supported by the partnership of local governments with big technological vendors. In this respect, articles can deliver a clearer view of smart city reality, while innovative applications can strengthen the existence of opportunities for new entrants in the smart city market. Moreover, most standardization bodies evolve competitive standards for smart city components and to this end, this workshop is expected to highlight existing development and trends with regard to application development (web-based, apps and end-to-end). 

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 citizen/customer experience with Web Applications and Apps;
Apps that support citizen engagement;
Smart City management systems;
Practices of Web applications and Apps 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 (Internet Economics and Monetization);
Pervasive Web and Mobility for Smart City emerging topics (i.e., user behavior analytics, energy, water, waste, transportation etc.)
The role of government for smart city applications development and standardization (i.e., promotion push, start-ups, open data);
Web Infrastructure standardization;
The role of standards on smart city data mining; 
Smart city e-services for evaluation and benchmarking;
Smart city information quality and evolution in social content;
Ensuring security and privacy in Smart Cities: the role of web applications and Apps.


Submission
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We welcome full research papers, research in progress, and discussion papers. Full papers should be up to 6 pages long (max 5000 words), including the abstract and appendices. Discussion papers may be short (up to 4 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.

Submission Guidelines
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The accepted papers will be included in the companion volume of WWW2018’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 (http://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 six 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. Each submission will be reviewed by the workshop co-chairs and at least one external reviewer. More details regarding WWW2018 conference can be found on https://www2018.thewebconf.org/  

Extended version of accepted articles are possible to be selected and included in a special issue with relevant theme of International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA), International Journal of Electronic Government Research (IJEGR) or some other relative journals (i.e., Journal of Knowledge Economy (JKEC) and Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (JoI) published by Springer).

Accepted refereed papers, must be presented at the conference by an author who is registered to attend. Please be aware that the WWW 2018 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=www2018satellites) of WWW2018 or via e-mail (in .doc/docx and .pdf format) to: lanthopo@teilar.gr  with the subject: “AW4city 2018 proposal”

Details of the programme will be made available online.



For any questions, please contact the Workshop chairs:
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Leonidas ANTHOPOULOS, Associate Professor, University of Applied Science (TEI) of Thessaly, Greece, lanthopo@teilar.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)
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• Toru ISHIDA, Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University, Japan
• Sofia Toufic SHAWYRI, 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
• Mag. Michael SACHS, Zentrum fur E-Governance, Donau-Universitat Krems
• Stephen COHEN, Microsoft, USA
• Alois PAULIN, TUWien, Vienna, Austria
• Sakano NARUTOSHI, Fujitsu, Japan
• Julia SEIXAS, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
• Vinay KANDPAL, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), India
• Gordon FELLER, Meeting of the Minds (meetingoftheminds.org)
• Ramy Ahmed FATHY, Senior IEEE
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