Conference: Cities, Technologies and Planning

in conjunction with:
The 2013 International Conference on Computational
Science and its Applications (ICCSA 2013)
June 24th – June 27th, 2013

International University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


‘Share’ term has turned into a key issue of many successful initiatives in recent times. Following the advent of Web 2.0, such positive experiences based on mass collaboration generated “Wikinomics” have become “Socialnomics”, where “Citizens are voluntary sensors”.

During the past decades, the main issue in GIS implementation has been the availability of sound spatial information. Nowadays, the wide diffusion of electronic devices providing geo-referenced information have resulted in the production of extensive spatial information datasets. This trend has led to “GIS wikification”, where mass collaboration plays a key role in main components of spatial information frameworks (hardware, software, data, and people). Some authors (Goodchild, 2007) talk about “Volunteered Geographic Information” (VGI), as the harnessing of tools to create, assemble, and disseminate geographic information provided by individuals voluntarily creating their own contents by marking the locations of occurred events or by labeling certain existing features. not already been shown on map.

The term “neogeography” is often adopted to describe people activities when using and creating their own maps, geo-tagging pictures, movies, websites, etc. It could be defined as a new bottom – up approach to geography prompted by users, therefore introducing changes in the roles of ‘traditional’ geographers and ‘consumers’ of geographical contents themselves. The volunteered approach has been also adopted by important organizations.

Whilst technologies (e.g. GPS, remote sensing, etc.) can be useful in producing new spatial data, volunteered activities are the only way to update and describe such data. If, on one hand, spatial data have been produced in various ways, on the other hand remote sensing, sensor networks and other electronic devices generate a great flow of relevant spatial information concerning several aspects of human activities or of environmental phenomena monitoring. Further, during natural calamitous events (e.g. earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.), a crucial contribution to the response planning and emergency management derive really from data created by amateur citizens, who report the status of disaster-hit areas by using mobile devices or ad hoc Web-GIS services.

This “Information-Explosion Era” is characterised by a large amount of information produced both by human activities and by automated systems; the capturing and the manipulation of this information leads to” urban computing” and represents a sort of bridge between computers and the real world, accounting for the social dimension of human environments. This technological evolution produced a new Paradigm of Urban Development, called “u-City”, mainly rooted in Korea. Its transposition outside Asian contexts has led to the smart cities concept.

Such phenomena offer new challenges to scholars (geographers, engineers, planners, economists, sociologists, etc.) as well as to spatial planners in addressing spatial issues and a wealth of brand-new, updated data, generally created by people who are interested in geographically related phenomena. As attention is to-date dedicated to visualization and content creation, little has still been done from the spatial analytical point of view and in involving users – as citizens – in participatory geographical activities.

The programme committee especially requests high quality submissions on the following Conference Themes:

Resilient cities; Smart Cities; Smart cities and Sustainable Urban Development; GIS-based mobile applications for Smart Cities; Planning 2.0; Participation 2.0; Urban social networks, Urban sensing; E-democracy, E-participation, Participatory GIS; Open Government;
Open Data; Technologies for eParticipation, policy modelling, simulation and visualisation;
Second Life and participatory games; Social networks and collaborative/participatory approaches; Ubiquitous Computing Environment – Urban computing – Ubiquitous-City;
Neogeography; Collaborative mapping; Geotagging; SDI and Planning; VGI VS SDI; Volunteered Geographic Information; Crowdsourcing; Ontologies for Urban planning; City Gml; Geo-applications for mobile phones; Web 2.0; Web 3.0; Wikinomics, Socialnomics;
WikiCities; WikiPlanning; Maps mash up; Tangible Maps and planning; Risk assessment & Emergency management; Resilient cities; Renewable Energy for Cities and Smart grids; Augmented Reality; Complexity assessment and mapping.

Each paper will be independently reviewed by 3 programme committee members. Their individual scores will be evaluated by a small sub-committee and result in one of the following final decisions: accepted; accepted on the condition that suggestions for improvement will be incorporated; or rejected. Notification of this decision will take place on February 2013.

Individuals and groups should submit complete papers (10 to 16 pages).

Papers accepted to “Cities, Technologies and Planning” will be published in the ICCSA Conference proceedings, in Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series, with doi, indexed by Scopus and DBLP.

Participants to “Cities, Technologies and Planning” CTP 13 will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for two special issues on “International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR)”or Future Internet ­ Open Access Journal. The selected manuscripts will undergo the standard peer review process of IJEPR or Future Internet.

Extended version of previous “Cities, Technologies and Planning” papers have been included in the special issue:
“NeoGeography and WikiPlanning”.

Authors Guideline
Please adhere strictly to the formatting provided in the template to prepare your paper and refrain from modifying it.

The submitted paper must be camera-ready and formatted according to the rules of LNCS. For formatting information, see the publisher’s web site


Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper.

papers should be submitted at:
please don’t forget to select “Cities, Technologies and Planning” workshop from the drop-down list of all workshops.

Important dates

31 January  2013: Deadline for full paper submission
March 2013: Notification of acceptance
April 2013: Deadline for Camera Ready Papers
24-27, 2013: ICCSA 2013 Conference

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