The fifth international workshop on Smart City Clouds: Technologies, Systems and Applications (SCCTSA 2018)

Co-located with the eleventh IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2018), 17-20 December 2018, in Zurich, Switzerland.

Message from the Chairs of SCCTSA 2018

Read the SCCTSA Chairs' welcome message here.

Workshop programme

The workshop will take place on Tuesday 18 December 2018, 15:00–18:00. For the full conference programme, please see the conference website. We will have 4 presentations and each speaker will have a 30 minute time-slot in total. The list of presentations is as follows:

  • Enabling the Structuring, Enhancement and Creation of Urban ICT through the Extension of a Standardized Smart City Reference Model Nikolay Tcholtchev, Philipp Lämmel, Robert Scholz, Yacine Rebahi, Wojciech Konitzer and Ina Schieferdecker
  • Realizing Edge Computing connectivity with Open Virtual Networking Seán Murphy and Andrew Edmonds
  • Urban Traffic Analysis using Social Media Data on the Cloud Yikai Gong, Richard Sinnott, Paul Rimba and Shiping Chen
  • Scalable Detection of Rural Schools in Africa using Convolutional Neural Networks and Satellite Imagery Mehrdad Yazdani, Mai Nguyen, Jessica Block, Daniel Crawl, Naroa Zurutuza, Dohyung Kim, Gordon Hanson and Ilkay Altintas

We will also have a 30-minute invited talk at the beginning on Smart Cities by Dr Christian Geiger. 

Invited speaker

Photo of Christian GeigerWe have invited Dr Christian Geiger from the city of St Gallen (Switzerland) to speak at the workshop. Dr Geiger has worked for the city of St Gallen as Chief Digital Officer (CDO) since 2017. His main topics are digitization, open data, open government, e-government and smart city.

Dr Geiger studied Political and Administrative Sciences at the University of Constance (BA) from 2003 to 2006 and Public Management and Governance from 2006 to 2009 at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen (MA). There, he worked for five years as the Chair of Administrative and Business Informatics (Telecom Institute for Connected Cities/TICC). From 2013 to 2017, he was responsible for the area "key issues ulm 2.0" and the promotion of the "digital community" at the city of Ulm (Germany).


ICT is becoming increasingly pervasive to urban environments and providing the necessary basis for sustainability and resilience of the smart future cities. ICT as the prime enabler for smart cities transforms application specific data into useful information and knowledge. From the ICT perspective, the possibility of realisation of smart cities is being enabled by smarter hardware (smart phones, sensor nets, smart household appliances, etc.), which can organise in an ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) and thus become a major source of ever increasing user and environment specific data. Use of cloud, fog or edge computing can be considered as a common platform as service for managing cross-departmental city data and providing necessary computation power to generate required integrated information intelligence for decision making and policy development.

ICT tools for a smart city often deal with different application domains e.g. land use, transport, energy, and rarely provide an integrated information perspective to deal with sustainability and socioeconomic growth of the city. Smart cities can benefit from such data (often open data) and information using Big, and often real-time cross-thematic, data collection, processing, integration and sharing through inter-operable services deployed in a cloud, fog or edge environment. However, such information utilisation requires appropriate software tools, services and technologies to collect, store, analyse and visualise large amounts of data from the city environment, citizens and various departments and agencies at city scale to generate new knowledge and support decision making.

In the above context, the real value of smart city data is gained by new knowledge generation and by performing context based data processing and analytics using various data mining, machine learning or statistical methods. This becomes challenging when applied to large scale or real time data and hence requires appropriate tools and techniques to be applied in a cloud, fog or edge environment to process and generate the required information. In addition, privacy and security issues must be dealt with to avoid sharing intrusive details of participants. , e.g. increasing use of distributed ledger technologies in smart cities. This workshop invites original research papers providing insights into smart cities needs, processes and frameworks using Cloud based software technologies and applications. Also, contributions related to use of Cloud, big data, real-time processing, IoTs are encouraged.

Who should participate?

This workshop will be suitable for academics, researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders who are engaged in business of smart cities i.e. either providing ICT services or smart solutions or city administrations who are interested in innovative ICT solutions to enable them to transform their internal administrative processes, manage urban environment and lifecycle of big data collected from cities and use it intelligently for urban governance and decision making. 

Important dates

  • Manuscript submission due: 15 September 2018 (extended)
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 October 2018 (extended)
  • Final camera ready manuscript due: 15 October 2018 (as per main Conference deadline)
  • Early registration deadline: As per UCC deadlines
  • Late registration deadline: As per UCC guidelines

General Workshop Chairs

Publicity Chair

Technical Programme Committee

  • Abdul Ghafoor - Acreo Swedish ICT, Kista, Sweden 
  • Agusti Solanas - Rovira i Virgili University, Catalonia, Spain 
  • Ahsan Ikram – Gloucestershire University, UK 
  • Alexandre Alvaro - Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) - Sorocaba Brazil
  • Andreas Menychtas - National Technical University of Athens, Greece 
  • Andy Hudson-Smith - The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, UK
  • Antorweep Chakrovorty - University of Stavanger, Norway 
  • Ashiq Anjum -University of Derby, UK  
  • Christoph Reich - Hochschule Furtwangen University, Germany 
  • Sylvain Grellet - BRGM, France
  • Elias Pimenidis, UWE Bristol, UK
  • Ian Brooks - UWE Bristol, UK 
  • Jens Dambruch - Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, Darmstadt, Germany 
  • Jiangfeng Zhan - Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China 
  • Kamran Munir – UWE Bristol, UK 
  • Martin Koehler – University of Manchester, UK 
  • Michel Krämer - Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, Darmstadt, Germany 
  • Muhammad Atif - NCI, The Australian National University, Australia 
  • Muhammad Tahir – National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (Fast-NU), Karachi, Pakistan 
  • Omer Rana - Cardiff University, UK 
  • Richard McClatchey – UWE Bristol, UK
  • Susie Ruston McAleer - 21c, London, UK 
  • Theodor Foerster, SAP AG, Germany 
  • Theresa A. Pardo - Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), USA 
  • Tomasz Wiktorski Wlodarczyk - University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Welington Manoel da Silva - Informatics Center - Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil 
  • Wolfgang Loibl – Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Zeeshan Pervez - University of the West of Scotland, UK 

Key topics

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Smart Mobility
  • Smart Energy Grids
  • Smart Homes
  • Internet of Things
  • Smart and Intelligent Urban Data Analytics
  • Context Aware systems for Smart Cities
  • Smart Cities Big data management
  • Smart Cities Data Analytics
  • Data Harmonisation, Integration and Processing
  • Smart Urban Governance
  • Software Technologies for Smart Cities
  • Environmental modelling and applications
  • Smart cities cross-thematic applications
  • Public participation and crowd sourcing
  • Smart buildings and BIM
  • Connected Living Labs
  • Smart data security and privacy aspects

Submissions that offer position statements, theoretical and industrial perspectives, lessons learned, comparisons, evaluations and technical contributions to smart future cities and role of clouds are also welcome. 

Paper submission guidelines

Paper submission guidelines can be found in the UCC 2018 Call for Papers. All papers should be submitted online using EasyChair.



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