Call for papers

Important Dates

Submissions due: Jan. 31st, 2019 Feb 14, 2019 (23:59 Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time zone)
Notification of Acceptance: Feb. 14, 2019 Feb. 21, 2019.

Camera-ready version due: March 6, 2019 (23:59 Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time zone)
Workshop authors’ registration and camera-ready papers: March 6, 2019
Workshop day: May 13, 2019, 09:00 – 14:30


We welcome full research papers, research in progress, and discussion papers. Full papers should be up to 10 pages long, including the abstract and appendices.

Discussion papers may be short (up to 6 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.

Accepted refereed papers, must be presented at the conference by an author who is registered to attend. Please be aware that the WWW 2019 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 the Easychair ( or via e-mail (in .doc/docx and .pdf format) to:  with the subject: “AW4city 2019 proposal
Details of the programme will be made available online.

Submission Guidelines

The accepted papers will be included in the companion volume of WWW2019’s proceedings. Camera-ready papers must be submitted in PDF according to the ACM format published in the ACM guidelines (, selecting the generic “sigconf” sample. The PDF files must have all non-standard fonts embedded. Workshop papers must be self-contained and in English.

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 WWW2019 conference can be found on
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.


This year, AW4City emphasizes on the contribution of web applications and Apps to urban mobility. In the era of cities and under the UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable growth, cities are making an important shift regarding thinking of compact cities and they develop sustainable mobility plans. Issues like parking, traffic congestion and safety, sharing transportation and smart parking are among the topics where governments and the industry direct smart services, while data collection and analysis enable government’s fast –or even real-time- decision-making for alternative transportation means’ deliberation, public transportation changes, urban planning etc., and new business models appear that utilize platforms and data. Additionally, new types of business in transportation appear (e.g., that utilize sensors and big data), while things’ transportation is another challenge that cities have been started phasing. Τhis workshop aims to demonstrate how web applications and Apps can enhance transportation services and urban mobility in general.

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.

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 2019 is timely since sustainable transportation has been addressed as one of the UN Agenda 2030 strategic goals, while ISO37120 and ISO37122 that certify city services focus on smart and sustainable transportation too. Last but not least, customer satisfaction is being measured real-time, while corresponding safety can be ensured with the use of platforms (e.g., Uber and Lyft). All these issues are being supported by data, the Web and Apps and it is important to focus on future achievements.

Additionally, an increasing criticism is that smart city represents an ambiguous urban utopia, which is supported by the partnership of local governments with big technological vendors. 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 mobility experience with Web Applications and Apps;
  • Apps that support mobility, sharing, crowd-sourcing etc.;
  • Smart City management systems with emphasis on mobility (e.g. parking; traffic etc.);
  • Mobility 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 mobility partners 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 applications;
  • Smart city mobility e-services;
  • Smart city information quality and evolution in social content;
  • Ensuring mobility security and privacy in Smart Cities: the role of web applications and Apps.

For any questions, please contact the Workshop chairs:

  • Leonidas ANTHOPOULOS, Associate Professor, University of Applied Science (TEI) of Thessaly, Greece,
  • Marijn JANSSEN, Professor, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands,
  • Vishanth WEERAKKODY, Professor, University of Bradford, United Kingdom,

Program Committee Members (tentative)

  • 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, Siemens, Vienna, Austria
  • Sakano NARUTOSHI, Fujitsu, Japan
  • Júlia SEIXAS, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Vinay KANDPAL, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), India
  • Gordon FELLER, Meeting of the Minds (
  • Ramy Ahmed FATHY, Senior IEEE
  • Soon Ae CHUN, City University New York (CUNY)
  • Amel ATTOUR, Université Cote d’Azur, CNRS, GREDEG, Nice
  • Dirk AHLERS, Norwegian University of Science and Technology