Urban Computing & Well-being in Smart Cities: Services, Applications, Policymaking Considerations

Submission Deadline: 31 July 2019

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Urban Computing & Well-being in Smart Cities: Services, Applications, Policymaking Considerations.

Research on smart cities is maturing and the question of securing the well-being of cities’ inhabitants is attracting increased attention of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. Urban computing occupies an important position, as advances in this domain will define the scope of possible developments and policymaking strategies in any city. Considering the challenges and opportunities cities/urban spaces generate, today the imperative is to examine how targeted research and cutting-edge innovation can be effectively communicated to all stakeholders. Thus, synergies emerging at the research-innovation-policymaking nexus can be exploited and thus city dwellers’ well-being can be enhanced. Urban computing serves as a framework that integrates increasingly sophisticated technologies pertinent to the Internet of Things (IoT). Therefore pervasive computing, big data analytics, crowdsourcing, and volunteered geographic information, including user behavior, brand popularity, recommender systems, and social media analytics bears the promise and potential that viable solutions to key problems and challenges specific to cities/urban spaces will be solved. The objective of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to examine this promise and potential from a variety of complementary interdisciplinary perspectives, including (but not limited to) computing/ICT, political economy, public policy, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • ICTs and their role in integrative knowledge management systems for smart cities.
  • Application of public policies aimed at boosting research and innovation for smart cities.
  • Smart generation of volunteered information to finance research and innovation promotion in smart cities.
  • Pervasive computing applied in the transformation from cities to smart cities.
  • Smart and collaborative mobile applications to analyze the human dynamics in big cities.
  • The role of cryptocurrency technology for Social Economic Growth in smart cities.
  • Case studies based on IoT and Big Data Analytics technologies applied to smart cities.
  • Enhancement and strategic development of skills and competencies for the required digital transformation to develop public policy making.
  • Advanced computing approaches and systems for international business leadership in the context of smart cities.
  • Building of international innovation networks enabled by sound technological innovative applications for the sustainability of smart cities.
  • Blended (concept- and practice-driven) approaches to smart cities research
  • Smart and open data acquisition and processing
  • Pervasive and mobile computing to analyze the social impact in smart cities
  • Cloud computing for smart services inside smart cities
  • Smart healthcare applications in the development of public safety policies
  • Big Data Analytics to smart data from smart cities
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality applied to smart cities applications
  • Crowd-sensing with 5G sensors to smart cities
  • Nanotechnology applied to successful cases in smart cities
  • Cognitive computing to describe behavior in the knowledge society
  • Regulatory and policymaking considerations, including the role of international organizations in context of smart cities and their evolution

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Associate Editor: Miltiadis D. Lytras, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

Guest Editors:

  1. Ernesto Damiani, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  2. Anna Visvizi, Effat University, Saudi Arabia
  3. Miguel Torres-Ruiz, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico
  4. Peiquan Jin, University of Science and Technology China, China


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Social Computing Applications for Smart Cities
  2. Human-Centered Smart Systems and Technologies
  3. Key technologies for Smart Factory of Industry 4.0

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief:
Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

Paper submission: Contact Associate Editor and submit manuscript to:

For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: mlytras@acg.edu