Gen 262021

The 21st International Conference on

“Smart Cities and User Data Management”


in conjunction with

The 2021 International Conference on Computational
Science and its Applications (ICCSA 2021)
September 13th – September 16th 2021




The development and success of cities have always been inextricably linked to innovation. Thanks to technologies, urban systems and infrastructures can be constantly adapted to the emerging needs and the challenge of today is to ensure that technologies are truly capable of providing an effective response to the problems of citizens and businesses. Current schemes therefore need to adapt to new conditions: it is necessary to rethink the city, its logics, its traditional structures. Smart cities are an effective response to these emerging needs, made crucial by global, rapid and unavoidable dynamics.

However, the smart city, based on the assumptions of the digital economy, implies the constant connection between technological tools and people in a digital network. This connection in turn determines the collection and use of data in considerable quantities (big data) through the information available on the Internet about the people who usually surf online. If on the one hand the creation of big data can be useful to satisfy the needs of citizens, on the other it can have a negative side: the big data collected can be used abusively without having the right or even violating the privacy of individuals and going against the European guidelines on privacy as GDPR. The explosion of the Internet of things and 24-hour connection has made this issue more central than ever. All is done online is de facto tracked. Information on user’s data (preferences, behavior, etc.) could be collected in personal and collective profiles, trajectories, trend, etc.. All this data and information that consumer users produce with the use of IT represent the basis of what Zuboff (2019) defines as “Surveillance Capitalism” and represent a valuable good as they are processed and sold at auction by “data brokers” can generate both economic and political revenues. This phenomenon, paraphrasing the best term known in urban planning of “land grabbing” (exploitation of the land according to business logic), can be defined as digital grabbing.

By focusing on these premises, the SCIDAM workshop welcomes contributions aimed at proposing novel methods and visions, theoretical approaches and case studies connecting technology with the sustainable city debate.

Focus of contributions may include (but is not limited):


  • Smart cities and IoT, IoE
  • Data gathering and management: Open Data, Big Data
  • City dashboards and decision support systems
  • Data Analytics for decision support
  • User data management, profiling
  • Space and energy use;
  • Data-informed design and planning;
  • Online and informal economies;
  • Urban morphogenesis;
  • Theoretical and methodological development;
  • Urban policy making.

Given the focus of the Conference on Computational Science issues, the SCIDAM workshop welcomes contributions on urban studies, engineering, spatial planning, and computational aspects, proposals and applications from a wide variety of scholars on the issues proposed. Engineers, Urban and Regional Planners, Architects, Geographers and Environmental Engineers, among others are welcome to contribute.


Keywords: Smart cities, spatial planning, ICT, urban and regional planning, Open Data, Big Data, IoT, IoE, data analytics, decision support systems.

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, or accepted on the condition that suggestions for improvement will be incorporated, or rejected. Notification of this decision will take place on April 2021.
Individuals and groups should submit complete papers (10 to 16 pages).
Accepted contributions will be published in the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) volumes


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.

download the template


Papers should be submitted at:
Please don’t forget to select “Science, technologies and policies to innovate spatial planning” –  SCIDAM_2021)” workshop from the drop-down list of all workshops.


Papers accepted to “SCIDAM_2021” will be published in the ICCSA Conference proceedings, in Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series, with doi, indexed by WOS, Scopus and DBLP.


Important dates

28 May 2021: Deadline for full paper submission
6 June 2021: Notification of acceptance
21 June 2021: Early-bird registration ends
28 June 2021: Deadline for Camera Ready Papers
13-16 September, 2021ICCSA 2021 Conference


Organizers Information:

Chiara Garau, (DICAAR, University of Cagliari)
Luigi Mundula, (DICAAR, University of Cagliari)
Gianni Fenu, (DICAAR, University of Cagliari)
Paolo Nesi, (Disit Lab, University of Florence)
Paola Zamperlin, (University of Pisa)




Scientific Committee:

Federico Amato, University of Basilicata, Italy

Alessandro Aurigi, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Margherita Azzari, University of Florence, Italy

Anna Maria Colavitti, University of Cagliari

Tanja Congiu, University of Sassari, Italy

Federico Cugurullo,  Trinity College of Dublin

Chiara Garau, University of Cagliari, Italy

Gianni Fenu, University of Cagliari, Italy

Luigi Mundula, University of Cagliari, Italy

Beniamino Murgante, University of Basilicata, Italy

Paolo Nesi, University of Florence, Italy

Enrica Papa, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom

Alessandro Plaisant, University of Sassari, Italy

Francesco Scorza, University of Basilicata, Italy

Anastasia Stratigea,  University of Athens – NTUA

Katharine Willis, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Claudia Yamu, University of Groningen

Paola Zamperlin, University of Florence, Italy

Corrado Zoppi, University of Cagliari, Italy

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