Apr 112018

Giulia Desogus presents a paper co-authored with Chiara Garau and Pasquale Mistretta entitled “Shifting Towards a Smart Urban Metabolism. The case study of Cagliari (Italy)”.

The link of the conference is

Mar 072018

  Eighteenth International Conference on

“Is a smart city really smart? Models, solutions, proposals for an effective urban and social development”


in conjunction with

The 2018 International Conference on Computational
Science and its Applications (ICCSA 2018)
July 2th – July 5th 2018

Melbourne, Australia



Smart-city inventiveness is rapidly influencing the processes of urban development.This shift and the consequent impact in many areas (population growth, mobility, energy, healthcare, technology, etc.) has motivated public administrators and stakeholders to foresee, plan, and integratethe existing facilities of cities and communities in order to improve individual and collective well-being.
These new ongoing processes aims to facilitate good urban strategies, policies, and short and long-term actions, by triggering a greater economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
Focusing on urban government and smart city inventiveness, this workshop may critically explore (but is not limited) these relevant issues:
1) How to expand the knowledge of the political machinery that is behind the conceptualisation, implementation and development of so-called smart cities.
2) How can we govern current and future urban trends, enhancing the dynamic synergies between the materialand immaterial data of a city (big data, IoT/IoE, sensor networks, blockchain,etc.)
3) How can we govern the urban and regional relationships without compromising urban-land synergies (between the city and the territory), also in term of mobility and of distributive logistics.
4) How to investigate on appropriated governance models and tools in order to trigger virtuous behaviours, suitable in dynamic cities.
5) How and if ‘smart city policies’ have impact on the city and regional economies and make cities competitive at national and international level
6) Reflect on the relations between advance technology (ICT in particular) and human – place relations in to-date urban environment
7) How can we govern the urban and regional relationships between advanced technology and metamorphosis smart city (competitiveness, cohesion, conservation, …)
8) Reflect on the relations between advance technology and the hyper strategic planning in the smart city
Keywords: Smart cities, Smart governance, Open Data, Urban growth, Big Data, IoT/IoE, Distributive Logistics, Intelligent Transport Systems, Sustainability, Hyper Strategic Planning, Competitiveness, Cohesion, Conservation, Urban and Regional Planning.
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 2018.
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( 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 ” Is a smart city really smart? Models, solutions, proposals for an effective urban and social development SMART-CITIES” workshop from the drop-down list of all workshops.
Papers accepted to Is a smart city really smart? Models, solutions, proposals for an effective urban and social development SMART-CITIES” 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
12 April 2018: Deadline for full paper submission
26 April 2018: Notification of acceptance
6 May 2018: Deadline for Camera Ready Papers
2-3 July, 2018ICCSA 2018 Conference

Organizers Information:

Chiara Garau – (University of Cagliari)
Paola Zamperlin – (University of Florence)
Ginevra Balletto – (University of Cagliari)
Giuseppe Borruso – (University of Trieste)
Beniamino Murgante – (University of Basilicata)


Program Committee:

Federico Amato, University of Basilicata, Italy

Alessandro Aurigi, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Margherita Azzari, University of Florence, Italy

Ginevra Balletto, University of Cagliari, Italy

Giuseppe Borruso, University of Trieste

Tanja Congiu, University of Sassari, Italy

Federico Cugurullo,  University of Dublin, Ireland

Chiara Garau, University of Cagliari, Italy

Beniamino Murgante, University of Basilicata, Italy

Enrica Papa, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom

Francesco Pinna, University of Cagliari, Italy

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

Paola Zamperlin, University of Florence, Italy

Corrado Zoppi, University of Cagliari, Italy


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Ott 092017

Simona Ibba presents a paper co-authored with Katiuscia Mannaro, Gavina Baralla, Andrea Pinna,  Chiara Garau entitled “Towards a Smart Region: the Case Study of a Teledermatology Platform in Sardinian Region (Italy)”

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Lug 052017

Chiara Garau presents a paper co-authored with Ginevra Balletto entitled “Smart City Governance in the Geo-resources Planning Paradigm in the Metropolitan City of Cagliari (Italy)”.

Giu 152017
Ugo Rossi presents his paper “The common-seekers: Smart-city laboratories and the remaking of urban entrepreneurialism” at a workshop entitled “Smart cities, smart citizens? Power and participation in the digital city” organised by the Department of Public Policy of the City University of Hong Kong on 15-16 June 2017. He has presented the same paper at the SASE (Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics) annual conference in Lyon (29 June – 1 July 2017). This paper reports on empirical research conducted within the framework of the ‘Governing smart urbanism’ (GHOST) project.
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Mag 202017

Il giorno 25 maggio, dalle 16 alle 18, nel quadro delle attività didattiche del Corso di Pianificazione Territoriale (docenti del corso: Chiara Garau e Corrado Zoppi), nell’aula grande  al piano-terra dell’ex Dipartimento “DIGITA”, si terrà il Seminario dal titolo “Sustainable Urbanism: lessons from Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong  and Dublin”, proposto dal Prof. Federico Cugurullo, ricercatore nel  campo dello “Smart and Sustainable Urbanism” presso il Trinity College  di Dublino.
Il programma del seminario è disponibile al seguente indirizzo online:

Per informazioni è possibile contattare i docenti del corso di
Pianificazione Territoriale (,

Gen 312017


The 32nd Italian Geographers Congress

7-10 June, 2017. Rome, Italy



We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract proposal for the session “Smart and dynamic cities: data, indicators and analysis to understand cities, territories and human behaviors” at the 32nd Italian Geographers Congress, to be held on University La Sapienza in Rome, on 7-10 June, 2017.


For a complete description of the session see:

Abstract submission deadline: February 15, 2017

Please submit your proposal using the form:

Registration deadline: April 15, 2017

Fees and other information:


All the presented papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings.

A selection of papers will be evaluated for being published in a special issue of a double blind peer reviewed journal or a volume which will be communicated after the conference.


Paola Zamperlin, University of Cagliari; Margherita Azzari, University of Firenze; Arnaldo Bibo Cecchini, University of Sassari; Chiara Garau, University of Cagliari

Gen 102017

Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Dublin 4-7 June 2017

Governing the Smart City: a socio-environmental inquiry



Session organisers:

Federico Cugurullo, Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin,

Chiara Garau, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture (DICAAR), University of Cagliari, Italy

Ginevra Balletto, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture (DICAAR), University of Cagliari, Italy

Paola Zamperlin, Applied Geography Lab, Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Art and Performance Arts (SAGAS), University of Firenze, Italy.


Smart-city initiatives are rapidly shaping the way urban and regional development is being understood and practiced across the world. Smart-city projects promote the implementation of a number of urban technologies as part of a broader urban trend towards big data, the Internet of Things and sensor networks. However, to date, it is unclear how such urban strategies impact on local environments and societies.

Focusing on urban governance, this session aims to expand the knowledge of the political machinery that is behind the conceptualisation, implementation and development of so-called smart cities. The objective of the session is twofold. We seek papers which critique the governance of current smart-city initiatives, but also studies that can help us reflect on how smart technologies can be used to better govern and develop cities.

More specifically, the session explores how different modes and tools of smart-city governance influence the following (and hitherto overlooked) socio-environmental aspects of smart-city initiatives as they impact on urban development and living:

  • Sustainability
  • Land use
  • Happiness
  • Education
  • Citizens’ behaviours
  • Technology acceptance
  • Urban economy
  • Smart devices/users relationships

Please submit proposals for papers in the form of a 250 word abstract through the Regional Studies Association conference portal by Friday 24th February 2017.


Nov 222016

Paola Zamperlin will present a paper co-authored with Chiara Garau, Paolo Nesi and Michela Paolucci entitled “A governance-centred approach to a smart city. Data collection and analysis of tourist behaviors in two Italian case studies“.

Ugo Rossi will present a paper entitled “Technology-based urbanism and its discontents: Promises and contradictions of the ‘smart-happy’ city” under the session  “Situating Smart – Spatial and Material Politics of Smart Urbanisation” coordinated by Andrew Karvonen (University of Manchester) and Federico Cugurullo (Trinity College Dublin).




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Nov 152016

The GHOST project is at Smart city expo WORLD CONGRESS (Barcelona, 15-17 November 2016) in Km4City stand DISIT Lab. Chiara Garau and Paola Zamperlin present the project’s outcomes.

All presentations of Km4City DISIT Lab are in the following link:

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