The 21st International Conference on
“Smart and Sustainable Island Communities”
in conjunction with
The 2021 International Conference on Computational
Science and its Applications (ICCSA 2021)
July 5th – July 8th 2021
Development and territorial cohesion of island regions embrace tricky planning and policy issues that are closely related to the inherent structural problems such fragmented places exhibit. Dealing with these issues implies the need to feature, comprehend and properly manage island territories in a holistic and integrated way, taking into consideration both their spectacular and valuable natural and cultural assets, as well as the physical barriers and their impacts on the future development pathways of insular communities.
In handling islands’ inefficiencies but also prospects, this workshop aims to get insight into the strengths but also the structural weaknesses of various types of island regions; and explore the potential of technological developments and their applications for effectively handling such inefficiencies in these, largely neglected, European territories.
Focusing on the main strengths and weaknesses of insular territories as well as the current technological developments and their potential for coping with islands’ development lag, the concept of “Smart Islands” is explored by critically focusing on (but not limited to) the following issues:
 Exploration of current national and international initiatives, knowledge and practice on the topic of smart islands’ development.
 Identification of strengths and structural weaknesses of various types of island regions.
 Exploration of the use of technological advances for establishing strong links among productive sectors in insular communities and creating value chains as a driving force for adding value to the economy and society of island territories.
 Potential smart applications for serving environmental, societal and sectoral needs and goals of island regions, with special emphasis on smart governance and spatial data management for place-based decision-making and monitoring of spatial dynamics in island contexts.
 Integrated participatory planning in island regions as essential tool for setting up effective strategies and related policy paths for sustainable and resilient resource management and more promising future development trails of island communities.
 Delineation of practical or theoretical guidelines or strategies for establishing smartness in “fragile” insular spatial contexts, also in terms of mobility and distributive logistics.
 Consideration of technology at the service of islands’ sustainability, resilience, cultural development, citizens’ empowerment and engagement, strengthening of identity and social ties, etc.
Given the focus of the Conference on Computational Science issues, the workshop welcomes contributions on ICT and computational aspects, proposals and applications from a wide variety of scholars on the above mentined issues.
Engineers, Geologists, Urban and Regional Planners, Landscape Architects, Geographers and Economic Geographers, Environmental Engineers, among others are welcome to contribute.
Keywords: Smart Islands, Smart Cities, Smart Regions, Smart governance, Smart Communities, Urban and regional growth, Open Data, Big Data, Cultural Heritage Management, Distributive Logistics, Intelligent Transport Systems, Sustainability, 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 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
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 (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0). Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper.
Papers should be submitted at: http://ess.iccsa.org/
Please don’t forget to select “Smart and Sustainable Island Communities” – SSIC_2021)” workshop from the drop-down list of all workshops.
Papers accepted to “SSIC 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.
26 April 2021: Notification of acceptance
10 May 2021: Deadline for Camera Ready Papers
5-8 July, 2021: ICCSA 2021 Conference
Federico Amato, University of Basilicata, Italy
Alessandro Aurigi, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom
Margherita Azzari, University of Florence, Italy
Giuseppe Borruso, University of Trieste
Anna Maria Colavitti, University of Cagliari
Tanja Congiu, University of Sassari, Italy
Federico Cugurullo, Trinity College of Dublin
Chiara Garau, University of Cagliari, Italy
Daniele La Rosa, University of Catania, Italy
Beniamino Murgante, University of Basilicata, 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