The 21st International Conference on Computational Science and its Applications – ICCSA 2021 – Cagliari, September 13 – 16, 2021

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The 21st International Conference on

“Science, technologies and policies to innovate spatial planning”


in conjunction with

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




The need of innovating approaches, techniques and implementation mechanisms in spatial planning are required by the changing and increasing numbers and types of pressures that socio-ecological systems have to face.
Particularly, cities represent crucial system where often the negative impacts of different processes (both natural or anthropogenic) cumulate.
Science is required to generate knowledge useful to society to tackle and solve these impacts, but barriers still exist to knowledge exchange between knowledge generators and knowledge users. There is a dire need for additional research on how to bridge the theory-practice gap and identifying characteristics of research that enable new knowledge, techniques and policies to be concretely transferred and used not only in spatial planning but also in technical instruments.
Moreover, in the recent years a numbers of “new” planning tools had been produced in the framework of mainstream global policies: i.e. energy efficiency, climate adaptation, low carbon economy. Such tools, sometimes operates in competition with traditional urban and territorial plans, in other cases stimulated positive interactions, in some applications had been recognised as a way to overcome traditional gaps of comformative planning practices towards performance based approaches. SECAP, SEAP, Climate adaptation strategies, ITIs, Urban Resilience plan, etc. represent a system of planning tools that are currently changing cities, and territories around Europe. Such “spontaneous” (as not compulsory for territorial administrations according with national normative framework) planning tools are far from be organized in a rational framework in order to assess their contribution in generating better urban transformation, but are representative of a diffuse demand for planning toward which the innovation of planning system should be oriented.
The STP4P workshop welcomes contributions aimed at proposing novel methods and visions, theoretical approaches and case studies of innovative planning process. Focus of contributions may include (but is not limited):
–       emerging science and concepts;
–       new techniques to support and enable planning choices;
–       innovative policies and normative instruments;
–        emerging strategies to connect natural and anthropogenic processes;
–       emerging urban trends to enhance the dynamic synergies between the material and immaterial data of a city (big data, IoT/IoE, sensor networks, blockchain, etc.)
–       spontaneous planning on emerging instances (SECAP, SEAP, Climate adaptation strategies, ITIs, Urban Resilience plan, etc.)
Given the focus of the Conference on Computational Science issues, the STP4P  workshop welcomes contributions on ICT, 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: Socio-ecological systems, Spatial Plannning, Emerging science, Innovation, spatial planning, ICT, urban governance, smart cities, urban and regional growth, Cultural Heritage, urban and regional planning; natural and anthropogenic processes; Open Data, Big Data.

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” –  STP4P_2021)” workshop from the drop-down list of all workshops.


Papers accepted to “STP4P 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)
Daniele La Rosa, (DICAR, University of Catania)
Francesco Scorza, (University of Basilicata)
Anna Maria Colavitti, (DICAAR, University of Cagliari)
Beniamino Murgante, (University of Basilicata)
Paolo La Greca, (DICAR, University of Catania)



Scientific Committee:

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

Oana Ramona Ilovan, University of Babes-Bolyai, Romania

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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