IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
12-14 December 2016 // Reston, VA, USA

Workshop on IoT as driver for the co-created Smart City

Call for Papers

In recent years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has emerged in ever more communities, and is now beginning to make traction in Maker (self-taught tinkerers) oriented communities as well. Similar movements are happening in the Smart City domain, and it is now interesting to look at how the two terms collide. A natural consequence is that it is important to investigate how IoT tools and enablers are actually being developed and used by diverse communities. IoT is no longer for the selected few, since Makers, and even non-tech people are engaging with IoT on a daily basis (in the Smart City), and they want to be able to exploit the endless possibilities that lie within this domain. The term developer is no longer describing an exclusive group of people, with special competencies or technical backgrounds. The definition of a developer is broadening, and anyone can more or less see themselves as Smart City application creators. This shift can be seen when looking at communities like Arduino and Processing. These communities have made technology widely accessible, and now most people can develop rather complex systems with minimum efforts. The natural question is then to ask how we can develop IoT tools that foster usage on different levels without excluding experts or Makers. If IoT tools are too simple experts will not use them, and freedom is lost. If tools are too complex, Makers cannot use them.

In this session the focus is on co-creating smart cities. This domain is relevant since cities worldwide are rapidly changing into smart interconnected systems, both from a technological and a mindset perspective. Cities are being instrumented with new technologies every day, and citizens are trying to keep up with the new abilities technology brings to the table. Now that cities are becoming intertwined complex ecosystems, it is time to investigate how to empower citizens to take active part in shaping the Smart City through IoT.

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

  • Developing citizen centric IoT solutions
  • Creating citizen engagement through IoT
  • Maker community developments within IoT
  • Decreasing the complexity in building IoT applications
  • Making IoT infrastructures easily accessible
  • Experimenting in the smart city through IoT
  • Novel IoT developer tools targeted Maker communities
  • User friendly IoT tools for making sense of data
  • Motivate citizens through Incentivation and reward mechanisms
  • Managing and modelling community behavior

The format of the workshop will be to present different views on co-creation and citizen driven IoT development in Smart Cities. The aim is to develop a joint understanding of common success stories and differences based on regional and cultural differences and approaches. Emphasis will be put on how to enable citizens, and primarily Makers, to utilize IoT tools and infrastructures.

Organizing Committee


Technical Program Committee

  • Mirko Presser, Alexandra Instituttet A/S
  • Julie McCann, Imperial College London
  • Verónica Gutiérrez Polidura, University of Cantabria
  • Marimuthu Palaniswami, The University of Melbourne
  • RangaRao Venkatesha Prasad, Delft University of Technology
  • Mahmoud Daneshmand, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Alexander Gluhak, Digital Catapult
  • Stefan Fischer, University of Lübeck
  • Marita Holst, Luleå University of Technology
  • Martin Brynskov, Aarhus University
  • Payam Branaghi, Surrey University
  • Sebastien Ziegler, Mandat International
  • Georgios Mylonas, Computer Technology Institute & Press Diophantus
  • Usman Adeel, Intel Labs Europe

Paper Submission Guidelines

All final submissions should be written in English with a maximum paper length of six (6) printed pages. See conference web page for instructions here>>


Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: July 31, 2016 August 25, 2016
  • Acceptance Notification: September 30, 2016
  • Camera-Ready: October 31, 2016