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4 - 7 June 2024
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University of West Attica Athens Greece


Data and data science play key role in informed decision-making for various businesses. 3D location data and 3D data analysis add more advantages for identification of problems, patterns and trends by location and time to make smarter decisions for our cities. Smart cities get benefits from data, data science, location data and analytics to provide accurate information for better decision making at local and regional scale. Sensing technologies and real time data collectors are also great tools for collecting different dimensions of data. In a smart cities era, all these data and information require appropriate collaborative and communication technologies for better management and sharing of data and information.

The Smart Data and Smart Cities (SDSC) Conference is an annual international conference that brings together international experts in city analytics, GIS, digital twins, smart cities and data science from leading research institutes to discuss advances in methods and applications. It provides a forum to discuss the use data and technology to plan and shape our future cities. SDSC is the annual conference of the Urban Data Management Society, a society over 40 years old.

This year the 8th annual SDSC conference will be held in Athens, Greece 04-07 June, 2024. This is the first time SDSC conference has come to Greece.

This event seeks to invite cutting edge research, experience, and implementation relevant to city and infrastructure data, analytics, collaborative environments, and platforms for smarter decision making at local, national, and international levels. We encourage scholars and practitioners to share their research and experience relevant to the themes of the conference:

  • GIS, urban informatics, and smart cities
  • Sensing technologies, laser scanning and smart cities
  • BIM and infrastructure
  • Data science, visualisation and City Analytics
  • Mobility data and visualisation
  • Participation and empowerment
  • Privacy, data security challenges in digital twins and smart cities
  • Blockchain technology for municipal management
  • Open data and open urban platforms
  • Crowdsourcing data collection and analytics
  • Monitoring systems
  • Disaster management/warning systems
  • Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning in smart cities
  • Drones for monitoring/inspecting cities and construction sites
  • Smart homes
  • Realtime/web-based/interactive data visualization
  • Cities' dashboards
  • Smart Energy efficiency solutions
  • Data and analytics for circular economy in cities
  • BIM/GIS integration and digital twins
  • Manned Drones
  • Manned Drones Transportation
  • Spatio-temporal patterns
  • Smart cities during and after Covid-19
  • Big data/big spatial data analysis and management
  • ICT and smart cities
  • Smart Transportation
  • Net zero-emission cities

Conference registration fees

Registration includes Price
UNTIL APRIL 30th 2024
  • Access to workshop
  • 3 day conference proceedings including keynotes, parallel sessions and catering for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Welcome reception drinks, 5th June 2024
  • Gala dinner, 6th June 2024
FROM MAY 1st 2024
  • Access to workshop
  • 3 day conference proceedings including keynotes, parallel sessions and catering for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Welcome reception drinks, 5th June 2024
  • Gala dinner, 6th June 2024
  • Access to workshop
  • 3 day conference proceedings including keynotes, parallel sessions and catering for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Welcome reception drinks, 5th June 2024
  • Gala dinner, 6th June 2024
  • Catering for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Welcome reception drinks, 5th June 2024
  • Gala dinner, 6th June 2024
  • Registration does not include proceedings and workshops

The Registration Form should be filled and sent to Greek Computer Society (EPY), by email (epy AT epy DOT gr) no later than April 28, 2024.
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Payment Method
In order for the registration to be effective, participants have to deposit the registration fee to the Greek Computer Society (EPY), in the following account:
  • ACCOUNT HOLDER: Greek Computer Society (EPY)
  • ACCOUNT NO: 151-00-2002002178
  • IBAN: GR53 0140 1510 1510 0200 2002 178

Bank expenses are responsibility of the authors.
In the place reserved in the deposit receipt for the “Reasoning of the Payment”:
  1. In case you present a paper, please complete Your full name and the phrase “SDSC 2024, [paper id]”. (Replace the [paper id] with the number provided in the subject of your acceptance letter)
  2. In case you have not submitted a paper to SDSC, please complete Your full name and the phrase “SDSC 2024".

The deposit receipt should be sent to EPY by email (epy AT epy DOT gr) no later than April 30, 2024.

For participants from Greece and EU only, in case an invoice is to be issued (apart from the Conference Receipt), please fill in and email the Invoice Request Form which is supplied separately.
Please note that registration prices do not include VAT 24%. Therefore, only for the case that an invoice is required, the payable amount corresponds to the aforementioned prices, plus 24% VAT.
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Dear colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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I hope that I will have the pleasure to welcome one year from now to the 8th Smart Data Smart Cities conference that will be held in Athens Greece, and will be hosted at the University of Western Attica, a University that is constantly rising in the international rankings.

The emblem of our university is the ancient Athenian philosopher Plato, a student of Socrates, a teacher of Aristotle, and the founder of the Academy of the same name. In fact, the archaeological site of Plato’s Academy, also considered the first known ancient university to focus on philosophy, mathematics, science, and politics, is within walking distance of our campuses.

We are delighted to host this International Conference supported by our Department, Surveying and Geoinformatics Engineering, which incorporates a range of scientific fields within its curriculum, including measurement and collection, processing, visualization, management, analysis, and dissemination of geometric, as well as quantitative and qualitative information about the natural and man-made environment, with research procedures and methods, which are part of an innovative technological framework that considers the geographical space and the natural and man-made environment as a result of constant and perpetual interaction of nature and man.

We are ready to provide a forum for the esteemed guests to discuss new approaches and methodologies, examine new technologies applied in smart cities, and share practical experiences in smart data and smart cities.

Combining its contribution to the development of Western scientific thought since ancient times with the famous Greek hospitality, Athens aspires to be added to the list of cities that have already successfully organized this renowned conference.

Dear future participants, at the 8th Smart Data Smart Cities Conference, hoping to see you all in Athens in June 2024, I wish you a big welcome to a pleasant and multicultural temple of science, art, and technology.

We are at your disposal for a successful conference!

The Head of the Department of Surveying & Geoinformatics Engineering

Andreas Tsatsaris, PhD


The conference will be held at
University of West Attica
250 Thivon & P. Ralli Str, Egaleo
Postal Code 12241, Athens

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Panagiotis Kaldis, Rector of the University of West Attica (UniWA)

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Professor of Applied Economics and Marketing in the Department of Wine, Vine and Beverage Sciences of the School of Food Sciences at the University of West Attica, Greece and the first Rector of the University (1st term: 2019-2023, 2nd term: 2023- 2027). He was unanimously appointed by the Summit of Rectors of Greek Universities as a member of its Three Member Board for the academic year 2022-2023 and first Chairman (09/01-12/31/2022).

He graduated from the Ionideios Model High School of Piraeus (1977), has a degree in agricultural economics and development from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece (1982), as well as a degree in pedagogical studies from the Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, Greece (1984). He holds a PhD from the School of Business, Environment and Society, Coventry University, England (2003). He carried out post-doctoral research in the Sector of Economic Policy and State at the Department of Economic Sciences of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (2004). He is certified in “Open and Distance Education” by the Hellenic Open University, Greece (2017).

He was elected as the first President of the Research Ethics and Deontology Committee (REDC) of the University of Piraeus, Greece (2019-2022), as well as a regular member of the REDC of the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece (2018- 2021), positions which he renounced due to his election as Rector.

He holds the title of Guest Professor at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China (2022) and of Distinguished Professor at Shenyang University, China (2019). Since 2014, he holds the title of Honorary Professor of the Guglielmo Marconi University, Italy.

He has been honoured with various awards such as the Certificate of Excellence in University Leadership from the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership/ICPEL, USA; Honorary Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership from Educational Leaders Without Borders/ELWB, USA; Lifetime Achievement Award from Cotsakos College of Business from the state William Paterson University of New Jersey, USA; Honorary Distinction from the European Commission of the Regions; Distinguished Academic Award from the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) – Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania; Honorary Distinction from the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, his Beatitude Hieronymos II; Honorary Distinction from the Bishop of Paphos, Cyprus Metropolitan Mr. Georgios; Honorary Distinction from the Supreme Confederation of multi-child Parents of Greece; Honorary Distinction from the National Sports Federation of Persons with Disabilities; Commendation from the Union of Attica Mayors; Honorary Distinction from the Association for the Development of West Athens (ASDA); Honorary Distinction from the Alumni Association of the Ionideios School of Piraeus; Education Award from the Academy of Greek Art Awards, etc.

He was the Deputy Secretary General at the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA), Greece (2009-2010). There he was appointed as the first Director of the National School of Public Administration and Local Government (ESDDA), organizing it ab initio, operating it for six years and offering four educational series (2004-2010). He was also a regular member of the Board of Directors and the Scientific-Educational Council (2004-2010), as well as President of the Educational Council of the Municipal Police Schools (2007-2010).

For three years, he participated as a regular member of the Board of Directors of the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) / DOATAP, Greece (2013- 2016).

Also, for six years, he was a regular member of the Governing Committee of the former higher education level Technological and Educational Institute of the Ionian Islands, Greece, having the institutional and scientific responsibility for a series of programmes and responsibilities (2004-2010).

For fifteen years (1990-2005) he worked as an educational and research staff at the Agricultural University of Athens, having also served as Director of Education (Studies) at the Vocational Training Centre.

He has participated as Collaborative Educational Staff in 16 postgraduate programmes in Greece and abroad, in various Universities, where he has supervised dozens of postgraduate theses and participated in relevant examination committees. He supervises doctoral theses at the University of West Attica, as well as at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and is a member of three-member committees, as well as doctoral theses examination committees at various Universities.

At the University of West Attica, he was a member of the Research and Management Committee of the Special Research Funds Account and a member of the Council of the Vocational Education Centre (2018-2019).

In addition, at the former higher education level Technological and Educational Institute of Athens, Greece (2005-2018) held the positions of a Professor, Deputy Rector/President, Coordinator of the Committee for Academic Merging with the Applied Sciences University of Piraeus for the University of Western Attica, President of the Education and Research Committee, President of the Student Club, Founding Internship Manager, Sector Director, Department President, Deputy Director of the Faculty, Director of the Master’s Program, member of the Scientific Committee of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit, while he had also participated in various administrative and scientific committees, as well as being an elected full-time member of the Board of Directors of the Professors’ Union.

Furthermore, he was also a member of the Central Board of the Federation of Professors’ Unions of the former higher education level Technological and Educational Institutes of Greece.

In total, he has forty years of experience leading various significant administrative, educational and scientific responsibilities in the public and private sectors.

His current research interests include ecological and economic ecosystems in agriculture, applied economics, marketing and management (organizational and financial), sustainable development, tourism and culture. At the level of higher education, he has a recognized and extensive work in Greece and abroad.

Recent books where he has contributed to are: “Cultural Heritage Management and Contemporary Creation and Sustainable Economic Development” (Open Academic Resources), (with Douros, P.), Kallipos, Open Academic Publishing, Athens 2024, “Roads to Integrating Sustainability in School Leadership & Teacher Preparation Programs” (with Papa, R., Saiti, A. and Snodgress, F.), ICPEL and Call Edition, USA 2022, “Financial Management ” (with Arsenos, P.), Benou Publications, Athens 2021 and “Branding, Cultural Routes and Sustainable Development” (with Mitoula, R.), Papazisis Publications, Athens 2018.

Dimitris Papastergiou, Minister of the Ministry of Digital Governance

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Dimitris Papastergiou was born in 1973 in Trikala. He graduated from the Polykladiko High School of Trikala and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineers at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Concurrently, he attended journalism courses, maintaining strong ties with technology and the internet, a relationship that was reinforced in the Multimedia Laboratory of NTUA.

In 2001, he constructed and presented, along with a team of collaborators, the first integrated webpage for the Trikala Prefecture, 3kala.gr. Since 2002, he has practiced as a Computer Engineer in the city of Trikala. He has been involved in studies and constructions of private electromechanical projects and the development of hardware/software programs. In 2007, he entered the field of renewable energy sources and has constructed more than 300 private RES projects.

His involvement in public affairs began in 2002 with his election to the Municipal Council. He was re-elected in 2006, and in 2014, he was elected Mayor of Trikala and a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDKE). He was re-elected as Mayor in 2019 and, in the same year, was elected President of KEDKE.

He is married to engineer Soula Braki and proudly declares himself the father of Fai, Kostas, and Nikos. Since June 2023, he has served as the Minister of Digital Governance in the government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

The Ministry of Digital Governance (Greek: Υπουργείο Ψηφιακής Διακυβέρνησης) is a government department of Greece. It was initially formed on 27 June 2011 as the Ministry of Administrative Reform and Electronic Governance (Υπουργείο Διοικητικής Μεταρρύθμισης και Ηλεκτρονικής Διακυβέρνησης). On 27 January 2015, it was merged with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection to form the Ministry of the Interior and Administrative Reorganization (Υπουργείο Εσωτερικών και Διοικητικής Ανασυγκρότησης). It was revived as two distinct ministries on 5 November 2016: the Ministry of Administrative Reorganization (Υπουργείο Διοικητικής Ανασυγκρότησης) and the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media (Υπουργείο Ψηφιακής Πολιτικής, Τηλεπικοινωνιών και Ενημέρωσης). The former was reabsorbed by the Ministry of the Interior on 9 July 2019, while the latter was renamed the Ministry of Digital Governance.

Anastasios Faroupos, Mayor of Antiparos island

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Brief CV:

He was born in Antiparos in 1965.
Graduated from Paros High School in 1982.
He studied Administration and Economics (accounting department) at the TEI of Heraklion, from where he graduated in 1987.
Worked as a private employee from 1987 to 1998.
Elected municipal councilor of Antiparos in 1998 and 2002.
He assumed the duties of mayor of Antiparos in 2014.
Re-elected mayor in 2019 and 2023.

Major achievements:

Improving the quality of life on the island with infrastructure projects, such as the construction of new roads, water supply and drainage networks.
Protecting the environment by implementing recycling and cleaning programs.
Improving the quality of life on the island with infrastructure projects, such as the construction of new roads, water supply and drainage networks.
Protecting the environment by implementing recycling and cleaning programs.
Promotion of tourism with the development of new tourist infrastructure and the promotion of the island at international exhibitions.
Strengthening social solidarity by implementing programs for vulnerable social groups.

Important events of his tenure:

Completion of the Antiparos water supply project.
Construction of a new biological treatment plant.
Creation of new sports facilities.
Renovation of Antiparos Primary School.
Organization of important cultural events.
Anastasios Faroupos is an active mayor, who has managed to implement important projects for the development of Antiparos.

Ioannis L. Katsios, Vice President of the Department of Surveying and Geoinformatics Engineering

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Associate Professor, Department of Surveying and Geoinformatics Engineering, University of West Attica. Greece. Currently serving as Vice President of the Department.

Surveying Engineer. Ph.D in Regional Development from the Department of Economic and Regional Development, Panteion University. Post-graduate studies in Geography and Spatial Planning (Univ. Paris IV-Sorbone), Cartography and Graphic Semiotics (École Pratique des Hautes 'Etudes).

He has participated in research projects and studies in a number of fields, including spatial and urban planning, regional development, environmental management, cadastral studies, and other related fields. These have resulted in numerous publications in scientific journals and conferences. He has served as Director of the GIS Section of the Institute of Urban Environment and Human Resources of Panteion University. As a visiting professor, he has taught Geographic Information Systems at the National Centre for Public Administration. He has spent several years working as a surveying engineer consultant, undertaking urban planning and regional development studies, as well as developing geoinformatics systems.

Scientific Interests: Geographic Information Systems, Thematic Cartography, Spatial Analysis, Geoinformatics.

Ioannis Skamnakis, Civil Aviation Authority

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Professional Summary:

Experienced Airplane Pilot and Drone Expert with pilot, instructor, and examiner ratings. UAV and Aviation Advisor at the Hellenic Civil Service Provider. Specializes in VTOL drones with a background in the military and international drone industry. Also he has trained Hellenic Police, Hellenic Coast Guard, Hellenic Firefighter Special forces, Municipal Police, E.K.A.V.

Key Achievements:

Participated in a NATO conferences for special projects .
Showcased the first ever in Greece drones drone shows in the Niarchos Foundation .
Involved and planned the first-ever Greek/European medicine transport with drones in Trikala part of the European Union programs.
Planned and executed the first ever demo flight in Greece with VTOL in Athens Area during night time with medical transportation (dummy load).


Uav safety in smart cities and the problems that can occur.
Uavs and prevention from accidents.
Uavs and use in Emergency situations.


*To be updated

Beniamino Murgante

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Beniamino Murgante is a Professor of spatial planning at the School of Engineering of the University of Basilicata. Quality indicators and publications impact:
Scopus: H-Index 32, 2,605 citations, 251 Papers indexed
Google Scholar: H-Index 38, 4648 citations, 424 Papers indexed
ResearchGate: H-Index 35 Research Interest Score 2,439 Citations 3,568
Director of Laboratory of Urban and Territorial Systems at the University of Basilicata.
He took his Ph.D. in “Sciences and Methods for European Cities and Territory” at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Pisa, and he carried out other research in Lyon at the Laboratory for Information System Engineering directed by Robert Laurini.
Coordinator of undergraduate and postgraduate Civil and Environmental Engineering curriculum at the University of Basilicata.
Coordinator of Smart Mobility and Urban Services in Smart Basilicata post-graduate program.
Member of the Editorial Board of many international journals, scientific committees of a lot of national and international conferences, and the scientific council of some national and international organizations.
Editor of “Building Sustainable Cities” section in “Sustainable Communities” Taylor & Francis.
Co-general Chair of the International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications (ICCSA).

Keynote | Analyzing Innovative Approaches to Urban Sustainability: The 15-Minute City

The pandemic and environmental crises have underscored the necessity for radical transformations in urban areas to promote inclusion, sustainability, participation, and an enhanced quality of life. Unfortunately, in recent decades, city management practices have resulted in resource consumption exceeding the planet's capacity. This approach has led to uncontrolled urban sprawl, areas of cities inhabited predominantly by tourists due to Airbnb's impact, and cities dominated by cars, resulting in severe pollution problems. The 15-Minute City concept envisions reorganizing urban spaces, structures, and functions to ensure residents' access to essential services, promote sustainable transportation modes, and convert urban public spaces into multifunctional areas. This presentation will provide a comprehensive analysis of the 15-minute City concept. It will introduce a set of indicators derived from spatial and configurational analyses to evaluate the alignment of urban systems with the 15-minute City principles.

Keywords: Sustainable Cities, Urban Sprawl, Climate Changes, 15-Minute City

Workshop | Proximity Planning Modelling: Innovations, Trends, and Future Challenges in the "15-Minute City" Model

The 15-minute city concept has recently emerged as a fundamental design paradigm in several urban and spatial policy strategies. Unsurprisingly, the pandemic lockdowns exacerbated this situation by compelling residents to reacquaint themselves with their local surroundings. The reconfiguration of the urban system, encompassing time, space, and activities, with a focus on enhancing the quality of life, urban health, and overall well-being, shows great potential in cities where essential services and destinations such as work, housing, urban facilities, amenities, food, health services, education, culture, and leisure activities are conveniently reachable within a 15- or 30-minute walking, cycling, or public transportation commute. This strategy is essential for resolving daily intricacies, including all actions pertaining to auto-centric regulations, reducing air pollution, noise, and heat island impacts, as well as promoting green spaces and physical activity. To enhance the 15-minute city model, it is helpful to incorporate the following elements: i) Utilise diverse urban methodologies and strategies to plan for proximity. ii) Implement Smart Cities network technologies like digital twins, Internet of Things (IoT), and 6G. iii) Employ configurational analysis techniques to study cities. iv) Utilise computational analyses to model and create sustainable cities. In order to effectively implement the concept of the 15-minute city, it is essential to develop a comprehensive approach that encompasses transportation planning, urban design, and governance. This approach aims to provide well-designed public areas and streets suitable for walking, cycling, and mixeduse projects. The purpose of this session is to encourage discussions on the 15-minute city, focusing on its concept, morphological approach, structure-function models, its computational, analysis, and application in urban planning. This objective is not restricted to these topics.

Keywords: 15-minute city; proximity; street network configuration, computational analysis, urban morphology, urban dynamics, data-driven analysis; digital twins; walkability and cycling

Robert Laurini

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Dr. Robert Laurini, Professor Emeritus in Information Technologies
Born in 1947, Robert Laurini (aka Roberto) holds two doctorates, one in 1973, and the other in 1980, both in information technologies awarded by the Claude Bernard University of Lyon, France. He speaks fluently French, English, Italian and Spanish.
Throughout his career, he primarily worked at INSA-Lyon (University of Lyon), eventually achieving the status of a distinguished professor. However, in 1976-77, he spent an entire year as a research associate at the Martin Centre of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Similarly, in 1986-87, he served as a visiting professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Between 1995 and 2005, he held a part-time position at IUAV University in Venice, Italy. Since 2011, he has been retired and holds the title of professor emeritus at the Knowledge Systems Institute in Illinois, USA.
During his carrier, he worked overall on computing aspects of geographic information systems, namely spatial data indexing, geometric quality control, geographic database consistency, updating through aerial photos, visual summaries, chorem generation, geographic ontologies, sensor data organization and indexing, etc. His last works have been on geographic knowledge especially targeted to smart cities and territorial intelligence. In total, he supervised or co-supervised 44 PhD students in those domains.
He wrote several books regarding geographic information systems, especially for urban and environmental planning and the last one is “Geographic Knowledge Infrastructure: Applications to Territorial Intelligence and Smart Cities” in 2017. He authored or co-authored more than 250 papers in various journals and conferences.
He was invited to give seminars in many countries, especially in Italy, Morocco, Algeria, Argentina, and Mexico. He was member of PhD committees more than 100 times in 19 countries.
He was president of the ACMGIS steering committee, vice-president of UDMS, European editor of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, and associate editor of the Journal of Visual Languages and Computing.
In 2009, he founded the NGO “Universitaires Sans Frontières/Academics Without Borders” the scope of which is to help modernize universities in developing countries. In this NGO, he is now in charge of several universities in Latin America, especially for the training of PhD students and young researchers for scientific writing, and for lab heads in the definition and validation of promising novel research lines.
For more details see www.laurini.net/robert

Keynote | ICT-supported Smart City, quo vadis?

In today's landscape, the concept of Smart Cities has become mainstream, with numerous urban centers proudly adopting the label. But what exactly does it entail? In this thought-provoking keynote address, I delve into the multifaceted dimensions of Smart Cities, exploring not only various definitions but also the diverse challenges spanning housing, mobility, education, feeding, commerce, health, industry, security, and public participation. At the heart of this transformation lies the goal of enhancing the quality of life for all citizens. And how do we achieve this? through the seamless integration of information and communication technologies (ICT). From sensor-based Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to cloud management and knowledge extraction and reasoning, these technologies underpin the Smart City vision. Indeed, artificial intelligence emerges as a pivotal player in this approach. Many believe it holds the key to realizing our ultimate aspirations. During this address, I will survey AI potentialities, including knowledge management, case-based reasoning, and deep learning. However, I must also acknowledge the caveats and uncertainties that lie ahead, as the promises and pitfalls of Smart Cities are explored, envisioning a future where technology harmonizes with human well-being and sustainable urban living. The talk will be concluded by the importance of territorial intelligence, combining artificial intelligence and human collective intelligence for more sustainable cities.

Alenka Poplin

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Alenka Poplin, Associate Professor of Geoinformation Science at Iowa State University
Biography: Alenka Poplin is an Associate Professor of Geoinformation Science at Iowa State University and a founder and director of the GeoGames Lab and Community Engagement Living Lab (https://www.communityengagementll.net/). Her research interests intersect geogames for community engagement, game-based modeling and design, geogames and artificial intelligence, and mapping emotions and places. Her main application areas include smart cities, public participation in urban planning, and online games. She holds a PhD in Geoinformation Science from Vienna University of Technology, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Clemson University, SC, and a Master in Surveying and Spatial Planning from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Alenka widely publishes on geogames and mapping emotions and places. She is one of the co-editors of the book The Virtual and The Real: Perspectives, Practices and Applications for The Built Environment, Routledge. Alenka also co-edited, in collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dabid Schwartz (Rochester Institute of Technology), the first open-access journal Gaming and Geospatial Information (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijgi/special_issues/Gaming_Geospatial_Information). Currently she serves as an editor of the Special Issue of Sustainability Journal titled Co-creating the Future of Cities with Games: New Technologies and Methods for Sustainable and Smart City Planning.

Keynote | Cities for All: Geogames, Artificial Intelligence, Disabled-Accessibility and Evocative Places

This talk explores the notion of “cities for all”. What does it mean to create inviting and happy cities that take everyone’s needs into consideration? How can novel technologies and concepts help create cities for all and in particular for those that are disadvantaged and marginalized? Geogames can be introduced in community engagement processes specifically developed for the targeted audience and enhanced with artificial intelligence capabilities. Novel applications and technological advancements can better support people with disabilities, enabling them better access to the services. Places that evoke positive emotions, images and memories can be designed and implemented. This talk inspires discussions about emotions, places and technological advancements created to improve the quality of life for all citizens.

Workshop | Game Design: Creating Serious Games for Sustainable Futures

This workshop takes the participants into the role of a game designer. It walks the participants through the process of designing and creating a serious game. Theory on games, types of games, game elements, and mechanics of games are combined with practical exercises. Participants work in groups and get immersed in a step-by-step process of creating their own serious game. The process starts with brainstorming and the creation of ideas. It continues with the selection of game elements and the development of a first game prototype. The workshop concludes with group presentations of the game prototypes created during the workshop.


*Schedule subject to change

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Tuesday 4th June 2024

Available WorkshopsOrganizerDurationRoomRegister
Proximity Planning Modelling: Innovations, Trends, and Future Challenges in the "15-Minute City" Model Beniamino Murgante
University of Basilicata
15:00 - 20:00Room1
Game Design: Creating Serious Games for Sustainable Futures Alenka Poplin
Iowa State University
16:00 - 20:00Room2
ArcGIS: the technology for building a sustainable future Marathon Data Systems15:00 - 20:00Room3
Register in only one Workshop but without extra cost. There are 30 seats for each Workshop. Workshops' Registrations will remain open until June 3, 2024.

Wednesday 5th June 2024

Opening ceremony
1st day of the symposium
09:00 - 10:00
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 17:00

Thursday 6th June 2024

2nd day of the symposium
09:00 - 10:00
10:00 - 17:00
21:00 - 00:30

Friday 7th June 2024

3rd day of the symposium
Closing ceremony and farewell party
09:00 - 10:00
10:00 - 16:00
16:00 - 18:00

Saturday 8th June 2024

Smart excursion in Poros island

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Embarking on a journey to the picturesque island of Poros, nestled in the shimmering Saronic Gulf, is akin to stepping into a Greek postcard brought to life. As the ferry glides across the cerulean waters, the captivating sight of Poros emerges, with its lush greenery cascading down hillsides and quaint white-washed buildings adorning the coastline. Upon arrival, the island's charm unfolds with every step; wander through narrow cobblestone streets lined with bougainvillea-draped tavernas, where the tantalizing scent of freshly grilled seafood fills the air. Visitors can explore historical gems like the 18th-century Clock Tower, offering panoramic vistas of the azure sea, or unwind on pristine beaches such as Love Bay, where crystalline waters invite leisurely swims and moments of tranquility.

Beyond its scenic allure, Poros beckons travelers to delve into its rich cultural tapestry and vibrant atmosphere. Meander through bustling markets brimming with local crafts and delicacies, or partake in traditional Greek dance performances under the starlit sky. Indulge in authentic Greek cuisine at waterfront eateries, savoring delectable dishes infused with the flavors of the Mediterranean. Whether navigating the island's idyllic coastline by kayak, immersing in its storied past at the Archaeological Museum, or simply relishing the unhurried pace of island life, Poros casts a spell that lingers long after the journey's end, a testament to the enduring allure of Greece's island treasures.


The cost of excursion is additional - It is not included in the registration fees. The cost includes only the ticket price and the price is 70€.

Time table:

Departure time from Piraeus 08:30 (duration 1h)
Departure time from Poros 17:10 (duration 1h)

Register: (after May 17) & Pay on Conference Desk

Publication Pathway 1 – Abstract paper submission

6-8 pages

Extended abstract (1000w), New Final Deadline: 10th March 2024
Author notification: (according the submission extension) it is extended to 31st March 2024
Camera ready / Final submission: 15th April 2024 (see tab "Proceedings" for details)

  • Paper to be accepted on abstract review
  • To be published in ISPRS archives

Publication pathway 2 – Full paper submission

6-8 pages

Full paper, New Final Deadline: 10th March 2024
Author notification: (according the submission extension) it is extended to 10th April 2024
Camera ready / Final submission: 19th April 2024 (see tab "Proceedings" for details)

  • Paper to be accepted on full paper review
  • No abstract submission required in advance
  • To be published in ISPRS annals


This event will recognise the high quality presentations and papers by sponsoring the following awards:
  • 3 Best papers awards
  • 3 Best oral presentation
  • 8 Thematic awards - one for each Thematic area

How to submit

Papers are submitted via Easychair.

Paper must be prepared following strictly the ISPRS template for abstract and full paper:

Call for papers

The world has experienced tremendous challenges and undergone significant socio-technological transitions in recent years. This in turn has made data-driven technologies such as distributed systems, data analytics and digital platforms increasingly relevant to both the private and public sector, as well as researchers. These emerging digital paradigms - such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), Big Data and Digital Twin applications - are particularly critical to the management of Smart Cities.

A Smart City is defined as a set of instruments across many scales that are connected through multiple networks and provide continuous data regarding people and environment in support of decisions about the physical and social form of the city. This process cannot be completed without technology advancements. Moreover a Smart City cannot be established without involving citizens (smart people).

The 8th International Smart Data and Smart Cities (SDSC) Conference will be organised in Athens, Greece, from the 4th to the 7th June 2024. SDSC is a leading international conference focussed on the dissemination and exchange of knowledge and research results relating to urban innovation and smart technologies across the EU, North and South America and Australasia. It is initiated by the Urban Data Management Society (UDMS). With each conference, we strengthen the communication between senior researchers, students, developers, practitioners and citizens and establish collaborations on new research topics.

The conference is organised under the auspices of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote sensing (ISPRS) and will comprise technical and scientific presentations along with a series of pre-conference workshops. We seek original contributions on all aspects of the following themes and related topics:

Theme 1: Smart Data
  • Sensor network databases
  • On-the-fly data mining
  • Geographic and urban knowledge modelling and engine
  • Urban data analytics and big data
  • Big databases and data management (noSQL)
  • Open urban platforms
  • Cyber-Security
  • Privacy and urban resilience
  • Data privacy and integrity
  • Future Internet 5G/6G
Theme 2: Smart People
  • Volunteered information
  • Citizen engagement
  • Participation and empowerment
  • Privacy and data security challenges in smart cities
  • Usability of Smart Systems
  • Co-Design
Theme 3: Smart Cities
  • Urban Digital Twins
  • 3D modelling of cities
  • Internet of Things
  • Urban social networks
  • Monitoring systems
  • Smart Homes
  • Smart Energy
  • Urban knowledge engineering
  • New style of urban decision-making systems
  • Disaster management systems
  • Industry 4.0
Theme 4: Smart Digital Planning Tools
  • Metaverse
  • Scenario planning
  • Urban modelling and simulation
  • Urban AI and ML
  • Urban computational design
  • Digital platforms and portals
  • SaaS (Service as a Software) Artificial Intelligence
  • Plantech & Proptech
  • Visualisation
  • Dashboards
Theme 5: Smart Governance
  • Smart city policy
  • Smart urban governance
  • Rules as code
  • Standards and regulations
  • Smart engagement - Co-design, co-production
  • Living labs methods and case studies
  • Participatory geographical information systems
  • People as sensors
Theme 6: Smart Green
  • Net-zero emission cities
  • COP26 Goals
  • Sustainable and Green Computing
  • Environment-friendly system
  • Green computing
  • Ecosystems
  • Green buildings
Theme 7: Smart Construction
  • Smart construction equipment & machinery
  • Automated building systems
  • Construction site planning, monitoring and control
  • Smart building solutions
  • Digital technologies used in health and safety management
Theme 8: Smart Urban Mobility
  • Smart Aerial Mobility
  • Smart Transportation
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircrafts (eVTOL)
  • Voloports
Instructions for Authors

Extended Abstract: there is no template for the 1000 word paper. Accepted 1000 word abstracts have the option to submit a full paper, which will be published in the ISPRS archives without re-review. Papers for the Archives are limited to 8 pages

Full paper: accepted full papers will be published in the ISPRS Annals. These submissions are limited to 8 pages. All full paper submissions will be refereed in a double-blind peer review process for quality, originality, and relevance by the scientific committee. Papers not accepted for ISPRS Annals might be considered for the ISPRS Archives.

** Note that full papers submitted for double-blind peer review to the ISPRS Annals must not contain any information which makes it possible to identify the authors. In particular, names and affiliations must be removed from the manuscript submitted for review. If you would like your paper to be considered for the Annals, please make sure to remove any identifying information before submission. If this is not the case, then your paper will be considered for the ISPRS Archives **


ISPRS Archives (Publication Pathway 1)

ISPRS Annals (Publication Pathway 2)


General Co-Chairs

Name Surname Affiliation
Dimos Pantazis University of West Attica
Ioannis Voyiatzis University of West Attica
Volker Coors HFT Stuttgart

Program Committee Co-Chairs

Name Surname Affiliation
Nikitas Karanikolas University of West Attica
Claire Ellul University College London
Michael Vassilakopoulos University of Thessaly

Program Committee Members

Name Surname Affiliation
Alias Abdul-Rahman Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Giorgio Agugiaro Delft University of Technology
Theodoros Anagnostopoulos University of West Attica
LeonidasAnthopoulosUniversity of Thessaly
Ken Arroyo Ohori Delft University of Technology
JohnBartonThe University of New South Wales
Filip Biljecki National University of Singapore
RolandBillenUniversity of Liege
Lars Bodum Aalborg University
Pawel Boguslawski Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences
Maria AntoniaBrovelliPolitecnico Di Milano
Matteo Caglioni UMR 7300 ESPACE - Université Nice Sophia Antipolis
OlgaCavouraUniversity of West Attica
Ofelia Cervantes Depto. Computación, Electrónica y Mecatrónica
Eliseo Clementini University of L'Aquila
AspassiaDaskalopuluUniversity of Thessaly
Jose-Paulode AlmeidaINESC Coimbra
Youness Dehbi HafenCity University Hamburg
Mahmoud RezaDelavarUniversity of Tehran
Abdoulaye Abou Diakité Delft University of Technology
Cidália CostaFonteUniversity of Coimbra
JorgeGilChalmers University of Technology
Gilles Gesquiere LIRIS
Tarun Ghawana Integrated Spatial Analytics Consultants
EricGuilbertUniversité Laval
PetraHelmholzCurtin University
Stephen Hirtle University of Pittsburgh
IvanaIvanovaCurtin University
MartinKadaTU Berlin
MargatiraKoklaNational Technical University of Athens
Thomas Kolbe Technical University of Munich
Robert Laurini INSA Lyon
Camilo León Sánchez Delft University of Technology
Ki-JouneLiPusan University
WeiLiHarbin Engineering University
LiuLiuTongji University
Christina Mickrenska-Cherneva UACEG
MarcoMinghiniEuropean Commission - Joint Research Centre
EftihiaNathanailUniversity of Thessaly
GerhardNavratilTechnical University Wien
StephanNebikerUniversity of Applied Sciences and Arts North-western Switzerland
Robert Olszewski Warsaw University of Technology
Dev RajPaudyalUniversity of Southern Queensland
Dionysia-Georgia Perperidou University of West Attica
ChristopherPettitThe University of New South Wales
Alenka Poplin Iowa State University
Ivana Racetin FGAG
AbbasRajabifardMelbourne University
Maria Rigkou University of Patras
Massimo Rumor University of Padova
Soheil Sabri University of Central Florida
MonicaSesterLeibniz university Hannover
Davood Shojaei Melbourne University
Maria Sinou University of West Attica
Yongze Song Curtin University
Antonia Spanò Politecnico di Torino
Riza Sunindijo UNSW Sydney
Shengjun Tang Shenzhen University
ShengjunTangShenzhen University
Genoveva Vargas Solar CNRS-LIG-LAFMIA
Anh Vu Vo University College Dublin
ZhiyongWangSouth China University of Technology
Wei Tu Shenzhen University
StephanWinterThe University of Melbourne
ChristosYiakoumettisUniversity of West Attica
YangYueShenzhen University
Zhiyong Wang South China University of Technology
SisiZlatanovaUNSW Built Environment
Jian Zuo The University of Adelaide

Local Organizing Committee

Name Surname Affiliation
Dionysia-Georgia Perperidou University of West Attica
Panagiotis Papantoniou University of West Attica
Vassilios Moussas University of West Attica
Anna-Christina Daverona University of West Attica

Board of UDMS


The conference is supported by the following sponsors:

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University of West Attica, Egaleo Park campus

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