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8th International Conference on

Smart Data and Smart Cities (SDSC2024)

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4 - 8 June 2024
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09:00am - 05:00pm
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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 04-08 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

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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Last update: February 20, 2024, nnk.


*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).

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

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.

Stéphane Roche

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Stéphane Roche, Professor of Geomatics Science
Director of the Institute for Environment, Development and Society (Institute EDS)
Laval University, Quebec, Canada
Biography: Engineer and geographer by training, Stéphane Roche is a full professor in the Department of Geomatic Sciences of the Faculty of Forestry, Geography (FFGG) and Geomatics at Laval University (Quebec, Canada). He was previously the director of the Department of Geomatic Sciences from 2007 to 2011; vice-dean for research and studies of the FFGG from 2014 to 2018; director of research and academic affairs (vice-rector) at the National Institute of Scientific Research - INRS from 2018 to 2020. During the 2022-2023 academic year, he was a guest professor and head of the center for studies and research on urban environments at the French University of Ontario (UOF) in Toronto. He is currently the director of the Institute of Environment, Development and Society (EDS) at Laval University.
As a professor, Prof. Roche explores the complexity of the spatial organization modes of human societies and the issues raised by the digital transition in Anthropocene urban ecosystems. He is interested in skills and spatial reasoning as the main source of a new form of urban intelligence for climate action and sustainable health. He is the author of five books, 30 book chapters, nearly 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and has given 300 conferences, more than half of which are by invitation. He is currently leading Urbi-GES, a $3.7millions CD$ research project that aims at designing and developing an urban intelligence platform for monitoring community GHG emissions in Canadian cities.

From Smart City to Healthy City

Since the first Smart City initiatives, mainly pushed by the largest information technology companies, techno-solutionist approaches have largely demonstrated their ineffectiveness in responding to the challenges faced by contemporary urban environments. One response to these limitations is the concept of a healthy city, a quite new approach promoted by the World Health Organization. A healthy city is a progressive, inclusive, connected city where people live in accessible, complete neighbourhoods, can move about freely, connect with nature and feel a sense of belonging. This conference proposes to analyze, based on some current research projects, the role that geospatial intelligence can play in the deployment of Healthy Cities.


*Schedule subject to change

Tuesday 4th June 2024

Wednesday 5th June 2024

Opening ceremony
1st day of the symposium
09:00 - 10:00
10:30 - 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 smart places - to be announced (with additional cost)

Publication Pathway 1 – Abstract paper submission

6-8 pages

Extended abstract (1000w) due: 25th February 2024
Author notification: 20th March 2024
Optional final submission: 12th April 2024

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

Publication pathway 2 – Full paper submission

6-8 pages

Full paper due: 1st March 2024
Author notification: 31st March 2024
Full paper due: 15th April 2024

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


This joining event will recognise the high quality presentations and papers by sponsoring the following awards:
  • 3 Best papers awards
  • 3 Best oral presentation
  • Several industry supported awards

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 **


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

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