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SCOPE-2020: 5th International Workshop
on Science of Smart City Operations
and Platforms Engineering

Theme: Data and Model-driven analysis and co-simulation of city system of systems

(Co-located with CPS-IoT Week 2020 in Sydney, Australia)


Registration and Travel Details:


Workshop Date: April 21, 2020


Important Information:

  • Submission deadline: February 9, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2020
  • Final paper submission deadline: March 15, 2020
  • Full paper submissions are peer-reviewed by at least 3 reviewers.
  • Papers must not be longer than 6 pages.


Submission Template:


Submission URL:


Call for Papers:


With increased emergence and integration of distributed sensors and IoT devices within the smart city infrastructure, the reliable digital connectivity and network security has become an increasingly greater concern. Disruptions, degradation, and attacks can severely hamper critical operations of smart cities and dramatically increase cost for managing them. This requires cities to build redundancies, deploy diverse set of resources, and protect against cyber-physical attacks.


Co-simulation is a well-known approach to study such concerns at a system-of-systems level. With co-simulations of physical systems such as city traffic with communication network, for instance, studies of the effects of cyber-attacks on city operations can be effectively conducted. In other cases, co-simulation of urban planning and design with transportation can provide deep insights for optimizing city resources and increasing flexibility for future expansions.


In the workshop this year we will specifically focus our attention on data-driven as well as model-based co-simulation and analyses that aim to highlight and address issues that emanate from the interoperability and interdependence of various systems that make the city operations possible. In this context, the topics of interest include (but not limited to):

  • Impact of cyber-attacks on powergrid and powergrid operations through integrated simulation of powergrid with communication networks
  • Impact of cyber-attacks on road traffic through integrated simulation of road traffic with communication networks
  • Integrated simulation of urban planning with transportation
  • Integration of energy management systems with diverse renewable generation technologies and urban developments such as electric vehicles, charging stations, and energy storage technologies
  • Incident prevention and smart dispatch with (un)reliable communication networks
  • Real-time data collection through distributed sensors for continuous optimization of city operations
  • Analyzing city physical systems such as kiosks, traffic lights, buses, devices, and sensor networks with integrated computational components and human operations
  • Impact of cyber disruptions on city services that rely on cloud-computing backend
  • Improving mobility services, including rideshare, parking, and sustainable impacts of autonomous vehiclesInteractions between privacy, security, resilience, reliability, and safety from both theoretical and operational perspectives

Papers should describe original work and limited to a maximum of 6 pages in length using the ACM conference proceedings format available at: Submissions can fall under one or more of the following categories: (1) Promising preliminary research results, (2) Industrial case studies, (3) position statements with sufficient justification and rationale for the proposed idea(s). At least three workshop committee members will review all submitted papers. We expect to work with CPS Week organizers to publish the papers online.


Workshop Background:


The motivation for this workshop stems from the significant interest in this realm, and observing the increased participation of teams participating in the Global City Teams Challenge. The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC), an initiative by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), part of US Department of Commerce, is designed to advance the incubation and deployment of CPS and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within a smart city environment in cities around the world. The FY15 and 16 rounds of GCTC were highly successful with 150+ teams of more than 160 cities and over 350 companies and universities participating in smart city technology deployments in areas ranging from disaster resilience, to air quality, transportation management, health care, energy efficiency and more. FY17 GCTC Expo was held in summer 2017 in the US.


Summary of previous SCOPE workshops:


This workshop has been successfully organized and very well received during past four CPS Weeks [Montreal, Pittsburg, Vienna, and Porto Portugal]:

The scope of the workshop this year has grown from just architectures and platforms for primarily infrastructure systems in cities to include relevant topics regarding data and model-driven analysis and co-simulations of city system-of-systems in addition to previously considered topics of privacy, and security implications of city-scale systems.


The workshop will include invited speakers, panels, presentations of accepted papers, and posters.


Program Committee and intended audience:


The Program Committee for this year will be formed after the workshop proposal is accepted. We will draw upon expertise from academia, industry and government. Proceedings will be available on CPS-VO. We will work with the conference organizers to get the proceedings published on IEEExplore. Other avenues, such as a journal issue will be also explored.


Proposed program committee:

  • Hirozumi Yamaguchi (Osaka University)
  • Hayato Yamana (Waseda University)
  • Marisol Garcia Valls (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • Janos Sztipanovits (Vanderbilt University)
  • Christoph Meinrenken (Columbia)
  • Aron Laszka (University of Houston)
  • Dan Work (Vanderbilt University)
  • Constantine Kontokosta (NYU)
  • Derek Loftis (Virginia Institute of Marine Science)
  • Hemant Purohit (George Mason University)
  • Hongwei Zhang (Wayne State University)
  • Joshua Tan (Oxford)
  • Kendrick, Christine (Portland)
  • Levent Guvenc (OSU)
  • Lillian Ratliff (UW, Seattle)
  • Madhur Behl (UVA)
  • Martin Burns (NIST)
  • Martin Lehofer (Siemens)
  • Nalini Venkatasubramanian (UC Irvine)
  • Rajat Mehrotra (DRI)
  • Sertac Karaman (MIT)
  • Sherif Abdelwahed (Virginia CommonWealth)
  • Susan Shaheen (UC Berkeley)

We encourage researchers and practitioners on foundations and applications for smart cities systems and connected communities to participate.


Organization committee:

  • Himanshu Neema (Vanderbilt University)
  • Sajal Das  (Missouri Science and Technology)
  • Abhishek Dubey (Vanderbilt University)
  • Sokwoo Rhee (NIST)