Visible to the public Scientific Challenges in Data and Event-driven Smart City Service and Applications (SDESS 2016)

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Scientific Challenges in Data and Event-driven Smart city Service and Applications (SDESS)

Workshop collocated with ACM Distributed and Event-based Systems (DEBS) 2016, Irvine, CA, USA, June 24, 2016

Smart cities are inherently multi-domain cyber physical systems (CPS) that crosscut conventional organizational and infrastructure boundaries. Extensibility and smartness are key properties of these emerging class of CPS. Extensibility is the capacity to accommodate change readily, i.e., adding new applications, for example, while preserving the original function. Smartness is the capability of a system to learn and adapt to a changing environment and unplanned circumstances. Moreover, resilience, scalability and interoperability are core requirements of effective smart city solutions. Replicability - the ability to deploy in many environments - provides for economies of scale. Scalability empowers communities large and small, including those experiencing rapid growth. Interoperability allows modular solutions, empowering communities with options to meet their needs and the ability to build systems over time through incremental budget investments.

The uncertainty and large-scale of Smart cities gives rise to numerous events that occur asynchronously and sporadically generating large volumes of data. Thus, intelligent event handling and Big Data analytics are key to the success of smart cities. This workshop focuses on new approaches to realizing next-generation data-driven CPS, such as smart cities, that are based on open, extensible platforms and that arise from new partnerships between cities, industry, and academia. Topics of interest for this workshop include everything that accounts for event and data driven systems from the following non exhaustive list:

  • Multi-tiered architectures that can integrate applications across domains, including water management, energy, disaster resilience transportation, healthcare, and many other applications essential to cities and their residents.
  • Interactions between privacy, security, resilience, reliability, and safety from both theoretical and operational perspectives and lightweight cyber physical virtualization technologies that ensure both cyber and physical resources can be accessed simultaneously and safely by multiple applications.
  • Heterogeneity in both messaging layer and behavior layer is one of the biggest problems that is emerging when we consider that all these services need to be integrated together in order to provide useful services to the residents. Frameworks for solving the challenge of integrating heterogeneous and cross-domain data and services are critical.
  • Autonomous online collaboration and coordination that ensure cyber and physical resources of the platform are managed and arbitrated correctly and efficiently, including the runtime verification required to validate the dynamic resource allocation and usage patterns, and the distributed and interactive decision making algorithms that require a high level of coordination across decisions to make the complete system work.
  • Closed loop operations in the context of the open nature of smart city platforms with on-line or real-time control and actuation to maintain desired operational set points, and standardized and interoperable mechanism to request and verify "actions" taken because of the data analysis.
  • Design strategies for interoperability and modularity that enable the composition of complex smart city systems from diverse elements.

We encourage submissions of previously unpublished work that address the challenges above and others critical to integrating humans, physical components and computers in cyber-physical systems at smart city scale. We also invite industrial case studies from diverse set of domains illustrating the challenges caused by the adoption of these architectures in that domain. Papers should describe original work and be maximum 6 pages in length using the IEEE paper format. Submissions can fall under one or more of the following categories: (1) initial and promising 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. Accepted papers will be published online via IEEE Xplore.

Paper submissions should be emailed directly to the workshop organizers, Abhishek Dubey and Aniruddha Gokhale at and

Workshop Organizers

  • Abhishek Dubey (Vanderbilt University)
  • Aniruddha Gokhale (Vanderbilt University)

Important Dates:

  • Submission of papers: June 5, 2016 at 11:59 PM AoE
  • Author notification: June 10, 2016
  • Workshop date: June 24, 2016