Special Sessions

LOD 2021 Special Sessions

I) Special Session on Data Science for Sustainable Cities

Chairs: Alberto Castellini, Alessandro Farinelli, Giuseppe Nicosia, Varun Ojha

Contact: alberto.castellini@univr.it

The amount of data generated nowadays by society, city infrastructures, and digital technologies around us is astonishing. The analysis, modeling and knowledge extraction of/from these data is a key asset for understanding urban environments and improving the efficiency of urban mobility,  air quality and other forms of sustainability. This special session provides a platform to share high-quality research ideas related to data science methods and technologies for urban environments, a topic of crucial importance for many Sustainable Development Goals (i.e., SDG 7 on Sustainable Energy and SDG 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities). Another important goal is to establish a meeting point for researchers in academia and industry who develop methodologies and technologies for data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence with specific applications in smart and sustainable cities.

  • Data acquisition and data analysis in sustainable cities
  • Data-driven predictive modeling for urban and built environments
  • Time series analysis and forecasting for urban environments
  • Anomaly detection for multivariate sensor data
  • Robust machine learning and model verification
  • ICT platforms for collecting, visualizing and analyzing data in urban environments
  • Data analysis for mobility and transportation
  • Data analysis for air quality monitoring 
  • Data analysis for heating management
  • Data analysis for smart buildings and smart grids
  • Model explainability and interpretability in urban applications
  • Predictive modeling for district heating networks
  • Predictive modeling for energy-efficient cities
  • Innovative sensing platforms (e.g., mobile sensors) for data gathering
  • Data gathering and management for citizen science in urban environments 
  • Data security, privacy and blockchain
  • Analytics for municipalities and urban stakeholders
  • Cloud and big data platforms
  • Smart hospitals and healthcare for sustainable cities
  • Data-driven modeling for urban complex systems
  • Data analytics for emergency management
  • Urban Analytics
  • Information diffusion and social networks for sustainable cities
  • Epidemic data analysis in urban environments
  • City monitoring and Urban planning
  • Senseable cities
  • Analytics for smart growth and effective infrastructure

A selection of the best papers accepted for the presentation at the special session will be invited to submit an extended version for publication on Frontiers in Sustainable Cities (https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/sustainable-cities#)


Important Dates for the “Special Session on Data Science for Sustainable Cities”:

* Paper Submission Deadline: Thursday April 29, 2021 (Anywhere on Earth)
* Abstract/Poster/Demo Submission Deadline: Sunday May 9, 2021 (Anywhere on Earth)
* Reviews Released to Authors: by Tuesday June 15, 2021
* Rebuttal Due: by Tuesday June 22, 2021
* Decision Notification to Authors: by Wednesday June 30, 2021
* Camera Ready Submission Deadline: by Saturday July 10, 2021

II) The 7 Special Sessions on Machine Learning

  • Multi-Task Learning
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Generative Adversarial Networks
  • Deep Neuroevolution
  • Networks with Memory
  • Learning from Less Data and Building Smaller Models

III) The 7 Special Sessions on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

  • Simulation Environments to understand how AI Systems Learn
  • Chatbots and Conversational Agents
  • Data Science at Scale & Data in the Cloud
  • Urban Informatics & Data-Driven Modelling of Complex Systems
  • Data-centric Engineering
  • Data Security, Traceability of Information & GDPR
  • Economic Data Science

IV) Special Session on Multi-Objective Optimization

  • Comparative studies of various many-objective optimization techniques
  • Designing and constructing many-objective benchmark test problems
  • Designing quality/performance metrics for many-objective solutions/algorithms
  • Development of meta-heuristic algorithms for many-objective optimization problems
  • Evolutionary many-objective optimization methods in search-based software engineering
  • Evolutionary many-objective optimization methods applied to real-world problems
  • Exact methods from mathematical programming for many-objective optimization problems
  • Many-objective optimization in bi-level optimization problems
  • Many-objective optimization in combinatorial/discrete optimization problems
  • Many-objective optimization in computational expensive optimization problems
  • Many-objective optimization in constrained optimization problems
  • Many-objective optimization in dynamic environments
  • Many-objective optimization in large-scale optimization problems
  • Objective reduction techniques
  • Preference articulation in many-objective optimization
  • Preference-based search in many-objective optimization
  • Study of parameter sensitivity in many-objective optimization
  • Theoretical analysis and developments in many-objective optimization
  • Visualization for decision-making in many-objective optimization
  • Visualization for many-objective solution sets
  • Visualization for the search process of meta-heuristic algorithms
  • Multi-objective Optimization: new algorithms and concrete applications
  • Industrial problems, transportation and logistics problems
  • contributions to theoretical aspects of Multi-Objective Optimization (MOO) and Multi-Criteria Decision Aiding (MCDA)
  • descriptions of actual application cases
  • software contributions to MOO or MCDA
  • inter-disciplinary research, presenting the contributions of MOO and/or MCDA to other scientific disciplines, or integrating other disciplines into MOO or/and MCDA
  • decision aiding and multi-objective optimization for sustainability

V) Special Session on AI for Sustainability

VI) Special Session on AI to help to fight Climate Change

More Special Sessions TBA