This is the 7th edition of the workshop series with the label “Web Applications and Smart Cities” (previous name: AW4City), which started back in Florence in 2015 and kept on taking place every year in conjunction with the WWW conference series. Last year the workshop was in Taipei during The Web Conference 2020. The workshop series aim to investigate the role of the Web and of Web applications in smart city growth.

This year, the workshop focuses on Smart City (SC) resilience, with the inclusion of Web Intelligence that enables self-sensing and early alerts, and self-adaptation of smart services in SC: SC seem to have failed so far in recognizing Covid-19 and other risks and questions rise regarding how can SC self-detect and analyze risks from the environment? How it can generate alerts and communications with the appropriate smart components and city stakeholders against these risks?

WebAndTheCity aims at gathering researchers from the fields of SC that are related to this year’s conference topics, to think about the obstacles that hurdle the leveraging of understanding and capturing of SC trends with regard to the WWW role (web-based, Apps, platforms and web intelligence). We target researchers from industry, academia and government to join forces in this exciting area.

About Us



Prof. Dr. Leonidas Anthopoulos is full Professor in e-Business, Director of the Smart City Research Institute, the University of Thessaly and Greece Director of the MSc in Project Management. During his professional and academic careers (of more than 20 years) he was responsible for planning and management of various complex ICT projects, while he is currently involved in various smart city research activities. His research interests concern, among others, Smart City, e-government, Enterprise Architecture, web technologies etc. Some of his publications can be found in ACM Computing Surveys, Government Information Quarterly, Cities, Technological Forecasting and Social Change and Information Polity. He is a member of the ITU Focus Group on United for Smart and Sustainable Cities (U4SSC), (co-rapporteur of SG20 Q5), Head of the Greek standards’ working group on smart and sustainable cities and an Associate Editor of IET Smart Cities and the IJPADA. More info:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/leonidasanthopoulos/

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Prof . dr.ir. Marijn Janssen is full Professor in “ICT and Governance” and head of the ICT research group of the Technology, Policy and Management Faculty of Delft University of Technology. He is member of the editorial board of Electronic Journal of eGovernment (EJEG), Electronic Commerce and Applications (ECRA) and associated editor of International Journal of E-business Research (IJEBR), international Journal of E-Government Research (IJEGR), Information Systems Frontiers (ISF) and co-editor in chief of Government Information Quarterly (GIQ). Currently he is conference chair of IFIP EGOV series. His research is focused on the design and service orchestration of public-private service networks. Public-private networks can be characterized by interacting public and private parties having different objectives and requirements, various degrees of technology-readiness, a plurifom systems landscape, path dependencies and the need to be compliant with the regulatory environment. He has published over 400 peer reviewed publications. More info: www.tbm.tudelft.nl/marijnj


Prof. Dr. Vishanth Weerakkody is a Professor of f Information Systems Management and Governance at the University of Bradford, UK. Prior to his academic career, Vishanth worked in a number of Multinational organisations, including IBM UK, in the area of software engineering, business systems design and process analysis. He is currently involved in several research projects which are funded by the European Commission and Qatar Foundation focusing on themes such as ICT enabled process transformation, social innovation and digital inclusion in the public sector. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, guest-edited special issues of leading journals and edited several books on these themes. Vishanth has many years of R&D experience in the field of digital governance and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Electronic Government Research. A Chartered IT professional and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, he combines over 25 years of practical industry-based knowhow with academic and teaching experience. Vishanth is also an elected member of the University Senate and Disciplinary Committee. More info: http://www.brad.ac.uk/management/about-the-school/academic-staff/weerakkody-vishanth.php

Call for Papers

Important Dates

Submissions due: Jan 15 Jan, 27, 2021 (23:59 Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time zone)

Notification of Acceptance: Feb. 07, 2021

Camera-ready version due: March 1, 2021

Workshop authors’ registration and camera-ready papers: March 1, 2021

Workshop day: April 19, 2021

Submission Guidelines

All submitted papers must be:

  • written in English;
  • contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses;
  • be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings template (www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template) with a font size no smaller than 9pt;
  • be in PDF (make sure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform), and formatted for US Letter size. Files in Postscript (ps) or any other format will not be accepted. Authors should submit a .doc/.docx too to the workshop’s chairs.
  • occupy no more than 10 pages, including the abstract, references, and appendices

Submission area: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=webandthecity2021

Topics (but not limited to)

• Enhancing community awareness and citizen surveillance with Web Applications, mobile Apps and Services, especially controlled by AI (i.e., cases coming from Covid-19 crisis);
• Apps and services that support community adaptation, mobility, sharing, crowd-sourcing etc. (especially during a crisis);
• Smart City platforms (e.g. parking; traffic management; environment etc.);
• Smart and Self evolving services (e.g. self-threat analysisl self-responsive government services etc.);
• Practices of Web applications, Apps and AI in smart cities;
• Theoretical foundations on Smart City applications and standards;
• Creative partnerships, creative industries and industry 4.0 in Smart City with a focus on application development and AI (Internet Economics and Monetization);
• Pervasive Web for Smart City emerging topics (i.e., user behavior analytics, energy, water, waste, transportation etc.)
• The role of city stakeholders for smart city applications development and standardization (i.e., promotion push, start-ups, open data);
• Web Infrastructure and AI service standardization;
• The role of standards on smart city data mining;
• Smart city information quality and evolution in social content;
• Ensuring security and privacy in Smart Cities: the role of web applications and Apps.

Past events

Keynote Speakers

Ito DARTON – AW4City 2019

Deputy Director of Innovation & Program Delivery at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

Toru ISHIDA – AW4City 2017

Professor, Department of Social Informatics Kyoto University

Cristina BUETI – AW4City2015

Counsellor at International Telecommunication Union

Pernilla BERGMARK – AW4City2018

Master Researcher in Sustainability for Ericsson Research

Beth COLEMAN- AW4City2016

Professor, University of Waterloo

Stephen COHEN – AW4City2019

Principle Architect, Microsoft Azure Global at Microsoft

Engage with WebAndTheCity

Contribute with a full or short article, case study or demo, attend and gain from your participation. Special issues in prestigious journals extend contributions annually and evolve this Smart City workshop series.

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Dates and Venue

Contribute with a full or short article, case study or demo, attend and gain from your participation. Special issues in prestigious journals extend contributions annually and evolve this Smart City workshop series.


April 19-23, 2021 in conjunction with The Web Conference 2021 (WWW2021)


The Web Conference 2021 will be taking place Ljubljana, Slovenia.

More details: https://www2021.thewebconf.org/about/

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