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International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development
International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development


Special Issue on: "Convergence of Technology, Nature and Space in Ubiquitous Cities"

Guest Editors:
Sang Ho Lee, Hanbat National University, Korea
Jung Hoon Han, Griffith University, Australia
Alessandro Aurigi, University of Plymouth, UK

Recent studies on ubiquitous, pervasive and augmented cities break a new ground in focusing on the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and their convergence on shaping urban space, service and human behaviour over time. Although the concept of 'Future City' has been introduced by many sci-fi movies such as Matrix, Minority Report, Island, and so on, quantitative accounts of the causal links and impacts of ‘ubiquitous computing networks’ have been underrepresented in the urban research.

However, there are questions remaining regarding the way in which the pervasive city, the so-called ‘u-City’, might impact on

  1. lifestyles and human behaviours
  2. urban planning and design
  3. urban services and infrastructure provision
  4. public participation and governance, and
  5. intra- and inter-city communication networks.

Recent discussions on wireless communication technologies and technology convergence have been dominated by the multi-media and/or telecommunication companies, with little regard to developing a broader structural understanding of how the technological development and convergence has an influence on the urban space and pathways to u-Cities.

Subject Coverage
This special issue welcomes submissions on questions including but not limited to:
  • How can a u-City be conceived and designed as a sustainable place, able to open urban spaces to nature, technology and human-scale living? What are the issues and challenges for a truly 'convergent' u-City?
  • To what extent is ubiquitous computing impacting on sustainable urban development? What dimensions of sustainability can be affected by the city of ubiquitous computing, and how?
  • What aspects of the u-City will be crucial to optimise urban service delivery and environmental management goals?
  • How do technologies, software and social geography interact within a u-City?
  • How can the relationships between ubiquitous technologies and fixed spaces be successfully dealt with for the benefit of the city and its inhabitants?

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page.

Important Dates

Expression of interest by: 31 May, 2010

Full papers by: 3 December, 2010