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International Journal of Data Science
International Journal of Data Science


Special Issue on: "Big Data Analytics for Smart Cities"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Zhenling Liu, Henan University of Technology, China
Prof. Simon Elias Bibri, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Dr. Igor Calzada, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Cities generate huge volumes of data that are diverse in nature and are generated on a daily basis. These data types involve the environment, energy, transport, and economic data. This includes structured and unstructured data which needs to be processed and understood to become valuable. Many governments are considering adopting the smart city concept in their cities and implementing big data applications that support smart city components to reach the required level of sustainability and improve living standards. By managing and analysing big data, smart cities will be able to tackle formidable problems and ascend to a state where better and more informed decisions will be taken resulting in enhanced economic and environmental outcomes leading to a better quality of life.

Smart cities utilise multiple technologies to improve the performance of health, transportation, energy, education, and water services leading to higher levels of comfort for their citizens. This involves reducing costs and resource consumption in addition to more effectively and actively engaging with their citizens. One of the recent technologies that have a huge potential to enhance smart city services is big data analytics. As digitisation has become an integral part of everyday life, data collection has resulted in the accumulation of huge amounts of data that can be used in various beneficial application domains. Effective analysis and utilization of big data is a key factor for success in many business and service domains, including the smart city domain.

This special issue aims to explore the opportunities, challenges, and benefits of incorporating big data applications for smart cities. In addition, it attempts to identify the requirements that support the implementation of big data applications for smart city services. There are opportunities are available for utilising big data in smart cities; however, there are still many issues and challenges to be addressed to achieve better utilisation of this technology. We hope that the issue can serve as a forum for researchers and industries for the future progress and development of smart cities in the context of big data.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Data stimulation for traffic flow and smart traffic lights in smart cities
  • Big data security and privacy issues in personalised healthcare
  • Big data analytics in public safety and personal security
  • Evolution of big data and learning analytics in education
  • Big data for societal development and environmental sustainability
  • Big data for spatial and temporal geographic area maps and smart safety
  • Big data for the integration and collaboration of different government agencies
  • Improvement of business decisions through big data analytics support
  • Challenges of data sources and sharing in smart cities

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 has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 August, 2022

Notification to authors: 30 October, 2022

Final versions due by: 30 December, 2022