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Building Research & Information

Special Issue on 'Smart Cities: Policymaking and applications for better living' | Call for Papers | Deadline: 31st July, 2020

A smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic Internet of things (IoT) sensors to collect data, and then use these data to manage assets and resources efficiently for better living. This includes data collected from citizens, devices, and assets that is processed and analyzed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, crime detection, information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services.

Pervasive computing, big data analytics, crowdsourcing, and volunteered geographic information, including user behavior, brand popularity, recommender systems, and social media analytics bears the promise and potential for viable solutions to key problems and challenges facing cities, helping to bring about more sustainable and healthier built environments. 

Urban computing occupies an important position, as advances in this domain will define the scope of possible developments and future policymaking strategies. The imperative is to examine how targeted research and cutting-edge innovation can be effectively communicated to all stakeholders. This special issue aims to provide comprehensive and high quality strategies, methods, policies and applications to facilitate better living.

Guest Editors

Professor Sabah Mohammed, Lakehead University, Canada; (Lead Guest Editor);

Professor Wai Chi Fang, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan;

Professor Carlos Ramos, ISEP, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal;

Professor Aboul Ella Hassanien, Cairo University, Egypt.

Submissions guidelines

Expressions of interest can be addressed to the lead guest editor, Professor Sabah Mohammed - mohammed@lakeheadu.ca, - and/or to the Editor-in-Chief, Professor Stephen Emmitt - s.emmitt@bath.ac.uk. Complete manuscripts should be submitted via ScholarOne before the deadline of 31st July 2020.


Manuscripts are welcome that address key themes such as, but not limited to, the following:


  • Active building technologies and smart buildings
  • Design of smart city building Infrastructure for healthier and better living
  • Installation of sensor devices for automatic appliance management and control
  • Data Analytic-Enabled Building Infrastructure for policy making
  • Application of a wide range of digital technologies to communities and cities.
  • Optimization of energy systems to conserve energy
  • Comprehensive Surveillance and Security Systems
  • Methods of improving air quality and reducing noise pollution
  • Smart technologies to aid nGeneration living
  • The use of ICTs and big data to transform living and working environments
  • The embedding of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in government systems.

Building Research & Information

Building Research and Information (BRI) focuses on the entire life cycle of buildings, from inception to designing, engineering and making, through the building in use phase, to disassembly and recovery. Unique to BRI is a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to a sustainable built environment, centered on the building and its context.

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