The 6th Workshop on Semantics for Smarter Cities (S4SC 2015)

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Website: The 6th Workshop on Semantics for Smarter Cities (S4SC 2015)
When: October 12 2015
Where: Bethlehem, PA, USA
Part of: International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) 2015
The world's population is rapidly urbanizing. By 2005, the world's population had increased to 6.5 billion, with about 50% living in cities. By 2025, UN projections show that the world's population is expected to exceed 9 billion with roughly 75% expected to live in cities. This rapid urbanization is continuing to put tremendous pressure on traditional urban infrastructures, such as roads, water, and energy, and on societal institutions. This urbanization challenges require us to seek for new approaches that transform modern cities to comfortable, economically successful, and environmentally responsible habitats. Similarly, we are seeing the rapid rise in the connection and usage of billions of low-end and affordable smart devices to the Internet, leading to the widening of the Internet of Things, we are witnessing the Web expanding into more areas of our personal lives. These trends make possible a new generation of Semantic Smart City applications and services which increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the usage of urban resources and data sources. Cities are increasingly realizing that opening access to their many data sources and using semantic models to provide a holistic view of these heterogeneous data can unleash economic growth, optimize cities operational and strategic goals while addressing sustainability issues. In a Semantic City, available resources are harnessed safely, sustainably and efficiently to achieve positive, measurable economic and societal outcomes. Enabling City information as a utility, through a robust (expressive, dynamic, scalable) and a sustainable technology and socially synergistic ecosystem could drive significant benefits and opportunities. Data from people, systems and things is one of the scalable resources available to city stakeholders to reach their objective of semantic cities. This workshop will provide a venue to discuss challenges, issues and solutions to collect and integrate the physical world data and integrate in to cyber and social systems. Smart city data can be seen as Big Data; however it is not only large in volume, it is also multi-modal, varies in quality, format, representation form and levels of dynamicity. The smart city data needs to be processed, aggregated, and higher-level abstractions need to be created from the data to make it suitable for the event processing, knowledge extractions and event processing applications that enable intelligent applications and services for smart city platforms. Data needs to be integrated from various domains and the resulting knowledge exposed to various domains in a federated fashion.