AIS Pre-ICIS Workshop on
“IoT & Smart City Challenges and Applications” – ISCA 2016

December 9, 2016, Dublin, Ireland

Workshop Location

Time: December 9th 2016, 9:45 am – 4:15 pm
Place: Dublin Docklands, Customs House Quay, Docklands, Dublin



Workshop Programme

9:45-10:20Welcome coffee and pastries
Theme: The current state of IS research on Smart Cities
10:30-11:00Information Systems and Smarter Cities: Towards an Integrative Framework and a Research Agenda for the Discipline, Tobias Brandt, Brian Donnellan, Wolfgang Ketter and Richard Watson
11:00-11:30Smart Cities: A Value Generation Research Agenda, Niall Connolly
11:30-12:00Perception of Value in Public-Private Ecosystems: Transforming Dublin Docklands through Smart Technologies, Olga Ryazanova, Reka Petercsak, Liam Heaphy, Niall Connolly and Brian Donnellan
Theme: Smart City and IOT challenges
12:45-13:00Key Factors for Effective Citizens Engagement in Smart City: The Case of Cork City, Long Pham, Tai Tan Mai and Elizabeth Massey
13:00-13:15A proposed model for the fourth generation of Activity Theory to be applied on the Smart City Research Arena, Mashael Khayyat
13:15-13:30Designing an IoT Smart Parking Prototype System, Muftah Fraifer and Mikael Fernström
13:30-13:45Investigation of Smart Parking Systems and their technologies, Muftah Fraifer and Mikael Fernström
13:45-14:00Towards Refactoring in Cloud-Centric Internet of Things for Smart Cities, Manoj Kesavulu, Markus Helfert and Marija Bezbradica
14:00-14:15Panel discussion with all presenters from the theme
14:15-14.45Coffee break
Theme: Reference Architecture – case studies and applications
14:45-15:00Flow Semantics for Intellectual Control in Smart City IoT Systems, Richard Linger and Alan Hevner
15:00-15:15A Systems Approach to Smart City Infrastructure: A Small City Perspective, Stephen Dawe and David Paradice
15:15-15:30Types of IT Architectures in Smart Cities – A review from a Business Model and Enterprise Architecture point of view, Zohreh Pourzolfaghar, Marija Bezbradica and Markus Helfert
15:30-15:45Urban Enterprise Principles development approach: a case from a European CityAleksas Mamkaitis, Marija Bezbradica and Markus Helfert
15:45-16:00Panel discussion with all presenters from the theme

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Background – New episode in Smart City research

Urban IoT solutions and Smart Cities are exciting research areas and it bears historical potential for the Information Systems (IS) discipline to demonstrate their relevance. Urban IoT solutions and Smart Cities deal with the design, use and impact of information systems in our everyday working and living environment, so they affect the quality of both life and work for all of us. The shift towards a more multidisciplinary perspective on the IoT & Smart City discourse signals the journey of technological solutions towards becoming integral part of every aspect of our society. As a consequence, there is a growing need to provide more meaningful IT solutions incorporating the needs of the urban society. This is where contributions from IS research are needed in order to study and design urban IoT solutions and smart systems from a socio-technical systems perspective. At the same time IS research needs to partner up with colleagues from other disciplines, such as Science Technology & Society, Architecture and Design, Geography and Anthropology, just to name a few.

Discussions around urban socio-economic development and quality of life have for long placed technology in the centre of attention, (Zinam, 1989). IoT and Smart city challenges therefore represent contemporary urban and social challenges. Building on early iterations of the Smart City definitions, urban information systems encompass more than just pieces of technology. They refer to a way of thinking, acting and organizing in the contemporary urban society. Not surprisingly, we put great hope and investments into IoT and Smart City initiatives. We expect nothing less from a city that engages in such initiatives, than dramatically increasing the pace at which a city can improve its value proposition to society and economy, the integration between its services, as well as ‘its sustainability and resilience by fundamentally improving how it engages society, how it applies collaborative leadership methods, how it works across disciplines and city systems, and how it uses data and integrated technologies, in order to transform services and quality of life to those in and involved with the city (The International Organisation for Standardisation’s Smart City definition, 2015).

Despite its importance, IS research on urban IoT and Smart Cities is still fairly scarce. This Pre-ICIS Workshop, therefore, intends to foster research on IoT and Smart Cities, and to push the discourse to a next level, opening up to a new episode of IoT and Smart Cities that takes a socio-technical perspective on innovating and improving our working and living environment, which we believe is exciting and of high relevance for both practice and the field.

Workshop focus

The unique value of Information Systems as a discipline lies in its ability to integrate practical solutions with socio-technical thinking about contemporary issues. Smart City & Urban IoT initiatives offer a platform for conversation among experts in information technology, business and society. This AIS Pre-ICIS Workshop has a general orientation towards successful Smart Cities, including citizens, policy makers, infrastructure services, industry representatives, sociologists and academics.  The focus is on “IoT & Smart City Challenges and Applications” with both practical implementations as well as theoretical solutions to modern cities’ concerns welcomed.

Workshop purpose

ISCA 2016 workshop aims to bring together practitioners and academics to discuss how cities can benefit from a better integration of information systems underpinning our daily lives. The purpose of the ISCA 2016 workshop is to bring forward the current empirical and theoretical works in Urban IoT & Smart Cities through two themes – Business Processes and Information Systems and Enterprise Architecture. The workshop intends to feature contributions from the perspective of computer science as well as business and society. The goal is to create a platform where scholars studying Urban IoT & Smart City initiatives may enrich their understanding of the current Smart City discourse and implemented solutions.

Best Papers

Best papers of the workshop will be fast tracked at the AIS Journal JITTA (Journal of Information Technology Theories & Applications). With 17 years of tradition, JITTA is considered in a number of databases and rankings world-wide and it has been identified an A Journal in Australian Business Deans Council Journal Quality List 2013 (on a four-Tier scale of A*, A, B, and C). JITTA is also included in the Journal List of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (United Kingdom) and the VHB Journal List (German Academic Association for Business Research). A journal dedicated to high impact and fast tracked publications in topical application areas of IS research (vom Brocke, 2014), JITTA specifically welcomes high quality contributions to the field of Urban IoT and Smart Cities research.


The workshop can include papers from diverse fields of IS related to Urban IoT and Smart Cities. Topics can include but are not limited to:

Theme 1: Business Processes and Information Systems for Smart Cities
Conceptual frameworks of Urban IoT & Smart City challenges
Conceptual frameworks of smart governance
Decision-making and management in the Smart City
Value creation & business models in Smart Cities
Smart City security and privacy
Success factors of Smart City initiatives
Urban IoT, Smart City and open innovation
Vulnerabilities in smart infrastructures
Smart partnerships and collaboration models
Citizen participation and engagement with Smart City initiatives
Procurement processes for Urban IoT & Smart City challenges
Theme 2: Enterprise Architecture (EA) for Urban IoT and Smart Cities
Enterprise Modelling Theory, Practice and Case Studies in Smart City Context
Big Data Analytics in Urban IoT and Smart City systems
Smart City theory, modelling and simulation
Case studies of big data processing in Smart City
Scalability of Smart City Enterprise Models and Frameworks
Urban Internet of Things from an open data perspective
Cloud-Based Enterprise Tools and Architectures for Urban IoT and Smart Cities
EA and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
Architectures and Design Principles for Urban IoT and Smart City systems
Smart City Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) Analysis, Integrity Checking & Validation
Use of Open Data for Smart City EIS
Smart City EIS and Internet of Things
Standards and regulations in Urban IoT and Smart City systems
Sensors and network technology for Urban IoT and Smart City systems

Dates and submission details

Submissions: September 30, 2016, extended, new deadline 14th October
Notification: October 31, 2016extended, new deadline 14th November
Final manuscripts: November 30, 2016
Workshop: December 09, 2016

The workshop will follow an ordinary scientific procedure with submission of papers and selection of papers through peer-review. Papers are expected to be between 7-16 pages. We welcome full research papers as well as shorter papers (work-in-progress or position papers). For submissions we use the EasyChair system. The format of papers follows the requirements of the main conference. Workshop proceedings will be electronically published and distributed.

Registration details

The registration fee and details can be found here


Workshop co-chairs


Name Institute Email
Marija Bezbradica Dublin City University, Ireland
Jan vom Brocke University of Liechtenstein
Brian Donnellan Maynooth University
Markus Helfert Dublin City University, Ireland
Réka Pétercsák Maynooth University

Programme Committee

Edward Curry, National University of Galway, Ireland
Niall Connolly, Maynooth University, Ireland
Cinzia Cappiello, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Alan Hevner, University of South Florida, United States
Giovanni Maccani, Maynooth University, Ireland
Plamen Petkov, Dublin City University, Ireland
Martin Stabauer, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Germany
Aleksas  Mamkaitis, Dublin City University, Ireland
Patrick Brandtner, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria
Howard Duncan, Dublin City University, Ireland
Jaehyun Park, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Neel Mani, Dublin City University, Ireland
David K. Prendergast, Intel
Kieran Conboy, National University of Galway, Ireland
Shane McLoughlin, Maynooth University, Ireland
Mouzhi Ge, Universitaet der Bundeswehr Munich, Germany
Zohreh Pourzolfaghar, Dublin City University, Ireland
Liam Heaphy, Maynooth University, Ireland
Tobias Brandt, Rotterdam School of Management, Netherlands
Lorraine Morgan, Maynooth University, Ireland
Owen Foley, National University of Galway, Ireland


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