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Workshop on
"DUBAI 2020: Smart City Learning"
@ ICWOAL 2014

25th & 26th November 2014
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

• Rachid Benlamri, Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada
• Carlo Giovannella, Dept. of Science and Technology of Education, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
• Kiran Tangri, Centre of Excellence for Green Development Canadian University of Dubai, UAE

Important dates:
*** Deadline for submission: 19 September, 2014 (extended) ***
Other important dates:
• Notification to the authors: 30th September, 2014
• Camera ready submission: 14th October, 2014

The workshop is an unique occasion to present your vision on future learning in smart cities
to stakeholders from Dubai, one of the most active area of the world in the domain of smart cities.
If you have developed innovative solutions (methodologies, technologies, processes, etc.)
this is the time to meet Eng. Muammar Al Katheeri Executive Vice President and Chairman
of the Smart City Project of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authorities,
to exchange ideas with Carlo Ratti, Director of the Senseable City Lab del MIT
and many other top-level professionals that in different way are contributing
to the future of the "smart city learning" all over the world.

The workshop intends to follow up the work that has been carried on with
the workshops:

SCiLearn 2012: Learning within and from Smart Cities (Sinaia, Romania -
2012), Horizon 2020: Smart City Learning (Villard-de-Lans, France -
2013), Smart City Learning: visions, practical implementations and
impact of glocalities (Beijing, China - 2013), People Centered Smart
Territories Design, Learning and Analytics (Bologna, Italy - 2013);

and concentrate on the transformation of learning that may be induced by
the transformation of DUBAI and other territories in smart territories.

The person, considered in all her/his complexity, will be placed at the
center of educational contexts and scenarios increasingly ubiquitous,
complex, organic. Scenarios where the mediating role of technology will
widen over the time to: foster relationships with the natural
environments, filter content needed to support meaningful experiences at
glocal level, disclose feedback necessary to learn how to manage "in
action", the complexity of static and dynamic, of learning contexts and

Not by chance His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in a
recent speech, stated: “Our ambition is that this project touches the
life of everyone in our country, or every mother in her house, or every
employee in his work, or every investor in his project, or every child
in his school, and doctor in his clinic."

The workshop welcomes original experiences from all over the world on:

• Models of learning experiences in Smart Cities
• Learning spaces for, and boundaries between formal and informal learning
• Technological, pedagogical, social challenges to learning in smart cities
• Techno-ecosystem for Smart City Learning
• Ubiquitous Gamification
• Digital literacy for Smart City Learning
• Geo-localities and cultural effects
• Privacy, Data Control and Security
• Ecological monitoring and Analytics for Smart City Learning


Format of the contributions & Participants selection
Participants will be selected on the basis of a submitted position paper
of maximum 4 pages (IEEE style). All submissions will be reviewed at
least by two members of the scientific committee and by the workshop organizers.
All submissions will be handled electronically through the EDAS system website.
The selection will be done to ensure scientific quality together with
the presence of different perspectives and to foster discussion.
To promote discussion we intend to limit the number of accepted
contributions to 15-18 and participation to no more than 25-30 people
(the authors plus a small number of listeners strongly motivated to
contribute to the discussion).

Accepted papers will be published papers will be included in IEEE Xplore
and must adhere to the IEEE Xplore PDF specification for compatibility.

After the workshop, participants will be invited to prepare a revised
and extended paper to be included as part of a special issue of
Interaction Design and Architecture(s) (IxD&A). The call for papers will
be open to assure high quality of the special issue.


Smart City Learning Observatory
The workshop is supported by the Observatory for Smart City Learning - (SCLO)
established to provide a meeting point and a think-tank for Smart City
Learning and to monitor and influence the development of this area from
an international perspective. The recently already includes more than 25
organizations across and beyond Europe.

To Join the Observatory


• kiran [at]
• giovannella [at]

marking the subject as: "SCL@ICWOAL2014"

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