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Workshop on
*"Critical and participatory development of people centered smart 
learning ecosystems and territories"*
@ Critical Alternative 2015

17th August 2015
Aahrus, Denmark

*Important dates:*
*** Deadline for submission of position paper: *1st of June, 2015 
*(extended) ***

Other important dates:
• Notification to the authors: 10th June, 2015
• Camera ready submission: 30th June, 2015

*Introduction and Workshop Goals*

Once in 10 years you have the possibility to discuss about current 
trends in research on computing for quality of life and propose your 
vision for the future at the decennial Aarhus conference. This time
“Critical and participatory development of people centered smart 
learning ecosystems and territories”
has been chosen as one of the themes that are likely to be influential 
throughout the next decade and offer an agenda for alternatives with 
computing technologies through new forms of societal and critical 

Since 2005 we are assisting to a rush to transform cities into smart 
cities. At present, however, still doesn’t exist a fully shared 
definition of smart city: in the understanding of the majority a smart 
city is a sort of dream-city, i.e. a complex and optimized environment, 
or eco-system, where it could be desirable to live. This because it 
promises to preserve and improve the wellbeing of society, exploiting 
information and communication technologies (ICT) as an infrastructural 
backbone able to influence and improve key factors like mobility, 
environment, people, quality of life and governance. However, going 
beyond the most popular top-down functionalist approach a new vision of 
regional and city smartness driven by a ‘people in place centered 
design’ approach is emerging. Not by chance, recently we have assisted 
to a shift of the meaning ascribed to the adjective ‘smart’ that has 
incorporated a higher consideration for the centrality of the 
individuals, their personal characteristics and their expectations, the 
quality of their experience and their well-being and, as well, for the 
characteristics of the contexts in which they work and live, to include 
also the preservation of the environment.
In this framework the interaction with the environment is moving from 
the metaphor “being able to use” towards the metaphor “actively 
influence and critically build”; individuals are transformed from 
consumers into “digital enactive” and produce an increasingly amount of 
“traces” and “artefacts” that actively contribute to the re-definition 
of places and spaces.
It is quite evident that within the development of people centered smart 
cities the underlying and ubiquitous techno-ecosystems - whose embedded 
intelligence, sensitivity and responsiveness surround the individuals - 
challenge the future of the learning ecosystems and call for a critical 
and participatory redefinition of spaces, contents, processes, skills 
and benchmarking approaches. Such challenge is not just for researchers 
or teachers, but requires the involvement of all potential stakeholders 
to develop critically the mediation role of ICT to:
• foster awareness about complexity and its government (orchestration)
• support the acquisition of appropriate behaviors, skills & competencies
• promote open access to space, tools, services, practices, 
content/data, people/skills
• tame discontinuities (time - space/place - technological - process - 
learning practices)
• identify the driving factors of the smartness including those from the 
characteristics of local cultures and contexts
• support policy and decision making
• promote social innovation & learning, capacity building and a 
sustainable economy
• develop adequate monitoring and benchmarking approaches
• tame privacy, data control, security and safety

*About position papers and authors*

According to the expectations of the Critical Alternatives conference we 
invite submissions from authors who understand themselves in line with 
the spirit of the Aarhus Conferences and with that of the workshop.
Submitted position papers, while academically sound, will be evaluated 
on the capability to:
• inspire the workshop agenda
• offer a strong contribution to theory and practice
• provide new perspectives and offer critical alternatives
• have potential for long lasting impact

Position papers should be maximum 10 pages long and formatted in LNCS style.
Papers will undergo a double-blind reviewing process (done by invited 
reviewers from the program committee) that are complemented by a 
meta-review (done by a  primary reviewer/PC member).
Submission and review process will be handled by Easychair:
*https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=slet2015 *
To promote discussion we intend to limit the number of accepted 
contributions to 20-25 people.


After the workshop, authors of selected contributions will be invited to 
prepare a revised and extended paper to be included as part of a focus 
section of *Interaction Design and Architecture(s) * (IxD&A); an IxD&A 
slot has been reserved for the first half of 2016.
The focus session will be integrated with high quality papers submitted 
following an open call for papers that will be launched on late Autumn 2015.

**** 2014: ***IxD&A in figures **** *
acceptance rate: *less than 30%*;
*4* issues and *28* papers published, written by *90* authors from *16* 
countries (*5* continents);*102* reviewers involved.
IxD&A is visited by scholars from all over the world coming from about 
*55* countries/
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*** *Vote for the Best IxD&A (paper) of the year 2014* ***

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