SmartGov – Advanced decision support for Smart Governance

Get to know the project “SmartGov – Advanced decision support for Smart Governance”!

What is the SmartGov project?

SmartGov – Advanced decision support for Smart Governance” is an interdisciplinary and international research project funded by JPI Urban Europe, a joint programming initiative, which aims to create attractive, sustainable and economically viable urban areas for European citizens and communities. The SmartGov project will last for 3 years and started on 1st April 2016 and will continue until end of March 2019.

What are the objectives of the SmartGov project?

The project goals focus on creating new governance methods and supporting ICT tools based on Fuzzy Cognitive Maps. Further to simulate the impact of policies for urban planning in Smart Cities and to support two-way communication with large stakeholder groups.

How these objectives will be achieved?

Research on literature of governance processes for urban planning forms the basis to create Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCMs). The design of the tool interfaces will allow to model and visualize complex problems in Smart Cities. The FCMs will be implemented,  using Linked Open Data & Social Media.

Why does it matters?

Innovate and create FCMs providing new methods, sustainable tools and guidelines which improve efficiency and are tailored to the needs of involved stakeholders. Strengthen participation through involving citizens and further stakeholders in the policy decision making process through visualization of decision scenarios in an easy and comprehensive way. Rise awareness and create knowledge about societal and economic needs regarding sustainable mobility and new energy efficiency policies.

Who we are?

The consortium is an inter- and trans-disciplinary project team: 3 universities, 3 IT service & software engineering companies; 2 pilot cities – which combine different disciplines and knowledge: Danube University Krems (Project Coordinator), Delft University of Technology, Cyprus Univeristy of Technology, Active Solution AG, Interfusion Services Limited, Kenus Informatica, City of Limassol and City of Quart de Poblet.

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CfP: Smart Governance, Smart Government, Smart Cities & Smart Regions

The 15th IFIP Electronic Government and e-Participation Conference (IFIP EGOV—ePart) 2016 will be held from Sunday, September 5 to Wednesday, September 7, 2016 under the local auspices of the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV) and the University of Minho in Guimarães, Portugal, and

Track Chairs:

  • Peter Parycek (lead), Danube University Krems (Austria)
  • Mila Gascó, Institute of Public Governance and Management, ESADE Business & Law School (Spain)
  • Olivier Glassey, Université de Lausanne (Switzerland)

The annual international IFIP EGOV conference is the top-2 ranked core conference in the domain of ICT in the public sector and the public sphere. As part of this conference, the Smart Governance, Smart Government, Smart Cities & Smart Regions Track focuses on the orchestrated interplay and balance of smart governance practices, smart public administration, smart resources and talent leverage in urban and regional spaces facilitated by novel uses of ICT and other technologies. Areas of focus and interest include, but are not limited, to the following topics:

  • Smart governance as the foundation to creating smart urban and regional spaces (elements, prerequisites, and principles of smart governance)
  • Smart government (focal areas, examples, current practices, cases, potential pitfalls) – Smart partnerships (triple/quadruple helix, public-private partnerships, citizen participation)
  • Smart cities and smart regions (cases, rankings and comparisons, critical success factors)
  • Collective intelligence for cities and regions
  • Smart grids and the Internet of Things (infrastructure, transportation, education, governance, environment, health care, safety, security, and energy)
  • Smart carbonless and clean individual and public mobility – Smart devices and their novel use in public management
  • Smart (technology-facilitated) practices such as payment systems, identification systems, etc. – New cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities in smart technologies
  • SMART as a public-sector planning and management principle (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Results-based, and Time-bound)

FORMATS Across its tracks, the dual IFIP EGOV/ePart 2016 conference hosts several distinct formats of contributions:

  • Completed research papers (max. 12 pages, published in the IFIP EGOV proceedings of Springer LNCS)
  • On-going research and innovative projects (max. 8 pages, published in alternate proceedings by IOS Press)

Beyond the tracks, the dual IFIP EGOV/ePart 2016 conference also hosts:

  • Posters (max. 2 pages) to be exposed along the welcome reception – Workshops and panels on pertinent issues
  • Short abstracts (2 pages)
  • PhD colloquium submissions (max. 8 pages) all to be included in the alternate proceedings published by IOS Press.

These formats encourage both scientific rigor and discussions of state of the art as well as innovative research approaches, work in progress, and studies of practical e-government or e-governance projects along with papers on system implementations.

Prior to the conference, a PhD student colloquium will be held providing doctoral students with an international forum guided by senior scholars for presenting their work, networking opportunities and cross-disciplinary inspiration. Read more about the submission guidelines and review criteria on the conference website:


  • March 15, 2016 – Submission of papers (hard deadline-no late submissions allowed)
  • April 15, 2016 – Submission of workshop/panel/poster/PhD colloquium contributions
  • April 30, 2016 – Notification of acceptance/rejection decisions for papers
  • May 15, 2016 – Notification of acceptance for workshops/panels/posters/PhD colloquium contributions
  • May 31, 2016 – Camera-ready papers of completed research on-going research, posters, workshop and panel descriptions



  • Hans Jochen Scholl, University of Washington, USA
  • Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Efthimios Tambouris, University of Macedonia, Greece
  • Maria A. Wimmer, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
  • Tomasz Janowski, United Nations University (EGOV), Portugal
  • Delfina Sá Soares, University of Minho, Portugal