CitiNet 2014
3rd International Workshop on Citizen Networks - CitiNet
25th September, Lucca - collocated event within ECCS'14


Important Dates

About CitiNet 2014

The concept of the 'smart city' emerged during the last decade as a fusion of ideas about how ICT might improve the functioning of cities, enhancing their efficiency and contributing to sustainable development and high quality of life. Currently the central role of ICT lies at the core of the concept, but the term 'smart city' goes beyond the idea of ICT-driven cities, embracing also the investment in human, social, and environmental capital.

Thanks to the pervasive access to information, citizens' activities can be more easily monitored, but also affected and modified. ICT tools empower citizens to make more informed decisions (e.g. regarding their travel behavior, energy and resources consumption habits, etc.) and are leading to new forms of social relationships, as well as to the introduction of new activities such as e-shopping or telework. At the same time, the penetration of ICT is turning individuals into passive and/or active 'sensors' that produce, exchange and consume an increasing amount of information, generating a variety of heterogeneous data on citizens' preferences and behavior. Such feedback loops between citizens and city planners and managers are therefore modifying urban dynamics, as well as opening new opportunities for understanding such dynamics and developing new approaches to the design and management of urban systems. The explosion of available data and the development of new forms of big data analysis can inform the development of better urban theories and simulation models. Recent advances in areas such as spatial networks or agent-based computational modelling, and more generally the intrinsically holistic and eclectic approach advocated by complexity science, appear as a suitable theoretical framework for the integration of different modelling approaches into a comprehensive toolkit to address the many different questions related to smart cities.

The objective of CitiNet workshop is to set up an anual meeting of researchers coming from complex system networks, sensor networks, distributed intelligence and the social, economic or organizational sciences. The multidisciplinary interactions for this inter-disciplinary area of research are extensively recognized for its role in cross-fertilization, and it has undoubtedly been an important source of inspiration for the body of knowledge that has been produced in the distributed artificial intelligence and complex systems. The Citizen Network workshop was born with the goal of bringing together researchers interested in distributed engineering, with researchers focused on finding efficient solutions to problems where the data acquisition is produced in a decentralized manner, representing complex social systems.

The CitiNet workshop is the result from the fusion of the previous workshops: Citizen Sensor Networks and Urban Networks both colocated within ECCS'13 conference.

Workshop Program

9:00-9:40 Invited Talk 1: "The new Science of Cities" Mike Batty
9:40-11:00 Session 1
Functional Network of the CityMaxime Lenormand
Uncovering the spatial structure of commutingThomas Louail and Marc Barthelemy
The dynamical structure of London revealed by public transport mobility Melanie Bosredon, Thomas Louail, Joan Serras, Marc Barthelemy and Michael Batty
Detecting complex information profiles for the London underground transport system through a Local Transfer Entropy measureRoberto Murcio, Robin Morphet and Ed Manley
11:00-11:30 Main conference coffee break
11:30-12:00 Invited Talk 2: "Resilience and vulnerability of urban systems" Aura Reggiani
12:00-13:00Session 2
Fostering participation in MCS: How much you should pay to your crowd sensors?Cristian Tanas and Jordi Herrera-Joancomartí
Cities and economic activities: a mutualistic dependenceAntonios Garas
Supportive Consensus for Smart Grid ManagementMiguel Rebollo, Carlos Carrascosa and Alberto Palomares
13:00-13:30 Invited Talk 3: "Understanding Urban Mobility with Big Data Analytics" Fosca Giannotti
13:30-15:00 Lunch break
15:00-15:30 Invited Talk 4: "Mobile phones and mobility patterns" Marta González
15:30-17:00Session 3
Big Data and Activity-Based Travel Demand Modelling: Application to Barcelona's Public Bike Sharing SchemeMiguel Picornell, Ignacio Rodríguez and Ricardo Herranz
Modeling and Simulation of Social Processes in Mobility-Related Decision MakingThibaut Dubernet and Kay Axhausen
Building a travel demand model using an activity-centred approach: A London case studyJoan Serras, Melanie Bosredon, Vassilis Zachariadis and Michael Batty
Simple Rule Yields Complex CityRuiqi Li, Dong Lei, Deli He and Jiang Zhang
17:00-17:30 Main conference tea break
17:30-18:00 Invited Talk 5: "Social media and city dynamics"Esteban Moro
18:00-19:00Session 4
Using Twitter to estimate the dynamics of activities and travel demand Vassilis Zachariadis, Steve Denman and Ying Jing
Unveiling Mobility Complexity through Networks Analysis Riccardo Guidotti, Anna Monreale, Dino Pedreschi, Fosca Giannotti and Salvatore Rinzivillo
Holidays from Space: the urban social data embedded in VIIRS NTL signatures Eleanor Stokes and Miguel Roman

Call for Papers

Topics of interest include everything involving Citizen Networks. Some examples are the following:

The submissions can be either abstracts of a maximum length of TWO pages or full papers NOT exceeding TWELVE (12) pages in camera-ready format (LNCS formatting style). The authors of contributions selected as talks will be invited to participate in the Citinet Proceedings, and also to submit a full paper in case they sent only an abstract. All the papers and abstracts to appear in the Proceedings will be then revised again by the Scientific Committee. The CitiNet proceedings will be published (as in the previous editions) in the LNAI series (Springer-Verlag).

Submissions (papers and abstracts) should include the title, author(s), affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es) on the first page. Electronic submission of manuscripts in PDF format is required (you may want to look at Springer author guidelines ). Please use the EasyChair tool for the submission. Once a paper or abstract has been accepted for presentation, at least one author is required to attend the workshop and present the paper.

The deadline for submissions is June 15th, 2014.

Organizing Committee

Scientific Committee


CitiNet will take place at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca campus (San Francesco Church); all IMT structures are located in the historical center of Lucca and make up an integrated campus for advanced studies and research.

IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca - Campus

Support for Participants coming from Transition Countries

Thanks to support from the UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy, we are able to offer grants to offset some of the costs associated with attending the CitiSen 2013 workshop for participants coming from "transition countries". Interested participants please send a mail with your vitae to