Special Issue "Artificial Intelligence and Sensor Informatics: Exploring Smart City and Construction Business Implications"

A special issue of Informatics (ISSN 2227-9709).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sara Shirowzhan
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Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Kensington, 2052, NSW, Australia
Interests: Spatial analysis and visualisation; advanced geospatial information systems; big data; 3D GIS; building information modelling (BIM); GPS; integration of GIS with real-time Lidar, 3D urban growth; smart city; 3D flood mapping.
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Prof. Dr. Arcot Sowmya
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School of Computer Science and Engineering University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
Dr. Samad M. E. Sepasgozar
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Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
Interests: technology education in construction; gaming technology; mixed reality education; pedagogical curriculum design; e-learning; information and communication technology; collaborative learning; mobile learning; technology-enhanced learning; authentic education
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Artificial Intelligence and Sensor Informatics (AI&SI) are developing quickly and will become an essential part of smart cities and the construction industries and business. Current studies predict that the number of digital devices will increase from 25 billion in 2017 to 100 billion in 2025. However, the implications of AI&SI have not been fully examined in the context of smart cities, infrastructure, and construction (SCIC). SCIC needs to be managed, monitored, and maintained over time, so there is a need to develop the data infrastrucure to collect data, learn from the data, and identify patterns. In megacities, a wide range of technologies are being used, including water sensitivity monitoring sensors, surveillance cameras, smart traffic control systems, construction monitoring systems, and building sensors for post-occupancy management. Current studies predict that metropolitan populations will increase by 60% by 2050, and over 30 megacities will be developed in different countries, including Latin America, Russia, China, and India. This will provide an opportunity to utilise AI&SI widely to increase the productivity, liveability, and sustainability of cities, including infrastructure and construction projects.

AI&SI includes a wide range of technologies and methods that can be employed to understand the data, explore patterns, and predict events, properties, and features of any phenomenon and system at different scales such as a city, urban transportation, construction or project. This Special Issue welcomes submissions from diverse disciplines including research projects with different approaches, including quantitative, computational, visual analytics, data mining, analysis of spatial and morphological structure of cities, urban transportation and construction systems and activities. We encourage authors to develop or clarify the implications of the following topics and technologies in smart cities, infrastructure, and construction.


  • Computer vision and image processing;
  • Knowledge representation and management;
  • Expert systems and knowledge-based systems;
  • Vision sensor system and Artificial Intelligence;
  • Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (GAI);
  • Data infrastructure;
  • Internet informatics and cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) applications;
  • Deep learning and machine learning;
  • Robotics and information systems;
  • Digital infrastructure;
  • Spatial metadata;
  • Big Data analytics for data processing;
  • Intelligent real-time algorithms;
  • AI in security, privacy, and trust in smart systems;
  • Human–computer interaction;
  • Global sensor deployment case studies;
  • Applications and implications of all above topics in smart cities, infrastructure and construction, and case studies.

Dr. Sara Shirowzhan
Prof. Dr. Arcot Sowmya
Dr. Samad Sepasgozar
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Title: Smart Lawyers: the phenomena of smart apps developed by lawyers for lawyers

Authors: Giampiero Lupo and Davide Carnevali

Affliation: IRSIG-CNR (Research Institute on Justice Systems – National Research Council, Italy)

Abstract: The literature on smart cities (Albino et al., 2015; Kourtit et al., 2010; Leydesdorff and Deakin, 2010) already focused on the conditions under which smart technological solutions are implemented with the aim of supporting public services and improve public value. For some smart city scholars (Scott, 1995; Kummitha and Crutzen, 2019), the private initiative for the development of smart technologies is supported by three levels of institutional layers (regulatory, normative and cognitive) and by four typologies of actors (government, universities, citizens and the private sector). The emergent phenomena of smart apps developed by lawyers’ private initiative acknowledges that other factors, one of which runs counter to the literature, creates the institutional humus necessary for the creation of intelligent technological proposals, as: the ubiquity of mobile technologies and internet of things, their modularity and in the same time, the absence of effective public services provided by public institutions. In the case of lawyers’ app, developers have available the knowledge of the normative context, the social network and human capital (institutional setting); moreover, they are perfectly aware of the “demand” for a service that should be and it is not provided by public institutions. Aside this, modern technologies and internet of things are modular and allow non ICT experts, as lawyers, to “think” solutions and services by combining different modules as the GPS or the vocal recognition technology. This paper investigates the institutional, social and technological conditions under which e-justice technologies are developed by lawyers in order to provide a service to their colleagues and to citizens. To do so, it analyses the smart city and smart technology literature and the literature on organizational theory and ICT. The empirical analysis of two examples of lawyers’ app (“Collega”, Italian app for searching and hiring a substitute for an hearing and “Anthea”, app for supporting communication and the exchange of documents between components of divorced families) acknowledges that the lack of public services, the availability of modularized and ubiquitous technology and the awareness of the juridical context favour the development of these smart technologies.

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