Data Science for Smart and

Connected Communities

A Workshop at 2020 IEEE International Conference

on Big Data (IEEE Big Data 2020)

December 10-13, 2020, Atlanta, GA, USA

Call for Papers


Smart and connected communities (SCC) synergistically integrate intelligent technologies with the natural and built environment to improve the social, economic, and environmental well-being of those who live, work, or travel within it.  These intelligent technologies, in turn, rely on mathematical simulation, statistical modeling, machine learning, and more generally data science to solve important challenges facing SCCs. 


The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers working at the intersection of mathematics, statistics, machine learning and/or data science and smart and connected communities. 

Research topics


We seek papers on data science methods with applications in SCC areas including (but not limited to):

  • public safety and crime

  • opioid and drug addiction

  • mobility and intelligent transportation

  • COVID-19 and infectious disease modeling

  • algorithms for smart sensors

  • privacy, transparency and fairness concerns for smart and connected communities

Papers will be peer-reviewed and published by IEEE in the conference proceedings.

Important Dates


Oct 23, 2020: Due date for workshop paper submission 

Nov 7, 2020: Notification of paper acceptance to authors

Nov 15, 2020: Camera-ready of accepted papers
Dec 10-13, 2020: Conference and Workshops



Submission requirements: Each full length workshop submission can have up to 8 pages in IEEE conference format.  We also will be accepting short papers with a maximum of 4 pages.

Detailed instructions for manuscript format and submission can be found at the conference website. Each paper must be presented by one registered author at the workshop. We do not require the presenter be the lead author of the paper. A submission must not be in parallel submission to any other journal, magazine, conference, or workshop with proceedings.

Submission site:

Travel funding

Some funding from NSF is available to support travel to the workshop for authors who will be presenting.

Workshop Organizers

General Chair

Dr. George Mohler, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Local Chair

Dr. Martin Short, Georgia Institute of Technology

Program Chairs

Dr. Jeremy Carter, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Dr. Rajeev Raje, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Program Committee

Andrea Bertozzi, University of California Los Angeles

Jeff Brantingham, University of California Los Angeles

Toby Davies, University College London

David Lloyd, University of Surrey

Seung-Jong Park, Louisiana State University

Michael Porter, University of Virginia

Shannon Reid, University of North Carolina Charlotte

Nancy Rodriguez, University of Colorado

Hamed Tabkhi University of North Carolina Charlotte

Bao Wang, University of Utah

Baichuan Yuan, Facebook