NOTRE Summer School – Social Computing for Smart Cities (Call for participation)

25-29 June 2018, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

The Institute of Computer Science of FORTH, invites a select cohort of Postgraduate and PhD students to attend the Summer School Social Computing for Smart Cities, in an opportunity to network, expand their knowledge and enhance their skills. The Summer School is organised by the NOTRE EC-funded project and features speakers from institutions including Google UK, iMdea Networks, the Institute of Computer Science of FORTH (ICS-FORTH), the University of Düsseldorf (UDUD), The University Carlos 3rd of Madrid (UC3M) and the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT).

The summer school will include intensive morning lecture sessions and afternoon workshops while one day has been allocated for a field trip.


NOTRE Summer School Theme Description

Social Computing, i.e. the intersection of social behavior and computational systems, is a general term that refers to computational systems that support social behavior among people within systems. These systems leverage the capacity to collect and analyze human-generated data in depth. The emerging technological trend towards Smart Cities, puts emphasis on technological solutions, applications and services, for building intelligent but most importantly environmentally, socially and financially sustainable and inclusive cities.

A successful smart city concept is one that ensures the provision of services in order to improve the quality of life of all citizens, and contributes to a sustainable and a healthy living environment.
Citizen engagement is an important dimension contributing to the sustainability of a smart city. An essential element in that direction, is to focus on citizen needs and embrace a user (citizen)-centric design approach. In that context, it becomes crucial to consider the social nature of humans to gather and form communities, and address the key role of the citizens and the impact of social computing applications.

The NOTRE Summer School “Social Computing for Smart Cities” will introduce essential concepts, theories, methodologies and examples aiming to:

  • Understand and apply key concepts of social computing
  • Understand the importance of Social Computing and its application for the development of smart, inclusive and sustainable cities
  • Acquire critical awareness of the importance of social data and big data
  • Design and prototype social computing applications for smart city environments
  • Understand research issues related to Design for All, Human Computer Interaction, User Experience in the context of Social Computing for smart cities

The programme may be found here.

The presentation briefs may be found here.



We encourage submissions from Postgraduate and PhD students with interest in Social Computing. Please submit a one page statement of purpose describing your current research and why you want to participate as well as a CV by email to, including the subject “NOTRE Summer School”.


Application deadline: 28 May 2018
Notification of acceptance: 1st June 2018
Summer School: 25 – 29 June 2018

Participation is free however participants are expected to cover their own travel & accommodation costs. For students affiliated with NOTRE partners, their travel and accommodation costs may be covered through their institutions.




Prof. Constantine Stephanidis is Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Crete, former Director of the Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (ICS‐FORTH), Founder and Head of its Human ‐ Computer Interaction (HCI) Laboratory, and Founder and Head of its Ambient Intelligence (AmI) Programme. Over the past 30 years, Prof. Stephanidis has been engaged as the Prime Investigator and Scientific Responsible in more than 100 projects funded from the European Commission, national agencies or other sources in areas of his competence. He is the Founder and Editor‐in‐Chief of the Springer international journal “Universal Access in the Information Society”, as well as co-editor of the International Journal of Human Computer Interaction. He is the Editor of the books “User Interfaces for All ‐ concepts, methods and tools” published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2001) and “The Universal Access Handbook” published by CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group (2009). He has published more than 550 articles in scientific archival journals, proceedings of international conferences and workshops related to the fields of his expertise. During 2008 – 2009 he served as member of the Sectoral Scientific Committee of Informatics of the National Council for Research and Technology, Hellenic Ministry of Development. From March 2014 to May 2016, as member of the Member of the National Council for Research and Technology (NCRT), Hellenic Ministry of Education. In 2010, Prof. Stephanidis was elected member of the Informatics Section of the Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences. Since January 2017, he is President of the Council for Research and Innovation of the Region of Crete.



Dr. Margherita Antona is a Principal Researcher at ICS‐FORTH and Deputy Head of the Human Computer Interaction Laboratory of ICS‐FORTH. Her research interests include adaptive and intelligent interfaces, computer‐supported user interface design, design for all and assistive technologies, eLearning and Ambient Intelligence. She has participated in more than 20 European and national R&D projects. She is the scientific responsible for the participation of ICS‐FORTH in the H2020 project RAMCIP. She has co-authored more than 90 scientific publications. She is Co‐Chair of the International Conference on Universal Access in Human‐ Computer Interaction (UAHCI), co-editor the Universal Access in the Information Society International Journal, and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Human Computer Interaction. She is member of Program Committee and Paper Review Committee in various international conferences and workshops.



Asterios Leonidis holds a PhD  in “Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction”, an M.Sc. in “Information Systems” as well as a B.A. from the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete . He was a member of the Information Systems Laboratory (2005-2007) and of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory of FORTH-ICS (2007-present). His past work includes mapping, conversion, and integration between XML and relational databases and visualization of RDFS ontologies (with emphasis on top-K diagrams and on exploration services). His current research interests fall in the field of Universal Access, Adaptive and Intelligent interfaces, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, eLearning, and Ambient Intelligence. He is experienced in the design, development and evaluation of intelligent software that assist independent living and of educational applications, services and frameworks for Ambient Environments. He has participated in a number of European research projects, including: AAL-REMOTE, FP7-ICT-OASIS, FP7-ICT-ASK-IT, FP7-ICT-HOBBIT, etc.



Stavroula Ntoa holds a Ph.D. in “Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction”, an M.Sc. in “Information Systems” and “Computer Networks and Digital Communications” , as well as a B.A. from the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete. She is a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory of the Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (ICS-FORTH) since 2000. She is experienced in the design, development and evaluation of accessibility software for motor-impaired users, and accessible web applications. She has expertise in UX design and evaluation in a number of projects in various contexts and application domains, including responsive web, big data, mobile, and augmented reality applications. She has participated as a technical coordinator or implementation member in a number of European and National research projects. Her research interests fall in the field of Universal Access, Design for All, Web Accessibility, eLearning, and interaction in Ambient Intelligence environments. Her current work focuses on user experience evaluation in Ambient Intelligence environments.



Dr. Stefan Marschall is full professor of political science and Chair of German Politics at the Department of Social Sciences of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. He has conducted research on the establishment of the Internet and its implications on political communication and decision-finding. Stefan is the speaker of the standing group “Politics and Communication” of the German Political Science Association and the (founding) convener of the Network on Voting Advice Applications of the European Consortium for Political Research. Since 2012 he has been holding the position of a speaker of the interdisciplinary Research Training Group “Linkage in Democracy. Political Representation in Heterogeneous Societies”. Furthermore, he serves as the spokesperson of Graduate Academy philGRAD at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities as well as the deputy spokesperson of the “Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy (DIID)”. He is member of the Program Committee of the “Center for Advanced Internet Studies/CAIS” in Bochum/Germany.


Paloma DIAZ, UC3M

Prof. Dr. Paloma Díaz is Full Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. With a Degree and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. She is involved in interdisciplinary research in the Interactive Systems research group ( led by her and participates in two interdisciplinary research Institutes: the Institute of Culture and Technology and the UC3M-BS Institute on Financial Big Data. Her main areas of interest are interaction design, mobile and ubiquitous computing (including VR/AR and social computing), big data visualization, crisis informatics, ICT for learning/teaching and digital cultural heritage.



Dr. Antonio Fernandez Anta is a Research Professor at IMDEA Networks. Previously he was a Full Professor at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) and was on the Faculty of the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM), where he received an award for his research productivity. He was a postdoc at MIT from 1995 to 1997. He has more than 25 years of research experience, and more than 200 scientific publications. He was the Chair of the Steering Committee of DISC and has served in the TPC of numerous conferences and workshops. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of SW Louisiana in 1992 and 1994, respectively. He completed his undergraduate studies at the UPM, having received awards at the university and national level for his academic performance. He is a Senior Member of ACM and IEEE.


Rajiv ARJAN,  Google UK

Rajiv Arjan has been working in User Experience across various aspects of the domain including, user research, design, project management, and training. For the past 5 years, Rajiv has been working in the international research team at Google learning about how to create products and services for the next billion users. His research projects have taken him to Nairobi, Senegal, India, Indonesia and Brazil and more. Rajiv completed an Msc in Human Centred System at City University London in 2014, his specialist interests include emerging markets, HCI, and ethnography.


Panayiotis ZAPHIRIS, CUT

Panayiotis Zaphiris is a Professor in the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, and the Dean of the School of Fine and Applied Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). He is also a member of the CUT senate. He is the co-director of the Cyprus Interaction Research Lab (CIL), a research lab specializing in the study of the interaction of people with technology in various fields. Panayiotis has a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Wayne State University, USA. He also has an MSc in Systems Engineering and a BSc in Electrical Engineering both from University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Before returning to Cyprus he was a Reader at the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design, School of Informatics of City University London where he founded and was leading the City Interaction Lab (funded by Vodafone Foundation). Before City University, he was a researcher at the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University from where he also got his Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). His research interests lie in HCI with an emphasis on inclusive design and social aspects of computing. He is also interested in internet related research (web usability, mathematical modelling of browsing behavior in hierarchical online information systems, online communities, e-learning, web based digital libraries and social network analysis of online human-to human interactions). Dr Zaphiris has participated in a total of 16 funded research projects summing up to over 1.5 million euros. He has published over 190 academic papers in well known academic journals and international conferences. He is also themeditor of 14 books and edited volumes. His publication record includes papers in journals like ACM TOCHI, Interacting with Computers, Behaviour and Information Technology and conferences like ACM CHI and British HCI. He delivered keynote talks, tutorials and organized workshops at international conferences.


Andreas Papallas is an Associate Researcher at the Cyprus University of Technology and a practicing Architect. He holds a BA in Architecture from the University of Sheffield and an MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Cambridge with distinction. He has presented research and design work at conferences and exhibitions in San Francisco, London, Cambridge, Madrid and Nicosia. Most recently, he has co-directed a series of workshops about co-creative design and social change at the HCI International Conference in Vancouver, Canada as well as a Special Interest Group (SIG) at CHI 2018 in Montreal for Participatory Planning. As such, his interest lies in developing creative design methods for social innovation and impact. Andreas is the recepient of the 2017 Urban Communication Research Grant by the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).