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Cities worldwide are well known to be living laboratories to experiment on modeling, characterization, optimization, and control of complex systems. Complex phenomena, in fact, evolve within cities with multiple and intertwined space and time scales, yielding emerging behaviors whose explanation is never simple. Moreover, cities encompass networked systems, very often overlapped or stacked in layers: information, transportation, power grids, epidemics, pedestrians, are just a few examples of such networks. To address the complexity of urban systems, a broad range of interdisciplinary topics should be covered that touch on issues from the network science, cyber–physical systems, to policy and finance perspectives in smart cities

This special issues will collect contributions aiming at modeling, characterizing, optimizing, and controlling complex and networked systems, with a particular focus on urban environments.

We encourage submissions on theory, methods, and applications of complex and networked systems in urban environments. Topics of interest include but are not limited to theoretical aspects, algorithms, methods, and fields of applications, as:

- Epidemic spreading
- Social networks
- Information and misinformation spreading
- Pedestrian dynamics and human behavior in cities
- Transportation networks and urban mobility

- Complexity of urban IoT systems
- City monitoring strategies and techniques
- Urban planning
- Citizen science experiments
- Financial systems
- Diffusion of policies

Survey and review papers, as well as submissions that are a significant extension (more than 30%) of previously published work, are welcome.

Important dates

Expression of interest and abstract submission: February 17, 2019 
Abstract feedback notification: March 17, 2019
Paper submission deadline: April 30, 2019
Target publication: June 1, 2019


Submission Instructions

We invite authors to submit a brief expression of interest containing a short outline or extended abstract (approx. 1000 words), including the topic, key concepts, methods, expected results, and conclusions.

Abstracts should be submitted via email to complexcity1@googlegroups.com and will be reviewed to determine if the submission is in the scope of this special issue.

Authors with accepted abstracts will be invited to submit their papers through the journal submission system for a full review and publication.


Lead Guest Editor


Alessandro Rizzo, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, [log in to unmask]


Guest  Editors

Luca Maria Aiello, Nokia Bell Labs, UK [log in to unmask]

Amin Anjomshoaa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,USA  [log in to unmask]

Elsa Arcaute, University College London, UK [log in to unmask]
Neal Zachary, Michigan State University, USA, [log in to unmask]

For more information, please direct your questions to the lead guest editor

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