Call for Papers


Knowledge Management & E-Learning (KM&EL)

(Indexed by SCOPUS)


Special Issue on


Smart Cities of the Future:
Creating Tomorrow’s Education toward
Effective Skills and Career Development Today


Guest Editors


Dr. Fanny Klett (IEEE Fellow)


German Workforce ADL Partnership Laboratory, Germany



Dr. Maggie Minhong Wang

Faculty of Education,

The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong




Cities are growing and increasingly suffer from rapid urbanization. Governments and businesses start thinking about technology as critical enabler to solve the rising urbanization issues and improve the cities’ environments according to a set of priorities. Wireless and network technologies, the Internet of Things, cloud computing and artificial intelligence are only few of the solutions toward products and services that are expected and applied to make the cities "smarter", and comfortable in the context of transport, climate, food, energy, buildings, health, products, etc. A Smart City concept refers to acknowledged initiatives, such as e-Home, e-Office, e-Government, e-Health, e-Education and e-Traffic. It is based on self-monitoring and self-response by pooling server and network infrastructures, and respective clients together to ensure the effective interconnection of the urban substructures, for example administration, education, healthcare, transportation, public safety, real estates, and implying intelligent adaptation to the citizens’ needs. Against this background, smart environments concentrate on automatic computing, self-awareness, self-configuration, self-protection, and self-optimization.

This special issue of the KM&EL international journal is dedicated to recent opportunities, experiences and expectations that the emergent number of cities, applying the Smart City concept, face in designing and providing education that is striving to shape the new generation of the Smart Citizens.

Barcelona and Chicago, Malta and Dubai, Singapore and Amsterdam, Sejong, Bilbao, Suzhou, Kazan, Alexandria, New York…This is a non-embracing list of continuously emerging Smart City projects around the globe. Various definitions that evolved from Digital City through Wireless City to Smart City and recently Smart City of the Future make us aware that technology and infrastructures are the leading aspect of the Smart City concept. However, there is no single approach to a Smart City, and no one-size-fits-all approach to a Smart City.

Exactly this fact evolves to an opportunity for educational arrangements in Smart Cities and represents the focus of this Special Issue that calls for a broad spectrum of education technology, curriculum design and methodology design experiences, theories and implementations in a Smart City setting by considering a wide-ranging variety of aspects including new opportunities for learning and instructional theories, technology-enhanced learning, curriculum, skills and career development in a highly interconnected networked environment, knowledge management, assessment, etc. This special issue aims to provide a forum for academics and practitioners to explore issues related to the design, application and evaluation of the Smart City concept in education, and human performance development.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Next generation learning, training and assessment environments for higher education, open learning, lifelong learning, family and community learning
  • Infrastructures for skills and career development
  • Next generation learning design
  • Infrastructures for knowledge management and quality management by highlighting the interrelationship between e-Home, e-Office, e-Government, e-Health, e-Education and e-Traffic
  • Curriculum development and the need for a fast changing adaptation
  • Impact of technology on learning by highlighting ecological monitoring and visualization of data flows for smart/adaptive learning, mobile social media for ubiquitous learning, use of open data and ubiquitous information, privacy and security
  • Interrelationship between e-Education and e-Health by highlighting technology-enhanced clinical practice and training, digital media for healthcare knowledge dissemination, use of social media for disease and health management, online patient communities and clinician-patient collaboration
  • Interrelationship between e-Education and social inclusion by highlighting open and museum education, strengthening cultural profiles of citizens through active partnerships among institutions, building social and cultural capital using digital media
  • Obstacles, future needs, and measures of success of the Smart City concept toward education and interrelated settings

We are interested in both theoretical and practical papers that aim to improve learning and human performance in a Smart City by applying the latest technological advances toward user-oriented solutions. We would like to stimulate interest in the issues across academia, practice, industry, research and policy, and therefore we welcome focused papers from all sectors.

Important Dates  

Submission due: 30th Aug 2014

Notification of acceptance: 30th Sep 2014

Publication schedule: Dec 2014 (Vol.6, No.4)

Submission Instructions

Electronic submission by email to Guest Editors is required ( or ).

Papers must not have been published, accepted for publication, or presently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A standard double-blind review process will be used for selecting papers to be published in this special issue. Authors should follow the instructions outlined in the KM&EL Website (see URL

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Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL)
ISSN 2073-7904


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Laboratory for Knowledge Management & E-Learning

Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong