Journal of Urban Technology: special issue on Artificial Intelligence and the City

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the technologies that has evolved the most in recent years and its application has increased exponentially. This remarkable progress has led many scholars, policy makers and urban practitioners to perceive innovative AI-based technologies as a fundamental means of alleviating many urbanisation problems.

It is indisputable that AI-based systems will play a key role in the modernisation of our cities. However, no matter how advanced a computational solution is, it must be accompanied by a sufficiently advanced responsible innovation and governance framework. As we are in the early stages of deploying AI systems in our communities – from neighbourhoods to towns and cities – there is a pressing need to talk about current developments and what is being done; to be able to determine what works and to understand the success factors and, more importantly, what has not worked, the failure factors.

Special issue on Artificial Intelligence and the City

In this regard, the Journal of Urban Technology of Routledge will publish a special issue on “Artificial Intelligence and the City” to consolidate our understanding of AI in the context of cities. Juan Manuel Corchado Rodríguez, president of the AIR Institute and director of the BISITE Research Group with vast experience in research on new technologies, will participate in this special issue as editor. Also participating as editors are Tan Yigitcanlar, Queensland University of Technology, Kevin C. Desouza, Queensland University of Technology, Karen Mossberger, Arizona State University, Rashid Mehmood, King Abdulaziz University, Rita Yi Man Li, Hong Kong Shue Yan University.

The special issue will feature theoretical and empirical research articles along with literature reviews on the following topics, although other relevant issues will also be considered:

  • Adoption, integration and affordability of AI.
  • AI algorithms, applications and platforms
  • AI and the perceptions of the community and users
  • AI and its explainable, ethical, frugal and trustworthy qualities
  • AI and responsible urban innovation
  • AI and urban big data and analytics
  • Benefits, costs, impacts and risks of AI
  • AI best practice
  • AI conceptual and practical frameworks
  • Planning, design and management of AI deployment

We invite you to submit your research. You have the opportunity to submit to the guest editors, by email, abstracts of a length of 300 – 500 words, by 1 December 2022. After an editorial review process, authors with high-standard submissions, who are found suitable, will be invited to submit their manuscript to the special issue via the journal’s submission platform by 1 May 2023, more details here.

Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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