June 13-14, 2024, Kaiserslautern
International Special Track of IPSC 2024

Call for Abstracts:
Designing spaces intelligently - Decision support systems and platforms for cities and regions


Deutsch | English

Please note: Submission deadline extended until 2024/01/26

In view of current disruptive developments such as spatial polarisation and the digital transformation, municipal and regional authorities responsible for spatial planning and services of general interest are facing considerable challenges, but also opportunities, in order to be able to intelligently design spaces with a view to profound change. The large group of "babyboomers" (born between 1955 and 1969) entering retirement age also requires new orientations on the part of cities and municipalities as well as other agencies responsible for spatial planning in order to ensure corresponding age-appropriate residential locations and supply structures.

The influences occurring simultaneously and in interaction with demographic change determine the current and future development of municipalities, which makes planning decisions more difficult. For example, questions remain unanswered about the extent to which older people will remain in their place of residence and what demands on the residential environment exist. How can medical care be organised in the place of residence or region? To what extent can municipal finances be optimally used today for tomorrow? What measures does climate change require? And, how can accessibility be optimised analogue and digitally?

In the research project "Ageing Smart - Designing Spaces Intelligently", the development of municipalities is analysed with the help of mathematical optimisation methods and artificial intelligence in order to be able to estimate the consequences for municipal (action) spaces. An intuitively usable, digital and data-based decision support system is being developed that will serve as a decision-making aid for public actors in planning processes.

The Special Track combines the research fields of digitalisation and AI, demographic development and municipal and regional planning. We invite submissions that deal with the spatial, planning and organisational-technical aspects and the consultation of municipal and regional actors. Corresponding data analyses and scenario developments of spatial-strategic decision support are the focus of this track.

Submission and review process

Extended Abstracts (4.000 to 5.000 characters including spaces, references, tables and figures) in English language can be submitted until January 19th 2024. To guarantee a blind review, two versions of the abstracts shall be submitted in pdf format: an original version with author information and a second version without the authors’ names and affiliation.

Please submit your abstract via email to: submission@ipsc-konferenz.de.

All submissions will undergo a double-blind peer review, stressing the following criteria:

  • innovativeness/originality
  • relevance of the topic/research question
  • appropriateness of the method/approach
  • clarity of the outline

Dates and deadlines

  • 2024/01/19: submission deadline
  • 2024/01/26: submission deadline
  • 2024/03/07: information on acceptance/rejection
  • 2024/06/13-14: IPSC conference

Conference organisers

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of any questions: info@ipsc-konferenz.de.

Conference programme and registration

Details on registration, the general programme keynotes, etc. will follow!

Best regards

The IPSC team