Business Systems Laboratory - 2nd International Symposium


Advancements in Economic and Managerial Theory and Practice

January 23-24, 2014
Universitas Mercatorum
Via Appia Pignatelli 62, 00178 Roma, Italy

Panel Track



Track Chair:

Arabella Mocciaro Li Destri

University of Palermo (Italy)


Technological advancements are bringing closer to reality the dream of cities which are both sustainable and smart. On one hand, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are expected not only to realize energy savings for most city services, by a massive network of networks that is able to monitor in real-time power and water consumption, but also to facilitate the integration of wind, solar, and other renewable sources. On the other hand, social capital which springs from the tight cooperation between individuals and already established social groups may drive the whole process, through well known and emerging phenomena like environmental self awareness and green hedonism, for example in personal carbon footprint estimation. Smart devices are expected to support people in taking decisions in everyday life which are not only sustainable but also facilitate reducing health risk behavior, improving at the same time social trust and membership. For example, personal devices not only may help in taking routing decisions for time-saving urban mobility but also may suggest solutions which are environmentally sustainable: the latter aspect may provide positive social feedback once such a constructive behavior is shared in real time to social networks.

This track presents original papers by researchers and practitioners in the industry that present leading edge research and applications of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and other interactive automated devices, such as Embedded Systems for real-world control and sensing.

The topics of the track include (but are not limited to) the following research fields:

Geolocated Intelligent Cooperative Transport Systems and Services, Behavioral Modeling of Traffic Flows and Logistics, Safety, Health, Mobility and Sustainability, Use of Artificial Intelligence Techniques and Activity-Based Models in Sustainable Mobility, Mathematical Optimization for Sustainable Traffic Engineering and Logistics, Multi-modal interoperable transport, Socially Persuasive Technology and Transport Policy, ICTs for Energy Management and Energy Efficient Design, Information Systems for socially based smart and better living, Smart Technologies: Experiences from Developing Countries, Travel Demand Management/ Mass Transit Policies, Novel Applications targeted to Health, Mobility, Livability and Sustainability, Renewable Energy Sources in Transportation, Social and Institutional Information Related to Travel, Adaptive Road Pricing and Traffic Congestion.



Friday 24 - Room "Appia": 9,00 - 13,30

  • Renegotiating values in computer disposal practices - Alison Stowell (Lancaster University, UK);

  • Communication interface design methodology to integrate different organizations to work under emergencies. An example of Ishinomaki city after 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake - Yoshikazu Tomita, Kyoko Watanabe, Takashi Maeno (Keio University, Japan);

  • Euroméditerranée II a new sustainable model - Irene Marotta (University of Palermo, Italy);

  • Studies and researches regarding the use of a water mill for irrigations - Badea Lepadatescu & Luminita Popa (Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania);

  • New models of urban and social sustainability: ICT in the design of smart cities - Starlight Vattano (University of Palermo, Italy);

  • Barriers to Improved Energy Efficiency Measures in the UK Housing Sector: Stakeholders’ Perspectives - Renuka Thakore, Jack Goulding, Mark Toogood (University of Central Lancashire, UK);

  • Rating return investment value of corporate Intranet - Ivan Pogarcic (Polytechnic of Rijeka, Croatia), Stipe Kustic (BIT, System Analyze, Croatia), Vlatka Davidovic (Polytechnic of Rijeka, Croatia);

  • Technology is a Two Edged Sword: Generating new Prosperity or perpetuating old scarcity - Elior Kinarthy (Rio Hondo College, USA);

  • Developmental Projects: A Systems Perspective - Sameer Prasad (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA);

  • The system of decision taking in indeterminate situations (by example of the project "Artificial Intellectual Hand") - Anatoly Ivanovitch Timofeev & Dmitrieva V.A. (National institute of aviation technologies, Russia);

  • Growth through material: An exploratory study in the development of the composite industry - Anna P. Chatzimichali & Kevin D. Potter (University of Bristol, UK).