Certificate for Best Paper Award of the 9th International Conference on Distributed, Ambient and Pervasive Interactions
The award has been conferred to
H. Patricia McKenna
for the paper entitled
"The Importance of Theory for Understanding Smart Cities: Making a Case for Ambient Theory"
Presented in the context of
HCI International 2021
24-29 July 2021
"This paper seeks to develop a theoretical foundation for ambient theory as a theory in support of advancing definitions and understandings of smart cities and regions. Through a review of the evolving research literature for the ambient and for smart cities, a conceptual framework is formulated consisting of components and characteristics constituting ambient theory for smart cities and regions. The framework is then operationalized for use in this paper, exploring the practical application of ambient theory in smart cities and regions. Using a case study approach together with an explanatory correlational design, elements such as technology-driven services, creative opportunities, and access to public data are explored. Drawing additionally on other works where this approach is employed, elements such as awareness, information and communication technologies (ICTs), interactivity, and sensing are provided as further examples showing the potential for promising relationships in support of ambient theory for smart cities. Ambient theory as advanced in this paper is discussed in terms of theory usefulness, parsimony, and type. Future directions are identified for explorations of ambient theory going forward for both research and practice in contributing to definitions and understandings of smart cities and regions."
The full paper is available through SpringerLink, provided that you have proper access rights.