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Call for papers: IISSC 2016

IISSC 2016, the 2nd EAI International Conference on ICT Infrastructures and Services for Smart Cities, will take place in Brindisi, Italy on 14-16 September, 2016. The event will be co-located with the 2nd EAI International Conference on Cloud Networking for IoT Systems (CN4IoT 2016).

The core mission of the conference is to address key topics on ICT infrastructure (technologies, models, frameworks) and services in cities, in order to enhance performance and wellbeing, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and to engage more effectively and actively with their citizens.

Potential topics of interest to IISSC 2016, which can be investigated from different perspectives (social, organizational, technological) include:

  • E-health;
  • Agriculture and Food;
  • Smart Energy & Smart Buildings;
  • Mobility, Transports & Logistics;
  • Environment Management and Sustainability;
  • E-tourism & E-culture;
  • E-education;
  • E-government;
  • E-inclusion;
  • Urban Security;
  • Effective Experiences about smarter and sustainable cities;
  • Significant activities empowering Smart Citizenships;
  • Socio-Technical Systems;
  • Societal impact of Smart City Solutions;
  • Public-private partnerships enabling Smart City Solutions;
  • Successful projects and initiatives for Smart Cities.

Academic or industrial workshops connected with the conference aim at collecting concrete use cases and successful Smart City scenarios, leveraging ICT infrastructures as the enabling element for their sustainability. Contributions from universities, research centers, public and private firms are equally welcomed.

FIWARE Discussion Panel and Exhibition: this track aims at gathering contributions and fostering discussion opportunities about the usage of FIWARE open APIs, the Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative and middleware within entrepreneurial ICT accelerators. Participants from the Apulia region, as well as Italy and other European countries are welcomed to present their successful achievements that have been awarded with finance support from the European Commission.

Accepted papers will be published in the IISSC Conference Proceedings and by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes of ICST (LNICST). Proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: Elsevier (EI), Thomson Scientific (ISI), Scopus, Crossref, Google Scholar, DBLP. Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work through the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Smart Cities.

Important dates:

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 22nd April, 2016

Workshops Proposal Deadline: 29th April, 2016

Notification Deadline: 27th May, 2016

Camera-ready Deadline: 24th June, 2016

For further information about the conference, visit the IISSC 2016 official website.

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IISSC 2016 is accepting papers!

The 2nd EAI International Conference on ICT Infrastructures and Services for Smart Cities (IISSC 2016) will take place in Brindisi, Italy on 14-16 September, 2016. The event will be co-located with the 2nd EAI International Conference on Cloud Networking for IoT Systems (CN4IoT 2016).

Citizens are becoming more and more the primary research and market source of insights, since infrastructure and services providers aim at offering life-enhancing or life-changing solutions to them (e.g., smart energy metering, e-shopping, e-health, traffic management, smart environmental monitoring, shared transports, etc.), capable of creating truly intelligent collaborations and automated information flows between devices and people. From such challenging premises, the core mission of the conference is to address those key topics on ICT infrastructures (technologies, models, frameworks) and services fostering the smart city model, in order to enhance performance and wellbeing, to reduce costs and resource consumption, to cope with societal impacts and to take into consideration citizens’ voices and opinions, as well as to engage them more effectively and actively in urban life.

Topics of interest to IISSC 2016, which can be investigated from different perspectives (social, organizational, technological) include:

  • E-health;
  • Agriculture and Food;
  • Smart Energy & Smart Buildings;
  • Mobility, Transports & Logistics;
  • Environment Management and Sustainability;
  • E-tourism & E-culture;
  • E-education;
  • E-government;
  • E-inclusion;
  • Urban Security;
  • Effective Experiences about smarter and sustainable cities;
  • Significant activities empowering Smart Citizenships;
  • Socio-Technical Systems;
  • Societal impact of Smart City Solutions;
  • Public-private partnerships enabling Smart City Solutions;
  • Successful projects and initiatives for Smart Cities.

All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world’s largest scientific libraries. Proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: Elsevier (EI), Thomson Scientific (ISI), Scopus, Crossref, Google Scholar, DBLP. Best Papers will be considered for publication in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Smart Cities.

Important dates:
Full Paper Submission Deadline: 22nd April, 2016
Workshops Proposal Deadline: 29th April, 2016
Notification Deadline: 27th May, 2016
Camera-ready Deadline: 24th June, 2016
 
For further information about IISSC 2016, visit the official website of the conference.

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On convergence of technology and citizen science

Takuro Yonezawa is a Research Assistant Professor at Keio University, Japan, and an expert in the fields of ubiquitous computing, sensor networks, human-computer interaction and urban sensing. He is also the General Chair of Urb-IoT 2016, the 2nd EAI International Conference on IoT in Urban Space, that will take place in Tokyo, Japan on May 24-25. We had the great pleasure to talk with Takuro about how IoT is getting ready to make its move to more general, daily activities in a city, after it has made its breakthrough in energy, security and safety.

Find out more about Urb-IoT 2016.

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Smart Cities will need smarter networks

We got the chance to interview Dr. Juan-Manuel Ahuactzin, the Innovation Program Manager at T-Systems, Mexico. He began his studies in Mexico, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering in 1989. He developed his academic career in France and Canada. Today he continues to build on the ties established from his studies and actively participates in the French-Mexican Image & Robotics network. Dr. Ahuactzin is the general chair of SCiFI 2016 (May 25–26, 2016 in Puebla, Mexico), track on Smart Cities and Future Internet of the AFI 360° Summit 2016 co-located conference.

What is the central topic of SCiFI 2016 and why is it important? What is this event’s vision?

The central topic of the conference is the use of Information and Communication Technology for the development of Smart Cities applications and systems. Thanks to this technology, we can face modern problems. Nowadays, most of the population will be living in a city and by consequence we have to do more with the same resources. We are required to move more intelligently, to generate less waste, to collect smarter. It is essential to save energy, to reduce the noise, etc. Part of the solution is highly related with the use of devices connected to the online world, not only smart phones, laptops or tablets, but many more devices. Our world contains millions of these devices exchanging data and with a need for high-bandwidth and high-speed broadband. From one side, it is very important to implement solutions for the modern cities, make them smarter, and from the other to continue to allow the exchange of data even if the number of devices connected to internet explodes.

In the SCIFI conference we have the vision that smart cities will be possible only if the Internet expands with the appropriate infrastructure and technology. The SCIFI conference is a great opportunity to present original work on these important subjects as well as an excellent opportunity for networking.

What have been the recent developments in the Smart Cities applications for Future Internet? What are the biggest challenges that this area is currently facing?

Juan Ahuactzin
Dr. Juan-Manuel Ahuactzin, a member of Technical Program Committee at SCiFI 2016

Internet is relatively new in our society, however, it became very complex and it is in constant expansion. It became a critical infrastructure for the society, it is crucial for our economy, our education, and basically any productive activity in the world. After 30 years of Internet, the current approach to communications, based on the client-server model, is becoming complex to manage and could become a big, big problem. It is especially true if our cities become smart, with a big number of devices providing essential information for our daily living. High-speed, extremely reliable and secure backbone network with new network models and architectures are examples of recent developments in Future Internet that are essential for our upcoming Smart Cities. The Internet of Things and, by consequence, Smart Cities will be only possible with a new Internet communication paradigm.

The big challenge is to connect our cities to the net, process the information and exploit it for a better life.

What are your expectations for SCiFI 2016?

SCiFI 2016 will be a successful event, where we will find the last threads on Smart Cities and Internet of Things. It is great opportunity to listen and talk to the experts on the subject.

SCiFI is accepting short papers and  demos (deadline March 15th, 2016). Find out more.

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Submit your paper to the 2nd edition of Fabulous!

Fabulous 2016, the 2nd EAI International Conference of Future Access Enablers of Ubiquitous and Intelligent Infrastractures will take place in Belgrade, Serbia on October 24-26, 2016.

The conference aims at gathering prominent researchers from academia and industry, innovators and entrepreneurs in the broad areas of future wireless networks, ambient and assisted living and smart infrastructures in order to interact, exchange ideas, expertise, experience and know-how and discuss the latest results and achievements in the aforementioned topics of interest.

Fabulous 2016 expects original works which describes theoretical work validated by simulation or experimental studies. Developed proof-of-concepts and testbeds are of particular interest. Topics of interest include the following:

  • 5G access networks;
  • Cloud RANs;
  • Self-organizing networks;
  • Ad-hoc networking;
  • Cognitive radio;
  • Dynamic spectrum access;
  • Spectrum offloading;
  • MmW and cmW bands for future access;
  • Internet of things;
  • Web of things;
  • Wireless sensor networks and practical applications;
  • Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications;
  • Device-to-device (D2D) communications;
  • Smart environments and examples (smart grids, eHealth solutions, assisted multi-modal learning etc.);
  • Energy efficiency and green solutions;
  • Cloud computing;
  • Software defined networking;
  • Big data;
  • Security;
  • Life sciences;
  • Data mining;
  • Dataflow supercomputing.

The conference caters for a limited number of workshops on dedicated session topics. The aim of these workshops is to discuss work in progress and explore opportunities for new research related to a topic of interest within the context of the conference.

Furthermore, Fabulous 2016 will also host three keynote speeches given by: Prof. Dimitrios I. Fotiadis (University of Ioannina, Greece), Prof. Veljko Milutinovic (University of Belgrade, Serbia) Dr. Emil Jovanov (University of Belgrade, Serbia) and Prof. Saso Dzeroski (Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world’s largest scientific libraries. Proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: Elsevier (EI), Thomson Scientific (ISI), Scopus, Crossref, Google Scholar, DBLP. Best Papers will be considered for publication in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology.

Important dates:

Workshops Proposal Deadline: 27th May, 2016

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 27th May, 2016

Notification Deadline: 1st July, 2016

Camera-ready deadline: 29th July, 2016

If you want to know more about the conference, visit the official website.

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Urb-IoT 2016 extended its deadline!

The 2nd edition of the EAI International Conference on IoT in Urban Space (Urb-IoT 2016), will take place in Tokyo, Japan on May 24-25, 2016.

The Conference welcomes original and inspiring research contributions from technology experts, designers, researchers, urban planners, and architects in academia and industry. Urb-IoT 2016 will bring together practitioners and researchers to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices.

Urb-IoT 2016 expects to receive great researches and experiences papers on these leading areas:

  • Monitoring the pulse of the city;
  • Fusion of heterogeneous urban sources;
  • Understanding urban data using machine learning and mining techniques;
  • Visual analytics of urban data;
  • City as a platform;
  • Participatory and crowd sourcing techniques;
  • Incentification and gamification;
  • Citizen and crowd influence and behavioural change;
  • Data-driven urban planning and design;
  • Crowd behaviour capturing and modelling;
  • Urban mobility and intelligent transportation systems;
  • Smart cities;
  • Real time urban information systems;
  • Context awareness in urban systems;
  • Privacy and data protection.

Furthermore, the Conference will also host two keynote speeches given by Prof. Ryosuke Shibasaki (The University of Tokyo, Japan) and Prof. Licia Capra (University College London, UK).

All presented papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference. The authors of the Best Papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work through the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Internet of Things. Accepted papers will be published in the Urb-IoT Conference Proceedings and by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes of ICST (LNICST). The proceedings will be available both in book form and via the SpringerLink digital library, which is one of the largest digital libraries online and covers a variety of scientific disciplines.

Important dates:

Full Papers Submission Deadline: February 7th, 2016  February 29th, 2016

Acceptance Notification Deadline: March 7th, 2016   March 18th, 2016

Camera-ready Deadline: March 21st, 2016   April 8th, 2016

If you want more information about Urb-IoT 2016, visit the official website of the conference!

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Big Data efforts for Smart Cities are starting to coordinate

Alberto Leon-Garcia is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, and an accomplished researcher in the field of communications network infrastructures. He also organized the Toronto portion of Smart City 360° Summit 2015 in October last year. We talked with hima to learn where the development in the smart cities area is headed, what progress we are making, and what issues need to be tackled.

This event covered a lot of ground: urban mobility, sustainability, big data, smart grids, and even smart healthcare. Based on what was presented at the conferences, could you give us a general idea of where we are headed in terms of technology impacting our everyday life?

Cities are very large-scale, very complex systems of systems that up to now have been largely uncoordinated. The overall impression from the presentations at the conference is that there is now a major effort across a broad range of disciplines working to address the multiplicity of challenges of cities and urban regions. These efforts remain largely uncoordinated, but we are beginning to see glimpses of the possibility of common solution approaches. This is especially the case for sensing, massive-scale data gathering, and analytics as activities that provide a base for creating awareness and intelligence about urban environments. There is also the possibility that open source approaches can reduce the costs associated with deploying future smart cities, so that the benefits of intelligence will not be limited to wealthy societies. Overall, I believe that there is reason to be optimistic about the prospect that smart city technologies will help address today’s urban challenges.

Alberto Leon-Garcia
Alberto Leon-Garcia, General Chair of Toronto Smart City 360° Summit

As the organizer of Innovation Day, the concluding day of the Smart City 360° Summit in Toronto, could you describe its purpose? What was the outcome?

The international participants in the Innovation included Europe, Canada, and the U.S. and most have been drivers in innovation in ICT platforms for cloud computing and advanced networking. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss prospects for the application of these ICT platforms to address smart city challenges. It became apparent that all of the research efforts had already begun a transition to deployments that address urban challenges. This underscored the opportunity for international collaboration to share experiences and best practices, and so the principal outcome was agreement to formalize collaborations, especially as new research initiatives are launched.

What were, in your opinion, the highlights of the event?

The highlight of the event were without a doubt the keynote presentations. Every participating conference secured the participation of global leaders in their disciplines. Every keynote presentation gave an opportunity to learn about the leading edge in each area—mobility, grids, sustainability, big data, and wearable devices—as well as about the remaining challenges. Despite having been a participant in these types of efforts over several decades, I still become excited and inspired when listening about the work of these types of leaders.

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Submit your paper to Urb-IoT 2016!

Urb-IoT 2016, the 2nd edition of the EAI International Conference on IoT in Urban Space, will be held in Tokyo, Japan on May 24-25, 2016.

The Conference solicits original and inspiring research contributions from technology experts, designers, researchers, urban planners, and architects in academia and industry. Bringing together practitioners and researchers to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices is the goal of Urb-IoT 2016.

Furthermore, Urb-IoT 2016 will also host two keynote speeches given by Prof. Licia Capra (University College London, UK) and Prof. Ryosuke Shibasaki (The University of Tokyo, Japan).
Urb-IoT 2016 welcomes contributions on the following topics of interest:
Citizen Awareness and Engagement: Methods and studies for citizen involvement through participatory sensing or crowd-sourcing for urban tasks, as well as behavioural change of the citizen through awareness.
– Urban Analytics: Understanding the massive digital traces created by IoT in the urban landscape through big data analytics.
IoT Applications and Services in Urban Context: Urban technologies and applications that challenge the state of the art and benefit citizens, decision and policy makers, and urban planners.

The Conference also expects to receive great researches and experiences papers on these leading areas:
  • Monitoring the pulse of the city;
  • Fusion of heterogeneous urban sources;
  • Understanding urban data using machine learning and mining techniques;
  • Visual analytics of urban data;
  • City as a platform;
  • Participatory and crowd sourcing techniques;
  • Incentification and gamification;
  • Citizen and crowd influence and behavioural change;
  • Data-driven urban planning and design;
  • Crowd behaviour capturing and modelling;
  • Urban mobility and intelligent transportation systems;
  • Smart cities;
  • Real time urban information systems;
  • Context awareness in urban systems;
  • Privacy and data protection.

All presented papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference. The authors of the Best Papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work through the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Internet of Things. Accepted papers will be published in the Urb-IoT Conference Proceedings and by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes of ICST (LNICST). The proceedings will be available both in book form and via the SpringerLink digital library, which is one of the largest digital libraries online and covers a variety of scientific disciplines.

Important dates:

Full Papers Submission Deadline: February 7th, 2016 

Acceptance Notification Deadline: March 7th, 2016

Camera-ready Deadline: March 21st, 2016

For more information, visit the official website of the conference!

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SCIFI 2016: deadline extension!

SCiFI 2016, the 1st EAI International Conference on Smart Cities and Future Internet, will take place in Puebla, Mexico on 25-27 May, 2016 and it will be co-located with AFI360 Summit.

The central theme of the conference are Smart Cities from the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) point of view. The conference is an excellent space to known and present important contributions on the subject of Smart Cities as well as a great opportunity for networking and it will be co-chaired by Prof. Juan-Manuel Ahuactzin (T-Systems, Mexico) and Prof. Adriana Tapus (ENSTA ParisTech). Furthermore, the conference will also host a keynote speech by Javier Araujo Campos (T-Systems Iberia).

SCiFI 2016 welcomes papers about these topics of interest:

  • Energy (Smart city lighting, submetering, smarthome, etc.)
  • Sustainable mobility (Smart parking, traffic management, electric cars, smart vehicles, etc.)
  • Environment and urban space (Air quality, noise reduction, smart waste collection, smart water, etc.)
  • Public services (Public security, urban resilience, e-government, citizens participation, education, etc.)
  • Buildings and homes (Efficient buildings and homes)
  • Economic and sustainable development (e-commerce, social shopping, leisure and tourism, etc.).

Accepted papers will be published in the SCIFI 2016 Conference Proceedings and by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes of ICST (LNICST). Proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: DBLP, Google Scholar, Thomson Scientific ISI Proceedings, EI Elsevier Engineering Index, CrossRef, Scopus, as well as ICST’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL). Best Papers will be considered for publication in the ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications Journal (MONET). Selected papers will be invited for publication in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Future Internet.

Important dates:

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 15th December, 2015    15th January, 2016

Notification deadline: 25th February, 2016

Camera-ready Deadline: 25th March, 2016

For more information, visit the official website of the conference.

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Smart Cities or Silent Cities

Experts from academia, industry and institutions met in October 2015 in Bratislava at the SmartCity 360° Summit, to explore today’s issues of sustainability, infrastructures, smart urban planning and citizenship.

David Mair, from the European Commission, and Dagmar Caganova, from the Slovak University of Technology, both speakers at the event, explain what is the challenge related to smart cities and why it cannot be delayed.

Do you want to know more about the SmartCity 360° Summit? Visit the official website.