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Aim high with Smart City 360° Summit

When we talk about the cities of the future we talk about Smart Cities. But what is the meaning behind the attribute? What does it mean for a city to be smart? On the pathway towards Innovation, an action seems to be the key of success: Networking.

Smart cities imply smart communities, which are the real engine of the social and economic growth in Europe.

Let’s say it through the voices of the participants in the Smart City 360° Summit 2015, which took place last October in Bratislava and Toronto.

Eager to know detailed info about the event? Visit the official website and read our report here.

 
 

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Reflecting on the Smart City 360° Summit 2015

Four days, three venues and an almost overwhelming amount of ideas floating around – that was the Smart City 360° Summit 2015. Between 13 and 16 October 2015, experts from around the world met in Bratislava and Toronto to explore and discuss the future of Smart Cities. Organized by EAI in collaboration with the Slovak University of Technology, and with the patronage of the Vice President of the European Commission Maros Sefcovic, and the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, the summit was one of the major international events on Smart Cities.

The Summit speaker list included such distinguished names as Robert Redhammer (Rector of the Slovak University of Technology) with his opening speech, David Mair (Acting Director for Policy Support Coordination, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission), Rastislav Chovanec (State Secretary, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic), Tamas Vahl (Smarter Cities and EMF Pursuit Lead, IBM Central and Eastern Europe), Harald Baur (Networked Society Evangelist and Strategic Marketing Manager, Ericsson), Pavol Adamec (Director, Assurance, Risk Management, Information Technology, PwC Slovakia), Simon Sicko (CEO of Pixel Federation), Manfred Schrenk (Competence Center for Urban and Regional Planning, Vienna), Mario Paroha (Head of Research at the GreenWay Operator), Lukas Stockinger (Communications Officer, Smart City Wien Agency), Massimo Craglia (Digital Earth and Reference Data Unit, Joint Research Centre, EC), and many others.

If there was any one idea that kept coming up repeatedly during nearly every session, it was that we need to think much bigger when we think about Smart Cities. Many speakers and panellists have made a strong point that when we talk about Smart Cities, too often do we focus on the technology behind smart devices and smart infrastructure, but in the process neglect the concept of smart people.

Developing conscious citizenship, educating individuals ready for the future job market and encouraging social innovation in an increasingly technology-driven world – these have been relentlessly put forward as the corner stones of safe, sustainable, and smart society.

The second over-arching theme of the Smart City 360° Summit was a general uncertainty with regards to the definition of a “Smart City”, as well as an emphasis on the fact that there is no one universal recipe for a city to become smart. Many speakers have pointed out the multi-disciplinary nature of smart cities, and challenges that come up when governments, private sector, and citizens are required to collaborate. Many warnings regarding silo mentality were expressed, again emphasizing the need for mutual understanding and efficient collaboration between the many facets that together form a Smart City.

The main takeaway from the Smart City 360° Summit was that creating a Smart City is a long, arduous and problematic process that poses many complex challenges. This, in the end, only affirms the need for events such as Smart City 360°. Meeting people from different areas of expertise and public life, and putting heads together to make progress in sustainability and smart urban development is, as it appears, absolutely essential.

Take a look at the photo gallery from the Smart City 360° Summit here.

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SCiFI 2016 calls for papers!

The 1st EAI International Conference on Smart Cities and Future Internet (SCiFI 2016) 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. In this context, a Smart City is a city that takes advantage of this technology in order to improve resource management, and citizen’s quality of life and participation. All this with respect for the environment and sustainable development. Smart Cities are a key subject for the development of the cities and an important challenge of our current time. In contrast with the previous century, nowadays most of the people live in a city. The growth of cities is worrisome, that is why, Smart Cities are a priority issue amongst governments and private companies, an issue that is far from being a fad.

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).

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: 15 December, 2015
Notification deadline: 25 February, 2016
Camera-ready deadline: 25 March, 2016
For more information, visit the official website of the conference.

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What do you expect from the Smart City 360° Summit?

The SmartCity360 Summit is taking place simultaneously in Bratislava and Toronto from the 13th to the 16th of October. It is a special event bringing together researchers, industry and urban leaders to discuss smart cities in a 360˚ degree perspective. The main event features 9 co-located conferences that give space to selected scientific projects on the topics of smart cities, mobility and healthcare. Thanks to a revolutionary Community program, members will have the opportunity to meet colleagues and speakers, and to be active participants during the Birds of feather discussions, the Forecaster platform and the Community Voted presentations. Furthermore, Exhibit spaces are available to share and vote the most innovative projects and ideas.

For further info about the Summit, please visit the official website.

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Big data analysis for Smart Cities

Improving the quality of life in our cities is a challenge for the next years. To analyze, interpret and understand society’s trends and make decisions we need to develop new algorithms and visualization techniques and we need to reinforce the interdisciplinary nature of many problems of data analytics. During our International Conference on Big Data and Analytics for Smart Cities, Prof. Cercone will be presenting how a renewed effort on big data analytics and visualization methods can affect Smart Cities-focused activities. In the following interview, he talks to us about the challenges related to Big Data Analytics.

Read more about the Smart City 360 Summit taking place on 13-16 October 2015 in Toronto/Bratislava and the first International Conference on Big Data and Analytics for Smart Cities taking place on 13 October 2015 in Toronto.

BIGDasc 2015, the first International Conference on Big Data and Analytics for Smart Cities, will take place on October 13. As General Chair, what do you expect from the event?

I expect to see an interplay between various stakeholders, academic, public sector, private sector and government representatives, to discuss issues about how to make our cities (including the GTA soon to be a megacity of 10 million) move livable, more serviceable, less dangerous, accessible, and generally improve quality of life for its residents. This is the first of hopefully many important venues on this topic and hopefully BIGDasc2015 will pave the way for successful venues in the future.

The research area related to Big Data analysis requires huge efforts, due to the inadequacy of the traditional data processing applications. Could you give us an overview of the present status of the progresses in the field?

Prof. Nick Cercone, General Chair at BIGDasc 2015
Prof. Nick Cercone, General Chair at BIGDasc 2015

There is renewed effort on big data analytics and visualization methods undergoing research and development in almost all aspects of our society that affect our lives. Some examples abound with streaming data – data that accumulates so fast that it cannot be analyzed by traditional data mining algorithms (such is the case for most transaction data). Thus data from mobile medical devices, from traffic signals and cameras, from genomics, social media, energy data, etc. require new algorithms and visualization techniques to analyze, interpret and understand trends, data utility, and make decisions.

In your opinion, what are the key-challenges to deal with in the next future, in order to positively address the research and industry sectors involved in smart cities-focused activities?

The interdisciplinary nature of many problems of data analytics needs to be reinforced. Teams of researchers and practitioners working on related problems but often speaking a different language may provide breakthroughs that individual researchers may miss. For example, statisticians, computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians and subject area specialists could form a formidable team to work on many types of big data analytics problems. Working with industry (including forming new start-ups) is imperative; I have always believed that academics can provide advanced prototypes but that product development, marketing, business intelligence etc. are best left to the private sector.

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Prof. Kundur, SGSC 2015: 'new issues in privacy and security'

Deepa Kundur was an Assistant Professor at The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto and returned in September 2012 to hold the title of Professor. She currently serves as Associate Chair in the Division of Engineering Science. She will also be the General Chair of the upcoming SGSC 2015, the International Conference on Smart Grids for Smart Cities (co-located conference with SmartCity360 Summit), that will take place in Toronto, Canada on October 13–14, 2015. We talked to her about the conference and how it can help to solve the challenges in the field of smart grids and smart cities.

Can smart grids and smart cities exist without compromising the privacy and security of its citizens?

It is important to think of achieving security and privacy as an on-going process that is as strong as the weakest link. Security and privacy are not just technological issues, but involve people and processes. The dynamic nature of technology and cultural norms can change what is achievable or what is considered to be acceptable in terms of an “attack.” For this reason, to be effective security and privacy mechanisms must be updated to keep up with this ever-changing threat landscape. With new technologies that are highly dependent on data acquisition, communications and computation, new issues in privacy and security will naturally arise. Unfortunately, the same characteristics of information systems that make them more effective can also facilitate their misuse in several contexts. Therefore, smart grids and smart cities by their very nature in achieving greater efficiency and consumer-centricity through the integration of information technology is fertile ground to revisit privacy and security issues.

In your opinion, what are the most important challenges within the field of smart grids and smart cities, at the moment?

Prof. Deepa Kundur, General Chair at SGSC 2015
Prof. Deepa Kundur, General Chair at SGSC 2015

When there is a cyber-enablement of systems as we are witnessing with the energy sector and with the movement to smart cities, new applications largely drive system evolution. Data analytics is critical to provide the level of consumer-centricity challenges promised by the smart grid and smart cities. Moreover, in line with the focus of our symposium, “knowledge is power” can only be achieved when cyber security is reasonable ensured. Within the space, there are important applications for which secure data analytics is needed including the integration of renewable sources, demand response and substation automation. Results in these sectors is imperative to facilitate consumer confidence and achieve widespread adoption.

How will SGSC 2015 reflect and help solve these challenges?

Fundamentally, the vision for a smart grid and smart city is only possible through multidisciplinary efforts. Our symposium aims to bring together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to tackle challenging technical issues. As technology rapidly advances, there is a need to take a step back to better understand the effects of evolution. This is especially important in the field of cyber security and we hope that our symposium helps move us closer to a more comprehensive discourse.

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CivicTech 2015 accepts papers until June 30th!

The International Conference on Civic Technologies for Smart Cities (CivicTech 2015) will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia on October 13, 2015 and will be co-located with the Smart City 360 Summit.

This first edition seeks novel previously unpublished contributions in smart cities research. Smart cities can be characterized as cities that offer sustainable economic environment and high quality of life, while relying on technology in order to achieve these goals. The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers, designers, developers and practitioners interested in smart cities technologies. We invite articles discussing theoretical aspects of smart cities, simulation, modeling and experimentation, case studies and tests as well as review articles.

Topics:

  • Big data
  • Urban security
  • Biometrics
  • Enabling wireless and mobile technologies for smart cities
  • M2M Communications for Smart Cities
  • IoT architectures and middleware for smart cities;
  • Self-organizing wireless networks for pervasive urban access;
  • Mobile-aware cloud computing models, infrastructures, and approaches for smart cities
  • Crowd sourcing in smart cities
  • Reliability, Security, Privacy and Trust in smart cities ecosystems;
  • Sensor networks, smart sensors, smart integrated systems
  • Communication protocols for smart cities
  • Intelligent infrastructure
  • Vehicle-to-infrastructure communication
  • Smart buildings
  • Modeling and simulation of smart cities
  • Urban population modeling and simulation
  • Smart grid
  • Energy efficient technologies
  • Smart traffic operation systems
  • Monitoring technologies
  • Fault detection technologies
  • Social networks for smart cities
  • Information harvesting in smart cities
  • Advanced robotic systems for smart cities
  • In-building navigation
  • Modeling experimentation for Smart Cities
  • Case Studies of Smart Cities

Participation in this event will give attendees the unique opportunity to be exposed to all technical scientific aspects of Smart City related topic areas at co-located conferences, as well as be able to have full access to the Smart City market place and business aspects in practice at the Smart City 360 Summit.

All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world’s largest scientific libraries. Best papers will be invited to publish also in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Scalable Information Systems.

Important dates:

Paper submission deadline: June 30th, 2015

Acceptance Notification: August 15th, 2015

Camera-ready deadline: August 31st, 2015

Find more details here.

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BigDASC 2015: new deadline!

BigDASC 2015, the International Conference on Big Data and Analytics for Smart Cities will take place in Toronto, Canada on October 13–14, 2015 and will be co-located with Smart City 360 Summit.

This conference is all about Big Data & Analytics for Smart Cities: Smart cities use digital technology to enhance wellbeing, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and to engage more effectively and actively with their citizens. Key ‘smart’ sectors include transport, energy, health care, education, social programs, water and waste. Big data deals with data so large and/or complex such that traditional data processing applications are inadequate. Big data challenges include analysis, capture, curation, search, sharing, storage, transfer, visualization, and information privacy.

Topics:

  • Design of computing schemes for analytics platforms in smart cities;
  • Systems and techniques for data collection including heterogeneous sensor networks; and cooperative sensing for smart cities;
  • Data integration, data aggregation, data validation, data cleansing techniques;
  • Data anonymization techniques;
  • Data visualization;
  • Social networks and smart cities;
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities;
  • Use of big data analytics in the following content.  

All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world’s largest scientific libraries. Best papers will be invited to publish also in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cloud Systems.

 

Important dates:

Paper submission deadline: June 30th, 2015

Acceptance Notification: August 1st, 2015

Camera-ready deadline: August 30th, 2015

Find more details here.

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5GiSC 2015: deadline extension!

The International Conference on 5G in Smart Cities (5GiSC 2015) will to take place on October 13-14, 2015 in Toronto, Canada and will be co-located with the Smart City 360 Summit. The conference focuses on utilizing the 5G technologies for making our urban environment more sustainable, increasing quality of life and efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness while meeting the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social and environmental aspects.

All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world’s largest scientific libraries. Best papers will be invited to publish also in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Mobile and Communications and Applications.

Participation in this event will give attendees the unique opportunity to be exposed to all technical scientific aspects of Smart City related topic areas at co-located conferences, as well as be able to have full access to the Smart City market place and business aspects in practice.

If you want to know more about the conference, click here.

 

Important dates

Full Paper Submission deadline: June 30th, 2015

Notification deadline: August 1st, 2015

Camera-ready deadline: August 15th, 2015

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Mobility IoT 2015: second call for papers!

 

Mobility IoT 2015, the 2nd International Conference on Mobility in IoT, will take place in Rome, Italy on October 26–27, 2015 and will be co-located with the IOT360 Summit.

The goal of the Mobility and Smart Cities international conference is to provide a platform for cross-fertilization of ideas and to present cutting edge innovations and technologies for sustainable solutions to the mobility agenda. The process will be driven by fostering the participation of different stakeholders in Europe and around the world. To empower the triple helix of university research, industry and government, with innovative opportunities oriented on smart growth with ICT support.

Topics are themed by mobility and include:

  • Smart mobility;
  • Social innovation: Social networks (social marketing) and Innovation in social areas;
  • Mobility and its consequences on health and well being;
  • Urban mobility;
  • Intelligent transport systems;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Green vehicles;
  • Fast track for transport innovation;
  • E-mobility;
  • Smart cities;
  • Creative cities;
  • Socio-economic and behavioural research for policy making;
  • Global competitiveness of automotive supply chain management;
  • Congestion-free and sustainable mobility;
  • Novel trends in Production Devices and Systems;
  • The use of soft-computing techniques in the field of Logistics and Production systems;
  • The use of simulation techniques as a competitive edge/advantage in Manufacturing and service companies;
  • Simulation and mathematical methods for the development of intelligent transport systems;
  • Advances in Robotics and machine vision as a key success factor in creative companies;
  • Gender diversity and innovation as growing imperative in European Enterprises.

Participation in this event will give attendees the unique opportunity to be exposed to all technical scientific aspects of IoT related topic areas at co-located conferences, as well as be able to have full access to the IoT market place and business aspects in practice at the IOT 360 Summit.

Accepted papers will be published in the Mobility 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:

Paper submission deadline: June 15th,2015

Acceptance Notification: July 25th, 2015

Camera-ready deadline: August 25th, 2015

Find more details here.