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SmartCity 2015

International Workshop on Smart Cities and Urban Informatics

in conjunction with IEEE INFOCOM 2015

April 26-30, Hong Kong, China

Cities around the world are currently under quick transition towards a low carbon environment, high quality of living, and resource efficient economy. Urban performance depends not only on the city's endowment of hard infrastructure, but also on the availability and quality of knowledge communication and social infrastructure. There is a growing importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), social and environmental capital in profiling the competitiveness of cities.

Information and communication systems play a critical role in building smart cities and supporting comprehensive urban informatics. Extensive research is taking place on a wide range of enabling information and communication technologies, including cloud and network infrastructure, wireless and sensing technologies, mobile crowdsourcing, social networking, and big data analytics for smart cities. This brings together citizens and integrates technologies and services such as transportation, broadband communications, buildings, healthcare, and other utilities. Advanced communication and computing techniques can facilitate a participatory approach for achieving integrated solutions and creating novel applications to improve urban life and build a sustainable society.

The main purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers/academics/industries in the field of system, networking and communication to discuss major challenges, research problems, and potential applications to support smart cities and urban informatics. We are expected to share new findings, exchange ideas, discuss research challenges and report latest research efforts that cover a variety of topics including, but not limited to

*** High quality papers may be invited to an IEEE Internet of Things journal special issue for possible fast track publication. ***

Submission Instruction

We call for original and unpublished papers with no longer than 6 pages. The reviews will be single blind. The manuscripts should be formatted in standard IEEE camera-ready format (double-column, 10-pt font) and be submitted as PDF files (formatted for 8.5x11-inch paper).

Submission link: EDAS

Important Dates

Submission Deadline : January 16, 2015 (deadline extended)
Authors Notification : February 20, 2015
Final Manuscript Due : February 28, 2015
Workshop Date : April 27, 2015


General Co-chairs Technical Program Co-chairs Technical Program Committee

Keynote Speech

Speaker: Prof. Victor C. M. Leung, University of British Columbia, Canada

Topic: Green Internet of Things for Smart Cities (Slides)

Abstract: Emerging smart cities will leverage information and communication technologies (ICT) to address urban challenges and improve the well-being of citizens. A key development in ICT is the Internet of Things (IoT), which extends the Internet to connect not only computers and smart devices carried by people, but "things" with embedded sensors, actuators, and networking capabilities. IoT will enable many new services and applications such as smart grids, intelligent transportation, e-health, smart homes/buildings/offices/factories, which will be an integral part of the future smart cities. Of particular interest are applications that contribute to the global efforts towards a greener society by reducing energy consumption, shortening travel times, etc. In many applications, IoT will employ embedded radios and wireless machine-to-machine communications to enable ubiquitous connectivity anywhere any time. Many smart devices with embedded radios are battery operated, and in many situations battery replacement may be awkward if not impossible. Regardless of the power source, with deployment of billions of devices anticipated, global power consumption of IoT may become considerable. Therefore in the continued development of IoT for deployment in smart cities, it is inevitable that energy efficiency becomes an important part of the research agenda towards “green IoT for smart cities”. In this presentation, we shall give an overview of IoT for smart cities and examine how IoT contributes to a greener society. We shall also highlight some of our recent research results on utilizing the powerful computation capacity of cloud computing to enable green IoT for smart cities. Open problems and future research directions will be discussed.

Prof. Victor C. M. Leung is a Professor and the holder of the TELUS Mobility Research Chair in Advanced Telecommunications Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of British Columbia. His research interests are in the areas of wireless networks and mobile systems. He has co-authored more than 800 technical papers in international journals and conference proceedings, in addition to a number of edited books and book chapters in these areas. Several of his papers have been selected for best paper awards.

Dr. Leung is a registered professional engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. He is a Fellow of IEEE, the Royal Society of Canada, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society. He has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Wireless Communications Series, the IEEE Transactions on Computers, Wireless Communications, and Vehicular Technology, and currently serves on the editorial boards of the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, Computer Communications, as well as several other journals. He has guest-edited many journal special issues, and provided leadership to the technical program committees and organizing committees of many international conferences. Dr. Leung is a winner of the IEEE Vancouver Section Centennial Award and the 2011 UBC Killam Research Prize.