IEEE Smart Cities Forum 2014

Carlos Vázquez and Victor M. Larios


Figure 1Guadalajara hosted the IEEE Smart Cities Forum, whose activities were collocated with the World Congress of Information Technology (WCIT 2014). It was as a prelude for the First IEEE International Smart Cities Conference to be held in Guadalajara, scheduled for October 2015.


From 29th September through 1st October 2014, Guadalajara City hosted the 19th World Congress of Information Technology at the Guadalajara Convention Center. Delegates from over 73 countries joined to discuss the future of information technology. As a part of the event, the Subcommittee for the Smart Cities organized the IEEE Smart Cities Forum to present smart city contributions, reporting on research and advanced implementations and deployments.

Throughout this event, there were eight keynote presentations covering a variety of fields, including innovation, entrepreneurship, physical infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), visualization & analytics, and educational activities related to smart cities.

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The first keynote speaker was Roberto Saracco, President and Node Director of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) Italy and IEEE Future Directions Committee Chair. Saracco’s talk focused on the future of smart cities and the actual perspective of the IEEE.

The second keynote was delivered by Rakesh Kumar, IEEE Fellow and President & CEO for TXC Inc., who presented a complete view on the entrepreneurial opportunities when a city is involved in the process to become smart city. After that, other presentations followed.

Vida Iderem, IEEE Fellow, Intel Labs Vice President and Director of the Integrated Platform Research for Intel Corporation, talked about the impact of IoT and the importance of these devices in the daily sensing of the cities.

Ricardo Villareal Canales, CICSO’s Strategy & Business Development Director, presented different success cases of open data frameworks and the importance of the open data for the smart cities.

Ricardo Alvarez from the MIT Senseable Lab in Boston, presented the evolution of the data visualization and established the importance of the visual language to improve the analysis of the data generated in a city.

Derrick de Kerchove, Professor at the University of Toronto, talked about the importance of the development of the smart city centered on people and how to connect and address technology.

Steve Welch, IEEE Continuing Education Director, presented the IEEE strategy to improve the education of the people involved in smart city processes by the use of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

The concluding keynote was presented by Gilles Betis, IEEE Smart Cities Chair and action line leader for the new Future Urban Life and Mobility project at the European Institute for Innovation and Technology and its Information Communication Technology (EIT ICT) Labs, in Paris. Betis presented the next steps program by the IEEE Smart Cities initiative.

In addition, participants on a government panel discussed best practices for smart cities. The panel discussion was moderated by Octavio Parga (President of the Ciudad Creativa Digital civil association), with participation from Gilles Betis, Vijay Sammeta (CIO for the City of San Jose, California, USA), Lidia Divry (TechnoMontréal General Director) and Marco Espinoza Vicens (Executive Director of Prospective Analysis & Innovation of PROMEXICO).

The signing off event was led by Victor M. Larios who is the volunteer leader of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative Guadalajara pilot. During this part of the event, the names of five master degree students and one doctorate student were announced, who were awarded a grant from IEEE. These grants will leverage the students’ research works, which are related to the development of a smart city as part of the Guadalajara pilot.

The Smart Cities Forum was well received by people participating at the WCIT event. Originally expected to attract 100 attendees to the conference at any time during the forum, the audience for each event reached approximately 130 people. The success of the event and the interest shown by the delegates is a good indication for the first IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2-2015), scheduled 25-28 October 2015 in Guadalajara, Mexico. ISC2-2015 is the premier annual conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Steering Committee. Organization of the Conference is already underway; the call for papers and the web page of the event will be released in early December 2014. This event will invite participants to share their contributions in smart city research, implementations, developments and other innovative contributions. The planned conference theme is “Smarter Cities for Better Life.”



Carlos VázquezCarlos Vázquez has graduated the Faculty of Mathematics in 1999. He is M.C. in Mathematics and holds a PhD degree in Information Technologies from the University of Guadalajara in 2014. Thesis project consisted in the development of Synthetic Semantic Spaces that will allow analyzing the information generated by a city. He is research fellow of the Smart Cities Exploration Center at the University of Guadalajara. He is Volunteer leader of the Metrics working group for the IEEE Guadalajara’s Smart City project since October of 2013.


Victor M. LariosVictor M. Larios has received his PhD and a DEA (French version of a MS program) in Computer Science at the Technological University of Compiègne, France and a BA in Electronics Engineering at the ITESO University in Guadalajara, Mexico. He works at the University of Guadalajara (UDG) holding a Full Professor-Researcher position at the Department of Information Systems and he is the director of the Smart Cities Innovation Center at CUCEA UDG Campus. Dr. Victor M. Larios has been leading projects focusing his research on data analytics and visualization, serious games and smart cities. Since July 2013, Dr. Victor M. Larios as volunteer, is the Guadalajara City Local Leader for the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. In addition, Dr. Victor M. Larios is an IEEE Senior member with a valued membership of 23 years.


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