IEEE Smart Cities Initiative's Conference Activities

Yinhai Wang


The Conference Subcommittee for the IEEE Smart Cities Steering Committee has been organizing smart cities related conferences activities. The first event was the IEEE Smart Cities Forum in the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), a one-day event hosted on 30th September, 2014 at the Guadalajara Convention Center in Mexico, which was very well received. Seven keynote talks covered a variety of fields, including innovation, entrepreneurship, physical infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), visualization & analytics, and social, and educational activities toward smart cities. The keynote speakers were Roberto Saracco, EIT ICT Labs, Italian Node Director and IEEE Future Directions Committee Chair; Rakesh Kumar, IEEE Fellow and President & CEO of TXC Inc.; Vida Iderem, IEEE Fellow, Vice President of Intel Labs and Director of the Integrated Platform Research for Intel Corporation; Ricardo Villareal Canales, Strategy & Business Development Director, CICSO; Ricardo Alvarez, MIT Senseable Lab; Derrick de Kerchove, Professor at the University of Toronto; and Steve Welch, IEEE Director of Continuing Education; Additionally, a government panel discussed implementation issues, and the wrap-up presentation was delivered by Gilles Betis, chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Steering Committee, which shared the Committee’s vision and action plan. More than 130 people were in the meeting room, with a capacity of 100 people at any time during the forum. Many questions were raised and discussed throughout the forum. (Futher details regarding this event can be found in the first issue of this News Bulletin).

A Smart Cities Track was organized for the IEEE Intelect-IEEMA Conference & Exposition (IIICE): Smart Electricity for Emerging Markets, which took place 22-24 January 2015 in Mumbai, India. This was one of four technical tracks during this conference. The other three tracks are H3O, Micro-grids and Renewables, and Humanitarian.

Most exciting of all is the first annual IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2-2015), scheduled on 25-28 October 2015 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The website for this Conference is being developed, a the call for papers and participation will soon be released. Original and innovative contributions in smart city research and advanced implementations and deployments are being sought for technical sessions. Please submit articles conveying new developments in theory, analytical, and numerical simulation and modeling, experimentation, advanced deployment and case studies, results of laboratory or field operational tests, and other related creative endeavors as well as special educational developments for smart city curricula. The conference theme is Smarter Cities for Better Life. People who are interested in this conference are welcome to contact the IEEE Smart Cities Conference Subcommittee for participation and involvement (,, and



Yinhai WangYinhai Wang is a professor in transportation engineering and the founding director of the Smart Transportation Applications and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab) at the University of Washington (UW). He also serves as director for Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), USDOT University Transportation Center for Federal Region 10. Dr. Wang serves as a member of the Freeway Operations Committee, Transportation Information Systems and Technology Committee, and Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He was an elected member of the Board of Governors for the IEEE ITS Society (2010 to 2013), and is currently a member of the steering committee for the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. He has published over 80 peer reviewed journal articles and delivered more than 100 invited talks and nearly 200 other academic presentations.


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