IEEE ISC2-2015 Workshops and Tutorials

Alberto de Obeso-Orendain & Amro M. Farid, ISC2-2015 Workshops/Tutorials Co-Chairs


Figure 1Smart Cities are innovative, conceptual, city-wide technology-human infrastructure integration platforms promoting information and sensing technology utilization, citizen engagement, quality of life, manufacturing efficiency, economic development, and environmental sustainability. To foster the concept and leverage its effective implementation, the first edition of ISC2-2015, the premier conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, has selected and will host a number of tutorials and workshops offering participants an appropriate forum for discussing and developing underlying principles and state-of-the-art technologies to ground the development of smart cities.

Workshops at ISC2-2015 will promote among attendees an active and close discussion on diverse issues concerning the development of Smart Cities and the implementation of appropriate means to devise, test and validate smart solutions in all dimensions of urban settings. Distributed they will feature presentations and active discussion and debate. A preliminary description of workshops collocated with ISC2-2015 is given below.

Workshop on Smart Cyberinfrastructures Collaboration Opportunities:
Addressing the challenges of transforming cities to Smart Cities requires building collaborative teams of researchers and practitioners across disciplines to integrate different perspectives, knowledge, methodologies, tools and data. However, collaborative teams introduce a new set of barriers that result from diversity of members with respect to vocabularies, expectations, and goals. A useful tool for building collaboration and trust in collaborative teams is the creation of shared conceptual models to identify, for example, areas of expertise and resources that can contribute to achieve the team’s goal. This tutorial will introduce a methodology for creating conceptual models that extend work in collaborative ontology engineering and knowledge negotiation.

Workshop on Smart City Operations:
Much research is being attracted by smart cities, which denotes cities well performing in a forward-looking way in economy, people, governance, mobility, environment, and living, built on operations (namely Smart City Operations - SCOs) that are often enabled by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and are expected to have a profound impact on the socioeconomic future of cities around the Globe. Systems enabling SCO are highly adaptive complex systems that pose great challenges in their development and operation. Current user-driven techniques for system domain modelling and requirements engineering are not adequate for supporting the development of such systems. In this workshop we address the current state of the art and explore innovative techniques in requirements engineering for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

Workshop on Smart Grid Solutions:
The workshop will bring together participants from academia and the private sectors as a means to identify concurring objectives and priority research areas regarding city-level grid solutions that Mexico’s policy-makers, regulators and power industry require. Through it, the organizers will lead a discussion on the planned scope and agenda of a Mexican Center for Energy Innovation on Smart Grids (CEMIE-Redes), for which Mexico’s Energy Ministry will launch a call for proposals to integrate a research consortium.

Workshop on Smart Food UDG – MIT Media Lab City Farm:
We believe that Smart Food implies having a Supply Chain with efficient processes including: identifying the customer and its needs, integrating and managing the information, materials and money flow needed to increase production and minimize waste until the product reaches the final consumer. Studies have shown that by 2030 about half the world’s population will be living in cities, causing an imbalance in the resources needed for a city to function adequately and for the rural farmland to be able to provide such resources, this will create new challenges and enhance the ones that already exist. The former presents a window of opportunity for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) tools to aid in the integration of the Supply Chain. Since farmland in the rural areas lack the ICTs tools to have a better control or to make timely decisions it is time to bring them closer together and to encourage a better co-dependent relationship; by doing this a boost in evolution from a Smart City towards a Smart Territory will happen.

Postgraduate Students Workshop for Smart Cities:
The Postgraduate Students Workshop for Smart Cities aims at being a forum for discussion on postgraduate projects and thesis under development on Smart Cities. This workshop will increase the integration and the cooperation among graduate research students pursuing postgraduate studies from various scientific areas and promote a better visibility of their ongoing work to the scientific and industrial communities. With the organization of this event, ISC2-2015 intends to stimulate the improvement of the quality of postgraduate research works, at both MSc and PhD levels, addressing all scientific areas relevant to Smart Cities. This event is designed to all graduate students pursuing or planning to pursue studies in areas of interest to the effective implementation of smarter societies and urban settings. The participation of the whole scientific community of Smart Cities is both welcome and essential to leverage the significance of this event.

Some other workshops follow a format in which chairs facilitate an open discussion, providing topics to the audience that can help answering specific questions. With the aid of a white board at the end of the session a document is created, summarising the discussions and conclusions, which may be published as white papers afterwards. Workshops programmed in this category include High Performance Computing for Smart Cities, Curricular Design for Smart Cities, Industry Solutions for Smart Cities, and Government best practices for Smart Cities.

Besides workshops, ISC2-2015 will feature a number of tutorials on the first day of the conference. Very exciting and rich-content tutorials have been selected and will be available to participants. Tutorials will cover specific subjects in a rather practical way, favouring access to and hands-on practice on technologies, principles and practices underlying the practical implementation of smart cities’ architectures and components. The list of tutorials offered at ISC2-2015 includes:

  • Tutorial 1: Building an Embedded Linux Distribution using Yocto.
  • Tutorial 2: Getting Civic With It: Winning Strategies for Inclusive and Effective Civic Engagement.
  • Tutorial 3: Creating your own smart helmet.
  • Tutorial 4: Mastering the Five Foundations of Smart Governance.
  • Tutorial 5: Cloud Computing for Smart Cities.
  • Tutorial 6: Development of Mobile Applications in Android for Smart Cities.
  • Tutorial 7: Analytics for Smart Healthcare.
  • Tutorial 8: Phyton Programming for Smart Cities.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to participate in ISC2-2015’s workshops and tutorials, integrating very active and motivated audiences and having access to cutting-edge technologies, practices and knowledge from both academia and industry. We look forward to meeting you in Guadalajara!


Alberto de Obeso-Orendain & Amro M. Farid
Workshop/Tutorials Co-Chairs of ISC2-2015



Alberto de Obeso-OrendainAlberto de Obeso-Orendain ( is a data scientist at Intel focused on providing Business Intelligence tools to the marketing area. He obtained his PhD degree in Informatics from the University of Sussex for his research on the cognitive modelling of complex dynamic tasks, and he teaches a Master’s course at the Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO).



Amro M. FaridAmro M. Farid received his Sc. B. in 2000 and his Sc. M. 2002 from the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department. He went onto complete his Ph.D. degree at the Institute for Manufacturing within the University of Cambridge (UK) Engineering Department in 2007. He has varied industrial experiences from the automotive, semiconductor, defence, chemical, and manufacturing sectors. He is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, leading the Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems (LIINES), and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department.


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