Gilles Betis, chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative


On October 25th, 2015, the “Silicon Valley of Mexico,” in Guadalajara, will play host to the first IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2-2015). This will be the inaugural event of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative’s flagship conference series, the main theme of which is Smarter Cities for Sustainability.

As cities worldwide are affected daily by changes in population, climate, congestion and more, challenges continue to arise. Strategically located in the industry-driven city of Guadalajara, ISC2-2015 will focus on these ever-changing factors and the investments needed to fuel sustainable economic development.

The call for papers, which opened in mid-March, welcomes articles from worldwide experts, conveying new developments in theory, analytical and numerical modeling, simulation empirical experimentation, advanced deployment and case studies, results of laboratory or field operational tests, and other creative endeavors, as well as special educational developments to enrich the smart city curricula.

The IEEE Smart Cities Initiative is creating a vibrant network of cities all over the world, with the selection of 10 Core IEEE Smart Cities and potentially hundreds of IEEE Affiliated Smart Cities. Based on their own plans to develop a smart city, IEEE Core Cities will share and disseminate knowledge and experience about their own transformation processes, creating multidisciplinary working groups, producing white papers, supporting Master and PhD students work, designing and building on-line courses (MOOCs), and organizing an international Smart Cities conference every two years. With 10 Core Cities on five continents it will result in five conferences per year organized by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. Today, three Core Cities have been selected, including Guadalajara, Mexico, Trento, Italy, and Wuxi, China.

This ISC2-2015 conference will be an ideal destination to learn, discuss, and interact with the smart cities that promote and prioritize the use of information and sensing technology, citizen engagement, quality of life, manufacturing efficiency, economic development, and environmental sustainability.

IEEE Core and Affiliated Smart Cities will serve as “living labs” (see article by Victor Larios in this issue) as they highlight real-world best practices and successes, as well as questions, concerns or failures during the process of building their own smart cities. Sharing such vast and enriched knowledge is expected to save precious time for all stakeholders, and support them in making the right decisions and best choices to offer their citizens a better urban environment.

Other news we’d like to share with our Technical Community members is that the first MOOC produced by the Guadalajara University is now available on the edX platform, introducing Metrics for Smart Cities. It develops on a basic understanding of the elements of a smart city showing the impacts of using metrics to measure its performance. You can already enroll for the first class on Metrics for Smart Cities, starting on April 23rd. Three other MOOCs will follow in this educational initiative in the coming months, dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), Open Data Frameworks and Data Visualization.

Please enjoy this issue of the IEEE Smart Cities News Bulletin.


Gilles Betis
IEEE Smart Cities Initiative Chair



Gilles BetisGilles Betis leads the Urban Life and Mobility action line of EIT ICT Labs (http://www.eitictlabs.eu/innovation-areas/urban-life-and-mobility/) and is chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, and member of the French IEEE Section, in Region 8. As an engineer in Thales, during more than 20 years, Gilles has been involved in the design of complex systems in IT transportation systems. Holding positions of product line manager, marketing manager and solution leader, he has been constantly involved with prospective, innovation and product design matters. Through a holistic and systemic approach, he always linked up emerging behaviours and societal needs to innovative technological solutions. Gilles is an Engineer graduated in 1987 from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, France.


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