The First IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2-2015)
October 25-28, 2015
Call for Papers, Special Sessions, and Workshops

Yinhai Wang


Figure 1The IEEE Smart Cities Conference Subcommittee is delighted to announce the first IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2-2015 ( This inaugural event of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative’s flagship conference series will be held 25th-28th of October in Guadalajara, Mexico, one of the IEEE Core Smart Cities. The main theme of the conference is Smarter Cities for Sustainability.

Smart 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. The Call for Papers is now open, and the ISC2-2015 organizing committee is inviting original and innovative contributions in smart city research and advanced implementations and deployments for technical sessions. Please submit articles conveying new developments in theory, analytics, 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.

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ISC2-2015 will be held at Hilton Guadalajara, 25th - 28th of October, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

We invite IEEE Smart Cities Technical Community members to participate actively and encourage others in their professional networks to attend and engage. We especially welcome innovative papers reporting on ideas and ongoing projects in any of the following technical areas, which is just a sampling of the topics being covered at ISC2-2015:

  • Smart city theory, modeling, and simulation
  • Intelligent infrastructure
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Smart economy development
  • Open data and big data analytics
  • Safety and security systems
  • Smart healthcare and emergency management
  • Smart environment and policy development
  • Citizen engagement and smart governance
  • Connected Vehicle (CV) technologies
  • Smart mobility and transportation
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities
  • Intelligent vehicle-to-infrastructure integration
  • Smart grid
  • Environmental capital reduction
  • Digital city and smart growth
  • Smart traffic system operations
  • Smart buildings
  • Smart city implementation
  • Pedestrian and bicyclist safety; mobility systems
  • Smart city for special needs
  • Smart manufacturing and logistics
  • Environmental monitoring technologies

In addition to the Conference sessions, the ISC2-2015 scientific program will include a series of Special Sessions and Workshops to complement and enrich the discussions of a wider spectrum of topics related to the development and management of smart city solutions and technologies. Should you have an interesting topic that may stimulate fruitful discussions and enrich the knowledge gathered and shared during the conference, please contact us (Email: and propose either a special session or a workshop to be included in this exciting scientific program.

Please note these important dates on your calendar and invite your colleagues and associates to submit their contributions as well.

• Special Session proposal submission deadline: April 27, 2015 (New!)
• Acceptance notification of Special Session Proposals: May 4, 2015 (New!)
• Full-paper submission deadline: May 11, 2015
• Workshop/Tutorial proposal submission deadline: June 1, 2015
• Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2015
• Final paper submission deadline: July 1, 2015

Special session topics are encouraged to cover some emerging focused area related to the overall conference scope and which are not already extensively covered in the technical tracks. Prospective organizers of a special session may find additional information on the conference's website. If you are willing to organize a Special Session at ISC2-2015, please send your proposal via email to the Special Sessions Chair, Yacine Ghamri-Doudane (, including the following information:

  1. Title for the proposed special session Title for the proposed special session
  2. One or two paragraphs with description/justification of interest and impact for IEEE ISC2-2015
  3. Targeted theme and a list of topics of the special session
  4. List of organizers, affiliation and contact information
  5. Short biography of organizer(s), their background and research interests
  6. Tentative technical program committee

Conference and Special Session manuscripts of six (6) pages should be submitted electronically in PDF format for peer-review at, and must follow the IEEE standard-format. Authors are encouraged to refer to the IEEE manuscript guidelines available at .

For detailed submission instructions, please visit the conference website at .

All accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings and made available through the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Articles written and presented by a primary author who is a student will be specially selected for the Best Student Paper Award recognition during the Conference. Please encourage your students to submit their work and participate actively during the conference!

The first IEEE International Smart Cities Conference will be co-chaired by Gilles Betis, EIT ICT Lab, France, and Dianna Valadez, IEEE GDL Section Chair, Mexico. Professors Yinhai Wang, University of Washington, USA, and Victor M. Larios, University of Guadalajara, Mexico, will be co-chairing the Scientific Program Committee of ISC2-2015.

For companies and organizations that are involved in designing and building smart cities, there are also a variety of exhibit and sponsorship opportunities to participate in during this premier ISC2-2015 flagship conference. If you are interested in learning more and would like to receive information on the opportunities available, please visit the conference web site ( or contact us by email at:

By attending ISC2-2015 you will learn more about the cities that promote and prioritize the use of information and sensing technology, citizen engagement, quality of life, manufacturing efficiency, economic development, and environmental sustainability.

We look forward to meeting you in Guadalajara for the inaugural ISC2, in October! Don’t miss it!



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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