Gilles Betis, chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative


Figure 1I'm excited to announce we are inviting submissions from municipalities worldwide to apply for funding and support from IEEE experts to host a workshop in their city before the end of this year. We will select two cities, already in the process of planning smart cities for their growing urban populations, from applications received by 31st August 2015.

Don't delay, if your city meets the criteria you can find the application form here:


In other news, registration is now open for the first IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2-2015). The premier annual smart cities conference is being held in our first IEEE Core Smart City -- Guadalajara, Mexico, 25-28 October. We are proud to announce the experts we have lined up as our keynote speakers for this year's inaugural event on "Smarter Cities for Sustainability" including:

  • Steve Adler, IBM Chief Information Strategist
  • Derrick De Kerckhove, former Director of The McLuhan Program
  • Roberto De Marca, 2015 IEEE Past President
  • Wanda Reder, Chief Strategy Officer, S&C Electric Company
  • Roberto Saracco, Director of the EIT Digital Italian node
  • Charles G. Sheridan, Co-Director of Intel Labs Energy and Sustainability Lab

IEEE ISC2 will highlight original and innovative contributions in smart city research and advanced implementations and deployments in technical sessions. Research articles are characterized by 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.

And that's not all -- more than 7,500 people from 149 countries took our first IEEE Smart Cities MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). This introductory course covered the importance of a smart city and its classifications. The main focus was to develop participants' basic knowledge of a smart city by being able to identify the parameters involved in its creation. Since a city can't be visualized in only one perspective, this course tackled some of its individual sectors to obtain the key performance indicators essential to improving citizens' quality of life, such as urbanization, communication, education, and economy. Quantifying that data is useful for estimating consumed resources, forecasting shortages, and correcting damage in a timely manner, so the course also included how to develop metrics to measure a city's performance, and how far the city is from its planned goals in urban development. It was produced by Guadalajara University and given in April on the IEEEedX.org website. We have three more MOOCs in development covering the Internet of Things (IoT), open data frameworks and data visualization.

As you can see, the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative has a lot of activities underway that are providing meaningful insight, education and lessons learned to help city planners worldwide develop their smart cities, and we welcome your involvement. We hope to see you at our ISC2 conference in October, we invite you to become a member of the growing IEEE Smart Cities Technical Community, which is free to join, or participate in future MOOCs. And any municipalities that apply to become an IEEE Core Smart City this year, but are not selected in this round while submitting a good quality proposal, can automatically become an IEEE Affiliated City and receive applicable benefits.

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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