2021 IEEE Smart Cities Best Newsletter Article Awards

Written by Chun Sing Lai

The IEEE Smart Cities eNewsletter aims to be an authoritative voice to share the latest news and development in all domains and scope of smart cities. The IEEE Smart Cities Publications committee recognizes the distinctive and significant contribution of each contributing author. In response, an Award Committee was established to award the best articles focusing on four key categories. The motivation for each of the award are as follow (with no order of preference):

  • Editor’s Award – Social Impact: To recognize contribution on Smart Cities applied research for the betterment of the society as a whole, that creates a social impact as demonstrated through citation by other researchers.
  • Best Special Issue Award: To recognize the most viewed special issue.
  • Most Pageviews Award: To recognize the most viewed newsletter article in the year.
  • Most Well-read Award: To recognize the newsletter article with the longest page visit on average (minutes).


The Award Committee contains the following members:

Chun Sing Lai
Managing Editor
Bernard Fong
Associate Managing Editor
Melkior Ornik
IEEE Smart Cities Publications Chair
Loi Lei Lai
IEEE Smart Cities Chair
Georges Zissis

After an in-depth data analysis and review, the 2021 awardees are as follow:


The IEEE Smart Cities Publications and Award Committees congratulate the above contributors, and we continue to look forward to receiving high-quality submissions.


This article was edited by Bernard Fong.

To view all articles in this issue, please go to December 2022 eNewsletter. For a downloadable copy, please visit the IEEE Smart Cities Resource Center.

chun lai
Chun Sing Lai (S’11, M’19, SM’20) received the B.Eng. (First Class Hons.) in electrical and electronic engineering from Brunel University London, London, UK, in 2013, and the D.Phil. degree in engineering science from the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, in 2019. He is currently a Lecturer with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Brunel University London. His current research interests are in power system optimization and electric vehicle systems. Dr. Lai was the Publications Co-Chair for both 2020 and 2021 IEEE International Smart Cities Conferences. He is the Vice-Chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Publications Committee and Associate Editor for IET Energy Conversion and Economics. He is the Working Group Chair for IEEE P2814 and P3166 Standards, an Associate Vice President, Systems Science and Engineering of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (IEEE/SMCS) and the Chair of the IEEE SMC Intelligent Power and Energy Systems Technical Committee. He is a recipient of the 2022 Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE SMC Society for "meritorious and significant service to IEEE SMC Society technical activities and standards development". He is an IET Member, Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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