Written by Bernard Fong
2023 is ended as an exciting year when everything is virtually back to the pre-pandemic norm. Echoing the Chair of the IEEE Smart Cities on moving into TC 2.0, there are challenges for us to keep up with the quality of articles that are featured in the Newsletter, as well as opportunities to further promote technology advances in all aspects of smart cities.
One effective way of promoting and fostering collaborative research in smart cities is by organizing special issues in the Newsletter and other periodicals. In addition to encouraging domain experts to organize SI in the Newsletter, representatives from the editorial board are currently running Sis in IEEE journals such as the Engineering Management Review, Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics and Consumer Electronics Magazine.
One of the interesting things about multi-disciplinary research in smart cities is about integration of technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain to enhance big data analytics, information/physical security, and decision-making processes in smart cities. These are some of the important areas relevant to smart cities research:
Connectivity: Further exploration of the impact of communication technology on smart city infrastructure, enabling faster and more reliable communication between devices, sensors, and systems. Advances in the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and wireless sensing networks (WSN) to collect and analyze data for various applications, like traffic management, waste management, and environmental monitoring.
Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: Applied research on sustainable and energy-efficient solutions, including smart grids, renewable energy integration, and optimization of resource consumption to reduce the environmental footprint of smart cities.
Smart Mobility and Transportation: Combining vehicular communication with AI to develop intelligent transportation solutions, including autonomous vehicles, traffic management, and the development of efficient and sustainable transportation solutions.
Smart health to enhance public health, such as smart healthcare infrastructure, real-time health monitoring, and disease surveillance. Preventive measures in resilience and disaster management with technologies and strategies to improve the resilience of smart cities in the face of natural disasters, cyber threats, and other emergencies.
Collaborative Governance: Research on governance models that foster collaboration between government, industry, academia, and citizens for the effective implementation and management of smart city initiatives.