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News from the ​International Symposium on Smart Grid for Smart City

Reported by Christine Tao and May Wu, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China - 23 November 2017

Smart Grid lightens Smart City, and Smart City makes life better. International Symposium on Smart Grid for Smart City was successfully held.

On November 20, 2017, the International Symposium on Smart Grid for Smart City was organized by the Department of Electrical Engineering in School of Automation from Guangdong University of Technology. The venue was in the Guangzhou National Integrated Circuit Design Industrialization Center.  The attendees consisted of invited speakers & guests, government officials, decision makers, industrialists, academics, researchers and postgraduates.  With the theme on "Towards a smart, clean, efficient and sustainable future" and technical domain covers system Integration; intelligence & data analytics; management & control; sensors & IoT and communication & security, this symposium aims to provide an international forum for researchers and practitioners to report the latest innovations and the state-of-the-art, and to share ideas in all aspects of smart grid, smart cities, emerging technologies and data engineering & sciences.  This event promoted the development of the industry, enhance academic exchanges and promotes the rapid development of smart grid smart cities.  View the complete report.


News from the Third IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2017)

by Xiaojun Wu, General Co-Chair of ISC2 2017 and Wei Fang, Technical program Co-Chair of ISC2 2017

In September 14 – 17, 2017, the Third IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2017) was successfully held in Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China. ISC2 2017 is sponsored by IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, IEEE Power & Energy Society, Wuxi Municipal Commission of Economy and Information, National Center for Schooling Development Programme of MOE, China, Jiangnan University, and IEEE China Council. Four tutorials, five keynote speeches, twenty-nine technical sessions, one panel about IEEE smart cities construction experience, and one special technical session were organized in ISC2 2017. More than 300 delegates and speakers from about 20 countries and regions were gathered in Wuxi, China for the inaugural IEEE International Smart Cities Conference.    View the complete report.



1st IEEE International Summer School on Smart Cities (IEEE S3C)

1st IEEE International Summer School on Smart Cities (IEEE S3C)
6-11 August 2017 | Natal, Brazil

The 2017 Edition of IEEE S3C is the first of its series and aims to provide a valuable forum for knowledge exchange between industry, scientific community, and municipalities in all fields of smart cities to benefit students, researchers, and practitioners, at both beginner and advanced levels.

The School provides a wide range of state-of-the-art courses and other activities led by some of the most prominent researchers and practitioners in the area, as well as it collocates a workshop where undergraduate and graduate students, young researchers and practitioners can share their own visions and experiences and they pursue their way to become the professionals leading smartification around the globe.

Learn more at the IEEE S3C website 


IEEE Communications Magazine, March 2017

IEEE Communications Magazine, March 2017
Feature Topics on Mobile and Wireless Technologies for Smart Cities, Incentives for Mobile Crowd Sensing, Network Testing and Analytics, Radio Communications, and Internet of Things.

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IEEE RFID Mega Challenge: Smart Cities

To engage and interest undergraduate and graduate students and their advisors, the new IEEE Council on RFID (CRFID) is offering a competition that addresses real-world problems and is:

  • Open to any accredited, degree-program educational institution
  • Composed of teams with at least one IEEE student member and at least one advisor who is an IEEE member

The 2017 challenge focuses on the use of RFID in a Smart Cities solution. The top 3 finalists of the competition are eligible for the Student Travel Grant. Teams will be rated on how they plan and evaluate a solution that incorporates RFID technology and systems. Teams are asked to prepare as if responding to a request for proposal (RFP).

For details and submission instructions, visit the IEEE RFID 2017 website.

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IEEE Standards Education eMagazine

IEEE Standards Education eMagazine - November 2016

The November 2016 issue of the IEEE Standards Education eMagazine is now available! The theme of this issue is Smart City Standards. Articles in this issue include:

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IEEE IoT Webinar: Integrating the IoT and Cultural Heritage in the Smart City - 27 October 2016

Roberto MinervaPresenter: Roberto Minerva
Telecom Italia Lab

Achieving smartness in cities through IoT is difficult because it requires integration of different technologies, processes, and administrative domains but, even more challenging, it requires the ability to see the city as a large complex system. As well, a city is largely characterized by its cultural heritage that makes it different from any other city. To quantify and leverage cultural heritage within the large context of a multidisciplinary effort of IoT deployments is a huge challenge.

In addition to domain-specific technological issues, there exist further challenges in business, social, and regulation realms that are deeply intertwined. These intricacies can greatly impact the deployment and the success of IoT deployment within Smart Cities. But, a city’s cultural heritage can and should also be a factor in the creation of its unique path to smartness.

This webinar provides a view on some major technology challenges of the IoT, covers critical business and social issues that could hamper the large deployment of IoT systems within smart cities and provides examples related to the creation of a future city that leverages its cultural heritage and specific needs using Venice, Italy as the example.

Access this webinar on demand


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IEEE ISC2-2016 Proceedings

IEEE ISC2-2016 Proceedings Now Available

IEEE ISC2-2016 Proceedings Now Available

The conference proceedings from the 2016 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2-2016), held 12-15 September 2016 in Trento, Italy, are now available in IEEE Xplore.

ISC2 is the flagship event of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. The theme of ISC2-2016 was "Improving the citizens' quality of life".

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Roberto Saracco Speaks at ITU Green Standards Week 2016

Roberto Saracco Speaks at ITU Green Standards Week 2016

Roberto Saracco, EIT Digital Italy Node Director, presented the topic "IoT Enabling Smart Cities Awareness" at the 6th ITU Green Standards Week 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Read more and download slides from Roberto's presentation.




Additional Resources

Guadalajara Ciudad Creativa Digital (CCD)

Guadalajara Ciudad Creativa DigitalCCD is located in Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city and the home of Mexico's Silicon Valley. CCD will push the boundaries of sustainable integrated urban development, providing a new model of economic cluster development that can be replicated across the country and Latin America. Watch a video presentation on the experiences of the GDL IEEE Smart City Core Program by Prof. Dr. Victor M. Larios, IEEE Volunteer & Local Leader, GDL Smart Cities Initiative, University of Guadalajara.

Learn more about Guadalajara Ciudad Creativa Digital (CCD):

IEEE Smart City ChallengeIEEE Smart City Challenge

IEEE has launched an online campaign, the IEEE Smart City Challenge. We want engineers and techies from around the world to tell us how they would improve the energy, communications, transportation or infrastructure of a city to make it smarter.

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Press Releases

IEEE Selects Municipalities Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America, and Casablanca, Morocco to Engage in IEEE Smart Cities Initiative - 21 October 2015

IEEE To Host First International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2) - 3 September 2015

IEEE Smart Cities Initiative Launches News Bulletin Featuring 2014 Accomplishments and 2015 Plans - 29 January 2015

IEEE Selects Municipalities Wuxi, China and Trento, Italy to Engage in IEEE Smart Cities Initiative - 28 July 2014