As we move into the new millennium it is becoming increasingly clear that the Smart Cities are entering the most exciting phase of their development. Paradoxically, medical practice is also passing through a phase of increasing uncertainty, regarding key fundamental dynamics and mobility issues, many cities continue to grow in world-wide while demographic aging will also create pressure of the costs of running staff-intensive mobility infrastructure. It is necessary to improved performance in basic city management areas starting from smart and sustainable mobility, traffic and road networks, to transport systems, but also considering street cleaning to water management, to sustainable energy and affordable low carbon environments.
Generally, a smart city combines legacy networks and new communication architectures in order to achieve compatibility and interoperability among public administrations, operators, companies and population. Then, it goes beyond the use of ICT to provide new advanced services in diverse business and technological domains, such as urban transports, water supply, disposal facilities, lightning, heat buildings and so on. To this aim, the integration of information and communication systems, sensors and data analytics over different systems and infrastructures of a city is necessary. In this special issue we are more emphasizing on epidemics. in this issue the key concern on management of health and safety behaviour: prevention and control of communicable diseases. In essence to it, we are more focusing on international as well as national security issues for epidemics using ICT which leads to more enhance smart cities.
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- AI-based epidemic network analysis.
- Big data-driven health risk identification.
- Cloud-based framework for social media analysis.
- Cognitive Informatics
- Controlling epidemics using ICT.
- Correlation between stochastic processes.
- eHealth applications for Citizens.
- Evaluation and Use of Healthcare ICT
- Human values and ethics
- ICT, Ageing and Disability
- IoT based applications in risk and healthcare.
- Mobile Technologies for Healthcare Applications
- Security Challenges in Smart Cities.
- Systematic biases in disease forecasting- the role of behavior change.