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Smart Cities

Editorial Board
Editors in Chief:
  • Sara Paiva (Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo)+ BioSara Paiva is an Associate Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, a PhD in Informatics Engineering from University of Vigo in 2011 and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oviedo since January 2018, under advanced driving assistants and urban mobility. She is the coordinator of a recently created research centre in the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo. Her main line of research is mobility solutions with a focus on accessibility/social inclusion and also outdoor positioning enhancement. She has oriented several final projects and thesis of Bachelor and Master in her main line of work. She is book editor of Springer and IGI books and special issues, has authored and co-authored several scientific publications in journals and conferences, is a frequent reviewer of international journals and international conferences. She is leader and collaborator of P2020 R&D projects and also member of H2020 R&D projects.
  • Henrique Santos (University of Minho)
Special Issue Editors:
  • Massimo Villari (Univerity of Messina)
Area Editors:
  • Rajiv Ranjan (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Luca Foschini (University of Bologna)
  • Maria Fazio (University of Messina)
  • Antonio Celesti (University of Messina)
  • Philipp Leitner (University of Zurich)
  • Andrea Prati (University of Parma)
  • Dhananjay Singh (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea)+ BioDhananjay Singh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronics Engineering & the Director of ReSENSE Lab at Hankuk (Korea) University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), Seoul. He is also a chief technical officer (CTO) at MtoV Inc. & Vestella, South Korea. He received B. Tech. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from United College of Engineering and Research (UCER) Allahabad, M. Tech. degree in Wireless Communication & computing from IIIT-Allahabad, India and Ph.D. degree in Ubiquitous IT from Dongseo University (DSU), Busan, South Korea. Before joining the HUFS, he worked as a senior member of engineering staff with the division of Future Internet Architecture at ETRI, Korea and PostDoc researcher for the developing future internet model at National Institute of Mathematical Sciences (NIMS), Daejeon, South Korea. He is the author of 3 books, 7 chapters, 7 patents & delivered 50+ invited/keynote talks in the major IEEE, ACM and Springer conferences. He is the author of 100+ research publications and the member of 5+ Editorial board. He a distinguished speaker and a senior member of ACM society. He is also a senior member of IEEE society and 100+ Technical Program Committee(TPC) members in the conferences.
  • Yanmin Zhu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
  • Bin Guo (Northwestern Polytechnical University)
  • Yuanqing Zheng (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  • Marco Zappatore (University of Salento)+ BioMarco Zappatore is a telecommunications engineer who currently acts as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento (Italy). His main research interests are focused on data and knowledge management techniques, mobile crowd sensing and citizen science, semantic Web and ontologies. He is also involved in research activities dealing with sensor data management, remote engineering and applications of new learning paradigms (e.g., collaborative learning, mobile learning, BYOD, etc.). His expertise also deals with electromagnetic field measurements, radio-propagation analysis, wireless communication system (2G to 4G) planning and optimization. He is also involved in teaching activities dealing with software solutions for translators and interpreters. He has also co-authored more than 60 papers for national and international conferences and journals. He is member of several technical program committees in international conferences and journals. He acts as scientific reviewer for 12 international annual conferences and 14 international journals. In 2014, he started collaborating with the European Alliance for Innovation (EAI) as Web Chair and TPC member/chair for several international conferences.
  • Mohd Abdul Ahad (Jamia Hamdard)
  • Tiago Pereira (University of Minho)+ BioTIAGO R. PEREIRA was born in 1974, Guimarães, Portugal and went to the Higher Institute of Maia, where he studied Informatics of Management and obtained his degree in 1997. He worked for a couple of years for the Higher Institute of Maia as Senior Programmer before going in 2003 to the University of Minho where he obtained the Master Degree in Information Systems and PhD Degree in Information Systems and Technology. He has been a collaborator of the Research Centre ALGORITMI of the University of Minho and presently, is an Invited Professor from Information Systems Department of the School of Engineering at University of Minho.
  • Filipe Portela (University of Minho)
  • Carlos Antunes (University of Coimbra)
  • Rui José (
  • Sergio Lopes (University of Minho)

Smart Cities are transforming our urban life with digital technologies, offering new citizen-centric public services, optimizing the usage of resources and reducing the impact of service provisioning on the environment. Cities are too big to ignore, they are at the core of our work and leisure lives, hosting the majority of World's population, and the majority of its innovation infrastructure and assets.

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.


Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Applications for Smart Cities able to leverage Big-Data Applications, ICT devices used in Factory of the Future, HPC, Industrial Processes, Energy Efficiency Systems, Social Platforms, etc.
  • Building Trust-based communication and computing systems for IoT and Clouds applications being Secure for Citizens
  • eHealth applications for Citizens.
  • Connecting in City Buildings for optimizing resources and utilities.
  • Software engineering methodology for the design of Smart Cities Systems
  • Energy Efficient and Green Software-defined Infrastructures aimed at Smart Cities facilities.
  • Re-allocation of resources and services (independently of their location) across distributed computing and geographically separated data storage and processing infrastructures. Inter-Cities along with Federation Services: availability, Disaster recovery, etc.
  • Federation of Services (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) aimed at Public Administrations
  • Service discovery in Smart Cities - device Discovery and Data Discovery.
  • Easy and Large Deployment and autonomic management of densely interconnected and decentralised Cloud, Networks and IoTs infrastructures aimed at Smart Cities.
  • Control Architectures/Network Programmability in Smart Cities aimed at mobility, traffic and road networks, transport systems, energy, economy, and so on.
  • ICT applications enabling Energy-aware, smart and sustainable mobility solutions for Smart Cities.
  • Verification/Debugging/ Auditing Tools for all Applications in Smart Cities Domains
  • Energy-aware and sustainable computing solutions for Smart Cities applications
Smart Things and Smart Objects, Software Defined Networks and Internet of Things, Federated Cloud Facilities in SC, Dynamic Workflows in Clouds for SC facility managements, Smart Homes, Buildings and Malls