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Smart Cities

Editorial Board
Editors in Chief:
  • Nuno Lopes (United Nations University)
  • Nuno Vasco Lopes (Digital Transformation Colab)
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)
  • 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.
Scope

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

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
Keywords
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