Smart cities use digital technologies to enhance performance and wellbeing, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and to engage more effectively and actively with its citizens. Key 'smart' sectors include transport, energy, health care, water and waste. A smart city should be able to respond faster to city and global challenges than one with a simple 'transactional' relationship with its citizens.
The Session on Smart Cities is aiming to be a premier international session in smart cities. Such Session is to bring together computer scientists, industrial engineers and researchers to discuss and exchange experimental or theoretical results, novel designs, work-in-progress, experience, case studies, and trend-setting ideas in the area of smart city include all aspects of smart city with emphasis on algorithms, systems, models, compilers, architectures, tools, design methodologies, test and applications. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the ICEMIS conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.
Session themes include but are not limited to:
· Creative use of technology for smart building and home
· Smart cities and key issues in well being
· Advanced communication systems and approaches for smart cities
· New developments in smart cities and regions
· Sensors, actuators and their networking in smart cities
· Management, configuration and deployment of smart city infrastructure
· Energy aware systems and technologies
· Sustainable computing and communications
· Computational intelligence and soft computing (genetic algorithm, neural networks, fuzzy logic)
· Modeling of complex energy, mobility, health, society and e-government systems
· Technologies for utility business transformation
· Next generation distribution systems, smart sensors
· Impact of distributed energy resources, smart grid (Electric cars, demand response, distributed generations, storage)
· Energy efficient hardware and software solutions
· Creative use of technologies to analyze and measure/assess well-being
· Big data architecture, computer networks, network security
· Storage architectures, grid computing, service oriented architecture
· Data privacy and security issues in intelligent systems
· Cloud computing framework for big data processing
· Data privacy and security issues in intelligent systems
· Big data acquisition, preprocessing, data storage and management, knowledge management
· Big data intelligent computing, machine learning, pattern recognition, signal processing, image processing, bio-informatics
· Big data analysis, applications
· Modeling technology and systems for big data
· Big data mining, data warehousing, big data visualization
· Smart data for business intelligence, business process integration and management
· Explore standardized smart data formats and privacy & protection, data convergence
· Evaluate best practices in smart data handling
· Smart data for social entrepreneurship and community engagement
Session Title (5. A): The connected world: Smart Technologies and Entrepreneurship with focus to Africa
The concept of the “smart city” has been introduced as a strategic device to encompass modern urban production factors in a common framework and to highlight the growing importance of Information and Communication Technologies, social and environmental capital in profiling the competitiveness of cities. It is significant to mention that by 2050 more than 50% of the global population will live in cities. As a result, a growing number of large tech companies are increasingly focused on smart cities, as they see their technologies and tech solutions as helping make cities, especially very large ones, more easily manageable, and therefore “smart.” Africa already boasts the fastest mobile subscriber growth in the world, with the average subscription rate at 72 percent and expected to reach 97 percent by 2017. Mobile surge is one of the key factors affecting the growth of economic activity, and thus GDP. In addition, some 62 percent of the continent’s population is under 25 years of age. Given the ageing European population, many international brands will be attracted to an African market full of young consumers. With the mindset of these young Africans, who operate within an environment where anything and everything is possible – an attitude which tends to stimulate entrepreneurship and the spirit of innovation – Africa is well-positioned to take off as a new place for smart cities. Given the enormous scope of the smart cities initiatives in Africa, we expect to see lots of entrepreneurial success stories around smart cities-related technologies and solutions. The big players are all anxious to work with innovative startups. The new trend is here behind our door: SMART people create SMART cities, and smart entrepreneurs respond to the current trends by being innovative and creative.
We expect from this workshop on “ Smart Technologies and Entrepreneurship” that our program will be one of the first African Forum where knowledge and forecast exchange will attract world-class researchers, entrepreneurs and technologists by providing them with direct access to government needs and opportunities, staff and their expertise, in addition to product development, ramp-up support, and insights into a gold mine of government problems and opportunities through the various Countries and Cities in Africa..
We expect to drive significant innovation and growth in areas of pressing importance such as data, mobile and cloud services, healthcare, education, transportation, energy and infrastructure through the whole innovation process (Startup Ideas, Corporate Innovations, Research Commercialisation).
Our main objectives are 1. to establish the Smart Cities Africa Research and Innovation Council during the conference 2. To launch an Open Marketplace of Smart Cities apps. 3. To give coaches for Smart Cities start-ups and 4. Lab Space for apps development with some international experts.
Session Organizer (Chair): Mrs Tunde Kallai
Organizer Address : TR Associates Ltd, EU Senior Expert, Managing director, Malta Position, +41 78 8343104, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dr. Victor Chang is an Associate Professor in Information Management and Information Systems and also a Director of PhD Programme at International Business School Suzhou (IBSS), Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool, China. Dr. Victor Chang was a Senior Lecturer in Computing at Leeds Beckett University, UK and a Visiting Researcher at the University of Southampton, UK. He has been a technical lead in web applications, web services, database, grid, cloud, storage/backup, bioinformatics, financial computing which subsequently have become his research interests. Victor has also successfully delivered many IT projects in Taiwan (place of birth), Singapore, Australia, and the UK since 1998. Victor is experienced in a number of different IT subjects and has 27 certifications with 97% on average. He completed PGCert (Higher Education, University Greenwich, 2012) and PhD (C.S, University of Southampton, 2013) within four years while working full-time, whereby the distance between his work and research is about hundreds of miles away. He has over 100 published peer-reviewed papers, including several high-quality journals up-to-date. Victor won £20,000 funding in 2001 (Singapore-Cambridge Trust) and £81,000 funding in 2009 (Department of Health). He was involved in part of the £6.5 million project in 2004, part of the £5.6 million project in 2006 and part of a £300,000 project in 2013. He also won another £200,000 to support his scholarly activities. He is a PI and Co-PI in some projects. Victor is a winner in 2011 European Identity Award in “On Premise to Cloud Migration”. He has won a prestigious European award, Best Project in Research, at the European Cloud and Identity Award in 2016. He was selected to present his research at the United Nations in 2003 and at the House of Commons, UK, in 2011. He won the best papers in 2012 and 2015. Dr Victor Chang has taught numerous undergraduate and postgraduate modules since Year 2011. In some modules he taught, students like his teaching and enjoy his labs and lectures.
Dr Victor Chang is leading expert on Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things and Security. He has demonstrated ten different types of Cloud Computing and Big Data services in both of his practitioner and academic experience. The contributions that he has offered will be published in high-quality journals. Additionally, his proposed frameworks have been adopted by several organizations. In April 2014 he received 5 certificates in a single international conference to set a record. Dr Victor Chang received 1 award and 4 certificates in one single international conference in May 2015 to set another record. He is the Founding Chair of international workshops in Emerging Software as a Service and Enterprise Security. His workshops have been described as the most successful workshops by conference organizers and have attracted audiences with positive response. As a result, he received an IEEE Outstanding Service Award in 2015. One of his workshops has stepped up as an international conference on that has attracted high-profiled submissions and high-quality journals’ backing. He is also the founding chair for the international conference on . He is an editor of the Cloud Computing adoption book with IGI Global. He is a reviewer of International Journal of Information Management (IJIM), Expert Systems with Applications, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, Journal of Internet Services and Applications and Journal of Computing and Information Technology. Dr Victor Chang is a joint Editor-in-Chief of, and . He has a leading journal, Business Intelligence as a Service in the Cloud” published in July 2014 by a highly prestigious journal, . He has been promoted as an Editor of FGCS since October 2014. He has the most popular article in a transaction world leading journal, called “Towards Achieving Data Security with the Cloud Computing Adoption Framework”. He is a guest editor for numerous Q1 journal special issues. .
Ray Walshe is a Funded Investigator (FI) in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in Dublin City University. He runs Big Data projects in the areas of Health/Human Performance, Power Electronics and Personal Communication Platforms. Ray is a recognised expert in Big Data Standards where he some of his work includes : - Lead Editor of ISO WG9 Big Data Standards, - Head of Ireland Delegation for Big Data at NSAI, - Member of Cloud Select Industry Group (C-SIG) for DG-CNECT, Software and Services, Cloud Unit at European Commission , - Steering Board member for NetWorld2020, the European Technology Platform for communications networks and services, - Rapporteur for FOG Computing White Paper for European Standards Development Organisation (ETSI).
Ray’s other passion involves Startup Companies. Startup activities include: - for the European Commission he is Coordinator for Startup Europe Week activities in Ireland, - He is the Founder of Spark2Start a startup ecosystem event, - Leads the SEC2U and Startup Europe University Network initiatives for Ireland, - Works with Startup Companies in Insight Centre for Data Analytics, - Chief Architect for a number of Startups.
Mohamed JEMNI is a Professor of Computer Science and Educational Technologies at the University of Tunis, Tunisia. He is the Director of ICT at The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization ALECSO (www.alecso.org). He has been the General Director of the Computing Center El Khawarizmi, the Internet services provider for the sector of higher education and scientific research in Tunisia, from 2008 to 2013. He is a Senior member IEEE, member of the Executive board of IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology (www.ieeetclt.org) and he is co-editor of Springer Lecture Notes in educational Technology.
At ALECSO, he is currently leading several projects related to the promotion of effective use of ICT in education in the Arab world, namely, OER, MOOCs, cloud computing and the strategic project ALECSP-APPS with three main components: ALecsoApps Store, AlecsoApps Editor and AlecsoApps Award (www.alecsoapps.com), aiming to provide a technological environment for the promotion of an emerging digital creative Arab Mobile industry, related to the fields of education, culture and science.
His Research Projects Involvements during the last 28 years are Educational Technologies, High Performance and Grid computing and Accessibility of ICT to People with Disabilities. He published more than 300 papers in international journals, conferences and books, and produced many studies for international organizations such as UNESCO, ITU and ALECSO. Prof. Jemni and his laboratory have received several awards, including the Silver medal of the International Fair of Inventions in Kuwait 2007, the UNESCO Prize 2008 for the e-learning curriculum they developed for visually impaired, President's Award for the integration of persons with disabilities 2009 and the "World Summit Award (WSA) - Mobile 2010" in the field of social inclusion. In April 2012, his laboratory LaTICE received the Google Student AWARD and he has received the Best Communication Paper of the Web For All 2012. Prof. Jemni received the International Telecommunication Union Award: “ICT Innovation application challenge” during the WSIS Forum in Geneva in May 2013.
He is member of the steering committee of G3ICT – United Nations, Global initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies and he is also the president of a Tunisian NGO created in June 2011: the Tunisian Association of e-accessibility (www.e-access.tn). He has launched many initiatives to promote ICT accessibility in the Arab region including the project of WCAG2.0 translation to Arabic (www.alecso.org/wcag2.0/) to promote accessibility of Arabic Web Content and the 2009 initiative for using ICT to develop Arab Sign language. His full CV is available at his web page : www.latice.rnu.tn/english/memb_jemni.htm
Prof. Dr. Brahim Hnich's primary area of research is in Artificial Intelligence (AI). He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (1997) from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. In January 2003, he received his PhD from Uppsala University under the supervision of Prof. A . Hamfelt (Sweden) and Prof. T. Walsh (UK). His PhD thesis
was nominated for the European Coordinating Committee of AI best theses award. In January 2008, he received his Habilitation (HDR) from University of Montepplier II, Montpellier, France. Since 1998, Dr. Hnich has published in international peer-reviewed journals such the AI journal, the journal of AI Research and the Communications of the ACM, and multiple papers at the international (IJCAI), American (AAAI) and European (ECAI) AI conferences. Two of his papers presented at the 2003 IJCAI and 2004 ECAI conferences have been selected among the best papers. In 2005, he has been nominated for the President of Ireland Young Researcher Award of 1.2 Million Euros and has been short-listed among the 8 finalists among 41 nominees worldwide. He is currently an Associate Professor at the department of Computer Science at Monastir University, Tunisia. From 2006 till 2009, he worked as an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the department of Computer Engineering at Izmir University of economics (Turkey), and as a full Professor as of 2009 till 2016. He was a Research Fellow at the Science Foundation Ireland-funded Cork Constraint Computation Centre, University College Cork (UCC) between 2003 and 2006. In October 2003, he was appointed Docent (equivalent to Associate professor) at Uppsala University, Sweden. Dr. Hnich is an associate editor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal and was the co-chair of ECAI 2004, IJCAI 2005, CSCLP 2005 and CP 2005 workshops on Modelling and Solving Problems with Constraints and is the co-editor of their proceedings. He is the editor of a volume entitled "Recent Advances in Constraints" for the Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence Series in 2005. He acts as a reviewer for many international conferences and journals including AAAI, ECAI, IJCAI, the Constraints journal, the AI journal and the journal of AI research. He has been involved in the organization of international conferences and workshops, both on their organizing and program committees. His research interests include, among others (stochastic) constraint programming, global constraints, and symmetry in combinatorial problems.
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Internet of Things (IoT) plays significant role in our daily life, including smart city, mobile services, wireless senor networks, big data analytics and emerging services. Despite of promising future of IoT, security and privacy still pose threats its development due to several vulnerabilities and privacy issues exploited. In this keynote, the overview and recommendation on current security solutions, such as location privacy, attribute-based encryption, ad hoc network security, light-weight authentication, identify management and intrusion detection will be covered. While currently there is no a IoT framework that can integrate all different security solutions as an unified service, the developed IoT security framework has integrated major security services and solutions together, known as integrated multi-layered security, to ensure the robustness and validity of the reliable IoT Security Framework. Technologies and architecture behind the framework will be explained in details. Large scale penetration testing and ethical hacking have been performed to demonstrate that IoT Security Framework is live, resilient and beneficial, making important research and enterprise contributions
Recent stats from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) unveiled that mobile broadband is the fastest-growing ICT service in history, and around 4 billion of the global mobile phone population have Internet access using their mobile devices. In light of these considerations, there is no doubt that mobile technologies are entirely changing our lives, including particularly the way we learn. Therefore, recognizing the potentials of mobile technologies and its status in the region, the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), has proposed a Pan-Arab wide mobile initiative, aiming to empower Mobile Applications development in the Arab word. The project aims to provide developers with a necessary technological and institutional environment for the promotion of an emerging digital creative Arab Mobile industry, related to the fields of education, culture, science, and learning games. In this talk, we will present an overview of the AlecsoApps project and we will describe each of its component and related activities.
In this talk, our objective is to present three diverse cases studies of smart Big Data applications: a smart online vehicle tracking system for security applications, a social online shopping system, and an online educational platform. For each application, we outline its main features and highlight the main challenges. We then how how we can model and implemented these applications as Big Data applications and show how one can use the data collected in order to automatically discover new knowledge that brings more value to the users of these applications.
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