LEARN MORE ABOUT Session on the Smart City 2017

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

Session Aim:


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,  tkallai60@gmail.com 


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Meet Our Speakers
Associate Prof. in Information Management and IS and a Director of PhD Programme at International Business School Suzhou
Professor & Funded Investigator (FI) in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in Dublin City University
Director of ICT at The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization ALECSO
Professor at the Computer Science. Dept. Monastir University, Tunisia

  • 08 May
    Day 1
  • 09 May
    Day 2
10:30 - 11:15 Prof. Ray Walshe
Standardisation in Big Data: Innovation and Excellence
This talk will highlight some of the European and Global Initiatives which are driving ICT Standards and in particular the Big Data Reference Architecture (BDRA). Standard. A brief history of Big Data standards evolution will lead to an introduction to the main SDO's in Europe and their roles. The talk will include sample uses cases for the Big Data Reference architecture and how they are used to identify and define big data roles, activities, functional components and their relationships. A description of the types of functional components leveraged by the roles and how they interact to create an operational big data architecture will be presented and show how this Reference architecture can facilitate a shared understanding across multiple products, organisations, and disciplines about current architectures and future direction.
11:15 - 12:00 Dr. Victor Chang
IoT security– overview, recommendations and the IoT Security Framework

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

09:30 - 10:15 Prof. Mohamed JEMNI
Toward Empowering Mobile Applications Development in the Arab World

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.

10:15 - 11:00 Prof.Dr. Brahim Hnich
Smart Big Data applications for road traffic security, social online shopping, and online education

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.



All submitted papers will be under peer review and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceeding. The abstracts will be indexed and available at major academic databases.

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  • IGI-Global
  • Ibn Zoher University
  • Monastir University
  • IEEE
  • IEEE Tunisia Section
  • IEEE SMCS Tunisia Chapter
  • JUST
  • Sentidohotels