Introductory book chapter on Smart Cities used for the short course on the subject at the JAI 2017 edition.
With the growth of the urban population, the infrastructural problems and limited resources of thousands of cities around the world affect negatively the lives of billions of people. Making cities smarter can help improving city services, decreasing social inequalities, and increasing the quality of life of their citizens. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are a fundamental means to move towards smarter city environments.
Introductory book chapter on Smart Cities used for the short course on the subject at the JAI 2016 edition, discussing the state-of-the-art and the state-of-the-practice in Smart Cities environments. The text approaches eleven smart city platforms and eleven smart city initiatives with respect to the most used enabling technologies as well as functional and non-functional requirements and enumerates open research challenges for the area in the future.
Talk presented at the SEMISH (CSBC 2017).
With the popularization of Cloud Computing and Mobile Computing technologies and, also, with the increasing use of Sensor Networks and Big Data technologies, a number of new application possibilities are emerging. These include new forms of real-time collaboration, Smart Cities infrastructures, sophisticated Business Intelligence frameworks and cyberinfrastructure for eScience enabling the advancement of scientific research along unprecedented avenues. This convergence of technologies together with the needs and concerns related to the future digital applications led researchers to propose new approaches to scientific and technological research that will enable the development of the Future Internet.