FIRST IEEE SUMMER SCHOOL ON SMART CITIES
AUGUST 6-11, 2017  |  NATAL, BRAZIL
ABOUT

The smartification of living areas has gained much prominence in the last decade as political decision makers and municipalities together with the industry and academia join forces with citizens to enhance people's lives and their living environments. In its effort to forward collaboration between all entities involved in planning and implementing successful smart cities and leading a vibrant collaboration network of cities sharing experiences and know-how, the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative organises the IEEE International Summer School on Smart Cities (IEEE S3C) as an important activity and part of its mission.

The 2017 Edition of IEEE S3C is the first of its series and aims to provide a valuable forum for knowledge exchange between industry, scientific community, and municipalities in all fields of smart cities to benefit students, researchers, and practitioners, at both beginner and advanced levels. The School provides a wide range of state-of-the-art courses and other activities led by some of the most prominent researchers and practitioners in the area, as well as it collocates a workshop where undergraduate and graduate students, young researchers and practitioners can share their own visions and experiences and they pursue their way to become the professionals leading smartification around the globe. Moreover, the School will be oriented to solve challenges. In the first day, challenges faced by some cities will be presented and multidisciplinary student groups will be arranged to use the knowledge shared by the keynote speakers to develop conceptual solutions to each challenge. At each day, there will be a supervision group meeting supported by the speakers and developed solutions will be evaluated. The best ones will be awarded at the IEEE S3C 2017 Closing Session.

IEEE S3C 2017 will be held in Natal, Brazil at the Metrópole Digital Institute (IMD), located at the campus of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). A well-known Brazilian destination in the world, Natal is a city combining tropical climate, beautiful warm beaches, lush nature, and welcoming people, being one of the best places to enjoy the Brazilian coast as the sun shines all year round. Furthermore, Natal is also technology: the city has been recently affiliated to the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, as a result of the expressive advances and strong engagement between academia and local government. Natal is on the way to be the cradle of a technopole focused on Information Technology, a project involving academia and both public and private sectors as a propitious environment for diffusing science, technology, and innovation, besides contributing to the economic and social development of the city.

CALL FOR PAPERS

IEEE S3C is specially tailored for undergraduate students and both M.Sc. and Ph.D. candidates, who are highly encouraged to submit their concepts, preliminary results, and research proposals so as to profit from the interactive-rich environment promoted by the event and the networking opportunities with world-class researchers and practitioners in the various fields of smart cities attending and lecturing at the Summer School. Contributions reporting on-going research, smartification visions and paradigms, new approaches, case studies, preliminary and consolidated project results are welcome!

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Open data, ontologies, taxonomies, and data integration
  • Data Analytics (data mining, data visualisation, big data, data streaming, etc.)
  • Smart mobility
  • Social Simulation and societal issues
  • Smart city ecosystems e innovation methodologies
  • Metrics and benchmarks
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and platforms for smart cities
  • Civic engagement (government, health-care, sports, etc.)
  • Standards for smart cities
  • Entrepreneurship and new business models
  • Energy sustainability
  • Renewable energy sources

Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality manuscripts presenting original work, on-going projects, and case study results in all areas of interest to smart cities. Full papers must be formatted according to the IEEE two-column manuscript style, being at most 6-pages long and written in English. Contributions should be submitted using the online submission system available at the EasyChair platform. All accepted papers are expected to be included in IEEE Xplore digital library and will be indexed by EI (Engineering Village).

At least one co-author is required to register and attend IEEE S3C 2017 to present the paper and discuss its content with the audience. All accepted papers need to be accompanied by a poster, which will be exposed throughout the Summer School to promote deep and extensive interactions. A selection of the best papers will also be presented orally during a number of sessions in the Technical Program. The Best Paper Award will be announced during the closing ceremony of IEEE S3C 2017.


Important dates

  • Paper submission: May 7, 2017 May 21, 2017 May 29, 2017
  • Acceptance notification: June 15, 2017 June 28, 2017 July 3, 2017
  • Camera-ready due: July 1st, 2017 July 8, 2017 July 12, 2017


Important information for authors of accepted papers
Please read carefully the following instructions when producing the camera-ready version of the accepted paper. This is important to ensure that it complies with proceedings publication rules established by IEEE.

  1. Proofread the text thoroughly to confirm that it will require no revision. During the preparation of the final version of the manuscript, include reviewers' recommendations and suggestions. Note that final paper is limited to a total of 6 pages (including references) in the required IEEE conference paper format. A maximum of 2 supplementary pages is permitted at an extra charge.
  2. Generate a PDF file from the camera-ready. Due to space constraints, the file size is limited to 3 MB.
  3. Use IEEE PDF eXpress to validate the PDF version of the paper and submit it online. This step is essential to ensure that the paper complies with the IEEE Xplore digital library.
    1. Log in to the IEEE PDF eXpress site.
    2. First-time users should:
      • Click "New Users - Click Here"
      • Enter 42728X for Conference ID, an e-mail address, and a password
      • Continue to enter information as prompted. An online confirmation will be displayed and an e-mail confirmation will be sent verifying the account setup.
    3. Previous users of IEEE PDF eXpress need to follow the steps above, but they should enter the same password used for previous conferences. It is important to verify that the provided contact information is still valid.
  4. Make the electronic submission of the final version of manuscript no later than July 12, 2017.


Guidelines for poster preparation and presentation
Authors going to present their work as poster are required to print and bring the poster to IEEE S3C 2017 following these guidelines:

  1. Posters must be prepared using at least A0 size (841 x 1189 mm, 33.1 in x 46.8 in) in portrait orientation.
  2. Authors will be provided with holders to display posters.
  3. Posters should be easily understood, self-explanatory, so that authors are free to supplement them and discuss particular points raised by the viewer. The poster session offers the perfect opportunity for informal discussion, but this becomes difficult if the presenter is obliged to devote much time to explain the poster.
  4. Plan the content of the poster such that it conveys the key ideas, e.g. introduction (or context), problem definition (or aim of work), work summary, results, and conclusions. The poster should not include all the details as the presenter can describe them in person to people. It is recommended to not overload the poster with text as its presentation is primarly visual rather than written, and hence it should privilege diagrams, charts, data, figures, and a small amount of text.
  5. Poster presenters must be next the poster during the scheduled poster session (Tuesday, 08/08, 14:00) to answer questions about the work.
  6. Projection equipment, videotape recorders or any other audiovisual equipment will not be available in the poster session area.
For any doubt or issue, an e-mail must be sent to Rosaldo Rossetti through rossetti at fe.up.pt (replacing at by @).


Program Co-Chairs

  • Rosaldo Rossetti (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Gilles Betis (OrbiCité, France)


Program Committee Members

  • Agachai Sumalee (King Mongkut's Institute of Technology, Thailand)
  • Agusti Solanas (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)
  • Alberto Fernandes (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)
  • Alex Peng (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
  • Alexander Paz (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA)
  • Amit Gupta (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Amro M Farid (Dartmouth University, USA)
  • Ana Aguiar (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Ana Bazzan (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
  • Ana Paula Rocha (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Andrea Molinari (Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy)
  • Augusto Neto (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil)
  • Cristiano Silva (Federal University of São João del-Rei, Brazil)
  • Cristina Olaverri-Monreal (University of Applied Sciences/Technikum Wien, Austria)
  • Daniel Castro Silva (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Dario Petri (Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy)
  • Deborah Perrotta (University of Minho, Portugal)
  • Fenghua Zhu (Institute of Automation/Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Flávio Silva (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Francesco Viti (Université du Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
  • Giambattista Gruosso (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
  • Gil Filipe Rocha (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Giuseppe Vizzari (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
  • Guilherme Soares (ARMIS Group, Portugal)
  • Gustavo Giannattasio (IEEE Latin America and Caribbean Region - Uruguay)
  • Harry Timmermans (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands)
  • Javier Sanchez-Medina (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)
  • João Emílio Almeida (Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal)
  • João Jacob (Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science, Portugal)
  • João Luiz Afonso (University of Minho, Portugal)
  • João Pedro Dias (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • José Macedo (ARMIS Group, Portugal)
  • Kiev Gama (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil)
  • Luis Moreira-Matias (NEC Europe Ltd., Germany)
  • Manuel Avalos (IBM Mexico)
  • Monica Dragoicea (University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania)
  • Oded Cats (Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands)
  • Patrícia Tedesco (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil)
  • Pedro Saleiro (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Rodger Lea (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Rossi Kamal (International University of Business Agriculture and Technology, Bangladesh)
  • Rui Rodrigues (Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science, Portugal)
  • Soufiene Djahel (Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom)
  • Susana Dessa Aguiar (Webster's High School, United Kingdom)
  • Thereza Raquel Sales de Aguiar (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)
  • Thiago Rúbio (Critical Manufacturing, Portugal)
  • Victor Larios (Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico)
  • Yinhai Wang (University of Washington, USA)
  • Zafeiris Kokkinogenis (University of Porto, Portugal)

SPEAKERS
Aaron Deacon — KC Digital Drive (USA)
Aaron Deacon is the managing director of KC Digital Drive, a nonprofit civic tech startup supporting technology projects that increase economic prosperity and improve the quality of life for people in Kansas City, USA. Working closely with the Kansas City mayors’ offices, KC Digital Drive was designed to drive innovation and collaboration in Kansas City and capitalize on next generation infrastructure. He is the founder and principal of the research and strategic planning agency Curiolab. He serves as chairman of the Social Media Club of Kansas City. He has a masters in social science from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dallas, USA.
Álvaro de Oliveira — Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil) / Aalto University (Finland)
Álvaro de Oliveira is M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the University College London (United Kingdom). He is a professor at the Aalto University (Finland) and an invited professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil), having published more than 170 scientific and technical papers, books, and other publications. During ten years, he worked as lecturer and researcher in universities in London (United Kingdom), Lisbon (Portugal), and Maputo (Mozambique). He is president emeritus and founding member of the European Network on Living Labs (EnoLL) and created the Human Smart Cities Network, implementing in 27 European cities of ten countries projects on mobility, energy efficiency, health, tourism, innovation ecosystems, citizen services, etc. Álvaro de Oliveira was and is strategic consultant of Information Technology international companies such as IBM, Ericsson, Nokia, Vodafone, Timex, and Marconi, besides being consultant of the Portuguese Ministry of Industry, Energy and Innovation during eight years. He is regarded as a specialist in regional, national, and European innovation policies, having large experience in the coordination of international projects in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and China. Furthermore, he is CEO of two Portuguese companies, namely Alfamicro, which works on research, engineering, and technological innovation, and Smarter City Services, a recent start-up focused on policies, technologies, and methodologies to implement solutions for human smart cities.
Amro M. Farid — Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (USA)
Amro M. Farid is currently an associate professor of Engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (USA) with a principal expertise in the application of control, automation and information technology to intelligent energy systems. He received his Sc. B. in 2000 and his Sc. M. 2002 from the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department (USA), going onto complete his Ph.D. degree at the Institute for Manufacturing within the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) Engineering Department in 2007. He has varied industrial experiences from the automotive, semiconductor, defense, chemical, and manufacturing sectors. He is a senior member of the IEEE and holds leadership positions in the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Technical Committee on Smart Grids, and the IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics (SMC) Technical Committee on Intelligent Industrial Systems. He is also a member of the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Distributed Intelligent Systems, the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Technical Committee on Industrial Agents, and the ASME Dynamics Systems & Control Division.
Derrick de Kerckhove — University of Toronto (Canada) / Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy) / Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain)
Derrick de Kerckhove is former director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto (Canada), where he is professor emeritus at the Department of French. He subsequently joined the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Napoli Federico II (Italy). Scientific director of the Rome based monthly Media Duemila, he is author of more than a dozen books (such as The Skin of Culture and Connected Intelligence) edited in over ten languages including Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian, Slovenian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. He is also research director at the Interdisciplinary Internet Institute (IN3) at l'Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain). His fields of research include technopsychology, psychotechnology, neuro-cultural research, art and communication technologies, media theory, collaborative educative software, and connected intelligence.
Gilles Betis — OrbiCité (France)
Gilles Betis was chair and co-founder of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, now being CEO of OrbiCité, a French company that supports local authorities, companies, startups, associations and foundations in the development of smart cities. During more than 20 years, Gilles Betis has been involved in Thales (France) in the design of complex systems, first in the field of military air defense and then in transportation systems. He has extensive industrial experience in e-ticketing, road tolling, passenger information, integrated communication and supervision, anytime in an international and multi-industrial environment. At the time he joined EIT ICT Labs, he was Smart City and Mobility Solution Leader in Thales Communication and Security. Holding positions of product line manager, marketing manager and solution leader, he has been constantly involved with prospective, innovation and product design matters. Through a holistic systemic approach, his goal was always to link up emerging behaviors and societal needs to innovative technological solutions, allowing a smooth adoption by final users. Gilles Betis is an engineer graduated in 1987 from École Supérieure d'Electricité (France).
Joel Rodrigues — National Institute of Telecommunications (Brazil)
Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues is a professor and senior researcher at the National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Brazil, and senior researcher at the Institute of Telecommunications in Portugal. He has been professor at the University of Beira Interior (UBI), Portugal, and visiting professor at the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Brazil. He received the academic title of aggregated professor in Informatics Engineering from UBI, the Habilitation in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Upper Alsace (France), a PhD degree in Informatics Engineering and an MSc Degree from the UBI, and a BSc degree in Informatics Engineering from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His main research interests include e-health, sensor networks and Internet of Things, vehicular communications, and mobile and ubiquitous computing. Prof. Joel is the leader of NetGNA Research Group and president of the Scientific Council at ParkUrbis – Covilhã Science and Technology Park. He is the editor-in-chief and editorial board member of several high-reputed journals, as well as member of many international Technical Program Committees. He has also authored or coauthored over 500 papers in refereed international journals and conferences, three books, and two patents.
José Roberto de Marca — Brazilian National Council for Science and Technology (Brazil)
José Roberto Boisson de Marca is a member of the Brazilian National Council of Science and Technology (CCT) and member of the Advisory Council of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications. He is graduated in Electrical Engineering with emphasis on Telecommunications from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USA). In 2014 he served as President and CEO of IEEE, the largest scientific and professional organization in the world, as well as the worldwide president of the IEEE Communications Society (2000-2001) and founding president of the Brazilian Telecommunications Society. José Roberto de Marca has extensive international experience, having worked in universities of industrial laboratories in several countries, such as USA, Italy, Hong Kong, and Germany, besides teaching at the University of Campinas and Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). He has also held the position of Scientific Director of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), where he authorized the initial resources for creating the Brazilian Research and Education Network (RNP). José Roberto de Marca has also received several awards and acknowledgments from both IEEE and IEEE Communications Society. In 2013, he was selected as one of the 100 most influential people in Brazil by Epoca Magazine. In 2014, he received the Personality of the Year Award from the Association of Brazilian Information Technology Companies (Assespro).
Kiev Gama — Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil)
Kiev Gama received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Grenoble (France) in 2011. He is an assistant professor at the Center of Informatics of Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil) and a researcher of the Brazilian National Institute of Science and Technology for Software Engineering (INES). With an academic background in Software Engineering and Distributed Systems, his current research efforts are applying those in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities. Gama's current graduate students are focusing on topics such as real-time data stream processing, the Web of Things and the economic impacts of civic hacking. He is also interested in fostering the usage of digital technologies as a way to empower citizens in the creation of solutions that can bring a positive impact in urban life. Gama is also involved in discussions with society and government concerning public transparency and policies around the smart cities and IoT themes. As an active member of the local software development community, he has been involved in the organization of several civic hackathons. Gama is a cocreator and coorganizer of Recife's City Hall official hackathon Citizen Hacker (Hacker Cidadão), which happens annually since 2013, and he was also one of the organizers of the Brazilian edition of Hackacity.
Nelson Fonseca — University of Campinas (Brazil)
Nelson L. S. da Fonseca received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California (USA) in 1994. He is a full professor at Institute of Computing of the University of Campinas (Brazil). He has published 350+ papers and supervised 60+ graduate students in areas such as traffic control, wireless and optical networks, P2P, grid and cloud computing. He is the recipient of the 2012 IEEE Communications Society Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications, the Medal of the Chancelor of the Università di Pisa, Italy (2007) and the Elsevier Computer Network Journal Editor of Year 2001 award. He currently serves as Director for Conference Development of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), being also Senior Editor for the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials and Senior Editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine, a member of the editorial board of Computer Networks, Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications, Journal of Internet Services and Applications and International Journal of Communication Systems. He created the ComSoc Student Competition Program, the IEEE LATINCOM and the series of Multimedia Communications Symposia in Globecom/ICC.
Rosaldo Rossetti — University of Porto (Portugal)
Rosaldo J. F. Rossetti is currently a senior research fellow and a member of the Directive Board of the Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Lab and an assistant professor with the Department of Informatics Engineering at University of Porto, Portugal. He received the degree in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil (1995), and both M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (1998 and 2002, respectively). He carried out his doctoral thesis project as a graduate research student within the Network Modelling Group, at Leeds University's Institute for Transport Studies, United Kingdom. His main research interests include behavioral modeling, social simulation, and spatio-temporal data analytics and machine learning. He focuses on applications of multiagent systems as a modeling metaphor to address issues in artificial transportation systems and simulation, future mobility paradigms and urban smartification, and explores the potential uses of serious games, and gamification in transportation and mobility systems. Dr. Rossetti served as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE ITS Society during term 2011-2013. He is currently chair of the Artificial Transportation Systems and Simulation Technical Activities sub-committee, an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, the ITS Department editor of IEEE Intelligent System Magazine, and a member of the steering committee of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. Besides being a member of IEEE, he is also a member of ACM, APPIA (Portuguese AI Society) and a founder member of the Portuguese-Brazilian Society for Modelling and Simulation.
PROGRAM
14:00 - 14:30 Registration
14:30 - 15:00 Welcome Refreshments
15:00 City Tour
08:30 - 09:20 Opening Session
Gilles Betis
09:20 - 10:10 Working Group Session: A Practical Perspective on Innovative Design for Smart Cities
Gilles Betis
Abstract
This session covers a practical part of the programme of the Summer School, promoting an iterative and growing methodological approach for the development of smart cities based on ecosystem empowerment, innovation, value creation, and entrepreneurship. Based on real-life case studies, an intensive group work format will provide participants with the appropriate environment to collectively address issues and design solution plans for smart cities.
10:10 - 10:40 Coffee-break
10:40 - 11:30 Working Group Session: A Practical Perspective on Innovative Design for Smart Cities
Gilles Betis
Abstract
This session covers a practical part of the programme of the Summer School, promoting an iterative and growing methodological approach for the development of smart cities based on ecosystem empowerment, innovation, value creation, and entrepreneurship. Based on real-life case studies, an intensive group work format will provide participants with the appropriate environment to collectively address issues and design solution plans for smart cities.
11:30 - 12:20 Keynote: Urban Happiness, Modes and Means – Part I
Derrick de Kerckhove
Abstract
The purpose of making a city "smart" is to achieve efficiency between various services and, presumably, harmony among its citizens. There are different ways to accomplish this goal. This session will both examine those that have been tried and develop strategies for different types of cities where little has been attempted yet. Among the cities examined, Singapore will be included for its extremely advanced smart city program, but also for the consequences on citizen sense of well-being and civil liberties. On the opposite side of social adaption, other examples will include drastically underprivileged urban centres in Italy where nothing has been tried, such as Torre Annunziata in Campania. It will be introduced a successful collaborative method called "Connected Intelligence Workshops" to get participants to be involved in identifying the challenges and finding their own strategies to respond to them.
12:20 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:50 Keynote: Kansas City Case Study
Aaron Deacon
Abstract
In 2011, two Kansas Cities in America's heartland, separated by a state line, were independently chosen as pilot locations for Google's experiment in laying fiber-optic cables and delivering gigabit-speed Internet to homes and businesses. This private investment, estimated at near $1 billion, had a transformative effect on the Kansas City region, sparking an entrepreneurial renaissance, a city focus on data-driven performance, and the pursuit of additional smart city projects. This session will cover the history, opportunity and learning around how a public-private infrastructure partnership launched Kansas City into the world's smart cities movement.
14:50 - 15:40 Keynote: Infrastructure, Data, and Geography
Aaron Deacon
Abstract
New hardware and software infrastructure - fiber and wireless communications networks, low-powered sensors, accessible cloud computing, data management and analysis platforms - are remapping the world and creating new paradigms for decision-making. With the Kansas City experience as a touchstone, this interactive session will ask participants to bring knowledge of their own local ecosystems to think about diverse infrastructure governance models, maps, and data governance structures in order to imagine the right models for cities of the future.
15:40 - 16:30 Keynote: Smart Mobility: issues and opportunities
Rosaldo Rossetti
Abstract
The concept of smart cities is presented and the role of citizens in the smartification process is discussed. A special emphasis is given to understanding whether smart mobility and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are synonymous or there is a dichotomy between the concepts. In addition to being a central concern in ITS, citizens become active participants in smart mobility: issues and opportunities for citizens' engagement in generating disruptive innovation in mobility systems and devising solutions are presented, and particularly motivated and explored within the research agenda of the so-called artificial transportation systems in a rather social perspective. With the advent of autonomous vehicles and the emergence of the concept of cooperative intelligent transportation systems (C-ITS), this session will also introduce such concepts and motivate a reflection on their role in the generation of new transportation paradigms and scenarios towards more efficient, greener, safer, and social mobility solutions.
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee-break
17:00 - 18:00 Working Group Session: A Practical Perspective on Innovative Design for Smart Cities
Gilles Betis
Abstract
This session covers a practical part of the programme of the Summer School, promoting an iterative and growing methodological approach for the development of smart cities based on ecosystem empowerment, innovation, value creation, and entrepreneurship. Based on real-life case studies, an intensive group work format will provide participants with the appropriate environment to collectively address issues and design solution plans for smart cities.
18:00 - 19:00 Keynote: Urban Happiness, Modes and Means – Part II
Derrick de Kerckhove
Abstract
The purpose of making a city "smart" is to achieve efficiency between various services and, presumably, harmony among its citizens. There are different ways to accomplish this goal. This session will both examine those that have been tried and develop strategies for different types of cities where little has been attempted yet. Among the cities examined, Singapore will be included for its extremely advanced smart city program, but also for the consequences on citizen sense of well-being and civil liberties. On the opposite side of social adaption, other examples will include drastically underprivileged urban centres in Italy where nothing has been tried, such as Torre Annunziata in Campania. It will be introduced a successful collaborative method called "Connected Intelligence Workshops" to get participants to be involved in identifying the challenges and finding their own strategies to respond to them.
08:30 - 09:20 Keynote: From Living Labs to Human Smart Cities – Part I
Álvaro de Oliveira
Abstract
This session will present the Living Labs user-driven innovation methodologies and the transition from the triple to quadruple Helix where a strong collaboration between companies, universities, public administration, and citizens will be driving the new urban innovation ecosystems. Living Lab cases will be presented from the traditional and the digital economies highlighting the role of ENoLL (European Network of Living Labs) on the formulation of the new Innovation Policies paradigm, such as smart specialization, sustainability, and the participatory democracy.
09:20 - 10:10 Keynote: From Living Labs to Human Smart Cities – Part II
Álvaro de Oliveira
Abstract
This session will address the transition from urban Living Labs to human smart cities. Human smart cities are focused on the well-being and quality of life of citizens as technologies are just enablers of the transformations required to solve existing urban challenges. Technological infrastructure gathers, connects, and processes Big Data providing new and more efficient services supporting an open and transparent municipal governance. The application of WINs (Wishes, Interests and Needs) methodologies developed in the context of the Human Smart Cities Movement will be discussed based on Living Lab user-centric innovation methodologies and Design Thinking processes. Human smart cities cases from Europe (Helsinki, Amsterdam, London, Milan, Lisbon and Águeda) and Brazil (Natal, Rio de Janeiro, Amazônia, Jardim do Seridó) will be used to illustrate the different aspects of the urban transition towards the Digital Economy.
10:10 - 10:40 Coffee-break
10:40 - 11:30 Working Group Session: A Practical Perspective on Innovative Design for Smart Cities
Gilles Betis
Abstract
This session covers a practical part of the programme of the Summer School, promoting an iterative and growing methodological approach for the development of smart cities based on ecosystem empowerment, innovation, value creation, and entrepreneurship. Based on real-life case studies, an intensive group work format will provide participants with the appropriate environment to collectively address issues and design solution plans for smart cities.
11:30 - 12:20 Keynote: Urban Happiness, Modes and Means – Part III
Derrick de Kerckhove
Abstract
The purpose of making a city "smart" is to achieve efficiency between various services and, presumably, harmony among its citizens. There are different ways to accomplish this goal. This session will both examine those that have been tried and develop strategies for different types of cities where little has been attempted yet. Among the cities examined, Singapore will be included for its extremely advanced smart city program, but also for the consequences on citizen sense of well-being and civil liberties. On the opposite side of social adaption, other examples will include drastically underprivileged urban centres in Italy where nothing has been tried, such as Torre Annunziata in Campania. It will be introduced a successful collaborative method called "Connected Intelligence Workshops" to get participants to be involved in identifying the challenges and finding their own strategies to respond to them.
12:20 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:50 Poster Exhibition

Conceptual Theoretical Approach About Smart Cities
Jaime Arias, Leonardo Mendes

IoT Environment to Train Service Dogs
André Menezes, Kelvin Cordeiro, Luciana Oliveira, Paulo Oliveira

A Methodology for Train Trip Identification in Mobility Campaigns based on Smart-phones
Jorge Rodríguez, Sidharta Gautama, Daniel Ochoa

A Measure Distance System for Docks: An Image-Processing Approach
Bianor Neto, Alberto Nicolau

A Distributed Generation Evaluating Framework: The Next Step for Smart-metering Data Clustering
Felipe Gonçalves, Vinicius Motta, Bruno Moreno

Building Pressure-Sensitive Foot Insoles for Public Health Evaluation in Smart Cities
Patrícia Mayara Moura Da Silva, Ledycnarf Januário de Holanda, Edith Elena Granados Delgado, Edgard Morya

Strategies and Methodologies for Civic Engagement and Social Empowerment: Natal, Smart and Human City
Irani Santos, Augusto C. B. Nobre, Janayna C. Ibiapina, Paulo R. M. Oliveira, Zulmara V. Carvalho, Álvaro D. Oliveira

The Public Policy Strategies for the Impulsionation of Smart Cities
Italo Lima, Cláudia Larissa Marques, Renato Moraes, Victo Sarmento

Supervisory System for Hidraulic Distribution Apparatus
João Pablo Santos Silva, Eduardo Nogueira Cunha

14:50 - 16:30 Keynote: Internet of Things on Smart Cities: Challenges and Perspectives
Joel Rodrigues
Abstract
This session addresses a hot and updated topic focusing on Internet of Things (IoT) in the context of smart cities, considering their most relevant challenges and opportunities. It starts with an introduction to IoT and its typical application scenarios considering urban environments. Afterwards, an initiative to prepare ICT professionals for new challenges regarding this new generation technologies for IoT will be presented. A special attention will be given to the Inatel Smart Campus, an open campus started in August 2016 for research on IoT, experiments, and concepts and technology validation, being open for companies' participation and promoting the academy-enterprise interaction. It is a true living lab for several IoT verticals, including smart cities and smart homes. New challenges and opportunities on IoT will be also discussed, as well as new trends and issues for research on Internet of Things.
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee-break
17:00 - 19:00 Working Group Session: A Practical Perspective on Innovative Design for Smart Cities
Gilles Betis
Abstract
This session covers a practical part of the programme of the Summer School, promoting an iterative and growing methodological approach for the development of smart cities based on ecosystem empowerment, innovation, value creation, and entrepreneurship. Based on real-life case studies, an intensive group work format will provide participants with the appropriate environment to collectively address issues and design solution plans for smart cities.
08:30 - 10:30 Workshop: Paper presentation and discussion (15 min)

Smart Urban Mobility: Conceptual analysis for the proposal of a model
Jaime Arias and Leonardo Mendes

PetGyn 2.0: A Brazilian Urban Traffic Planning System
Wanderley Alencar, Walid Jradi, Hugo Alexandre Nascimento, Bryon Hall, Humberto José Longo

A Visualization and Analysis Approach of Cyclist Data Obtained Through Sensors
Johnattan Viana, Gerson Neto, Igor Galdino, Antônio Oliveira, Reinaldo Braga, Carina Oliveira

Applying Fog Computing to Improve Crime Assistance in Smart Transportation Safety Systems
Hugo Camboim, Augusto Venâncio, Joel Rodrigues, Zhongliang Zhao

A FIWARE-Based Component for Data Analysis in Smart Mobility Context
Rosangela de Fatima Marquesone, Tereza Cristina Carvalho, Lucas Guimarães, Eduardo Mario Dias

IoT-Based Smart Parking for Smart Cities
Rubem Kalebe, Anderson Araújo, Gustavo Girão, Itamir Filho, Kayo Gonçalves, Alberto Melo, Bianor Neto

CO2Catcher: A Platform for Monitoring of Vehicular Pollution in Smart Cities
Júlio Oliveira, Elton Vieira, Ivanovitch Silva, Joilson Abrantes, Danilo Barros, Daniel Costa

A Brazilian License Plate Recognition Method for Applications in Smart Cities
Vitor Greati, Vinícius Ribeiro, Ivanovitch Silva, Allan Martins

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee-break
11:00 - 12:40 Keynote: Urban Happiness, Modes and Means – Part IV
Derrick de Kerckhove
Abstract
The purpose of making a city "smart" is to achieve efficiency between various services and, presumably, harmony among its citizens. There are different ways to accomplish this goal. This session will both examine those that have been tried and develop strategies for different types of cities where little has been attempted yet. Among the cities examined, Singapore will be included for its extremely advanced smart city program, but also for the consequences on citizen sense of well-being and civil liberties. On the opposite side of social adaption, other examples will include drastically underprivileged urban centres in Italy where nothing has been tried, such as Torre Annunziata in Campania. It will be introduced a successful collaborative method called "Connected Intelligence Workshops" to get participants to be involved in identifying the challenges and finding their own strategies to respond to them.
12:40 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:30 Keynote: Cloud and Fog Computing for Smart Cities
Nelson Fonseca
Abstract
This session will introduce and discuss concepts such as smart cities, IoT, the role of Cloud and Fog Computing for smart cities, types of services, processing, storage and networking in Cloud and Fog Computing, virtualization, and Big Data processing
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee-break
17:00 - 19:00 Working Group Session: A Practical Perspective on Innovative Design for Smart Cities
Gilles Betis
Abstract
This session covers a practical part of the programme of the Summer School, promoting an iterative and growing methodological approach for the development of smart cities based on ecosystem empowerment, innovation, value creation, and entrepreneurship. Based on real-life case studies, an intensive group work format will provide participants with the appropriate environment to collectively address issues and design solution plans for smart cities.
08:30 - 10:15 Workshop: Paper presentation and discussion (15 min)

Performance Assessment of the LOADng Routing Protocol in Smart City Scenarios
Jose Sobral, Joel Rodrigues, Augusto Neto

An Architecture Proposal for Network Traffic Monitoring with IoT Traffic Classification Support
Matias Romário Pinheiro dos Santos, Arthur Callado

Wireless Sensor Network for Smart Agriculture using ZigBee Protocol
Kaue Oliveira, Sidney Montebeller, Henri Castelli, Thais Avancini

Towards Ranking IoT Middleware Platforms Based on Quantitative and Qualitative Metrics
Mauro Cruz, Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues, Kashif Saleem, Andre Aquino

How can Emerging Applications Benefit from EaaS in Open Programmable Infrastructures?
Roberta Gomes, Magnos Martinello, Cristina Dominicini, Pedro Hasse, Rodolfo Villaça, Raquel Vassalo, Alexandre do Carmo, Felippe De Queiroz, Rodolfo Picoreti,
Anilton Garcia, Moises Ribeiro, Joan Espin, Ali Hammad, Reza Nejabati, Dimitra Simeonidou

A Comparative Study of Tools for Smart Cities Open Data Publication and Management
Jonas Macêdo, Nélio Cacho, Frederico Lopes

On the Design of a Contextual Emergency StateBuilder with Multiple Data Sources
Jorge Fernando Pereira, Paulo Simões, Pedro Raimundo, Renato Novais, Vaninha Vieira, Manoel Mendonça

10:15 - 11:00 Coffee-break
11:00 - 11:50 Keynote: State of the Art & Best Practice in Renewable Energy Integration and Demand Response
Amro M. Farid
Abstract
Recently, the academic and industrial literature has coalesced around an enhanced vision of the electric power grid that is responsive, dynamic, adaptive and flexible. This future smart grid will undergo technical, economic and regulatory changes to bring about the incorporation of renewable energy and incentivized demand side management and control. These fundamental changes in the grid's physical physical system structure and behavior that will consequently require enhanced and integrated control, automation, and IT-driven management functions in what is called enterprise control. While these requirements will open a plethora of opportunities for new control technologies, their overall contribution to holistic techno-economic control objectives and their underlying dynamic properties are less than clear. Piecemeal integration and a lack of coordinated assessment could bring about costly-overbuilt solutions or even worse unintended reliability consequences. This session presents a holistic and integrated assessment framework called "Enterprise Control" and focuses specifically on power grid balances induced by renewable energy integration and potentially resolved by demand response and energy storage.
11:50 - 12:40 Keynote: Opportunities for Operations Management & Planning of the Energy-Water Nexus
Amro M. Farid
Abstract
Electric power is required to produce, treat, distribute, and recycle water. The goal of this session is to identify and motivate opportunities for operations management and planning of the energy-water nexus. First an exposition of the energy-water nexus, especially as it applies to the hot & arid climates is given. Second, opportunities in operations management are presented, in particular a number of optimization programs developed at the Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems to support the deregulated operation of integrated energy-water markets. Finally, planning opportunities for the energy-water nexus for the sustainable development of water and energy resources are discussed.
12:40 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:50 Keynote: Urban Happiness, Modes and Means – Part V
Derrick de Kerckhove
Abstract
The purpose of making a city "smart" is to achieve efficiency between various services and, presumably, harmony among its citizens. There are different ways to accomplish this goal. This session will both examine those that have been tried and develop strategies for different types of cities where little has been attempted yet. Among the cities examined, Singapore will be included for its extremely advanced smart city program, but also for the consequences on citizen sense of well-being and civil liberties. On the opposite side of social adaption, other examples will include drastically underprivileged urban centres in Italy where nothing has been tried, such as Torre Annunziata in Campania. It will be introduced a successful collaborative method called "Connected Intelligence Workshops" to get participants to be involved in identifying the challenges and finding their own strategies to respond to them.
14:50 - 16:30 Case Study Presentations – Part I
Gilles Betis
Abstract
This session covers a practical part of the programme of the Summer School, promoting an iterative and growing methodological approach for the development of smart cities based on ecosystem empowerment, innovation, value creation, and entrepreneurship. Based on real-life case studies, an intensive group work format will provide participants with the appropriate environment to collectively address issues and design solution plans for smart cities.
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee-break
17:00 - 19:00 Case Study Presentations – Part II
Gilles Betis
Abstract
This session covers a practical part of the programme of the Summer School, promoting an iterative and growing methodological approach for the development of smart cities based on ecosystem empowerment, innovation, value creation, and entrepreneurship. Based on real-life case studies, an intensive group work format will provide participants with the appropriate environment to collectively address issues and design solution plans for smart cities.
19:30 - 23:30 Social Activity
08:30 - 10:15 Workshop: Paper presentation and discussion (15 min)

Remotely Piloted Aircrafts Toward Smart Cities
Flaviano Dantas, João Dantas, Filipe Taveiros, Ricardo Pinheiro, Silvano Júnior, Lucimar Lima, Zulmara Carvalho

SmartGas: A Smart Platform for Cooking Gas Monitoring
Gabriel Medeiros, Matheus Santos, Alba Lopes, Edmilson Campos

Smart Winds? Green Energy and a Window of Opportunity for Brazilian Small Cities
Hironobu Sano

Finding the Sweet Spot: Public Displays for Advertising on Campus
Giovanna Nunes Vilaza, Eduardo Nunes Velloso

Pororoca: Conceptual Framework of a Science Diffusion Platform for Primary and Secondary Schools
Jose Nelson Badziak Jr., Edson Ricardo Jr., Edgard Morya

Designing Smart Cities for Citizen Health & Well-being
Inas Khayal, Amro Farid

An Architecture for a Cyber-Physical Healthcare Delivery System with Human Agents
Inas Khayal, Amro Farid

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee-break
11:00 - 12:40 Keynote: A Smart Future: Challenges and Opportunities
José Roberto de Marca
Abstract
Humanity is facing major and critical challenges in the next decades. These challenges include population growth due to longer life expectancy with an increasing concentration in urban areas and the need to guarantee people's mobility in this future scenario dominated by megacities. There is a justified hope that technology (in particular ICT) will be a key enabler to find the solutions for these multidisciplinary problems of great complexity that will allow for a sustainable improvement of quality of life for humans throughout the globe. These challenges offer unique opportunities for those that work in technology, in particular for those starting their careers. This session will address progress and visions for ICT based technologies that have been showing significant development in the last few years (wireless communications, Internet of Things, smart and sustainable environments) including important work and government actions that are happening in Brazil. The session will also offer some personal perspectives on how to build a professional career with both international and local impact.
12:40 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:50 Keynote: Intelligent Transportation-Energy Systems for Future Large Scale Deployment of Electrified Transportation
Amro M. Farid
Abstract
Electrified modes of transportation: vehicles, buses and trains fundamentally couple the transportation and power grids. This coupling presents new challenges in the operation of each system which would not have existed if each was operated independently. This session advocates an enhanced Intelligent Transportation Energy System (ITES) which includes an integrated approach to transportation and energy management. At its core, the ITES requires a new transportation electrification assessment methodology that draws upon microscopic traffic simulation, power grid dynamics, and Big Data-Driven use case modeling. Such an ITES would come to include coupled operations management decisions including: vehicle dispatching, charging queue management, coordinated charging, and vehicle-to-grid ancillary services. Simulation results from the first full scale electric vehicle integration study which was recently conducted for a taxi-fleet use case in Abu Dhabi will be presented.
14:50 - 16:30 Keynote: Exploring the Potential of Civic Apps Competitions
Kiev Gama
Abstract
Competitions stimulating the creation of "civic apps" were created using the argument that a few thousands of dollars invested in prizes would generate crowdsourced software that altogether would cost millions of dollars to develop. However, in recent years, the potential of these contests started to be criticized with different arguments: the participants being motivated only by money; bad scope definition of applications; problems around the resulting applications such as low quality or lack of maintenance, etc. After a preliminary investigation based on data, we could find that these claims are unfounded. This session aims to detail some of these findings and present strategies for constructing civic apps avoiding pitfalls that can lead to misjudgements. It will also discuss how citizens and the innovation ecosystem can become transforming agents in the path to create a smarter city.
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee-break
17:00 - 18:00 Closing Session
REGISTRATION

Registration for IEEE S3C 2017 is now open!
Click here to make your registration at SBC's Event Registration and Coordination System (ECOS).


Registration rates
Registration rates are in Brazilian Reais (symbol R$, code BRL).
Approximate conversion rates: 1 BRL = USD 0.31543, 1 BRL = EUR 0.27299.

Category From May 1 to June 20, 2017 Until July 15, 2017 Until August 4, 2017
Undergraduate Student SBC/IEEE Member R$ 200,00 R$ 250,00 R$ 300,00
SBC Non-Member (registration + SBC Membership) R$ 219,00 R$ 269,00 R$ 319,00
SBC/IEEE Non-Member (only registration) R$ 239,00 R$ 294,00 R$ 349,00
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Important information

What is included in the registration?

  • Access to all School activities
  • 1 City Tour ticket (only on Sunday afternoon)
  • 1 ticket to Forró com Turista (only on Thursday night, food and drink not included)
  • Coffee-breaks
  • Daily lunch tickets (only from Monday to Friday)

Registration for authors with accepted papers. Each paper accepted to IEEE S3C 2017 must be associated to a registration, which covers only one paper. For authors of multiple papers, one author registration is valid for the first paper. Additional papers require additional registrations.

Registration + SBC Membership. This category refers to a discounted rate applied when registering to the event and becoming a member of the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC). This modality was created intending to make these two benefits cheaper than purchasing each one separately, being the most advantageous option to whom is not an SBC member yet. More information can be found at the SBC's FAQ page (only in Brazilian Portuguese).

Student registration. Student rates are available only for students who are enrolled in a higher education institution (HEI) as an undergraduate or graduate student. Proof of student status containing affiliation, attendee's name, enrollment course, and current date must be shown upon request. Failure to present such a proof document will imply paying the difference for Professional registration category (with no discount) in case of wishing to attend the Summer School.

Payment options. Options for paying registration are Visa, Mastercard, Elo or American Express credit cards, bank slip, direct debit (only Bank of Brazil), letter of commitment or direct billing. Payments through bank slips will also be available early June 2017. In case of impossibility to use these options or problems with the payment system, an e-mail must be sent to faturamento at sbc.org.br (replacing at by @).

Extra items. Extra vouchers for the social activities are be available for purchase at the ECOS registration system. The Forró com Turista presentation on August 10 costs R$ 35 per person, food and drink not included.

Early registration. The ECOS registration system will be operational until August 4, 2017, two days before starting the School activities. On-site registration will be available from August 6, but early registration of the attendees is highly appreciated for the sake of planning.

Cancellation policy. Registration fees will be refunded only if the cancellation request is submitted to the Organization Committee no later than July 28, 2017. To cover administrative charges, cancellations will be subject to a cancellation fee of 30%, hence giving a refund of only 70% of the registration fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after July 28, 2017.

Author registration. At least one author of each paper accepted to IEEE S3C 2017 is required to register and attend the event to present the paper and discuss its content with the audience. No-shows will also prompt removing paper(s) from the Proceedings published by IEEE and made available through IEEEXplore Digital Library.

Visa Support Letters. Attendees requiring a visa to enter Brazil must have registered to the event and then request a support letter for their visa applications through the contact form. Such invitation will be prepared solely for the purpose of visa applications and it does not represent any commitment of the Organization Committee.

VENUE
METRÓPOLE DIGITAL INSTITUTE (IMD)
Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte - Av. Cap. Mor-Gouveia, s/n, Lagoa Nova - Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
ABOUT NATAL

Natal, the capital and largest city of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, has become a well-known Brazilian destination in the world. It is the gateway to America, the corner of the South American continent, the closest Brazilian city to Europe and Africa. The "City of the Sun" (as it is known both nationally and internationally) has an pleasant climate with average temperatures around 28ºC (82ºF) and a bright sun during the whole year. Natal lies about six degrees south of the Equator, making the sun to shine on for 300 days per year.

Natal is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, being the perfect combination of the tropical climate, beautiful warm beaches, lush nature, and welcoming people, a true paradise with almost 900,000 inhabitants — 1.5 million in the Metropolitan Region. The city receives millions of Brazilian and foreign visitors each year, attracted by the natural beauties of the coast, the local hospitality, and the biggest off-season Carnival of Brazil, Carnatal. Natal has one of the most modern and well-located hotel chains of Brazil, as well as great restaurants, pubs, bars, shopping malls, and several other places for entertainement. In 2014, Natal was one of the twelve Brazilian cities hosting the FIFA World Cup, whose Arena das Dunas stadium project stood out among the host cities.

Undoubtedly, Natal attracts many visitors due to its beautiful beaches, making the city one of the best places to enjoy the Brazilian coast as the sun shines all year round. The main beach is Ponta Negra, the nearest from most hotels as well as important facilities. Other near beaches are also well-known, such as Cotovelo, Pipa, Pirangi, Camurupim, and Tabatinga, in the southern coast, and Genipabu, Pitangui, Jacumã, Muriú, and Maracajaú, in the northern coast.

Natal is not only beaches, exuberant nature, and good gastronomy. It is also technology. Natal has recently joined the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative as an affiliated city, as a result of the expressive advances and strong engagement between academia and local government. This has given rise to the Natal Human and Smart City Program, formalized through a Technical Cooperation Agreement between the Natal City Hall and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), the main higher education institution of the city. The Natal Human and Smart City Program represents a large political and societal project in a direct cooperation between academia and population, aiming at seeking for solutions to the problems faced by the city in its daily growth while improving the quality of life and well-being of population through innovative Information and Communication Technology paradigms. Natal will also be the cradle of a technopole focused on Information Technology, a project involving academia and both public and private sectors as a propitious environment for diffusing science, technology, and innovation, besides contributing to the economic and social development of the city. With these attributes, Natal has gained a leading role in the creation of a global network of Portuguese-speaking cities that will serve as a reference to the development of smart cities in the lusophone world, one of the networks that IEEE intends to create for the various languages.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

This section contains some practical information that may be useful when preparing to come to IEEE S3C 2017:

Language. The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. If you speak Spanish, you may be able to communicate without much difficulties with most people. Natal is a popular touristic destination in Brazil and has received an increasing number of tourists from a variety of countries. Therefore, more and more people are trained to work with foreign visitors, especially in restaurants and shops.

Time zones. Due to its continental dimensions, Brazil has three time zones. Natal follows the Brasília time (UTC/GMT-3 hours) and is not subjected to daylight saving time (DST).

Climate. Natal has a typical tropical climate (specifically a tropical wet and dry climate) with warm to hot temperatures and high relative humidity all throughout the year, but these conditions are relieved by a near absence of extreme temperatures and pleasant trade winds blowing from the ocean. Even though IEEE S3C is a Summer School, August is a winter month in the Southern Hemisphere. In Natal, winter has some rainfall and August is one of the coolest months of the year, with mean maxima of 28°C (82°F) and minima of 22°C (71°F). Natal is known as the "City of the Sun", so a sunny weather is expected during the IEEE S3C 2017 week. Anyway, you can check the weather forecast few days before departure to have an estimate on how the weather will be during these days.

Electricity/voltage. Brazil is a bi-volt country (110V and 220V) and Natal is a 220V-area with frequency of 60 Hz. A new type of standard electric outlet socket (NBR 14136) has been adopted in Brazil since 2011, but unfortunately it is not used elsewhere in the world. New buildings have this new socket whereas old ones can have either the new outlet socket or older types. The best solution is buying a two-pin adapter plug, which will fit both the new and old Brazilian electric outlets. It is very easy to find voltage converters and/or adapter plugs here.

Telecommunications. Every fixed telephone can make calls to any number in Brazil and the world. The International Direct Dial (IDD) code for Brazil is +55 and the local code for the state of Rio Grande do Norte (including Natal) is 84. Four major mobile telephone operators work here, namely Oi, Claro, TIM and Vivo. Be advised that is difficult to find available public telephones over Natal.

Currency. The Brazilian currency is the Brazilian Real (BRL). The standard exchange rates are established by the Central Bank of Brazil, following the United States dollar exchange rate used in international business. Cash can be easily exchanged in currency exchange bureaux, available at the airport and shopping areas. You will need to bring your passport to do the transaction.

Credit cards. The main credit cards are accepted in Brazil, particularly Visa and MasterCard. Diners and American Express are not accepted in all commercial facilities.

Visas. Some participants may require visas in order to enter Brazil. Please consult with the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate nearest to you for specific details relating to visas. Participants requiring a formal letter of invitation must contact the Organization Committee through the contact form only after making their registration. Such invitation will be prepared solely for the purpose of visa applications and it does not represent any commitment of the Organization Committee.

Security issues. As in any big city, it is important to consider your personal security. Do not neglect your belongings and avoid going out with laptops, cameras and electronic devices in the streets.

Useful and emergency telephone numbers
Police — 190
Ambulance — 192
Fire Department — 193
Federal Police — 194
Civil Defense — 199

ACCOMODATION

The official hotels are Holiday Inn Natal and Holiday Inn Express Natal Ponta Negra, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the largest hotel chains in the world and internationally acknowledged for its high quality standards of facilities and services. With have modern, comfortable rooms, these hotels are well-located and near from the main touristic points, restaurants, bars, and shopping centers of the city.

Holiday Inn Natal
Avenida Senador Salgado Filho, 1906 - Lagoa Nova
Natal, RN, Brazil
59075-000
Phone: +55 84 3344-7333
Website: http://www.holidaynatal.com.br/lagoa-nova

Holiday Inn Express Natal Ponta Negra
Avenida Engenheiro Roberto Freire, 4014 - Ponta Negra
Natal, RN, Brazil
59094-410
Phone: +55 84 3311-0000
Website: http://www.holidaynatal.com.br/ponta-negra




The IEEE S3C 2017 Organization Committee has arranged special rates at the Holiday Inn hotels during the event period. These rates refer to single or double comfortable rooms with one king-size bed or two double beds and include breakfast, free Wi-Fi Internet access in the rooms, free local calls, and many other facilities. To receive the special rate, attendees must inform that are participating at the Summer School making their reservation directly with the hotel through reservas.lagoa-nova at holidaynatal.com.br or reservas at holidaynatal.com.br (replacing at by @).

Important information: transportation to IEEE S3C 2017 venue will be at participants' expenses.

GETTING HERE

Arriving at Natal by plane. The major airport in the state of Rio Grande do Norte is the São Gonçalo do Amarante—Governador Aluízio Alves International Airport (NAT), which serves Natal and its Metropolitan Region. This new airport was opened in May 2014 and it is regarded as one of the best airports in Brazil, according to recent surveys. Natal is not a major hub in Brazil, but there are direct flights from Natal to other larger Brazilian cities such as Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo. There are also a few direct international flights coming from/going to Portugal, Argentina, and Italy. You can find more information at the Natal Airport website.

Arriving at Natal by car. Federal Highway BR-101 is the most important access linking Natal to the main Northeastern cities (João Pessoa, Recife, and Salvador) and to the Southeastern/Southern Brazil in a north-south coastal way. For whom comes from cities such as Fortaleza and Teresina, another common access is the Federal Highway BR-304, which comes from west of Rio Grande do Norte. As it is in the United States, Canada or most countries in Europe, these highways have higher speed limits than normal urban roads (typically between 80 km/h and 120 km/h), although minor highways, unpaved highways and sections of major highways running inside urban areas have a lower speed limit in general.

Arriving at Natal by bus. The main bus station of Rio Grande do Norte is Rodoviária de Natal/Terminal Rodoviário Severino Tomaz da Silveira, at the Cidade da Esperança neighborhood. There are several bus companies performing routes within Rio Grande do Norte and from/to all major cities in Northeastern Brazil. Well-known examples are Viação Nordeste, Viação Progresso, Expresso Guanabara, and Cia São Geraldo de Viação. You can check their respective websites for timetables and on-line ticketing.

Arriving at the IEEE S3C 2017 venue. IEEE S3C 2017 will be held at the Metrópole Digital Institute (IMD), located at the campus of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). Several local bus lines stop close to IMD coming from different regions of Natal: you can take the lines 10/29, 31, 48, 57, 63 and 66, all of them having a label with the word "Campus". You can also use apps such as Google Maps or Waze to build your route and take a taxi, Uber or your own car.

ORGANIZATION
General Co-Chairs
Nélio Cacho (UFRN, Brazil)
Thais Batista (UFRN, Brazil)
Program Co-Chairs
Rosaldo Rossetti (University of Porto, Portugal)
Gilles Betis (OrbiCité, France)
Local Organization Chairs
Frederico Lopes (UFRN, Brazil)
Marcel Oliveira (UFRN, Brazil)
Local Organization
Bruno Moreira (UFRN, Brazil)
Dalila Maia (UFRN, Brazil)
Gabriela Tinôco (UFRN, Brazil)
Isabelle Santos (UFRN, Brazil)
Isadora Brito (UFRN, Brazil)
Jorge Pereira (UFRN, Brazil)
Juliana Araújo (UFRN, Brazil)
Pablo França (UFRN, Brazil)
Wilkeon Ferreira (UFRN, Brazil)
Sponsorship Chairs
Alexandre Tauvy (Inventta+bgi, Brazil)
Publicity Chair
Everton Cavalcante (UFRN, Brazil)
Organization
Co-realization
Sponsorship
Support