AUGUST 6-11, 2017  |  NATAL, BRAZIL

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.


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
  • Camera-ready due: July 1st, 2017

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)
  • Andrea Molinari (Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy)
  • Cristiano Silva (Federal University of São João del-Rei, Brazil)
  • Cristina Olaverri-Monreal (University of Applied Sciences/Technikum Wien, Austria)
  • 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)
  • Giuseppe Vizzari (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
  • 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 Luiz Afonso (University of Minho, 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)
  • Rodger Lea (Lancaster University, United Kingdom)
  • 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)
  • Victor Larios (Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico)
  • Yinhai Wang (University of Washington, USA)

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).
José Roberto de Marca — Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (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.
Mara Balestrini — Ideas for Change (Spain)
Mara Balestrini leads the Research Lab at Ideas for Change, a think tank and consultancy firm advising cities, businesses and institutions on innovation, open and collaborative strategies, citizen participation, and exponential growth. She is also a project manager at the Fab Lab Barcelona where she coordinates Making Sense, a European project that seeks to empower citizens through personal digital manufacturing applied to the design of environmental sensors. Mara earned a PhD in Computer Science from the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities (ICRI-Cities) at University College London (UCL), United Kindgom. She also holds a BA in Audiovisual Communications, a postgraduate diploma in Media Arts and a MSc in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media.
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.
Thais Batista — Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil)
Thais Vasconcelos Batista is a full professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil), Research Fellow Level 1D of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), and vice-president of the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC) since July 2015. She holds diplomas of B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil (1990), M.Sc. in Informatics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1994) and Ph.D. in Informatics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2000). She conducted a postdoctoral research (2004-2005) and senior internship (2013-2014) at the Lancaster University, United Kingdom. She was member of the Computing Committee in the Brazilian Coordination for Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) from 2008 to 2014 and Director of Regional Secretaries in SBC from 2009 to 2013. She has expertise in Computer Science with emphasis on Software Architecture and Distributed Systems, mainly working on the following topics: Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), middleware, business process modeling (BPM), component-based software development (CBSE), aspect-oriented software development (AOSD), architecture description languages (ADLs), dynamic reconfiguration, and security.
14:00 - 15:30 Registration
15:30 - 20:00 Welcome Reception and Socialization
08:30 - 09:20 Opening Session
Gilles Betis
09:20 - 10:10 Keynote
Mara Balestrini
10:10 - 10:40 Coffee-break
10:40 - 11:30 Keynote
Mara Balestrini
11:30 - 12:20 Keynote
Derrick de Kerckhove
12:20 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:50 Keynote
Aaron Deacon
14:50 - 16:30 Keynote
Nelson Fonseca
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee-break
17:00 - 17:50 Keynote
Rosaldo Rossetti
17:50 - 20:00 Working Group Session
08:30 - 10:10 Keynote
Álvaro de Oliveira
10:10 - 10:40 Coffee-break
10:40 - 11:30 Working Group Session
11:30 - 12:20 Keynote
Derrick de Kerckhove
12:20 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:50 Keynote
Mara Balestrini
14:50 - 16:30 Keynote
Nelson Fonseca
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee-break
17:00 - 18:00 Sponsors Corner
18:00 - 20:00 Working Group Session
08:30 - 10:30 Workshop
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee-break
11:00 - 12:40 Keynote
Derrick de Kerckhove
12:40 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:40 Keynote
Thais Batista
15:40 - 16:30 Keynote
Rosaldo Rossetti
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee-break
17:00 - 18:00 Sponsors Corner
18:00 - 20:00 Working Group Session
08:30 - 10:30 Workshop
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee-break
11:00 - 12:40 Keynote
Amro M. Farid
12:40 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:50 Keynote
Derrick de Kerckhove
14:50 - 16:30 Case Study Presentations
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee-break
17:00 - 19:00 Case Study Presentations
19:00 - 21:00 Social Activity
08:30 - 10:30 Workshop
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee-break
11:00 - 12:40 Keynote
Roberto de Marca
12:40 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:50 Keynote
Amro M. Farid
14:50 - 16:30 Keynote
Kiev Gama
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee-break
17:00 - 18:00 Closing Session
08:30 - 12:30 Social Activity

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 0.29922, 1 BRL = EUR 0.26726.

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
Graduate Student SBC/IEEE Member R$ 300,00 R$ 350,00 R$ 400,00
SBC Non-Member (registration + SBC Membership) R$ 375,00 R$ 425,00 R$ 475,00
SBC/IEEE Non-Member (only registration) R$ 405,00 R$ 460,00 R$ 515,00
Professional SBC/IEEE Member R$ 400,00 R$ 500,00 R$ 700,00
SBC Non-Member (registration + SBC Membership) R$ 595,00 R$ 695,00 R$ 895,00
SBC/IEEE Non-Member (only registration) R$ 635,00 R$ 745,00 R$ 965,00

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 + 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 (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.

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte - Av. Cap. Mor-Gouveia, s/n, Lagoa Nova - Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

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.


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

The official hotel is Holiday Inn Natal, sited a short walking distance from the Metrópole Digital Institute where IEEE S3C 2017 will be held. With 216 modern, comfortable rooms, the hotel is among the newest ones in Natal and is 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. Holiday Inn Natal is located at Lagoa Nova, a noble neighborhood in Natal, being next to the Arena das Dunas Stadium, fifteen minutes from the Ponta Negra beach, and close to several restaurants, bars, and the main shopping centers of the city.

Holiday Inn Natal
Avenida Senador Salgado Filho, 1906 - Lagoa Nova
Natal, RN, Brazil
Phone: +55 84 3344-7333

The IEEE S3C 2017 Organization Committee has arranged special rates at Holiday Inn Natal 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 when contacting the hotel via e-mail to make their reservation:

Mrs. Aline Morais
E-mail: reservas.lagoa-nova at (replacing at by @)
Skype contact: holidaynatal
Phones: +55 84 3344-7336 / +55 84 3344-7346


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.

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
Frederico Lopes (UFRN, Brazil)
Marcel Oliveira (UFRN, Brazil)
Sponsorship Chairs
Alexandre Tauvy (Inventta+bgi, Brazil)
Luiz Augusto Bellusci (Service Lab, Brazil)
Publicity Chair
Everton Cavalcante (UFRN, Brazil)
Bronze Sponsorship