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.

CALL FOR PAPERS

IEEE S3C 2017 welcomes contributions reporting on-going research, smartification vision and paradigms, new approaches, case studies, and consolidated project results. 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

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. Papers accepted to the IEEE S3C 2017 Technical Program will be included in the proceedings to be published by IEEE and made available through IEEEXplore Digital Library.

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
  • Acceptance notification: June 15, 2017
  • Camera-ready due: July 1st, 2017

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.
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.
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 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.
PROGRAM
08h30 - 10h00
10h00 - 10h30
10h30 - 12h00
12h00 - 14h00 Welcome Reception
14h00 - 15h30
15h30 - 16h00
16h00 - 18h00
18h00 - 20h00
08h30 - 10h00 Technical activities
10h00 - 10h30 Coffee-break
10h30 - 12h00 Technical activities
12h00 - 14h00 Lunch
14h00 - 15h30 Hands-on work
15h30 - 16h00 Coffee-break
16h00 - 18h00 Hands-on work
18h00 - 20h00
08h30 - 10h00 Technical activities
10h00 - 10h30 Coffee-break
10h30 - 12h00 Technical activities
12h00 - 14h00 Lunch
14h00 - 15h30 Tecnical Activities
15h30 - 16h00 Coffee-break
16h00 - 18h00 Tutorial
18h00 - 20h00
08h30 - 10h00 Technical activities
10h00 - 10h30 Coffee-break
10h30 - 12h00 Technical activities
12h00 - 14h00 Lunch
14h00 - 15h30 Tecnical Activities
15h30 - 16h00 Coffee-break
16h00 - 18h00 Tutorial
18h00 - 20h00
08h30 - 10h00 Technical activities
10h00 - 10h30 Coffee-break
10h30 - 12h00 Technical activities
12h00 - 14h00 Lunch
14h00 - 15h30 Tecnical Activities
15h30 - 16h00 Coffee-break
16h00 - 18h00 Tutorial
18h00 - 20h00 Night out
08h30 - 10h00 Technical activities
10h00 - 10h30 Coffee-break
10h30 - 12h00 Technical activities
12h00 - 14h00 Lunch
14h00 - 15h30 Hands-on work
15h30 - 16h00 Coffee-break
16h00 - 18h00 Final Presentation
18h00 - 20h00 Night out
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

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 (Chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative / EIT Digital, France)
Local Organization
Frederico Lopes (UFRN, Brazil)
Sponsorship Chairs
Alexandre Tauvy (Inventta+bgi, Brazil)
Luiz Augusto Bellusci (Service Lab, Brazil)
Publicity Chair
Everton Cavalcante (UFRN, Brazil)
Hackaton Organization
Kiev Gama (UFPE, Brazil)
Organization
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