The Fourth IEEE Annual International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2018) will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, USA during September 16–19, 2018. As the flagship conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, ISC2-2018 will bring together researchers and practitioners in a collaborative smart cities discussion, including scholars, citizens, policymakers, administrators, infrastructure operators, industry representatives, economists, sociologists, and academicians. Technical exchanges within the research community will encompass panels, plenary talks, technical sessions, tutorials, workshops and exhibitions.
Conference Theme: A Systems Approach for Smarter Communities
As we continue to layer new technology on top of and within our cities and infrastructure, we are forced to confront the complex interplay between our technology systems and our service delivery systems that make our communities attractive and welcoming to the people who live there. We talk broadly about the health care system or the education system, and we acknowledge the regional nature of transportation systems, energy and water systems, and even food systems. As sensors, data, connectivity, networks, and analytics offer opportunities to improve each of these systems independently, the common elements of the technology infrastructure offer more opportunities for interoperability across systems and to reframe how we optimize and make decisions about these systems. Better transportation can help provide access to food and healthcare, for example, or smart lighting can address energy consumption and public safety. Yet the more we focus on the system, how do we maintain an appreciation of the people within the system as complex, unique individuals with disparate values rather than simply as nodes in a network? How do we balance the opportunity for shared efficiency with the heightened risks of linking things together? The technical and social challenges we encounter in this work are the foundation for the 4th International IEEE Smart Cities Conference.