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Sensors Webinar | Smart Cities of the Future: A Cyber Physical System Perspective

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9 Sep 2020, 00:00

Sensors, Information and Communications Technology, Cyber-Physical Systems
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Sensors Webinar

Smart Cities of the Future: A Cyber Physical System Perspective

A smart city represents an improvement of today’s cities both functionally and structurally, that strategically utilizes several smart factors, capitalizing on Information and Communications Technology (ICT), to increase the city’s sustainable growth and strengthen city functions, while ensuring citizens’ enhanced quality of life and health. Cities can be viewed as a microcosm of interconnected “objects” with which citizens interact daily, and represent an extremely interesting example of Cyber-Physical System, where a continuous monitoring of a city’s status occurs through sensors and processors applied within the real-world infrastructure.

Each object in the City can be both the collector and distributor of information regarding mobility, energy consumption, air pollution as well as potentially offering cultural and tourist information. As a consequence, cyber and real worlds are strongly linked and interdependent in a smart city. New services can be deployed when needed and evaluation mechanisms will be set up to assess the health and success of a smart city. In particular, the objectives of creating ICT-enabled smart city environments, target to (but are not limited to): improve city services; optimize decision-making; create smart urban infrastructures; orchestrate cyber and physical resources; address challenging urban issues such as environmental pollution, transportation management, energy usage and public health; optimize use and benefit of next generation (5G and beyond) communication; capitalize on social networks and their analysis; support Tactile Internet applications; and inspire urban citizens to improve their quality of life.

However, large scale deployment of cyber-physical-social systems will face a series of challenges and issues (e.g., energy efficiency requirements, architecture, protocol stack design, implementation, security etc.), which requires more smart sensing and computing methods, advanced networking and communications technologies to provide more pervasive cyber-physical-social services for people.

This webinar discusses and treats challenges, state-of-the-art, and solutions to a set of currently unresolved key questions related to CPSs and smart cities. Researchers and practioners from both academia and industry are welcome to participate and get aware of the latest research results with the design, implementation, deployment, operation and evaluation of smart sensing and computing models, networking methodologies and communications tools and platforms for CPS, as well as relevant services and applications.

Chairs: Prof. Dr. Antonio Puliafito & Prof. Dr. Symeon Papavassiliou

Date: 9 September 2020

Time: 2:00pm (CEST) | 8:00am (EDT) | 8:00pm (CST Asia)

Webinar ID: 892 5315 3882

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This webinar will include the following experts:

Prof. Antonio Puliafito, University of Messina, Italy


Antonio Puliafito is a full professor of computer engineering at the University of Messina, Italy. His interests include distributed systems, networking, IoT and Cloud computing. He is acting as an expert in ICT for the European Commission since 1998. Till Sept 2018, he acted as the President of the Centre on Information Technologies at University of Messina. He participated in several European projects such as Reservoir, Vision, CloudWave and Beacon. He has contributed in the development of several tools such as WebSPN, ArgoPerformance, GS3 and Stack4Things. He is member of the management board of the National Center of Informatics in Italy (CINI) and the director of the CINI Italian Lab on “Smart Cities & Communities”. He is in charge of the #SmartME crowdfunding initiative, to develop a smart city infrastructure in the city of Messina. He is author and co-author of more than 400 scientific papers.

Prof. Symeon Papavassiliou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece


Symeon Papavassiliou is currently a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. From 1995 to 1999, he was a senior technical staff member at AT&T Laboratories, New Jersey. In August 1999 he joined the ECE Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, where he was an Associate Professor until 2004. He has an established record of publications in his field of expertise, with more than 300 technical journal and conference published papers. His main research interests lie in the area of computer communication networks, with emphasis on the analysis, optimization, and performance evaluation of mobile and distributed systems, Internet of Things, and complex systems. He received the Best Paper Award in IEEE INFOCOM 94, the AT&T Division Recognition and Achievement Award in 1997, the US National Science Foundation Career Award in 2003, the Best Paper Award in IEEE WCNC 2012, the Excellence in Research Grant in Greece in 2012, the Best Paper Awards in ADHOCNETS 2015, ICT 2016 and IFIP WMNC 2019, as well as the 2019 IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Communications Systems Integration and Modeling best paper award (for his INFOCOM 2019 paper).. He has served on several journal editorial positions, including: Editor of IEEE Communications Letters (2016-now), Editor-in-Chief for MDPI Future Internet- Internet of Things Section (2018-now), Technical Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine (2011-2015), Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (2010-2014), Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal "Sensors" MDPI (2016-now). Throughout his career, he has coordinated several national and international research and development projects, while he has served on the board of the Greek National Regulatory Authority on Telecommunications and Posts from 2006 to 2009.

Prof. Dr. Jiannong Cao, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Dr. Cao is the Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Professor in Data Science and the Chair Professor of Distributed and Mobile Computing in the Department of Computing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is the director of the Internet and Mobile Computing Lab and the associate director of University’s Research Facility in Big Data Analytics. He served the department head from 2011 to 2017.

Dr. Cao’s research interests include parallel and distributed computing, wireless networking and mobile computing, big data and machine learning, and cloud and edge computing. He published 5 co-authored and 9 co-edited books, and over 500 papers in major international journals and conference proceedings. He also obtained 13 patents. Dr. Cao received many awards for his outstanding research achievements. He is a member of Academia Europaea, a fellow of IEEE and a distinguished member of ACM. In 2017, he received the Overseas Outstanding Contribution Award from China Computer Federation.

Dr. Cao served many professional committees including the chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Distributed Computing, a member of IEEE Fellows Evaluation Committee and IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee. He also served as a chair of organizing and technical committees of many international conferences, an associate editor of many international journals. Locally, Dr. Cao served as an advisor and a member of panels and committees of HK government and organizations. He has been frequently invited to give keynote speeches at various conferences and forums.

Prof. Dr. Nirwan Ansari, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Nirwan Ansari, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), received his Ph.D. from Purdue University, MSEE from the University of Michigan, and BSEE (summa cum laude with a perfect GPA) from NJIT. He is a Fellow of IEEE as well as National Academy of Inventors.

He authored Green Mobile Networks: A Networking Perspective (Wiley-IEEE, 2017) with T. Han, and co-authored two other books. He has also (co-)authored more than 600 technical publications. He has guest-edited a number of special issues covering various emerging topics in communications and networking. He has served on the editorial/advisory board of over ten journals including as Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine. His current research focuses on green communications and networking, cloud computing, drone-assisted networking, and various aspects of broadband networks.

He was elected to serve in the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Board of Governors as a member-at-large, has chaired some ComSoc technical and steering committees, is current Director of ComSoc Educational Services Board, has been serving in many committees such as the IEEE Fellow Committee, and has been actively organizing numerous IEEE International Conferences/Symposia/Workshops. He is frequently invited to deliver keynote addresses, distinguished lectures, tutorials, and invited talks. Some of his recognitions include several excellence in teaching awards, a few best paper awards, the NCE Excellence in Research Award, several ComSoc TC technical recognition awards, the NJ Inventors Hall of Fame Inventor of the Year Award, the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Award, the NCE 100 Medal, and designation as a COMSOC Distinguished Lecturer. He has also been granted more than 40 U.S. patents.

Webinar program




Prof. Puliafito & Prof. Papavassiliou

2:00pm – 2:10pm

Presentation 1 -- "Towards Next Generation Smart IoT"

Prof. Dr. Jiannong Cao

2:10pm – 2:40pm

Presentation 2 -- "EdgeIoT: Mobile Edge Computing for the Internet of Things"

Prof. Dr. Nirwan Ansari

2:40pm – 3:10pm

Q&A and discussion

Attendees are welcome to type in their questions in the Zoom Q&A section.

3:10pm – 3:30pm

Webinar Content

The first Sensors webinar, entitled “Smart Cities of the Future: A Cyber Physical System Perspective”, was held on Wednesday 9 September 2020. It was chaired by both Prof. Dr. Antonio Puliafito from University of Messina and Prof. Dr. Symeon Papavassiliou from the National Technical University of Athens.

After an introduction given by the chairs, Prof. Dr. Jiannong Cao from Hong Kong Polytechnic University presented his research on “Towards Next Generation Smart IoT”. This was followed the presentation of Prof. Dr. Nirwan Ansari from New Jersey Institute of Technology, entitled “EdgeIoT: Mobile Edge Computing for the Internet of Things”. Their presentations were followed by a Q&A and discussion moderated by the chairs.

The webinar was offered via Zoom, and registration was required for attendance. The full recording can be found below.

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Smart Cities of the Future: A Cyber Physical System Perspective
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Antonio Puliafito & Prof. Dr. Symeon Papavassiliou

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