Artificial Intelligence (AI) belongs to the discipline of engineering, becoming increasingly important in industrial, medical, social and day-to-day contexts. The range of application possibilities and the increasing number of success cases, combined with the current availability of data and sensing hardware, are fuelling the development of advanced systems. These innovative systems are capable of solving problems that seemed impossible to tackle some time ago. In this regard, AI could not be missing from the strategic plans for smart city development.

The application of AI in smart cities has had staggering results, which we will soon learn about at the International Conference on Sustainable Smart Cities and Territories (SSCt2021), held online from April 27 to 29, 2021.. The BISITE Group is one of the organizers of the conference, together with Texas A&M University in Qatar, the AIR Institute and the IoT Digital Innovation Hub. Specialists and researchers attending the event will discuss the latest scientific and technical advances in the fields of Smart Cities and Smart Territories.

Several activities will be held as part of SSCt2021, including a Workshop on the Applications of Artificial Intelligence Systems in Smart Cities (APAISC), which will present papers related to machine learning techniques, the implementation of hybrid systems, intelligent data analysis, applications of intelligent systems or Internet of Things applications among others.

The application of AI in smart cities offers many advantages for city development, such as predicting or detecting failures, simplifying repetitive tasks and providing advanced information to anticipate complex situations and propose solutions to future problems, in addition to making decisions based on real data. No doubt, the aforementioned factors are key elements of Smart Cities.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Unviersidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.