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 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.