The Sustainable Smart Cities and Territories International Conference (SSCt 2021) took place this week. From Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th April, we were able to enjoy interesting presentations, workshops and the latest research in the field of smart cities and territories.

SSCt2021 was organised by the BISITE research group of the University of Salamanca, together with Texas A&M University in Qatar, the AIR Institute and the IoT Digital Innovation Hub. An event that brought together leading specialists and researchers who are applying new technologies for the transformation of our cities.

Research and innovation in smart cities

Ali Al Kuwari was the conference’s Honor Speaker. Al Kuwari is acting CEO of Msheireb Properties, responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic and operational plans of the design and implementation department. During his presentation he talked about his work on the project to transform the old city centre of Doha into a smart and dynamic city, with sustainable and user-oriented solutions, becoming a hub for living, leisure and business.

We also enjoyed an informative speech by Asmaa Al-hemaidi, project coordinator at the Ministry of Transport and Communications, who works directly on the Qatar National Smart Digital Transformation Programme (TASMU).

Al-hemaidi presented different projects that are being carried out regarding the digitisation of different sectors in the country. In this regard, she described the TASMU Digital Farmer Community solution, which provides localised agricultural information and crop-specific advice.

During the event we also had the opportunity to listen to exceptional talks by Tan Yigitcanlar, Director of the Australia-Brazil Smart City Research and Practice Network, Eduardo Martínez Gil, Director of INDRA’s Smart City Centre of Excellence and Enrique Díaz-Plaza Sanz, Director of Business Development at IBM.

Digital transformation, smart mobility, Blockchain, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and the application of technological solutions such as Deep Intelligence, were the main topics of the presentations throughout the conference.

I am proud to have been part of the organisation of this conference. This is just the beginning of big projects that will transform today’s cities into the cities of the future.

In the next few days, I will post a short video with the main presentations from the conference.

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.