Technology is becoming an integral part of human life and is transforming our habits. Innovative applications combining sensors, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence have given rise to the Smart City and Smart Territory concepts. These terms refer to hyper-technological urban spaces designed to improve the quality of life of their inhabitants and create safer and more sustainable environments.

The Sustainable Smart Cities and Territories International Conference will take place in 2023 between the 21st and the 23rd of June. Developers, researchers and companies will gather at the event in search of innovative techniques and methods capable of improving the world we live. The event will give center stage to advances in the application of disruptive technologies in urban planning.

The international conference will be held in Manizales, department of Caldas, Colombia. A stunning enclave located in the Andes Mountains. As this is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, SSCt attendees will be able to enjoy an impressive mountainous landscape which integrates the urban environment.  

In addition, Colombia’s Coffee Triangle, to which Manizales belongs, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Apart from its natural wealth, the city has a rich cultural offer in music, literature, theatre, dance, and much more. 

In Manizales there are many Higher Education Institutions (HEI), which means that the university population is big. Among them is the University of Caldas, which has held a “High Quality Accreditation” for the last 8 years, granted by the National Accreditation Council. This university is one of the top choices among Colombian students and has a broad academic offer.

For this reason, the Sustainable Smart Cities and Territories International Conference 2023 will be held at this university, among its organizers, sponsors and promoters there are important local and international entities which have joined forces to create a memorable and enriching experience for the attendees.  

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.

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