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Smart city represents the next level in the evolution of towns. Its focus is on quality of life and sustainable development. A widely accepted definition of smart city does not exist, but there is a common agreement that the smartness of a city is strongly related to the capability of solving problems of citizenship. Thus, pursuing city smartness is a strategic approch to attracting human, professional and economic resources for the development of a town.

When talking about smart cities, the focus is often on information and communication technologies (ICT). Surely modern technologies are essential enablers, but they are not the heart of a smart city.

To ensure sustainable development and efficient resource exploitation the focus must be on the human, social and intellectual assets of a community.

As a consequence, to be a smart city does not mean to reach a well specified status. It is rather it is a continuous and systematic process of social, cultural, and technological improvement in which information and knowledge are produced, shared and employed for common wellbeing  and quality of life.

About

IEEE

The IEEE is the world’s largest, volunteer based, professional organization dedicated to the advancement and the dissemination of new technologies for the benefits of humanity.

Through its about 450.000 members, more than 170 highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, professional and educational activities, IEEE is a trustworthy voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, power systems and consumer electronics.

Further information at: www.ieee.org

IEEE Italy Section

The IEEE Italy Section was founded in 1959. Currently, it has more than 4.500 members, both from Academia and Industry. It consists of 33 Chapters, 2 affinity groups and 20 student branches.
 
Further information on: sites.ieee.org/italy

IEEE Smart Cities Initiative

Globally launched by the IEEE Future Directions Committee, the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative is a global, multi-disciplinary cross-IEEE effort, through which IEEE intends to support 10 selected cities through strategic and practical advice, as well as education and training, from a dedicated team of experts and a forum for collaboration of all entities involved in planning successful smart cities.

Further information at:
smartcities.ieee.org
www.ieee.org

The IEEE Smart Cities Initiative in Trento

Trento has been selected by the IEEE as one of the 10 core cities involved in the IEEE Smart cities Initiative. The initiative supports participating cities in addressing their strategy and improving their smartness by leveraging the experience and knowledge of world- class technology experts. The initiative ecourages cities to collaborate with one another and with world-renowned smart city technicians and scientists.

Further information at: www.comune.trento.it/Progetti/IEEE

Smart Cities Past Events

IEEE SMART CITIES INITIATIVE – TRENTO

December 10-12, 2014, Trento, Italy
Inaugural workshop of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative in Trento.
For further details: http://webmagazine.unitn.it/evento/ateneo/2868/ieee-smart-cities-initiative-trento

IEEE School on Future Energy Systems ( IEEE SFES) 2015

January 26-30, 2015, Trento, Italy
First edition of the IEEE Italy Section School on Future Energy Systems organized by the IEEE Italy Section in collaboration with the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Trento (Italy), and the University Associations CMAEL, GMEE and GUSEE.
For further details: http://events.unitn.it/en/ieeesfes2015

IEEE School of Career Boosting (IEEE SCB) 2015

February 9-13, 2015, Trento, Italy
Second edition of the IEEE Italy Section School of Career Boosting organized by the IEEE Italy Section in cooperation with the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Trento (Italy).
For further details: http://events.unitn.it/en/ieeescb2015

IEEE Workshop on Environmental, Energy and Structural Monitoring Systems (EESMS)

July 9-10, 2015, Trento, Italy
2015 IEEE Workshop on Environmental, Energy and Structural Monitoring Systems (EESMS) sponsored by the IEEE Italy Section, it took place at the University of Trento, Trento, Italy.
For further details: http://events.unitn.it/en/eesms2015

IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2-2015)

October 25-28, 2015, Guadalajara, Mexico
First IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2-2015), the premier annual conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Steering Committee.
For further details: http://sites.ieee.org/isc2/

IEEE School on Future Energy Systems (IEEE SFES) 2016

February 1-5, 2016, Trento, Italy 
Second edition of the IEEE Italy Section School on Future Energy Systems organized by the IEEE Italy Section in collaboration with the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Trento (Italy), and the University Associations CMAEL, GMEE and GUSEE.
For further details: http://events.unitn.it/en/ieeesfes2016

IEEE School of Career Boosting (IEEE SCB) 2016

February 15-19, 2016, Trento, Italy
Third edition of the IEEE Italy Section School of Career Boosting organized by the IEEE Italy Section in cooperation with the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Trento (Italy).
For further details: http://events.unitn.it/en/ieeescb2016

Student Grant Programs

Second Edition

Goal

To create a strong community in the area of Smart Cities by involving both students and researchers in the development of PhD or Master theses, white papers and Massive Open Online Courses on the general subject of Smart Cities.

Program Grants

  • ten Master Student grants of USD 4,000 each
  • two PhD Student grants of USD 30,000 each

Grant Areas

  • Big data and Open data
  • Smart government
  • Smart Energy Systems
  • Health and Well-being
  • Innovative Tourism Services
  • Smart Mobility

Call for application

The second call will assign 5 Master Student Grants.
Students will be tutored by Professors of the University of Trento and Researchers of other participating Institutions.

Important dates

  • Application deadline: 6 June 2016 (12:00 am)
  • Notification of decision: beginning of July 2016

Eligibility requirements

  • Students must be enrolled in a “Laurea Magistrale” program or a “Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico” program of the University of Trento.
  • Students must be IEEE members or, if not, they must become IEEE student members before the final approval of their project.
  • Students have to submit an endorsement letter by their official final project Advisor(s). At least one of the Advisors must be an IEEE member or become an IEEE member before the final approval of the project.

Submission

Create your application at: https://webapps.unitn.it/Apply/it/MyUnitn/Home/3357/serv-studenti/IEEEsci2016_II

The call will be available soon.

Info and contacts

Scientific coordination
ieeesci-sgp@unitn.it

Administrative contact
mobility-st@unitn.it

First Edition

Goal

To create a strong community in the area of Smart Cities by involving both students and researchers in the development of PhD or Master theses, white papers and Massive Open Online Courses on the general subject of Smart Cities.

Program Grants

  • ten Master Student grants of USD 4,000 each
  • two PhD Student grants of USD 30,000 each

Grant Areas

  • Big data and Open data
  • Smart government
  • Smart Energy Systems
  • Health and Well-being
  • Innovative Tourism Services
  • Smart Mobility

Call for Application

The first call will assign 5 Master Student Grants.
Students will be tutored by Professors of the University of Trento and Researchers of other participating Institutions.

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: 16 November 2015 (12:00 am)
  • Notification of decision: within 20 December 2015

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be enrolled in a “Laurea Magistrale” program or a “Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico” program of the University of Trento.
  • Students must be IEEE members or, if not, they must become IEEE student members before the final approval of their project.
  • Students have to submit an endorsement letter by their official final project Advisor(s). At least one of the Advisors must be an IEEE member or become an IEEE member before the final approval of the project.

SUBMISSION

Create your application at: webapps.unitn.it/Apply/it/Web/GoHome/serv-studenti/ieeesci2015

INFO AND CONTACTS

Download the call

Scientific coordination
ieeesci-sgp@unitn.it

Trento White Papers

White Papers from the IEEE Smart Cities Inaugural Workshop, December 2014 in Trento, Italy.

Energy Systems for Smart Cities

Gianni Andreottola, Roustam Asimov, Andrey Bogomolov, Alberto Borghetti, Davide Brunelli, Andrea Conti, Clarissa Di Tonno, David Macii, Paul Merkus, Carlo Alberto Nucci, Gianmichele Panarelli, Diego Ragazzi, Luca Silvestri, Gabriella Trombino, Hans van Zonneveld

Abstract— This White Paper has its roots in the two-day workshop held in Trento, Italy, in December 2014 involving representatives from local governance, associations, industry and start-ups. Future Energy Systems in Smart Cities are expected to be based upon distributed energy generation, real-time demand/response and user engagement for a collective awareness about the value of energy resources. In this technological ecosystem, ICT scales up from a commodity to a fundamental pillar to “smartify” the cities. Within this context, empowered communities of users, local governance together with citizens, can perform common actions aimed at maximizing the efficiency of distribution and consumption of energy. Several actions can be implemented with the active engagement of the local communities and stakeholders. This paper aims at presenting how the Municipality of Trento can adopt technological innovations and new end-user engagement policies.

Download white paper (PDF, 174 KB)

Big Data and Open Data for a Smart City

Andrea Molinari, Vincenzo Maltese, Lorenzino Vaccari, Andrea Almi and Eleonora Bassi

Abstract— In this paper, we present a general overview of the perspectives and issues of Big Data and Open Data in a Smart City, with specific implications for the municipality of Trento, Italy. We start by presenting the current state of the art of Big Data and Open Data in Trento and continue by proposing a line of development for these two topics that could positively impact the everyday life of its citizens. We will place particular emphasis on the results that emerged from the discussion we had during the working group meeting that the municipality organized on this topic. The challenges posed by four enablers of Big Data and Open Data projects and initiatives are described: cultural enablers, organizational enablers, governance enablers and technological enablers.

Download white paper (PDF, 314 KB)

Fostering Smart Mobility for Middle Sized Cities

Ivan Bedini, Andrea Teschioni, Renato Lo Cigno, Leonardo, Giambattista Gruosso, Annapaola Marconi and Giuseppe Conti

Abstract— Urban Mobility systems play an increasingly important role in the way people move around their communities and how communities develop. Despite the significant benefits to using public transportation, many potential riders are reluctant to utilize public transportation. In this current situation, cities and communities are increasing efforts to provide multiple solutions for urban mobility and to promote it among their users. Although such an approach provides valuable alternatives to the citizenry, it also multiplies the information flow that users and service-providers must gather. Riders and commuters are, then, often confused or intimidated by the complexity and unpredictable nature of transit systems. In this paper, we present the results of the group discussions held in Trento at the IEEE-SC Workshop on December 2014 focusing on the topic of Smart Mobility. During this workshop, we analyzed in detail the current situation of Trento as a Smart City and the general requirements for transforming a good mobility plan into a smart mobility action. Our group contributions converged into five main priorities: 1) developing citizens’ awareness regarding the adoption of alternative services; 2) engaging citizens themselves as an important and valuable source of input; 3) enhancing Localized Based Systems (LBS); 4) the creation of an open platform, with an advanced Dashboard, through which citizenry, administration, and businesses can easily develop civic apps and services by means of intelligent and aggregated information, even in real time; 5) last, but not least, increasing the communication network by leveraging the development of cooperative systems.

Download white paper (PDF, 1093 KB)

Innovative Tourism Services as a Key Factor for a Successful Smart City

Marco Lorenzi, Mirko Mancin and Sergio Cagol

Abstract - Starting from state-of-the-art best practices and the Trento experience, this white paper aims to define the needs, behavior and expectations of integrated and connected tourism industry service providers, describing innovative service concepts, patterns, trends and requirements to support the development of these services.

Download white paper (PDF, 352 KB)

Smart Citizens for Healthy Cities

G. Nollo, R. Raffaetà, M. Caon, A. de Luca, C. Feliziani, P. Andrighettoni, N. Conci, S. Forti, L. Ravanelli, M. Gianordoli, M. Caprino, E Torri, D. Conforti, L. Mion, M. Conci and E. Turra

Abstract— On December 10-11, 2014, the inaugural workshop of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative was organized in Trento. As a part of the workshop labor, a number of working tables were settled on the main domains characterizing the concept of a smart city. This paper reports the outcome of the Health and Well-being working group, a strongly interdisciplinary panel of experts who, starting from the funding notion of health and the present-day challenges, analyzed the ongoing technological trends and related opportunities for new concepts of health delivery and health promotion in the smart community setting.

Download white paper (PDF, 520 KB)

Smart Government Toward an Innovative Concept of a “One-Stop Shop” for Interactive Online Services

Giacomo Fioroni, Marco Pistore, Silvio Ranise, Giancarlo Sciascia, Michele Trainotti, Franco Amigoni, Letizia Caporusso, Francesca Gleria and Andrea Maffeis

Abstract—The number of available online services, their effectiveness and usage level and their level of interaction are important indicators of the “smartness” level of e-government. Increasing these indicators has positive effects not only in terms of time and effort spent by citizens and enterprises to access and use the services provided by the administration but also by triggering the optimization process of the back offices of the administration. The Municipality of Trento is launching an innovation project aimed at increasing the number, usage and interaction level of online services with the objective of moving all relevant services and processes managed by the Trento administration online. This approach is based on the innovative concept of a “one-stop shop” for interactive online services, which the Municipality wants to define and implement with the help of the Trento innovation ecosystem; going beyond the classical concept of a unique access point, Trento wants to deliver a single access point to online services that is simple, trusted, complete, connected and open to better serve the innovation needs of this core enabler of the smart city.

Download white paper (PDF, 414 KB)

Contact us

For information about the Student Grant Program

Scientific coordination: ieeesci-sgp@unitn.it
Administrative contact: mobility-st@unitn.it