Welcome to DASC 2019!

ICDElogoDASC 2019 workshop is held on April 8 within the 35th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2019), 8-12 April 2019.

DASC 2019 aims to gather people interested in the data aspects within the smart city context. Cities play a crucial role as the engines of the economy and centres of connectivity, knowledge, and services [1]. Based on the estimation from the United Nations, 66% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050 [2]. Therefore, being the centres of growth and innovation, cities need to take responsibility for environment protection and citizens’ living comfort. In recent years, with the growing interest to Internet of Things (IoT), cities are getting equipped with ICT technologies to improve their efficiency and quality of life of their inhabitants, therefore transforming themselves into Smart cities [3].

There are different perspectives on the development of Smart cities. Some focus on integrating ICT into urban environments and on performing complex analytics, modelling, and optimization for cross-sector collaboration and better operational decisions; others on sustainability, wealth and comfort support and needs of people and community [4]. However, for all these cases, data is the key ingredient and enabler for the vision and realization of Smart cities. Therefore, there is a strong need to share the expertise to use the data in intelligent and efficient way to produce viable long-living solutions.

This workshop on Data-driven Smart Cities (DASC 2019) aims to gather professionals from municipalities, industry, and academia focusing on different aspects of Smart city. The purpose of the session is to discuss the latest scientific results and practical use cases, identify the opportunities and challenges of novel best methods and practices on data-driven Smart cities.

[1] European Union (2011) Cities of tomorrow. Challenges, visions, ways forward. Brussels.   http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/docgener/studies/pdf/citiesoftomorrow/citiesoftomorrow_final.pdf
[2] United Nations (2015) World urbanisation prospects. The 2014 revision. New York” Department of Economic and Societal Affairs https://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/Publications/Files/WUP2014-Report.pdf
[3] Ahvenniemi H., Huovila A., Pinto-Seppä I., Airaksinen M. (2017) What are the differences between sustainable and smart cities?, Cities, vol. 60, 234-245.
[4] V. Albino, U. Berardi, R. Dangelico (2015) Smart cities: Definitions, dimensions, performance, and initiatives, Journal of Urban Technology, 22 (1), 3-21.