IT in Smart Cities

IT Professional
Submission deadline: 1 October 2015
Publication: May/June 2016

The smart city concept represents a compelling platform for IT innovation that can transform urban living. The concept offers a view of the city in which information technologies engage with citizens to create more effective urban solutions that can improve quality of life. Internet and social network services, smart transportation systems, smart energy and water systems, and sensor networks in public facilities, private buildings, and outdoor environments are already transforming cities into smart cities. Yet this transformation presents several research and implementation challenges calling for innovative solutions in areas such as big data analytics and visualization, cross-space data fusion, software and application development, sensing, resource-efficient smart services, intelligent transportation, middleware and infrastructure for urban computing, and privacy and security issues.

This issue of IT Professional seeks to present readers with the trends, issues, novel solutions, applications, and practices that promote IT-driven smart cities. We’re soliciting articles from industry, business, academia, and government on various topics including the following:

  • Emerging/novel applications
  • Software and tools for smart cities
  • Smart systems architecture for smart cities
  • Cloud services for smart cities
  • Intelligent transportation, water, and energy systems
  • Software/application development for smart cities
  • Big data management and analytics
  • Urban dynamics visualization
  • Middleware/infrastructure for urban computing
  • Innovation platforms for smart city services
  • Novel sensing techniques (including mobile crowd sensing)
  • Internet of Things in smart cities
  • Large-scale recommendation systems
  • Social and community intelligence
  • Security, safety, privacy, and legal issues
  • Human factors and quality of life issues
  • Smart city case studies


Feature articles should be no longer than 4,200 words and have no more than 20 references (with tables and figures counting as 300 words each). Illustrations are welcome. For author guidelines, including sample articles, see

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