Special Issue "Challenges for the Development of Sustainable Smart Cities"

A special issue of Smart Cities (ISSN 2624-6511). This special issue belongs to the section "Internet of Things".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Fernando De la Prieta Pintado
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BISITE Research Group, University of Salamanca. Calle Espejo sn, 24.2. 37007 Salamanca, Spain
Interests: artificial intelligence; multiagent systems; cloud computing and distributed systems; technology enhanced learning
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Dr. Alfonso González-Briones
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Guest Editor
Department of Computer Science and Automation Control , Universidad de Salamanca, Calle Espejo s/n, 37007 Salamanca, Spain
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Dr. Pablo Chamoso Santos
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Guest Editor
BISITE Research Group, University of Salamanca. Calle Espejo sn, 24.2. 37007 Salamanca, Spain
Interests: artificial intelligence; machine learning; edge computing; distributed computing; blockchain
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smart cities have transformed how citizens relate to their environment and their city. Technology and the increasingly powerful connection offered by the Internet, as well as the generation and interpretation of data (big data), makes cities optimize their consumption, which translates into taking better care of the environment and reducing pollution.

Sensorization has played a fundamental role in the collection of data, which, once analyzed in IoT and smart cities platforms, has allowed for the optimization of multiple decisions in terms of governance and the optimization of resource consumption. This has also been the case with the integration and development of open data portals or research in techniques of artificial intelligence such as blockchain, edge computing/fog computing-based systems, IoT, and big data.

This Special Issue is devoted to promoting the investigation of the latest research in IoT and smart cities and their effective applications, to explore the latest innovations in guidelines, theories, models, ideas, technologies, applications, and tools to assess the impact of the approach, and to facilitate technology transfer.

The topics of interest for this Issue include but are not limited to the following:

  • Smart cities challenges;
  • Smart home and smart buildings;
  • Open data and big data analytics;
  • Smart health and emergency management;
  • Smart environments;
  • Smart manufacturing and logistics;
  • Industry 4.0;
  • Virtual organizations of agents;
  • Human–machine interactions;
  • Artificial intelligence;
  • Industrial internet of things;
  • Machine learning;
  • Multi agents;
  • Advanced building simulation;
  • Energy and climate policy;
  • Sustainable waste management.

Dr. Fernando De la Prieta Pintado
Dr. Alfonso González-Briones
Dr. Pablo Chamoso Santos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Smart Cities is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • smart cities
  • IoT
  • smart mobility
  • smart data
  • smart cities challenges
  • e-governance

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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