Special Issue "Safe and Reliable AI for Smart Sustainable Cities"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer and Engineer Science and Symmetry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ivan Izonin

Guest Editor
Department of Artificial Intelligence, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine
Interests: artificial neural networks, few-shot learning, ensemble learning, non-iterative learning algorithms, engineering and medical applications
Prof. Stephane Chretien

Guest Editor
Laboratoire ERIC, Université Lyon 2, France
Interests: statistical learning, classification and clustering, optimisation algorithms, engineering and biomedical applications
Dr. Ali Ebrahimnejad

Guest Editor
Department of Mathematics, Islamic Azad University Qaemshahr Branch, Iran
Interests: fuzzy optimization, data envelopment analysis, network flows, multi objective decision making, multi attribute decision making

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, most of the world's inhabitants live in cities. The development of ICT and other technologies creates favorable conditions for the government and municipalities to build smart city systems for various purposes. The main aim is to increase the level of comfort of living in smart cities. The latest developments in computational intelligence, powerful hardware development, and the ability to process extremely large datasets collected using millions of connected multisensory devices, open up new opportunities for the development and improvement of all smart city systems. This creates unique opportunities for effective promotion and support of the transformation of urban areas; however, there are still several requirements to be addressed for the development and operation of such systems.

Experts are increasingly considering the concept of the smart sustainable city that involves all the benefits of smart cities, as it focuses on a continuous transformative process. It must ensure the sustainable development of a smart city and open up different types of capacities for its inhabitants. To implement this concept, it is necessary to develop stable, secure, reliable, and interoperable infrastructure systems to support ICT-based applications and services. In today's post-industrial society, the creation of such infrastructure systems requires the combined use of IoT and Big Data technologies as well as artificial intelligence tools. The automation of many processes in smart city subsystems depends on the reliability and security of the AI-based solutions underlying them. These two conditions are critical for smart sustainable city systems, because the wellbeing and safety of people depend on them.

This Special Issue will cover safe and reliable AI-based solutions, which rely on fast and accurate processing of various sensory data for the control and sustainable development of smart city subsystems for different purposes. We welcome applied solutions using various AI methods and tools that demonstrate readiness for practical application in various systems and services of a smart sustainable city.

Topics include, but not limited to:

  • IoT-based solutions for data collection, aggregation, and transmission
  • Machine learning and cognitive computing for supporting smart city's services
  • Modernization of the telecommunication infrastructure in smart cities
  • Reliable AI for service delivery in ICT infrastructure
  • Self-adaptation and self-management in IoT-based smart systems
  • Big data management and analytics in complex systems
  • Technology-enabled and integrated transport and logistic systems
  • Pollution and waste management in urban ecosystems
  • Electricity reliability, efficiency and power stability in urban areas
  • Resource-efficient solutions for smart municipal management services
  • Safe software and integrated solutions for smart sustainable cities
  • Emerging technologies for the development of sustainable cities

Dr. Ivan Izonin
Prof. Stephane Chretien
Dr. Ali Ebrahimnejad
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • IoT
  • reliable AI
  • safe software
  • smart sustainable city
  • artificial neural networks
  • telecommunication infrastructure
  • ICT technologies
  • machine learning
  • big data
  • smart transport
  • smart grids

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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