Call for Papers

The 7th  IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2021) will be held as a virtual conference, during September 7-10, 2021. The worldwide governmental restrictions on travel, gatherings, and meetings, imposed to limit and slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus, making it impossible to organize the conference in the traditional format. However, we are confident that the changes induced by the virus to our everyday lives, and the responses given to these new challenges by smart city researchers and practitioners, city policymakers and administrators, critical infrastructure operators and industry representatives, economists and sociologists will generate exciting and edifying presentations and discussions, both as part of our keynote addresses, panel debates, workshops or research talks. After all, one of the main reasons for making cities smarter and better should be to safely and efficiently support us, citizens, in such difficult times. Thus, the theme of the conference this year will be: Smart Cities — Post-pandemic vision and challenges.

IEEE ISC2 is the flagship conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Technical Community, a coalition of six IEEE technical societies and organizations. Besides contributions addressing the conference theme, authors are welcome to submit their original research results in traditional topics across broad application and functional domains, within the context of smart urban infrastructure systems.

The technical areas include, but are not limited to:

• Smart city theory, modeling and simulation
• Intelligent infrastructure
• Sensors and actuators
• Open data and big data analytics
• AI powered smart cities services
• Safety and security systems
• Smart healthcare
• Smart emergency management
• IoT and Smart X services

• Data security and privacy
• Connected Vehicle (CV) technologies
• Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
• Smart mobility and transportation
• Smart energy systems
• Smart buildings and Smart grid
• Digital city and smart growth
• Smart traffic system operations
• Environmental monitoring technologies

The IEEE International Smart Cities Conference 2021 program will be split into the following tracks:

Topics of interest to the Smart Transportation track include (but are not limited to):

  • Autonomous vehicles: perception, localization, and mapping
  • Multi-sensor fusion and perception for Smart Transportation
  • Night vision perception in challenging environments
  • Scene understanding and 2D/3D object detection
  • Driver behavior monitoring and modelling
  • Multimodal transportation and Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
  • Advanced ICT infrastructure for Smart Transportation
  • Mixed-Autonomy Road Traffic Management
  • 5G/6G enabled Vehicular Communications
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) enabled Smart Transportation
  • Communication technologies for connected and autonomous vehicles in Land, Water and Sky
  • Electric vehicles and transportation electrification
  • Simulation and modelling for Smart Transportation

Topics of interest to the Smart Health and Wellbeing track include (but are not limited to):

  • Smart devices and sensors for smart healthcare
  • Communications and protocols for smart healthcare
  • Smart healthcare realizations and platforms
  • Intelligent transportation systems for smart healthcare
  • Context-aware environments for healthcare
  • Artificial Intelligence for smart healthcare
  • Smart healthcare for the elderly
  • Scalability, performance, and reliability of smart healthcare applications
  • Pervasive wireless communications for assisted living
  • Standards for smart healthcare
  • Energy Efficiency in wireless health monitoring
  • Pervasive healthcare systems and services
  • Ethics, confidentiality, privacy, and data security for smart healthcare
  • Smart health data analytics and predictions
  • Smart health data dissemination within heterogeneous wireless devices
  • End-to-end QoS within heterogeneous smart devices for healthcare

Topics of interest to the Smart Energy Systems track include (but are not limited to):

  • Integration of renewable energy resources and energy storage
  • Future electricity markets and peer-to-peer trading
  • Smart charging of plugged-in electric vehicles
  • Demand side response and energy flexibility
  • Multi energy systems and sector coupling

Topics of interest to the IoT and Smart X services track include (but are not limited to):

  • 5G/6G Networks for IoT and Smart Services
  • Edge-Fog-Cloud Computing Architecture for IoT and Smart Services
  • IoT and Robots Network Architectures, Frameworks, and Applications for Smart Cities
  • Information Fusion Technology for IoT at the Edg
  • Lightweight Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) for IoT
  • Lightweight Blockchain Technology for IoT
  • Load Balancing and Job Scheduling in IoT Environments
  • Location-based Smart Services
  • Microservices Architecture for IoT
  • Planning, construction, and operation of IoT and Smart Services for Smart Cities
  • Smart Campuses/Community Services
  • Smart Mobile Crowd Sensing at the Edge
  • Software and IoT Infrastructure of brand-new smart city
  • Trusted Platform Module (TMP) Design and Application for IoT
  • Trust, Security, and Privacy in IoT and Smart Environments
  • UAV for Smart Services for Delivery and Logistics
  • Ultra-Low-Power IoT Systems
  • Wearable/Portable Devices/Systems for IoT and Smart Services

Topics of interest to the AI and Big Data track include (but are not limited to):

  • AI-based applications for smart cities
  • AI-based big data analysis for smart cities
  • AI-based cloud computing for smart cities
  • AI-based communications Security
  • AI-based protocols and services for smart cities
  • Big data analytics for smart cities
  • Big data analytics for Smart Cities Security
  • Big data-based prediction for smart cities
  • Big data clustering
  • Big data security and privacy for smart cities
  • Blockchain and distributed ledgers
  • Deep learning for big data
  • Distributed AI algorithms
  • Distributed reasoning for IoT
  • Edge AI
  • Ethical and legal implications of AI within a smart city
  • Federated learning
  • Interpretable Machine learning for smart cities
  • Machine learning for analysis of big data
  • Mathematics of big data
  • Natural language processing and entity extraction in linked open data
  • Optimization for smart cities
  • Predictive and pattern modelling on open linked data
  • Robotics systems and applications
  • Software as service (SaaS), utility computing, shared services
  • Tools of big data processing

Topics of the Security and Privacy for Smart Cities track would include (but not limited to):

  • Secure and resilient Human-in-the-loop 5G and Beyond architectures for smart cities
  • Privacy in human-intense 5G and Beyond communications in smart cities
  • Blockchain and distributed ledger-based solutions for smart city services
  • Resilient and secure human-intense network services
  • Threat modeling and defensive strategies for user-centric service and network management
  • User experience and perception in resilient SDN/NFV enabled systems for smart city applications
  • Privacy-preserving user-behavior analysis
  • User’ perception for interactive security and privacy mechanisms
  • SDN/NFV-based resilient smart city service orchestration
    Secure multi-access and multi-radio Access Technologies and Orchestration
  • Big data analytics and machine learning for secure flexible mobile service steering
    Privacy-aware advanced smart metering solutions
  • Economic implications and policies on security and privacy in smart cities and spaces
  • Security, privacy and resilience schemes for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and Internet of Things (IoTs)
  • Advanced security measures for smart utilities

Topics of interest to the General Track include (but are not limited to):

  • Smart city theory, modeling and simulation
  • Intelligent infrastructure
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Smart economy development
  • Smart emergency management
  • Smart environment and policy development
  • Environmental capital reduction
  • Digital city and smart growth
  • Smart buildings
  • Smart city implementation
  • Smart city for special needs
  • Smart manufacturing and logistics
  • Environmental monitoring technologies

Paper submission guidelines

Prospective authors are invited to submit high quality original Full or Short papers via the EDAS submission site (link). Full papers should describe novel research contributions with evaluation results and are limited to 7 pages. Short papers, limited in length to four (4) pages, should be more visionary in nature and are meant to discuss new challenges and visions, highlight early research results, and explore novel research directions.

All submitted papers must be unpublished and not considered elsewhere for publication should be written in English and formatted according to IEEE TemplateEach submitted paper will pass through the standard IEEE peer-review process and, if accepted and presented at the Conference, will appear in the conference proceedings and will be submitted for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore digital libraryPaper contests will include a Conference Best Paper Award and a Best Student Paper Award.

Please note that one AUTHOR Conference Registration covers up to TWO accepted papers.

Important dates

Conference Paper Submission Deadline –
June 13, 2021 (extended – final)
Conference Acceptance Notification –
July 15, 2021
Conference Camera-ready Deadline –
July 31, 2021
Conference Dates –
September 7-10, 2021

Should you need further clarifications or have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the General and TPC Co-chairs at