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The 2018 International Conference on Smart City and

Intelligent Building(ICSCIB 2018)

September 15-16, 2018, Hefei, Anhui, China

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Keynote Speakers


Prof. Yi Jiang

Department of the Energy Conservation Research Center on Building, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.


Prof. Yi Jiang, the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) academicia,the member of many major institutes, such as the Energy Advisory Committee of the Chinese National Council, the National Expert Committee on Climate Change and the Science and Technology Committee of the Ministry of Housing and Construction. As one of the founders of Artificial Environmental Science, he has been engaged in relevant teaching, scientific research and project implementation for many years. Many important research achievements have been made in Building Thermal Environment Simulation and Analysis, Metro Thermal Environment Simulation and Control, Heat Network Adjustment and Optimization, Control and Management of Heating and Air Conditioning System, etc., committed to research on Indoors Environment and Building Energy Conservation. He published annual report of Chinese building energy conservation development since 2007. Prof. Jiang is in possession of over 100 invention patents. He has won two second prizes of the state technological invention award (both ranked 1st), two second prizes of the state scientific and technological progress award (both ranked 1st), and many provincial and ministerial scientific and technological progress awards. He has won the outstanding contribution award of the International Architecture Simulation Association and the first International Outstanding Contribution award of the air conditioner in Japan.

Title: Insect Intelligence in Buildings & City

Abstract:What is ‘Insect Intelligence’? It’s a new technology based on decentralized computing and a decentralized operating system. Insect intelligence redefines a system by composing it with pieces of smart nodes. The nodes link to their neighbors only according to geographic location, so that the whole system is built as a mesh network. The nodes are ‘smart’. They understand themselves, and are capable of good control and local optimization. Meanwhile they have the capability of collaborate with their neighbors (and only their neighbors). So that global optimization can be achieved by neighbors’ collaboration carrying on in parallel. Intelligence is decomposed into ‘genes’ embedded into every node to enable the whole system act like insect societies: self-configured, self-recognized, and self-collaborated. There is no ‘boss’ node in the system. All nodes act equally. The system is scalable and plug & play. We applied insect intelligence in buildings to solve the long-standing problems: heavy work in configuration, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and inflexibility. The new technology could help people easily integrate all sub-systems (HVAC, energy, lighting, indoor environment control, safety, and etc.), quickly build the system, and define the building ‘smart’ as will.

The talk introduces the research on the new technology in the past several years, and pilot applications as well.

Prof. Antonio Puliafito

Department of Computer Engineering, the University of Messina, Italy.


Prof. Antonio Puliafito is a full professor of computer engineering at the University of Messina, Italy. His interests include distributed systems, networking, IoT and Cloud computing. He is acting as an expert in ICT for the European Commission since 1998. He is currently the President of the Centre on Information Technologies at University of Messina. He participated in several European projects such as Reservoir, Vision, CloudWave and Beacon. He has contributed in the development of several tools such as WebSPN, ArgoPerformance, GS3 and Stack4Things. He is member of the management board of the National Center of Informatics in Italy (CINI), with specific interests in Smart cities. He is in charge of the #SmartME crowd funding initiative, to develop a smart city infrastructure in the city of Messina. He is author and co-author of more than 400 scientific papers.

Title:Software Defined Cities: Integrating the Cyber World with the Internet of Things

Abstract:A smart city represents an improvement of today’s cities both functionally and structurally, that strategically utilizes many smart factors, such as information and communications technology (ICT), to increase the city’s sustainable growth and strengthen city functions, while ensuring citizens’ quality of life and health. Cities can be viewed as a microcosm of “objects” with which citizens interact daily: street furniture, public buildings, transportation, monuments, public lighting and much more. Moreover, a continuous monitoring of a city’s status occurs through sensors and processors applied within the real-world infrastructure. The Internet of Things (IoT) concept imagines all these objects being “smart”, connected to the Internet, and able to communicate with each other and with the external environment, interacting and sharing data and information. Each object in the IoT can be both the collector and distributor of information regarding mobility, energy consumption, air pollution as well as potentially offering cultural and tourist information. As a consequence, cyber and real worlds are strongly linked in a smart city. New services can be deployed when needed and evaluation mechanisms will be set up to assess the health and success of a smart city. This talk will present some innovative developments in areas related to sensors and smart cities and introduce the crowdfunding #SmartME initiative.


Prof. Abbas Elmualim

School of Natural Built Environments, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.


Prof. Abbas Elmualim is a Professor of Construction and Project Management at University of South Australia and Strand Leader for Sustainable Infrastructure and Built Environments and Associate of the Future Industry Institute. He previously has 14 years of academic experience working at the School of Construction Management and Engineering, the University of Reading, UK. Professor Elmualim is committed and passionate about interdisciplinary research work. He was one of the leading academics of the £3.5 m EPSRC funded Innovative Construction Research Centre (ICRC), Reading. He has acted as the coordinator for the Big Ideas research project: sustained competitiveness of the UK construction. This was £1.7m project in collaboration with IMRCs at Loughborough and Salford Universities which has won the CIOB Innovation Award in 2014. He worked closely with the ICRC director in preparing the successful bid for the £3.8m Grand Challenge project in coordination with Bath and Cambridge Universities. He also acted as the research manager for the ICRC in developing a research community. Professor Elmualim has successfully led several collaborative projects with industry funded by the DTI as part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme and the Spearhead Technology Transfer programme in excess of £1.2m, including a project with the Property and Facilities Department at Nationwide and another joint project with the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and Jacobs Ltd. He has attracted funding from various sources including EPSRC, TSB, Department for International Development and the British Council. He was the director of the MSc Intelligent Buildings. He has supervised 10 PhD and 3 EngD students as well as numerious Masters and undergraduate students. His research work is widely published in various journals, including the four in the top 10 ranking journals in the field, national and international conferences as well as book chapters (115 publications).

Title:Smart and Livable Cities: the case of Adelaide, Australia

Abstract:There are various trajectories for improving the quality of living in our modern cities such as the push for smart, carbon neutral, healthy and livable cities. These trajectories are mostly focused on the technological advancement especially the adoption of digital technologies to realise the notion of smart city in terms of infrastructure ant transport, utilities and the provision of healthcare. Adelaide as one of the most livable cities in the world is no different. The three trajectories identified, smart, carbon neutral and healthy, have found great resonance within various groups including governments, industry and academia. Adelaide aims to be one of the first cities in the world to be carbon neutral by 2020. Given the fact that more than 35% of current energy is produced by wind and with future development taking shape in the adoption of solar thermal, photovoltaics with battery storage at mega scale. Transportation is shaping in terms of advancing public transport and the shared economy. Healthcare is advancing with the opening of the New Royal Adelaide Hospital seen as one of the most advanced healthcare facilities and most expensive in the world. However, the social implications of the advancement of the city is absent in the wider trajectories discourse. There is challenges in terms of housing shortage and affordability together with the demise of the manufacturing industry. It is argued that Adelaide is well positioned to reap the benefit of its direction towards a smart and livable city through leveraging new industries such as green industries and digital innovation.


Prof. Qianchuan Zhao

Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.


Prof. Qianchuan Zhao received his B.E. degree in automatic control and B.S. degree in applied mathematics in July 1992, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in control theory and its applications in July 1996, from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, respectively. He is currently a Professor and Director of the Center for Intelligent and Networked Systems (CFINS) http://cfins.au.tsinghua.edu.cn, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University. He was a Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University (worked with Prof. Bruce Krogh), Pittsburgh, PA, and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He was a Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 2006. His current research focuses on the modeling, control and optimization of complex networked systems. He has published more than 80 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is a recipient of the 4th HO PAN QING YI best paper award in DEDS field in the year 2000, the 9th Guan Zhao-Zhi Award best paper award in the year 2003 and the 2005 UTRC Outstanding Achievement Award, 2009 national natural science second award of China and 2013 national natural science second award by Ministry of Education in China. Dr. Zhao is an associate editor for the Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, an associate editor for the joint conference CDC-ECC’05 and a member of International Program Committee of WODES'04. He is a senior member of IEEE.

Title:A new architecture of building control systems based on Internet of Things (IoT)

Abstract:This talk introduces a new architecture of building control systems based on Internet of Things (IoT). It has the following key features that are missing in the traditional solutions: 1) it has built-in agent models for space units and control devices; 2) it has built-in link models for immediate connections between space units and control devices; 3) it assign a smart controller for each space unit or each control devices and these controllers communicate with each other according to the link models ; 4) it decompose various building operation/management commends into computing tasks that run on smart controllers and depends on the collaborations among neighboring controllers to achieve the desired effects of the commends. Different from the traditional centralized solutions, this new architecture allows the building control systems to be developed in before the buildings are really built and simplifies the installation and configuration of the building control systems.