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CITIES III: Energetic Efficiency, Sustainability; Infrastructures, Energy and the Environment; Mobility and IoT; Governance and Citizenship

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2023) | Viewed by 6441

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Instituto de Computación, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay
Interests: distributed computing; parallel computing; metaheuristics; optimization

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Department of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering, University of Valladolid, Campus Duques de Soria, 42004 Soria, Spain
Interests: energy; engineering; computer science; photovoltaic systems; microgrids; distributed generation; smart metering
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Research Center in Engineering and Applied Sciences, Autonomous University of Morelos State (UAEM), Avenida Universidad 1001 Colonia Chamilpa, Cuernavaca 62209, Mexico
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cities are changing—this is a reality. As this change occurs, advances in research must propose solutions to the various problems that arise with this change. Administrations, universities, and companies must cooperate to lay the foundations of the smart city.

Some examples of solutions include the integration of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency (in construction and processes), sustainable mobility, integration of the IoT and smart systems, advanced and efficient infrastructures, water and energy, food sustainability, climate change, sustainable development goals, etc.

In this sense, the main pillars of a city are as follows:

  • Energy efficiency and sustainability;
  • Infrastructure, energy, and the environment;
  • Mobility and IoT.

We invite submissions of both original research and review articles. Additionally, papers pertaining to the V Ibero-American Congress of Smart Cities (ICSC-CITIES 2022) will be included. We hope that this collection of papers will serve as an inspiration for all those interested in the prosperity of smart cities.

Prof. Dr. Sergio Nesmachnow
Prof. Dr. Luis Hernández-Callejo
Dr. Pedro Moreno-Bernal
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • renewable energy and smart city
  • energy and smart city
  • smart grid, smart city and microgrid
  • energetic efficiency
  • infrastructures and smart city
  • IoT
  • smart mobility
  • connected vehicle
  • cybersecurity
  • edge computing
  • M2M communications
  • artificial intelligence and smart city

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Smart Public Transport: A Bi-Objective Model for Maximizing Synchronizations and Minimizing Costs in Bus Timetables
by Claudio Risso, Sergio Nesmachnow and Diego Rossit
Appl. Sci. 2023, 13(24), 13032; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/app132413032 - 6 Dec 2023
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Modern cities heavily rely on public transport systems to enhance citizen access to urban services and promote sustainability. To optimize public transport, intelligent computer-aided tools play a pivotal role in decision making. This article tackles the complex challenge of bus timetabling, specifically focusing [...] Read more.
Modern cities heavily rely on public transport systems to enhance citizen access to urban services and promote sustainability. To optimize public transport, intelligent computer-aided tools play a pivotal role in decision making. This article tackles the complex challenge of bus timetabling, specifically focusing on improving multi-leg trips or transfers. It introduces a novel multi-objective Mixed-Integer Programming Linear (MILP) model that concurrently maximizes passenger transfers and minimizes budgetary costs, while also adhering to the minimum required quality-of-service constraints for regular (non-multi-leg) trips, and an exact resolution approach based on the ε-constraint method to obtain a set of efficient solutions is used. The competitiveness of the model is validated via a computational experimentation performed over real-world scenarios from the public transportation system of Montevideo, Uruguay. The findings evinced that the MILP model was able to compute a set of Pareto efficient solutions that explore the tradeoff between the number of successful transfers and the cost of the system. Moreover, the best tradeoff solutions surpass the current city timetable, excelling in both the number of transfers and cost efficiency. Full article
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Interconnected Government Services: An Approach toward Smart Government
by Živko Bojović, Đuro Klipa, Petar D. Bojović, Irena M. Jovanović, Jelena Šuh and Vojin Šenk
Appl. Sci. 2023, 13(2), 1062; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/app13021062 - 12 Jan 2023
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The rapid expansion of new technologies and services significantly affects society’s development and initiates significant changes within public administration. Many have decided to implement citizen-centric, data-driven, and performance-focused governance and prepare to transform the existing e-government system into a smart government. Along the [...] Read more.
The rapid expansion of new technologies and services significantly affects society’s development and initiates significant changes within public administration. Many have decided to implement citizen-centric, data-driven, and performance-focused governance and prepare to transform the existing e-government system into a smart government. Along the way, they have encountered problems such as flaws in existing legislation and in the integration of heterogeneous infrastructure from technical, financial, and privacy perspectives. We propose a new approach to information system modeling that introduces an integration layer for existing databases and services and suggests the application of several innovative technologies to achieve better problem-solving, optimal utilization of resources, and policy innovation. To test the effectiveness of the proposed solution, we have used corresponding weighted digraph models to confirm that the proposed solution achieves the desired effects. We have used the time required to collect documents to measure similarity. The obtained results prove the efficiency of the proposed model and indicate that the same model could be used elsewhere in public administration. Full article
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Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Led Technological Tremors: A Seismic Shift towards Digitizing the Legal Ecosystem
by Hitesh Bhatt, Rajesh Bahuguna, Rajesh Singh, Anita Gehlot, Shaik Vaseem Akram, Neeraj Priyadarshi and Bhekisipho Twala
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(22), 11687; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/app122211687 - 17 Nov 2022
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The legal ecosystem is continuously confronted with new challenges and disruptions as a result of the technological invasion initiated by cutting-edge technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, which have taken over the world. The amalgamation of AI-enabled mechanisms and robotics into [...] Read more.
The legal ecosystem is continuously confronted with new challenges and disruptions as a result of the technological invasion initiated by cutting-edge technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, which have taken over the world. The amalgamation of AI-enabled mechanisms and robotics into human life has elevated significant issues. This digital juggernaut cannot stay constant by the legal landscape, and some degree of assimilation is permitted to pave the way for the efficient administration of justice. The current study is significant since there is a substantial absence of legal research into the implications of AI and robotics on legal rights, which undoubtedly impacts the legal ecosystem. In this study, we have examined the significance, progress, and challenges of integrating Robotics and AI into the legal ecosystem, as they pave way for resilient legal infrastructure. Issues such as privacy, ethical grievances, data protection, confidentiality, and integrity issues are evaluated in this study. The study reviewed existing research into AI and robotics intervention in the legal ecosystem to propose a framework for addressing the increased concerns about the implications of technological apparatus in the legal ecosystem. Finally, the study concludes with recommendations that can be adopted for future work. Full article
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