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Smart Cities Challenges, Trends, and Technologies

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 240

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UniSA STEM, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Interests: BIM; DfMA; smart city transition; project schedule management; construction and project management
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School of Business, Hanyang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Interests: supply chain management; project management; service industry management; smart city projects
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The successful transition to a smart city is expected to improve the quality of people’s life and social sustainability via the adoption of smart technologies and intelligent systems. Although a successful smart city transition will bring various benefits to society, disruptive social and cultural changes to various regions are inevitable. As a smart city is a complex and ubiquitous system supported by diverse smart technologies, the reckless integration of ICT into traditional cities will increase confusion and resistance from society. Thus, it is instrumental to implement a holistic smart city development strategy considering aspects of smart technology as well as social and cultural change.

However, there are still various challenges and barriers to achieving a successful smart city transition and development. Currently, there is no universally agreed upon and adopted framework or strategy. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution for designing and implementing smart technologies and services to satisfy the various needs of society since the smart city encompasses various applications in areas such as infrastructure, transportation, and education. It is also challenging to consider and encourage people’s engagement and support throughout the transition process as the level of engagement will vary based on age, education, technical skills, etc.

Therefore, this Special Issue seeks papers that deal with technical (smart technologies and services) and non-technical (social challenges, urban development design, and planning) aspects of smart city development/transition. The following themes are included in the scope of the Special Issue, among others:

  • Smart city development;
  • Smart city development framework;
  • Smart city readiness;
  • Social challenges and engagement;
  • Urban planning design and development;
  • Smart infrastructure;
  • Smart building.

Dr. Ki Pyung Kim
Prof. Dr. Shawn S. C. Kim
Guest Editors

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  • smart technology
  • digital twin
  • industry 4.0
  • internet of things
  • big data
  • machine learning/deep learning
  • building information modelling

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