12th European Conference
on Wireless Sensor Networks

Porto, Portugal
9-11 February 2015


◀ Porto Smartcity Worshop Page

Program Details

Opening address

Raghuraman Rangarajan

Paulo Calçada
City of Porto (Innovation Council)

Outlook - smartcity initiatives

Santiago Cáceres
ETRA I+D, Spain

CITRIC: ETRA’s Approach to Smart Cities

Santiago Cáceres (PMP) is Electronic Engineer – communication networks specialization – from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). He has worked in the past in LE-Technichs (Slovenia), the Technical University of Prague (Czech Republic) and in Generalitat Valenciana (the public administration of the region of Valencia, Spain). He has been involved as Project Manager and Analyst in the technology department of ETRA for more than eight years, focused on solutions for the Smart City, mainly in the areas of ICT, mobility and cyber security.

Gerd Ascheid
ICE-gateway, Germany

Smart City Infrastructure as a Service

The talk will present a system which consists of a streetlight-based infrastructure and a multitude of services addressing key issues for cities, like smart traffic management or city marketing. Important aspects reviewed in the presentation include efficiency, flexibity and security of platforms for smart cities.

Gerd Ascheid his Dipl.-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. (PhD) degrees in Communication Engineering from RWTH Aachen University. In 1988 he started as a co-founder and managing director CADIS GmbH which successfully brought the system simulation tool COSSAP to the market. From 1994-2003 Gerd Ascheid worked as Director/Senior Director with Synopsys, a California-based EDA market leader. In 2003 Gerd Ascheid joined RWTH Aachen University as a full professor in the Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems. His research interest is in wireless communications, application specific integrated platforms, in particular, for M2M-communication and cyber physical devices. Gerd Ascheid has co-authored three books, published numerous papers in the domain of digital communication algorithms and ASIC implementation. He is co-founder and CTO of ICE Gateway, a Berlin based start-up in the field of systems and services for connected smart cities.

10:00 - 11:45 (with 15-minute coffee break)

Smart infrastructure - Porto Digital
Alexandre Sousa, General Director

Broadband infrastructure as an enabler for smart city initiatives

Alexandre Sousa has a degree in electrical engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of Porto University and a PhD in computer science from Aarhus University. He his head of the department of Communication Science and Information Technology at ISMAI - University Institute of Maia, chairman of the board of Paradigmaxis - Arquitectura e Engenharia de Software, SA, and general manager of the Porto Digital association.

Smart mobility - University of Aveiro/Instituto de Telecomunicações
Susana Sargento, Associate Professor

A network platform for the Smart Cities: Real Use Cases of a City and a Harbor

Susana Sargento Susana Sargento (http://www.av.it.pt/ssargento) received her PhD in 2003 in Electrical Engineering in the University of Aveiro (with a 7 months stay in Rice University in 2000 and 2001). She joined the Department of Computer Science of the University of Porto in September 2002, and is an Associate Professor in the University of Aveiro and the Institute of Telecommunications, where she is leading the Network Architectures and Protocols (NAP) group (http://nap.av.it.pt). She was also a Guest Faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, since August 2008, where she performed Faculty Exchange in 2010/2011. In March 2012, Susana has co-founded a vehicular networking company, Veniam’Works, which builds a seamless low-cost vehicle-based internet infrastructure.
Susana has been involved in several national and international projects, taking leadership of several activities in the projects, such as the network of vehicles on buses and trucks, as well as several fixed stations, counting with more than 600 vehicles in the city of Porto, Portugal. She has been TPC-Chair and organizing several international conferences, has also been a reviewer of numerous international conferences and journals, such as IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE Networks, IEEE Communications. Her main research interests are in the areas of Next Generation and Future Networks, more specifically QoS, routing, mobility, self- and cognitive networks. She regularly acts as an Expert for European Research Programmes.

Smart Society - Government Services, Inova +
Gil Goncalves, Chief Scientific Officer

The city at your feet .. or should it be at your fingertips?

There is a lot of hype about "smart cities" these days. But does it mean anything to you? Have you ever though of your city as "dumb"? Let's see, do you think there is waste of energy and resources in the city? You want to help, but don't know the best way? Or are you fed up with having to constantly look for information about urban services, and not having the power to improve them?
This talk is for If answered yes to at least one of those questions. Experiences with Open Innovation, Open Data and Open Services in the quest for the development and delivery of flexible public services will be discussed.

Gil Gonçalves is Chief Scientific Officer at INOVAMAIS and invited assistant at FEUP. Gil is responsible for the technical and scientific coordination of the INOVAMAIS group, including the spin-off of research results into high-tech start-ups. Principal researcher in several European initiatives including “Ecological Thinking Services for Smarter Cities”, “Social Networking for Mobility Concepts” and “Using mobile phones to influence end-users behavior towards cost effective household products and energy saving”, he is also the lead expert for the INTERREG IVC Capatilsation Exercise on eGovernment Services

Smart Health - AAL, Fraunhofer Portugal
Filipe Sousa, Researcher

A Smart Companion in a Smart City

The recent demographic change process, leading to an aging European population and the consequent increase in the incidence of chronic diseases is now undeniable in most developed societies. Therefore is essential to facilitate healthy ageing, with autonomy and independence, allowing seniors, if they desire, to remain active in the labor market for the longest period of time possible. For societies a new challenge raises, on how to think about active ageing and a more proactive attitude for promoting people wellbeing and autonomy.
AAL solutions require multidisciplinary efforts and cooperation and development models centered in the citizen and their living space, ensuring comprehensive and integrative care.
The project Smart Companion addresses the challenges presented before and in the first place, tries to include the elderly in the information society by simplifying and redesign the communication interfaces of a smartphone (by simplifying the process of making calls, send messages, share photos / videos and emotional state) . The solution creates a social ecosystem that includes senior, family and formal caregivers (social workers, doctors, nurses, etc.), involving all of them actively in the ageing process.

Mr. Filipe Sousa received a M.Sc. in 2008 from Electrical and Computer Engineering (University of Porto), Master in Business Information (Catholic University of Porto) and the Certificate Cisco Network Professional (CCNP). He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the area of Wireless Networks. In the past he has a researcher at INESC Porto (2000-2009), where he actively participated in several projects in IST European Research Projects (WINMAN, ASSET, NUGGETS, DAIDALOS, and VISNET). Currently, he works as a researcher at FhP-AICOS on Information processing, Mobile Computing, and Ambient Assisted Living.

Smart Waste Collection - Soma
Fernando Oliveira, Manager

Waste and urban cleaning Management in a Smart city

In a smart city all services should be managed efficiently and transparently to the citizen. One way to encourage citizens to reduce their excessive consumption and the production of waste, can pass for providing information about their behavior and their costs, comparing them with the average of population. The WISEWASTE tool integrated on a single platform that brings together all the services of a citizen, are unequivocally the future of a smart city.

Fernando Oliveira he’s the R&D Manager of SOMA – Soc. de Montagem de Automóveis, S.A., since 1997. Manages a team of mechanical, electronic and programmers engineers that develops equipment’s for municipal area and solutions for waste management. Cumulatively also exercised in the same company the production, after-sales and the quality management.
He was born in Porto in 1964 and has a degree in mechanical engineering from ISEP, and has an MBA in business management from IESF.
On behalf of SOMA, he works assiduously with national entities of scientific and technological system namely Instituto Pedro Nunes, Laboratory of automation and systems, and Laboratory of computer and systems as well as Universidade do Minho and CEIIA - Centro para a Excelência e Inovação na Indústria Automóvel with who SOMA designs and develops its products and solutions.

11:45 - 12:30

Porto Initiatives, City of Porto
Filipe Araújo, City Councillor for Innovation and Environment

Filipe Araujo holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of Porto University and a Masters in Telecommunications from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the UK.
He was also in the management of multinational telecommunications company and was a visiting professor at the Faculty of Sciences of Porto between 2007 and 2011. He is also Member of the Board of Directors of the Youth Foundation, Philip Araújo was deputy to the Municipal Assembly of Porto between 2005 and 2009. He now heads the innovation council for the city of Porto.