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Smart Campus: Sustainable Waste Recycling Apps

As part of our Smart Cities initiative, we have been collaborating with the Ecoversity initiative of the University of Adelaide. Though this collaboration, we are about to complete a very interesting pilot project aimed at educating students and staff about the sustainable waste recycling on campus. The project has developed a mobile Apps that provide player (i.e., student of staff) with the information about the appropriate use of different waste bins placed at different places in the University. The Apps also educate the users about different aspects of sustainable waste management and is expected to advance users’  knowledge and bring about change in the users’ attitude towards waste and sustainable waste management. The first phase of the project is more focused on education, however, the subsequent phases of the project will embark on more ambitious goals including the use of Internet of Things (IoTs) technologies for helping users to select appropriate bins for different types of waste. The brief about the project is below and we welcome questions that may lead to research collaboration for in the area of smart cities and carbon neutrality. We are following up both threat with a lot of enthusiasm and motivation. This interdisciplinary  project is part of the summer scholarship for Yue Zhou provided by Data61. The abstract of the project is and we will be happy to provide an interested reader with all the details that may be relevant to different people. Read More »Smart Campus: Sustainable Waste Recycling Apps

Smart Campuses – Experimental Platforms for Smart Cities

Smart Cities initiatives are gaining popularity in almost every corner of the World – increasing urbanisation and myriad of socio-economic challenges are forcing governments and public sector organisations to leverage Information Communication Technologies (ICT) for conceiving and materialising innovative solutions for socio-economic challenges under a broad umbrella of Smart Cities. Since Smart Cities initiatives present significant socio-technical challenges, Smart Campuses can be leveraged as Test and Experimentation Platforms (TEPs) for devising, deploying, and evaluating theories and applications for Smart City services. That means Smart Campuses can become suitable living labs for solutions that may find their ways for smart city initiatives. For our Smart Cities initiative, we have been working on developing and implementing a few projects related to Smart Campus at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Most of our projects will be conceived and designed in close collaboration with all the key stakeholders (e.g., students, staff, and management) and leveraging our knowledge and expertise in engineering software intensive systems using Internet of Everything (IoEs), Big Data, and Cloud Computing. We have identified some of the potential benefits of building a Smart Campus below. Read More »Smart Campuses – Experimental Platforms for Smart Cities

Smart Campus: Understanding Privacy Concerns of End Users

Like Smart Cities initiatives, smart campus initiatives have also been gaining a significant attention of Universities aimed at bringing optimisation and efficiencies in the operations of Universities and contributing to the sustainability drives. Smart campuses basically utilises the similar (or same in many respects) infrastructures to provide innovative solutions to address socio-techincal challenges and improve students and staff quality of experience. Smart campuses actually can be more readily designed and built as most of the required  Information and communication technologies are usually already present in Universities. Smart campus services are also designed and provisioned using the data gathered from end users through their usage of on campus wifi and other data collection devices. The automatic data collection from the usage and movements of students and staff – however, there has been concerns with regards to the privacy of the students and staff and a term Dataveillance has been used for automatic data collection.Read More »Smart Campus: Understanding Privacy Concerns of End Users

Inaugural Congress on Smart Cities Initiative

We are delighted to share that our inaugural conference on Smart Cities was hugely successful in term of the number of attendees and the fruitfulness of the discussions. The congress attracted delegates from the attendees of the Australian Software Engineering Conference, Industry, government, and academia. This congress was aimed at bringing the key stakeholders involved in different initiatives on Smart Cities for discussing the opportunities and challenges of conceiving, implementing, and evolving smart cities related projects and services. The conference program was below:

  • Welcome and Introduction by M. Ali Babar
  • Global Perspective on Cities by George Mavros
  • Smart Cities & IoEs by Mike Duhne
  • Panel 1: Value proposition and socio-technical challenges & Solutions
  • Panel 2: Industry and Universities Engagements for Building and Sustaining Smart Cities
  • Brainstorming on Smart Cities Services and Products
  • Future Agenda & Networking

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