IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2018)


The Fourth IEEE Annual International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2018) will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, USA  during September 16 – 19, 2018.  As the flagship conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Technical Community that is a coalition of six IEEE technical societies and organizations, ISC2-2018 will bring together researchers and practitioners in a collaborative smart cities discussion, including scholars, citizens, policymakers, administrators, infrastructure operators, industry representatives, economists, sociologists, and academicians.  Technical exchanges within the research community will encompass panels, plenary talks, technical sessions, tutorials, workshops and exhibitions.

Conference Theme: A Systems Approach for Smarter Communities

As we continue to layer new technology on top of and within our cities and infrastructure, we are forced to confront the complex interplay between our technology systems and our service delivery systems that make our communities attractive and welcoming to the people who live there. We talk broadly about the health care system or the education system, and we acknowledge the regional nature of transportation systems, energy and water systems, and even food systems. As sensors, data, connectivity, networks, and analytics offer opportunities to improve each of these systems independently, the common elements of the technology infrastructure offer more opportunities for interoperability across systems and to reframe how we optimize and make decisions about these systems. Better transportation can help provide access to food and healthcare, for example, or smart lighting can address energy consumption and public safety. Yet the more we focus on the system, how do we maintain an appreciation of the people within the system as complex, unique individuals with disparate values rather than simply as nodes in a network? How do we balance the opportunity for shared efficiency with the heightened risks of linking things together? The technical and social challenges we encounter in this work are the foundation for the 4th International IEEE Smart Cities Conference.

Co-Located Workshops

Conference Site



The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

Address: 1 E Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA


Conference Dates: 

September 16 – 19, 2018


Important Dates:

  • Conference: September 16 – 19, 2018 (Sunday – Wednesday)
  • Workshop paper camera-ready submission: August 15, 2018 (Wednesday)
  • Conference paper camera-ready submission: August 5, 2018 (Sunday)
  • Poster/Demo submission deadline: July 20, 2018 (Friday)
  • Workshop Papers submission deadline: July 15, 2018 (Sunday)
  • Main technical paper notification: July 13, 2018 (Friday)
  • Paper submission firm deadline: June 1, 2018 (Friday)

Kansas City

Kansas City is one of the five IEEE Core Smart Cities in the world.

IEEE Core Smart Cities and Affiliated Smart Cities.


IEEE Smart Cities

The IEEE Smart Cities Technical Community brings together IEEE’s broad array of technical societies and organizations to advance the state of the art for smart city technologies for the benefit of society and to set the global standard in this regard by serving as a neutral broker of information amongst industry, academic, and government stakeholders.

Partner Organizational Units of IEEE Smart Cities include:

  1. IEEE Communications Society
  2. IEEE Control Systems Society
  3. IEEE Industry Applications Society
  4. IEEE Power & Energy Society
  5. IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society
  6. Council on Electronic Automation Design


September 2018: The conference event went successfully! Thanks all who attended! Pictures can be found here (by Glenn Ricart) and more here (by Kaustubh Dhondge and many others). See you next year in Casablanca Morocco!

September 2018: Conference program brochure is now available!

August 2018: Smart Cities Architecture Viewpoints Workshop – its position paper submission and participation information is updated.

August 2018: Presenter Guidline is posted.

August 2018: The cutoff date for the conference hotel’s discount ($169/night) is extended to August 29th. The reservations can be made through online here.

August 2018: Journal SI information (IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, Springer JNSM, MDPI Sensors Journal) is updated.

August 2018: Government discount registration option is added (not for author registration).

August 2018: The paper presentations schedule for the main conference is posted.

August 2018: Smart Cities Architecture Viewpoints Workshop by Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) will be co-located with ISC2.

August 2018: NSF Aspiring PI Workshop Travel grant will be available on a competitive basis with strong preference to Aspiring PIs from underrepresented groups. (Application due: August 10th)

July 2018: The conference hotel’s discount rate reservation ($169/night) can be made through online until 5pm CST August 16, 2018. The reservations received after the cut-off will be accepted at the Hotel’s prevailing rate based on availability.

July 2018: A certificate of Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be provided to requested participants.

July 2018: Panel information is updated.

July 2018: Author instructions for camera-ready version and information on Registration/Visa are posted. Visa letters (author, non-author) can be requested at the registration site.

June 2018: NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) Aspiring PI workshop will be co-located with ISC2.

June 2018: 5G Communication, Security and Privacy in Smart Cities Workshop will be co-located and is accepting papers until July 15.

June 2018: BLESS (BLockchain Enabled Sustainable Smart Cities) Workshop will be co-located and is accepting papers until July 15.

June 2018: Poster/Demo submission deadline is extended to July 20, 2018.

May 2018: Paper submission deadline is extended.

April 2018: Keynote speakers information is posted.

March 2018: Three journal special issues are going to be published from selected ISC2 papers.

Feb 2018: CFP is broadly announced.

Jan 2018: The website is up!


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