• 18 April / 20 April 2020
  • United Kingdom
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The concept of a “Future Smart Cities”, is to provide solutions for making cities much more efficient and sustainable, the concept became popular in the recent years, encouraging ideas, researches, and projects for a “smart” urban development.

A smart cities is generally defined as cities capable of merging between “competitiveness” and “sustainability” by integrating different dimensions of development, and by addressing infrastructural investments able to support economic growth as well as the quality of life of communities, create a more careful management of natural resources, greater transparency, and participation to decision-making processes. Transportation planning, creating safety measures, and the participation of the users, are the initiatives that lead to cities transformation. Based on those assumptions, this contribution tackles the controversial subject of Smart Cities. In the contemporary debate, the concept of smart cities relates to the role of human capital, social and relational capital using ICT.

This conference has a particular attention to the role of strategic planning, economical planning, urban & architectural development, and ICTs and their impact on the future of the smart cities and their idea structure. It highlights that despite the efforts, a shared definition of the term is still missing and current approaches to the issue are still very heterogeneous; which emphasizes, on the contrary, the key-role that urban planning, grounding on a holistic approach to cities’ development, should play in coordinating and integrating urban policies addressed to building up a Smart Cities. IEREK organizes this conference in order to get proposals into how to transform cities into Smart cities.


IEREK is now negotiating to sign several agreements with many top ranked Journals to publish the proceedings of this conference. Announcements soon will be made regarding publishing.

Conference Topics
  1. Sustainable Cities & Smart Development.
  2. Commuting & Transportation.
  3. Safety measures & Citizens Engagement.
  4. Sustainable resources & Utilities.
  5. Internet of Things & Big Data Analysis in Smart Cities.
  6. Urban Safety Approach & Spatial Quality.
  7. Smart Grid & Infrastructure.
  8. Smart Mobility, and smart traffic.
  9. Urban Framework for a smart cities.
  10. ICT, benefits, impact, and its role in planning.
  11. Technology in a sustainable transformation.
  12. Education, awareness for a smart cities and its deliverance.
  13. Strategies and Systems to optimize the smart growth.
  14. Smart Economy for a sustainable development.
  15. Performance Evaluation, and Efficiency, in Simulated and Actual Environments.
  16. Smart Healthcare, & Emergency management.
  17. Smart Vehicles and corresponding Infrastructure Integration.
  18. Autonomous intelligent transportation systems.
  19. Logistics, Manufacturing & smart implementation.
  20. Smart Sustainable Buildings, Sustainable Grids, & Connected vehicle technologies.
  21. Pedestrians & Cyclists, safety and developments.
  22. Cyber security, resilience and cloud computing for Future Cities.
Benefits of Attending

Attending conferences is very beneficial on the professional level. Conferences are full of people promoting new ideas which will expand your knowledge and undoubtedly help your career. Not only you get to hear presentations, but also converse with other researchers from different universities and even countries you may have only heard or read about. You learn from experts in the field.

It is a great opportunity to find more about your field and listen to ideas that could help inspire research ideas of your own. Not to mention, getting an overview of the place or cities where the conference is being held and learning about its people and culture.

Conferences can also expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research.

The conference proceedings will be published by one or more journals. The Proceedings shall be included in the journals as a part of their services in Open Access Journals.

The Participants are granted internationally recognized certificates from UEL University and IEREK which will be added to their certificates of experience or could be presented to the official authorities concerned.

Participation Procedure

Once an abstract is submitted, it will be sent to the reviewers committee to go through the revision process:

  • Elementary Review:

Once an abstract has been submitted to our website, it is assigned for review by the reviewers using the abstract review sheet and validation of publication. This is based on four criteria:

  • Accepted for publication (with minor editing changes).
  • Conditionally accepted for publication (with revisions provided to authors).
  • Rejected but encouraged for re-submission with major modifications.
  • Rejected as inappropriate or unworthy of publication in this certain conference.

The criteria for accepting abstracts for the conference are as follows; a relevant topic of the conference should be proposed with clear writing, aims, and objectives of the study clearly presented, as well as a sound literature and methodology of the work.

  • First Acceptance:

Authors will receive a notification message to know the feedback of the reviewers committee. If an author receives the acceptance of his or her abstract, he or she has to continue writing the full-length paper using the requested templates.

  • Uploading Full-Length Paper:

Authors who are allowed to upload their full-length paper(s) should use the same account details to upload their full paper(s).

  • Second Acceptance:

The final paper will proceed to the primary revision to be checked if it meets the conference proceedings standards. Once it gets accepted, the author of the paper will be informed to pay the fees so that it could be sent for the final revision by the scientific committee.

  • Payment:

In this step, and to proceed paper(s) that passed to the final revision process and to get the final approval, authors have to pay the requested fees. Otherwise, the final revision process will not be considered for their papers.

  • Inspections and Final Approval of Full Papers:

Those with full papers and who have paid the requested fees will get finally inspected, either scientifically or linguistically. There will be a rigorous review process of full papers following the previous process according to the following criteria:

(1) Is the topic relevant to the conference?

(2) Is the writing and structure clear?

(3) Are graphics, photos, illustrations used where needed?

(4) Are the aims of the study clearly stated?

(5) Are the objectives of the study achieved?

(6) Is the literature review relevant and adequate?

(7) Has the author used an appropriate methodology and has it been clearly explained?

(8) Has the author interpreted the findings correctly?

(9) Is the paper a significant contribution to the field?

These are the registration and revision procedures for publication that all authors should follow.

Plagiarism Policy

IEREK has an unyielding policy regarding plagiarism. We believe that copying/taking the ideas and work of other Authors without permission and credit, is fraudulent. The Reviewing committee and IEREK employees have the authority to reject a paper during its reviewing process,  on the basis of the paper being subjected to either minor or major plagiarism. Duplicating any content, even if it is one sentence or one table without the consent of its original Author, will lead to the paper’s refusal upon the complaint of the plagiarism victim.

Author's Instructions

Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper, a maximum 300 word abstract is to be submitted.


Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted for publication, must be presented at the conference.
English will be the official language of the “Future Smart Cities” Conference.

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IEREK is now negotiating to sign several agreements with many top ranked Journals to publish the proceedings of its conferences. Announcements soon will be made regarding publishing.

Important Dates
Date From Date To Notes
Abstract Submission Deadline August 10, 2016
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance August 11, 2016 August 26, 2016 Acceptance is issued once a positive feedback is received from the reviewing committee.
Full Paper Submission Deadline August 27, 2016 December 10, 2016
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance December 11, 2016 December 26, 2016
Early Payment Deadline September 10, 2016 Late payment fees are mandatory after this date.
Late Payment Deadline January 10, 2017
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) January 10, 2017 Will not be issued without completing the conference fees.
Letter of Final Acceptance February 20, 2017 Will not be issued without completing the fees, and approval of the Full Paper.
Conference Program March 10, 2017
Conference Launch April 10, 2017 April 12, 2017
Conference Venue
UK .
Conference Fees
  • Each research paper should have at least one main author who should pay the full fees (Author’s fees + Publication Fees), even if the main author is a Master’s or a PhD candidate, and even if the author won’t be able to attend the conference. These fees include the registration of only one author to the conference. (As shown in the table, row 1)
  • The fees of Conference book (hard copy + flash memory) for audiences and co- authors. (As shown in the table row 4)
  • In case students or interested audience want to attend the conference without presenting a paper, they must pay the specified fees. (As shown in the table, row 5)

Cancellations / Refunds

  • Delegates who cancel their registration due to special circumstances less than 60 days before the start of the conference and do not have a paper published in the proceedings will receive a complete refund minus a €100 administration charge. If the proceedings book is already published, the fees cannot be refunded.
  • Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa (if needed), by sending an invitation letter, but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.
1. Fees for Authors € 400
2. Fees for 1st Co-Authors € 200
3. Fees for (2nd-5th) Co-Authors (per person) € 100
4. Fees for publication online in open access at € 100
5. Fees for Audiences / Students / Listeners € 300
Refund Policy

For Authors;

-If for any personal reason, you will not be attending the conference, you’ll be asked to provide a presentation and contact one of our scientific committee members for an extra fee, in order to present your work instead of you.

-If your visa got rejected, or if you weren’t able to get a security clearance for travel, kindly provide us with the rejection letter from the embassy/consulate or the office responsible for security clearances, and we will assign a member of the scientific committee for free to present your paper, after you’ve completed a PowerPoint presentation, only if a co-author will not be able to provide a presentation in your place, where in order for the co-author to present he will be required to pay the co-author fees as well.

-Once a visa letter and an acceptance letter has been issued, a refund will not be possible.

For Co-Authors, Audience, and Workshop attendees;

-Refund before the event with a duration of 45 days will be allowed in full, only deducted the fees for the transaction.

-Refund after the given duration of 45 days will only occur in case of Visa rejection, proof of rejection must be submitted, and according to the rejection reason refund amount will be determined as the following;

  • If the rejection reason stated that the rejection was the applicants fault for not submitting the required papers for the visa, refund will occur with administrative fees deducted from the total amount ONLY if before the event’s date, no refunds after the event’s date will occur.
  • If the rejection reason was decided for reasons that the Applicant can’t be accounted for, refund will occur with transaction fees deducted.
Visa Application

For participants who need Entry Visas, IEREK will issue a visa letter by Salento University for applicants who are accepted to present at our conferences.

Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

However, you are required to prepare your papers according to the regulations of your country’s embassy/consulate. To do this, you will need to visit the embassy/consulate website or by contacting them.

In case of any missing document during the appointment or any other unfortunate incident that leads to your rejection, IEREK clears its responsibility as we will have done our part in providing the documents we can provide to ease the process.

Scientific Committee
Name Organization Country
Hassan Abdalla
Dean of the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE), Professor at Cranfield University and an international authority in the field of sustainable engineering design.
United Kingdom
Muhammad Abdul Mujeebu
Associate Professor, College of Architecture and Planning, Department of Building Engineering, University of Dammam.
Saudi Arabia
Aylin Orbasli
Associate professor of Architecture Regeneration at Oxford Brookes University.
United Kingdom
Mahmoud Ghoneem
Assistant Professor in Architecture Department and Environmental Engineering and in Urban Management for climate change (IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2014), Faculty of Fine Arts.
Hatem Ibrahim
Associate Professor of Architecture at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University.
Lucia Della Spina
Professor of Real Estate Appraisal and Economic Assessment of Plans, Programs and Projects, Department of Heritage, Architecture, Urban planning Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria.
Khaled Tarabieh
Assistant professor at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a LEED-accredited professional and QSAS-certified green professional with expertise in green buildings design.
Despina Kyprianou
Professor in Bioclimatic Architecture and the Urban Environment, at the Dept. of Environmental Science and she carries out research in Architecture, Energy and Environment.
Ajay Chandak
Founder & Chairperson at PRINCE (Promoters, Researchers & Innovators in New & Clean Energy).
Fabio Naselli
Assistant Professor of Urban Design , Regional Planning, History and Design at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Kore University of Enna.
Antonella Versaci
Professor in architecture Expert in architectural conservation and site management. UNESCO, UNDP and IT MAE projects experience.
Sheeba Chander
Professor and head of school of architecture at Hindustan University PhD (Planning), Hindustan University, Chennai.
Iman Amad
Director, Unit of Architectural Conservation, Urban Planning and Risk Reduction Centre Associate Professor of Architecture, An-Najah National University.
Francesco Calabrò
Professor of Real Estate Appraisal and Economic Assessment of Plans, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria.