IoT for Smart Cities


Every year, ISTAR – Center for Research in Information Sciences, Technologies and Architecture (IUL) – hosts a Summer School Program dedicated to the central themes of the ongoing multidisciplinary research which involve the areas of Science and Information Technology, Architecture, Mathematics and the recently created IoT laboratory. The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a growing field of research as humans and equipment are connected and embedded with smart technology. Considering the recent challenges in the area of smart-cities, -networks, -factories, -buildings, -home and -campus, this year, the ISTAR Summer School offers the possibility to explore the IoT in the context of smart cities, bringing together a multidisciplinary team (computer sciences, architecture and sociology) and taking advantage of the existing conditions in the IoT laboratory. The IoT laboratory is equipped for a wide range of research tasks such as acquisition and transmission of sensor data to data management platforms, visualization and data analysis platforms, thus encouraging multidisciplinary research in diverse fields of electronics, communication, security, usability, data analytics and BIM models (the data of buildings).


The objective of this Summer School is to introduce participants to emergent computing paradigms, technologies, services and business models associated with Internet of Things (IoT) for Smart Cities.
It also provides an overview of future trends and ongoing research in this new and fast-growing area:
_ Study the principles, research problems and applications of device, software and user mobility, as well as IoT;
_ Acquire experience with IoT technologies and operating systems;
_ Help students to develop self-study skills so that they can keep up with the rapidly changing technologies, tools and techniques in this knowledge area.

Why attend?

You should attend this Summer School, if you are interested in:
_ New challenges of Smart Cities, Smart Homes and the new range of IoT Communications (with emphasis on Lora because of the existing Cisco infrastructure)
_ Learn easily to program sensors and transmit real-time data to IoT platforms
_ Perform Data analytics over sensor data using IoT platforms to create knowledge and identify patterns
_ Data visualization
_ Interact with BIM models
_ Handle security issues on IoT
_ Interact with gamification and blockchain platforms in the context of IoT
_ Create small applied projects that can be used for Smart Home

Who should attend

This Summer School is aimed for:
_ Participants that want to learn more about the use of Internet of Things in the context of Smart Cities;
_ The Summer School will be multidisciplinary so that professionals and students of several fields of knowledge may gain from participate in it, Computer Science, Architecture and Mathematics students and professionals are the main target but also other fields of knowledge engaged with Smart Cities are welcome.


_ For the hands-on sessions participants should bring their own laptops to the summer school with the appropriate software installed (further instructions will be provided after the registration)
_ Some knowledge of programming languages is recommended, although this is not a mandatory requirement for the summer school;
_ It is recommended to have a basic background on english (some sessions and materials will be in english)

Dates and duration

The summer school will take place at ISCTE-IUL campus, from June 24th to 28th 2019, all days, from 9:00 to 19:00 (with the exception of the networking sessions, which will be held after this hour).  For the ones who register for the Summer School with a ECTS diploma the duration will be extended until the 8th July 2019, more information on this will be send by email.

The program is quite diversified and composed by talks, hands-on training, and networking sessions.

Main topics

The program will include eight main topics:

[Exploration Environments for IoT]
[Middleware for IoT]
[Design of solutions for IoT in the context of intelligent cities]
[IoT Data Analysis based on Cloud IoT Platform]
[Laboratorial Practice]
[IoT Security]
[Representation Models]
[Behavior change tools]

Register to IoT for Smart Cities Summer School 2019


Monday and Friday talks (auditorium Silva Leal, building Ala Autónoma), Tuesday talks (auditorium Afonso de Barros, building Ala Autónoma), Hands-on sessions (room C707, building II)


Talks and Hands-on

Monday and Friday talks (auditorium Silva Leal, building Ala Autónoma), Tuesday talks (auditorium Afonso de Barros, building Ala Autónoma), Hands-on sessions (room C707, building II)

Miguel Ângel Fuentes

Talk on “REMOURBAN – Renegeneration Model for accelerating the Smart Urban Transformation through exploiting the convergence of energy, mobility and ICTs” (abstract below)

Kinda Al-Sayed

Talk on “How urban infrastructure dependencies might inform the transition to low carbon urban economies”

Juan M. Navarro

Talk on “The city is listening: Acoustic IoT devices for citizens”

Ricardo Carvalho

Talk on “Smart Cities: Strategies, Technologies and Data Governance”

Rui Pereira

Talk on “Communications for IOT” (abstract below)

João Carlos Ferreira

Talk on “IoT4Smart*” (abstract below)

Sérgio Moro

Talk on “TourismAnalytics” (abstract below)

Carlos Serrão

Talk on “IoT Security Challenges” (abstract below)

José Luís Silva

Talk on “Interactive Systems: Design and Development”. (abstract below)

Sílvia Luís

Talk on “Combining behaviour change tools with IoT to promote sustainability”. (abstract below)

Maria Fernandes-Jesus

Talk on “Combining behaviour change tools with IoT to promote sustainability” (abstract below)

Talk: IoT4Smart*

João Carlos Ferreira, ISCTE-IUL, ISTAR-IUL

(Monday 24th, 9h30, auditorium Afonso de Barros, building Ala Autónoma)

Challengers of IoT for SMART Anything (Smart Cities, Smart Grids, Smart factories).
IoT and context information for user behavior change
ISCTE-IUL IoT Laboratory main achievements.

Talk: REMOURBAN – Renegeneration Model for accelerating the Smart Urban Transformation through exploiting the convergence of energy, mobility and ICTs

Miguel Ângel Fuentes, CARTIF

(Tuesday 25th, 9h30, auditorium Silva Leal, building Ala Autónoma)

REMOURBAN Project has developed and validated in three lighthouse cities (Valladolid, Nottingham and Tepebasi) a sustainable Urban Regeneration Model, holistic and replicable, that leverages the convergence area of the energy, mobility and ICT sectors in order to accelerate the deployment of innovative technologies, organisational and economic solutions to increase resource and energy efficiency, improve the sustainability of urban transport and reduce GHG emissions in urban areas. This urban renovation strategy is focused on citizens, as common factor of all the improvements, as they are the main drivers to transform cities into smarter and more sustainable environments.

Talk: How urban infrastructure dependencies might inform the transition to low carbon urban economies

Kinda Al-Sayed, UCL

(Tuesday 25th, 11h30, auditorium ASilva Leal, building Ala Autónoma)

Following the findings released in December 2018 at COP24 in Katowice, Poland about the extent of damage that global warming has done to Earth’s ecosystems, it is a matter of urgency to plan the transition to a more sustainable energy and
built environment future. Energy transformations will require an adaptation of the physical infrastructure of cities to minimise the damage posed by climate catastrophes and transform the end-use energy supply systems to fit with the
strategic shift to electric and clean energy solutions. In order to carefully plan the transformation of the existing urban infrastructure, there is a need to model the dependencies between different urban variables in order to understand the landscape of future energy demand and plan supply accordingly.
In planning for infrastructure transformation, there is a need to model two types of data; urban variables that embrace long-term dynamics, and urban data that change in real-time. The former is necessary to plan for long-term infrastructure services. The latter is vital to respond to disruptions to urban networks in the event of climate catastrophe. Technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain can become instrumental in this realm, enabled by networks of sensors, citizen science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and web 2.0 technologies. Information flows collected and communicated through these services could be used to support centralised, and peer-to-peer emergency response systems.

Talk: The city is listening: Acoustic IoT devices for citizens

Juan M. Navarro, UCAM

(Tuesday 25th, 14h, auditorium Silva Leal, building Ala Autónoma)

In a world where the visual aspect is often the first priority, we must begin to give sound the importance it has. Cities with their streets, buildings and squares are full of cameras that capture our images. In addition, the expansion of smartphones has led to anyone being a creator of images. We must be aware that we are beginning to be surrounded by sound collectors, both fixed and mobile, which open up a new field of possibilities to explore.  This conference reviews the applications and cases of use of acoustic devices in cities, as well as possible scenarios in the near future.

Talk: TourismAnalytics


(Tuesday 25th, 15h00, auditorium Silva Leal, building Ala Autónoma)

The decision making process has drastically changed in the last 10 years due to the advent of online social media. Nowadays, tourists easily share their opinions among each other in online platforms. Both tourism managers and practitioners cannot neglect the power of these important sources of information. In this talk, we will see how stakeholders can benefit from such massive information through data analytics approaches.

Talk: IoT Security Challenges


(Tuesday 25th, 16h30, auditorium Silva Leal, building Ala Autónoma)

The implementation of the new digital societies rely on the deployment and usage of multiple devices, with a plethora of sensors and actuators, that collect a multitude of data. These devices, also known as IoT, are becoming a prefered target of cybercriminals to explore these devices to compromise the way they work, the data they collect or use them to launch attacks against others. This presentation will present the major security challenges for IoT, highlighting some of the major risks, based on the OWASP IoT Top10, describe some the mitigations that will to be implemented and present some examples of IoT abuse.

Talk: Interactive Systems: Design and Development


(Tuesday 25th, 17h30, auditorium Silva Leal, building Ala Autónoma)

Ubiquitous Computing, strengthening by IoT, raises new usability challenges that cut across design and development. How can prototypes be used to explore the users’ mobility and interaction, both explicitly and implicitly, to access services within these ubiquitous computing environments? This talk reports on approaches for design and development of interactive systems that anticipates potential user problems, and reduces the cost of redesign (both crucial for a successful progress).

Talk: Combining behaviour change tools with IoT to promote sustainability

Sílvia Luís e Maria Fernandes-Jesus, ISCTE-IUL, CIS-IUL

(Friday 28th, 9h30, auditorium Afonso de Barros, building Ala Autónoma)

The efficacy of programs that promote sustainable behavior is highly dependent on contextual and motivational characteristics. IoT can support the development of applications that gather large amounts of data from the environment and use them in accordance with the individual’s motivational stage in order to provide the most adequate behavior change tool.

Talk: Smart Cities: Strategies, Technologies and Data Governance

Ricardo Carvalho, Axians

(Friday 28th, 11h30, auditorium Afonso de Barros, building Ala Autónoma)

Several cities in the world are implementing smart cities projects that make use of sensors, communication infrastructures, computers and software to better suit the available resources to achieve sustainability. Typically these projects use large quantities and varieties of data that need to be analyzed through sophisticated algorithms to find relevant standards or provide alerts that allow city services to respond in real-time. Therefore, data is now considered as a new strategic asset that it is essential to manage to preserve its value.
Based on these two strands – cities and data, this talk will systematize the state of art of smart cities in terms of strategies, technologies and data governance.

Talk: Communications for IoT

Rui Pereira, CISCO

(Friday 28th, 12h15, auditorium Afonso de Barros, building Ala Autónoma)

Connectivity is a critical piece of the IoT projects puzzle. All IoT scenarios (Smart Cities, Smart Grids, Smart Farms, Smart factories, Smart Homes) are in need of a secure and connected IoT environment.
In order to deploy and evolve IoT use cases, there’s a need for a resilient, multiservice, multilayer, multiprotocol network infrastructure capable to operate in any place, providing a secure and seamless network access for data to be transported, normalized and delivered from and to, devices, citizens, systems applications and further more.


João Carlos Ferreira,  Bruno Mataloto, Diogo Santos, Carlos Coutinho (ISTAR-IUL), Luís Manuel Dias da Silva (Altice), Pedro Valverde (Arquiled)

(room C707, building II)

Assignments are introduced to all students in the first week of classes. For the ones who attend the summer school with ECTS a second week of hands-on will be the continuation of the work developed applied to a complete IoT solution (Data acquisition, transmission to an IoT platform with associated data visualization and Data Manipulation). The output will be applied in an ISCTE-IUL classroom to measurement temperature, humidity, and luminosity.

The first week of hands-on work will include four assignments: Monday morning and afternoon (work1), Wednesday morning (work2), Wednesday afternoon (work3) and Thursday (work4) with student supervision and guidance.

Work_1 (Monday 24/6, 3 sessions) Students have a practical case to perform data transmission of a temperature sensor using the LoRa communication board to a laboratory server. An Arduino MKR WAN 1300 (LoRa connectivity) with a temperature sensor is configured to send data to a local SQL server. Students configures the LoRa server in the laboratory and the Arduino board.

Work_2 (Wednesday 26/6, morning sessions) A data visualization tool is applied on node red to create dashboards.

Work_3 (Wednesday 26/6, afternoon sessions) A data analytics work is performed in the Azure platform. (Thursday 27/6, 4 sessions)

Work_4 (Thursday 27/6, 4 sessions) Students will create an IoT project using temperature, humidity and luminosity sensor and will develop a local solution to take sensor data, transmitted to an IoT platform and create a visualization solution.

Work Presentation (Friday 28/6, afternoon sessions) The work developed Thursday will be discussed Friday afternoon during a presentation of 15 minutes per group with a PPT describing the work.

The second week, only applied to the participants registered with ECTS, will be the refinement of an IoT project. Students will participate in one of the running projects of ISTAR including the installation of a complete solution for one classroom. A second presentation is done on Friday 5/7 for final evaluation of the students registered with ECTS.


This Summer School will grant 6 ECTS for participants who register for this propose and attend also a second week of hands-on work.