Summer School IoT for Smart Cities + R&D projects on Smart {Cities, Buildings, Education and Health}


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 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 Anything (-Cities, -Networks, -Factories, -Buildings, -Home, -Health, -Education and -Campus), this year, the ISTAR Summer School offers the possibility to explore the IoT in the context of smart anything, 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 Anything.
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 Anything, Smart Cities, Smart Building, Smart Education and Smart Health 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 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, Smart Building, Smart Education and Smart Health;
– 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, Health, Education and Mathematics students and professionals are the main target but also other fields of knowledge engaged with Smart Anything are welcome.


– 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 Jul 27th to October 23th 2020, all days, from 9:30 to 18:30 (with the exception of the networking sessions, which will be held after this hour). For the ones who register for the Summer School with an ECTS diploma the will be provided.
The program is quite diversified and composed by talks, hands-on training, and networking sessions.

Main topics

The program will include eight main topics:

Smart Health #1 – COVID Information extraction from text at Hospital and Social Network
Smart Health #2 – COVID Image Information Extraction
Smart Health #3 – COVID Remote monitor process
Smart Building #1 –Things2People – Local Building IoT data in 3D BIM models
Smart Building #2 –People2People – 3D users’ avatars to understand and change user behavior
Smart Education #1- Extract knowledge from student’s comments and publications in social media
Smart Cities #1 – Id patterns in bike-sharing data (sustainability patterns in the city)
Smart Cities #2 Id Lisbon traffic patterns from Waze (How people move in the city)



OPEN SESSION – Sustainable Cities: Viewpoints of the Pioneer Alliance


The Session will take place the 21th October 2020 at the Silva Leal Auditorium and online (need to register in the link above), from 14h00 to 16h00 Portugal Continental time, 13h00 to 15h00 GMT (15h00 to 17h00 France, Germany and Slovakia time, 16h00 to 18h00 Finland and Greece time)

Portugal: Institutional welcome

– Maria das Dores Guerreiro, Vice-Rector for Internationalization of Iscte-IUL and Carlos Sá da Costa, Dean of the ISTA school of Iscte-IUL


– Sylvie Chevrier, Deputy Vice-President International, Université Gustave Eiffel, Paris and Jean-Bernard Kovarik, Vice-president Public Policy Support, Université Gustave Eiffel, Paris: “The building of a district based upon sustainable urban planning that meets the requirements of the circular economy and a low carbon strategy”


– Tuija Hirvikoski, Director at Laurea University of Applied Sciences: “Higher Education and Participatory Research and Innovation Co-creating Future cities”


– George Yannis, Professor, Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering (DTPE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA): “New Data for Urban Road Safety” and Stergios Mavromatis, Assistant Professor, Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering (DTPE) of the NTUA: “Automation and Public Transport”


– Jozef Ristvej, Vice-Rector for International Relations and Marketing, University of Zilina: “On Smart City and Safe City Concepts”


– Hartmut Reinhard, Professor Dr., and Manuel Lösch, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Technische Hochschule Köln University (TH Köln University): “Maturity Level Controlling of Smart Mobility Projects”


– João Carlos Ferreira, Assistant Professor at Iscte-IUL and Researcher at ISTAR-IUL: “Things2People and People2People interactions in the context of a Smart City – Can Sensors change Human Behaviour?”


– Catarina Ferreira da Silva and João Carlos Ferreira, Assistant Professors at Iscte-IUL and Researchers at ISTAR-IUL

Register to IoT for Smart Cities Summer School 2020


The Summer School will take place at ISCTE-IUL campus, from July 27th to October 23th 2020, all days, from 9:30 to 18:30

Talks and Hands-on

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

João Carlos Ferreira


Carlos Coutinho


Rui Neto Marinheiro


Catarina Pinto


Nuno Bento


Silvia Luis


Luis Elvas



António Casimiro

Laboratório de Sistemas de Grande Escala Faculdade de Ciências Universidade de Lisboa

Rudolfo Oliveira

Instituto de Telecomunicações
Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Nuno Cruz

Future Internet Technologies Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa
Laboratório de Sistemas de Grande Escala
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

Augusto Casaca

Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores – Investigação e Desenvolvimento

Luís Rosário

Santa Maria Hospital

Duc Pham

Birmingham University

Antonio Caballero

Castilla de la Mancha University

Berit Helgheim

University Norway

Stefano Chessa

Dep. of Computer Science University of Pisa