IOT and blockchain FOR SMART CITIES [feb 2020]


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. In 2020 ISTAR hosts a Winter School also, which focuses on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain (BC). The IoT has been a growing field of research as humans and equipment are connected and embedded with smart technology. Considering the challenges in the area of smart-cities, -networks, -factories, -buildings, -home and -campus, and the fervour for the BC technology, this year the ISTAR Winter 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 the emerging Distributed Ledger Technology, which has been gaining momentum in areas beyond its cryptocurrency origins. Distributed Ledger Technology can be used to track billions of IoT connected devices, enabling the processing of transactions between them, as well as their distributed coordination. This decentralised movement prevents single points of failure and increases trust, hence allowing more reliable and resilient systems. BC technology can bring transparent traceability to the IoT devices.

The Winter School takes advantage of the existing conditions in the ISCTE-IUL 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, visualisation and data analysis platforms, thus encouraging multidisciplinary research in diverse fields of electronics, communication, security, usability, data analytics and Building Information Modelling.


The objective of this Winter School is to introduce participants to emergent computing paradigms, technologies, services and business models associated with Blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) for Smart Cities.
It also provides an overview of future trends and ongoing research in these new and fast-growing areas:
_ Study the principles, research problems and applications of device, software and user mobility regarding IoT and Blockchains;
_ Acquire experience with IoT Blockchain technologies and operating systems;
_ Help participants 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 Winter 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 Winter School is aimed for:
_ Participants that want to learn more about the use of Internet of Things in the context of Smart Cities, as well as about Blockchains and emerging Distributed Ledger Technologies;
_ The Winter 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 areas of knowledge engaged with Smart Cities and Blockchains are welcome.


_ For the hands-on sessions, participants should bring their laptops to the Winter 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 Winter school;
_ It is recommended to have a basic background on English (some sessions and materials will be in English)

Dates and duration

The Winter School will take place at ISCTE-IUL campus, from February 3th to 7th 2020, all days, from 9:30 to 18:30 (except for the networking sessions, which will be held after this hour).  For the ones who register for the Winter School with the ECTS diploma the duration will be extended until the 14th February 2020, more information on this will be sent by email.

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

Main topics

The program will include the following 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]
[Blockchain Internet of Things (IoT) Use Cases]
[Blockchain Interoperability and its application to the Video Game industry]
[Smart-contracts programming on Ethereum]
[Tools used to develop smart-contracts, such as Remix, Truffle, Ropsten, Etherscan]
[ERC20 tokens and ERC721 collectables]
[Distributed Ledger Technologies]
[Permissioned Blockchains]
[DAML – Smart Contracts]

Register to IoT Systems and Blockchain for Smart Cities Winter School 2020


The winter school will occur for one week or for two weeks (for the ones who register for obtaining ECTS). The first week will be from the 3rd to the 7th of February and the second week from the 10th to the 14th of February



João Carlos Ferreira

Talk on IoT System
Talk on IoT Communication and Security
Panel IoT and Blockchain for Smart Cities

Catarina Ferreira da Silva

Talk on Blockchain Skills for ICT Professionals
Panel IoT and Blockchain for Smart Cities

Carlos Coutinho

Talk on IoT Platforms
Panel IoT and Blockchain for Smart Cities

Rui Neto Marinheiro

Talk on Communication Architectures for the Internet of Things

Alberto Cunha

Departamento de Engenharia Informática
Instituto Superior Técnico
Talk on Challenges in Large Scale IoT and Cyber-Physical Systems

Alexander Kocian

Dep. of Computer Science & Dep. Agriculture, Food and Environment University of Pisa
Talk on From simple sensors to Internet-of-Things …. and what is the relation to machine learning

António Casimiro

Laboratório de Sistemas de Grande Escala Faculdade de Ciências Universidade de Lisboa
Panel IoT and Blockchain for Smart Cities

Augusto Casaca

Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores – Investigação e Desenvolvimento
Panel IoT and Blockchain for Smart Cities

Bruno Almeida

Hands-on BC Distributed Ledger Technologies – from the theory to practice

Jason J. Jung

Knowledge Engineering Laboratory Department of Computer Engineering Chung-Ang University
Talk on “Computation Negotiation for IoT Environment”

Luis Lamela

Panel IoT and Blockchain for Smart Cities

Luís Marado

Hands on BC – Smart contracts – Prototyping decentralized applications with DAM

Léo Besançon

Laboratoire d’Informatique en Images et Systèmes d’Information University of Lyon
Talk on and Hands-on Ethereum Smart Contracts

Nuno Cruz

Future Internet Technologies Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa
Laboratório de Sistemas de Grande Escala
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Panel IoT and Blockchain for Smart Cities

Rodolfo Oliveira

Instituto de Telecomunicações
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Panel IoT and Blockchain for Smart Cities

Rui Serapicos

Portuguese Blockchain Alliance
Talk on Blockchain: Lessons from the battlefield. What can we do about it?
Panel IoT and Blockchain for Smart Cities

Stefano Chessa

Dep. of Computer Science University of Pisa
Talk on From simple sensors to Internet-of-Things …. and what is the relation to machine learning


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

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