Background and Goals

In recent years, there are two major actions for Taiwan government using information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve its services to general public - the clouds and the open data. It is expected to reduce operational cost in electricity, transportation, health, water, waste management costs and resources consumption, and to engage more effectively and actively with the people of the country as a result, which means, in the other words, to make a country smarter.


Major population of a country is in the cities. How to make a city smarter has been discussed since 2007, but only gaining its momentum in the recent years.  Along the advance in ICT, such as clouds, IoT and big data etc.  Most issues are on “system or systems”, from sensors, sensory networks, vertical and horizontal system integration, databases and data analysis etc.  These constituents lead to this special workshop and we will discuss not only the perspectives of computation and data analytics but also specifically knowing how to use real data generated by governments in general for real applications.  Applying genuinely on Real data applications can genuinely leverage efficiency and effectiveness of government operations and ultimately leads to better lives for the citizens/people.


Two major issues will be presented and discussed in this workshop:

(a.) using (big, diverse) datas to better understand cities and improve their operations and policies.

(b.) use of embedded sensing, computation, and communications technologies to make cities smarter and to provide more precise data for operational optimization and policy.









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