IEEE Smart Cities Workshop: Crossing Discipline Boundaries for Smart Cities


*This meeting is by INVITATION ONLY, but open to all IEEE members.  If you would like to attend the meeting, please      e-mail the meeting contact below* 


The IEEE Smart Cities Initiative is a global, multi-disciplinary effort launched in 2013 to help cities share knowledge, experiences, and good practices in the use of technology to enable better city management. The intent is to build a global network that fosters collaboration between industry, academy, and government within and across cities, and to bring the expertise of IEEE members to bear on that discussion.

In late 2015, the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative chose Kansas City and Casablanca as its fourth and fifth global Core Smart Cities. The beginning of Kansas City’s engagement with IEEE coincides with several other national smart city initiatives with a local footprint, along with the upcoming launch of Cisco/Sprint Smart City Corridor in downtown Kansas City.

Kansas City’s commitment as an IEEE Core Smart City is to help lead the discussion and develop content for the IEEE Smart City Network, and to engage potential Affiliate cities and other smart city networks we participate in the US.

We are holding a Kickoff Workshop Feb 8-9 at the Sprint Accelerator to officially launch our participation in the IEEE network and begin to develop a framework for fulfilling our commitment. The specific areas for inquiry that Kansas City has outlined are:

  • Public Safety: How do we evaluate the tradeoffs between personal liberty and responsibility and the widespread abilities for data collection and surveillance that smart city technology make possible?
  • Mobility: How do we begin to understand mobility as inclusive of both transit and ICT systems in a way that connects physical and social mobility, i.e., the ability to move around a city from place to place and the ability to improve one’s economic position?
  • Regionalism: How do we bridge the innovation ecosystem that embraces an entire metropolitan area with all the individual municipal and county jurisdictions that are the traditional movers of government policy?
  • Education: How can we infuse smart city infrastructure into education to modernize learning systemically, and to catalyze personalized, lifelong learning capable of connecting learners to 21st century tools, skills and instruction designed for interacting with the digital world?
  • Entrepreneurship: How do we translate educated, engaged citizens into the creation of businesses and programs for economic and social development?

Over the two day workshop, interested parties from Kansas City, potential Affiliate cities, and the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative leadership will hold focused sessions on each of these topics. These sessions will be facilitated by Dazza Greenwood, a lecturer and research scientist at MIT Media Lab, and regular collaborator with the UMKC Law School on civic tech projects.

The workshop is soliciting short papers from a policy, legal, or a technical perspective on the themes listed above, as well as additional smart city topics. 

This workshop is intended for:

  • Smart city/digital city community stakeholders in the Kansas City metro
  • Civic and government officials across the region who want to participate in the smart city conversation
  • Experts, practitioners, academics and specialists in the topic areas listed above
  • IEEE members
  • Participants from other cities who are interested in the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative


A full agenda will be available soon, a high level agenda is presented below.

 ***Paper Submission*** The short papers (limited to 2 pages) should be in the PDF format and submitted at EDAS (if you do not already have an account in EDAS, you’ll need to create one before submission). Accepted papers will be included in the electronic proceedings available to attendees. The authors of the short papers will be given an opportunity to present their work in a poster format at the workshop. The guideline for posters will be made available at the time of acceptance notification.

***Important Dates***

January 15, 2016: Submission Deadline

January 25, 2016: Acceptance Notification

January 31, 2016: Final Camera-ready version


The IEEE Smart City Initiative in Kansas City is coordinated by

  • City of Kansas City, Mo. (Core Smart City participant)
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City (academic partner)
  • KC Digital Drive (organizational lead and sponsor)
  • Think Big Partners (project management and support)
  • IEEE Kansas City Chapter (IEEE representative)

*Please include your organization name when you register*

  Date and Time




  • Start time: 08 Feb 2016 07:30 AM
  • End time: 09 Feb 2016 06:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
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  • 210 W 19 Terrace
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • United States 64108
  • Building: Sprint Accelerator
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  • Starts 21 December 2015 12:00 PM
  • Ends 05 February 2016 11:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
  • No Admission Charge



Monday, February 8, 2016

7:30-8:30             Registration & Breakfast

8:30-11:00           Welcome and Kickoff with UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton and Kansas City Mayor Sly James

                           IEEE Smart Cities Initiative Overview

                           KC Smart City Activity Overview

11:00-12:30         Entrepreneurship Workshop

12:30-1:30           Lunch

1:30-3:00             Poster Presentations

3:00-4:30             Public Safety Workshop 

5:00-7:00             Reception at Think Big Partners


Tuesday, February 9, 2016 

8:00-9:00            Breakfast 

9:00-10:30          Mobility Workshop

10:30-12:00        Regionalism Workshop

12:00-1:00          Lunch 

1:00-2:30            Education Workshop

2:30-3:30            General Session Report Out

3:30-5:00            Affliate City Meeting

5:00-7:00            KC Tour