Successful SSCt2021: a big step towards the cities of the future

Yesterday the Sustainable Smart Cities and Territories International Conference 2021 came to an end, an event organised by the AIR Institute, Texas A&M University in Qatar, the BISITE Research Group and the IoT Digital Innovation Hub, in which numerous researchers discussed the design and technologies that must be implemented in our territories in order to create more sustainable and liveable cities.

Over three intense days, we have been attending events in which experts from academia and industry took part, such as Asmaa Al-hemaidi, project coordinator at the Ministry of Transport and Communications and a direct participant in the Smart Qatar National Digital Transformation Programme, who explained how advanced technology is being harnessed to bring about a digital transformation in Qatar that improves the lives of citizens and visitors, achieving diversification and economic sustainability. Or Ali Al Kuwari, director of Msheireb Properties, who presented "Msheireb Downtown Doha Smart and sustainable City".

Juan Manuel Corchado, president of the AIR Institute, had the opportunity to present Deep Intelligence and its importance in the management of Smart Cities since, thanks to its powerful architecture based on Deep Learning and its predictive capacity, it can be very useful to monitor the data extracted from any type of project or technology and anticipate possible future scenarios.

In addition, this conference has served as a showcase for another large number of studies and projects through its six sessions, two workshops and a doctoral consortium, which covered issues such as smart urban governance; eco-urbanism, urban resilience and climate change mitigation and adaptation; energy and climate policy; intelligent traffic control; crowd behaviour capturing and modelling and crowd management, or human-machine interactions. All sessions will be available in a special issue of the journal Electronics (JCR 2019 Electronics. 2.412) to be published soon.

We hope that SSCt2021 has been of benefit to all participants and attendees. To us, the overall experience has been a great success.