New Trends in Control and Optimization in Smart City Networks (Open Invited Track)


In recent years, there has been a growing interest in sustainable and smart cities. Increasingly, cities need more efficient water, transportation, and energy systems to address various challenges, including a growing population, environmental and economic sustainability, and resiliency to natural disasters and unpredictable events. Advanced technologies for data collection, information processing, and decision-making are being developed, accompanied by advances in technologies for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions reduction such as renewables, electric vehicles, space heating, and industrial processes; all together these form the foundation for smart city networks and provide the focus for this special issue.

Typical examples of smart city networks are electrical distribution grids characterized by different nodes and/or clusters of microgrids, and transportation networks in which links represent roads and nodes represent crossings. Often, these networks are interconnected and interacting, examples of which are charging stations for electric vehicles which couple power and transportation networks. District heating and electricity networks are often coupled, as are water distribution and district heating. In most of these networks, a common theme is an increasing shift towards solutions consisting of automation, digitalization, networking through the Internet of Things (IoT), thereby underscoring the need for developing tools for collecting, monitoring, and processing large amounts of data, analyzing and synthesizing real-time control algorithms, and carrying out studies that are scalable and are capable of handling emergencies.

The proposed Open Invited Track aims to collect new advances in the study of smart city networks, both from an application and methodological point of view.


  • Michela Robba, Giulio Ferro (DIBRIS-Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and Systems Engineering, University of Genova, Italy)
  • Rong Su (School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore)
  • Anuradha Annaswamy (Active-adaptive Control Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA)
  • Christos Cassandras (Division of Systems Engineering, Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE), Boston University, Brookline, MA)
  • Karl Johansson (School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Masayuki Fujita (University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan)
  • Toru Namerikawa (Department of System Design Engineering, Keio University, Yokohama, Japan)

IFAC 2023

Date & Time

Sun, July 9, 2023 –
Fri, July 14, 2023

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Yokohama. Japan

Yokohama. Japan