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Engineering    2016, Vol. 2 Issue (2) : 156 -158
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Smart Cities as Cyber-Physical Social Systems
Christos G. Cassandras()
Division of Systems Engineering & Center for Information and Systems Engineering, Boston University, Brookline, MA 02446, USA

The emerging prototype for a Smart City is one of an urban environment with a new generation of innovative services for transportation, energy distribution, healthcare, environmental monitoring, business, commerce, emergency response, and social activities. Enabling the technology for such a setting requires a viewpoint of Smart Cities as cyber-physical systems (CPSs) that include new software platforms and strict requirements for mobility, security, safety, privacy, and the processing of massive amounts of information. This paper identifies some key defining characteristics of a Smart City, discusses some lessons learned from viewing them as CPSs, and outlines some fundamental research issues that remain largely open.

Keywords Smart Cities      Cyber-physical systems      Data-driven control     
Corresponding Authors: Christos G. Cassandras   
Just Accepted Date: 27 June 2016   Issue Date: 30 June 2016
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