Keynote speakers


E. Martínez Gil

E. Martínez Gil
Smart Cities & Smart Territories, INDRA


"Communication protocols and infrastructure"


Abstract: From the Smart City to the Smart Territory:

Current trends in the field of smart cities are focused on two large areas: The transfer of the smart city concept to a smart territory and the change of the service provision model towards a more sustainable management, alienated among others, to the SDGs.

To do so, we believe in the smart development of cities and territories with an integrated approach through state of the art solutions, with a focus on generating a tangible impact on the sustainability and societal factors within the territories and cities.

This transformation must be aligned in a three phases Strategy: 1)Change and transform: From within, based on current assets, with a focus on the digitization of operational models and processes and safe interaction with citizens; 2) Revalue: Future growth reinventing and dynamically adjusting the value proposition of the Territory, its services and their provision and the improvement of citizens’ wellbeing; and 3)Create the future: Through anticipation and intelligent planning actions that allow adapting products, channels of communication and interaction, resources, services and infrastructures, offering a territory with all kinds of guarantees against any future challenge.


Biography: Holds a degree in political science from the Pompeu Fabra University and the title of Superior Technician in Computer Systems and Networks. Graduate of the PMD management development program at ESADE.

His professional career has been closely linked to the areas of technology and public administration. He has worked for the European Union Council and is now the manager of the Smart Cities Center of Excellence at Indra-Minsait.

As a trainer, he regularly collaborates with the UPC and the Zigurat Institute of Technology on their smart cities programs. Sporadically, he collaborates with UB, UPF or UEM on this type of programs as well. He is also a tutor and trainer in a Smart Cities program for entrepreneurs of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Finally, he is coordinator of smart projects and of innovation projects at ESDi (Escuela Superior de Diseño), URL


Tan Yigitcanlar

T. Yigitcanlar
QUT Smart City Research Group


"The Role of Responsible Artificial Intelligence in Achieving Desired Smart City Outcomes"


Abstract: Today, ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI) is one of the most prominent technologies of our time with significant impacts on our economy, society, environment and cities. However, as much as benefits, the impacts of AI also cause substantial risks. The increasing concerns on the negative AI externalities, particularly in smart cities, proved the need for the development of more ethical AI systems. Hence, in recent years, the concept of ‘Responsible AI’—that ensures the ethical, transparent and accountable use of AI technologies in a manner consistent with user expectations, organisational values and societal laws and norms—is coined. This keynote talk, thus, will focus on and further elaborate the role of responsible AI in achieving desired smart city outcomes.


Biography: Tan Yigitcanlar is an eminent Australian smart city researcher with international recognition, reputation, and impact on policy, practice, and society. He has been responsible for research, teaching, training, and capacity building programs in the field of urban studies and planning in esteemed Australian, Brazilian, Finnish, Japanese, and Turkish universities. Presently, he holds Professorial positions at the School of Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, and at the School of Technology, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil. He is the Founding Director of the Australia-Brazil Smart City Research and Practice Network, Urban Studies Lab and QUT Smart City Research Group. His research aims to address contemporary urbanisation challenges—that are economic, societal, spatial, governance, or technology related in nature. Further information is available from https://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/tan.yigitcanlar.


E. Díaz-Plaza Sanz

E. Díaz-Plaza Sanz
Director of Business Development of IBM - Energy Sector and Smart Cities


"Digital transformation and technology trends for smart cities"


Abstract: The digital transformation is having a full impact on all areas of industry and society. Thus, cities and regions are not alien to these trends and are also taking advantage of new technologies, which allows the development of new services and optimization of existing ones. Added to the above, digital transformation as well as collaboration and implementation techniques are empowering citizens and relating them in an ever greater way with the rest of the citizen stakeholders.

This keynote talk will focus, therefore, on the description of the main characteristics associated with digital transformation, the most relevant technological enablers and methodologies, as well as their application to the field of smart cities.


Biography: Enrique Díaz-Plaza is an Electrical and Electronic Engineer who currently leads the business development for the energy sector in IBM for the countries of Spain, Portugal and Greece.

Since joined IBM, Enrique has promoted different areas of innovation such as smart grids or electric mobility. In addition to having been linked to the energy sector, other industries and areas in which he has actively participated can be highlighted, such as the telecommunications sector, the definition, development and deployment of smart cities (both in Spain and in other countries), the promotion of the Internet of Things, the application of smart approaches for asset management, the deployment of Industry 4.0 and digital transformation, as well as the participation and management of several R+D+i projects and programs, both national and international, most of them related to the smart cities area.

On the other hand, he also has experience in the application of different technologies and methodologies such as those related to advanced analytics, blockchain, project management, agile and lean approaches, design thinking, etc., also focused on the smart cities landscape as well as for other industries such as energy and utilities.

He is also a member of different national and international technical and standardization boards, as well as a professor in several universities and business schools.

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