Smart Cities: Integrating Power and Information Systems
Background and Goals
In the megacities of the future, information and computing technologies are expected to play a crucial role to transform current cities into smart cyber-physical systems where information is accessible by everyone. The term Smart Cities refers to integration of city assets with information technologies to improve quality of residents’ lives and public services. Among a city’s assets, power grid is the most preeminent one. Given that residents’ activities and cities assets on way or another include the utilization of electrical power, the power grid will be the cornerstone for making cities green, safe and secure while improving utilization and availability of public services. In addition, computational intelligence and machine learning are expected to be at the forefront of innovation for implementing smart cities.
The goal of this tutorial, is to provide an overview of existing tools regarding advanced smart power systems pertained to smart cities. Furthermore, implications for future research activities and challenges will be discussed including, but not limited to, smart homes, intelligent energy management and cybersecurity systems.