Smart Cities/Cities of the Future - the coming challenge

Novel Smart Cities are on the planning boards of governments and investors alike, in various parts of the world. To mention Singapore and Australia. Those Cities will be designed from scratch to a specification. Undertakings on such a scale and complexity were never done yet. The  development is going to pose a challenge to the design and design validation, system orchestration, growth and evolution. What do we know about the design of systems of that scale and complexity. What functionalities are going to be embedded in those systems to create a living environment enhancing living and working conditions, and fulfilling  societal requirements and needs without degrading the surrounding natural environment. What solutions, technologies, and tools are available to support such an undertaking. And what is still needed?


  • John S. Baras,
    Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland at College Park, USA


John S. Baras is a Professor and Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering at the Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland at College Park, USA. Diploma in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 1970; M.S., Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University 1971, 1973.

Since 1973, faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and in the Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Computation Program, at the University of Maryland College Park. Founding Director of the Institute for Systems Research (ISR), 1985 to 1991. Since 1991, Founding Director of the Maryland Center for Hybrid Networks (HYNET). Since 2013, Guest Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden.

IEEE Life Fellow, SIAM Fellow, AAAS Fellow, NAI Fellow, IFAC Fellow, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Received the 1980 George Axelby Prize from the IEEE Control Systems Society, the 2006 Leonard Abraham Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2014 Tage Erlander Guest Professorship from the Swedish Research Council, and a three year (2014-2017) Senior Hans Fischer Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study of the Technical University of Munich, Germany. In 2016 he was inducted in the A. J. Clark School of Engineering Innovation Hall of Fame of the University of Maryland, and received the 2017 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, and the 2017 AACC Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award.

Professor Baras’ research interests include systems and control, optimization, communication networks, signal processing and understanding, applied mathematics, robotics, computing systems and networks, network security and trust, and model-based systems engineering.