HICSS-56 Minitrack Program

Smart (City) and Data Streaming Application Development: Challenges and Experiences

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Introduction to the Minitrack on Smart (City) and Data Streaming Application Development: Challenges and Experiences

Sandra Gessing, Peter Salhofer, Cezary Mazurek, Charlie Catlett

Building Smart (City) Applications and data streaming have been fast evolving in the last couple of years with a breadth of topics with cities on the edge of the 4th industrial revolution. With COVID-19 starting to be better addressable and people returning to big cities and downtown areas, visions for urban utopia with focus on sustainability and communities arise again. The combination of Artifical Intelligence, Internet of Things and data streaming methods open up novel research areas with large transational potential and address topics such as smart transportation and standards such as Industry 4.0. This minitrack features the concepts and ideas of Smart Applications and data streaming applications, their implementations, especially from a software engineering point of view.

Introducing Data Mesh Paradigm for Smart City Platforms Design

Marcin Krystek, Cezary Mazurek, MikoĊ‚aj Morzy, Juliusz Pukacki

The concept of a smart city imposes a unique set of requirements for the underlying ICT technologies for a successful implementation of services and applications for citizens. At the core of these requirements lies the complex data platform architecture which must be carefully designed. The selection of a particular data platform architecture incurs significant technical debt to be serviced in the future, as well as the integration challenges involving hundreds of stakeholders. Since services developed within the smart city ecosystem have significant impact on human well-being and quality of life, the process of designing data platform must be robust. Data mesh paradigm is a new approach for building complex information systems. It is particularly suited as the blueprint for designing data platforms for smart cities. In this paper we present the overview of the data mesh concept. Building upon 25 years of experience of developing applications and providing data infrastructure for the city of Poznan, we identify key challenges when using the data mesh approach to build data platform tailored to a smart city. We provide guidelines for successful introduction of the data mesh at sociological, technological, and infrastructure level. We also point to the usability of the data mesh paradigm in the context of digital twins, a promising vision of future services for smart cities.

Usability Trends in Smart (City) Applications – Panel Discussion

Peter Salhofer (FH JOANNEUM, Austria)

Sandra Gessing (University of Illinois Discovery Partners Institute)
Cezary Mazurek (Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center)
Joe Stubbs (Texas Advanced Computing Center)

Building Smart (City) Applications and data streaming have been research domains for several years now. COVID-19 has accelerated digitalization for smart cities in topics such as usability of solutions via science gateways and remote monitoring of infrastructure. While many people started to work from home and many moved more to rural areas during the pandemic, we are convinced that urbanization will return with the need of planning for smart transportation and support of a lifestyle that focuses on community and sustainability. The community focus creates a demand that the different stakeholders of smart city applications such as the general public, policy makers and researchers can apply solutions that are intuitive and/or highly usable. The panel will go into detail for usability trends.sers via cloud messaging services.