Smart cities, territories and tourism

Smart Cities is a highly important research area because of its great impact on our lives. In 2050 there will be more people living in cities than in the whole planet at the beginning of the 21st century, so the focus on quality of life or the poverty gap will be on cities. 80% of carbon emissions are emitted in urban and peri-urban environments. We also known that 85% of all resources are consumed in cities even though they are produced elsewhere. All this creates a scenario in which the application of intelligent technologies has a place both in cities and in the territories to make them intelligent and of course in the tourism sector that enjoys both assets: the property and the natural.

Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence can be applied to the enrichment of cities, territories and intelligent tourism:

  • Intelligent agriculture represents an opportunity to create value by improving the efficiency of resources such as water or fertilizers, productivity, environmental processes, health and animal welfare, and by providing tools to mitigate climate change.
  • Smart stores will make the business processes the company faces much faster, more profitable and above all, more productive.
  • Through e-Commerce, online and in-store shopping activities are synchronized to provide new shopping experiences for the customer.
  • Education, human capital and culture benefit from AI, as it can transform the skills with which we observe the world and change our understanding and knowledge of things.
  • There can be a better offer of technological services focused on the environment, such as: fire protection, technical alarms, energy efficiency (Smart Energy Grids) in order to contribute to cost savings, environmental management and mobility management.
  • Traceability and logistics services, which will be very useful in any commercial environment thanks to the IoT.
  • Smart Buildings / Management of public buildings, whose facilities and systems could benefit from technology-based optimization
  • Infrastructure management, such as electrical networks, water supply pipes, lighting, sewerage, traffic management elements, information screens, parking lots, irrigation, parks and gardens, etc. For an intelligent city, the maintenance of public infrastructures is of vital importance.
  • Support for an intelligent government that includes the opening of data, the reuse of data, transparency and citizen participation in decision-making processes.
  • Collaborative mobility and urban transport planning, for the reduction of carbon levels and the impact associated with climate change
  • Follow-up of people or pets, as services oriented to cover emergency and rescue situations.
  • Public security and other aspects related to fire prevention and detection, action against earthquakes or other emergency situations, video surveillance of public spaces, public safety and management of public emergency services/civil protection, etc.

Contact: Francisco Javier Melero Rus

Related Researchers:


  Name Email Area Cat.
Castillo Vidal, Luis l.castillo@decsai.ugr.axCUB3qZes Data Science and Big Data Area, DaSCI Technology Applications Area PhD
Fernandez Olivares, Juan faro@decsai.ugr.i9rhqnQbSIes Data Science and Big Data Area PhD
García Cabello, Julia DaSCI Technology Applications Area, Computational Intelligence Area PhD
Herrera Triguero, Francisco DaSCI Technology Applications Area, Data Science and Big Data Area, Computational Intelligence Area PhD
Herrera Viedma, Enrique viedma@decsai.ugr.5YKKGcexaes Computational Intelligence Area PhD
Melero Rus, Francisco Javier DaSCI Technology Applications Area PhD
Montes Soldado, Rosana Computational Intelligence Area PhD