FTAL Conference 2021 – Sustainable smart cities and regions
28 ottobre 2021 - 29 ottobre 2021
Campus Est, Lugano-Viganello
Hosted by the Department of Innovative Technologies (DTI) of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI).

The conference

In recent years, the concept of smart cities has been widespread and cities are increasingly taking initiatives to apply disruptive technologies and other solutions to transform their infrastructure, services, or administrations. Recently the Covid-19 pandemic situation has challenged current organization of Smart Cities and Regions. At the same time, Covid-19 pandemic is speeding up the design and development of novel approaches and technologies to build more resilient, inclusive and sustainable cities.

The FTAL 2021 conference will showcase the applied research and technology transfer activities on smart cities carried out by Switzerland’s Universities of Applied Sciences jointly with their partners in industry and academia. All forms of relevant research are welcome, including conceptual, theoretical, quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method studies. Papers with an interdisciplinary nature are welcome.

To foster collaboration in applied research and technology transfer, the FTAL 2021 conference aims to provide networking opportunities to researchers and practitioners as well as to advanced students. Students and junior researchers who are active in applied research and development in academia and/or industry are welcome to contribute

FTAL is the Association of Swiss Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Life Sciences,
which includes the following institutions:

  • Bern University of Applied Sciences (www.bfh.ch)
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (www.fhnw.ch)
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (www.hes-so.ch)
  • Zurich University of Applied Sciences (www.zhaw.ch)
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (www.supsi.ch)
  • Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (www.hslu.ch)
  • Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (www.ost.ch)
  • University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons (www.fhgr.ch)


The conference will focus on the following topics:

  • Smart buildings and infrastructure
  • City and Science
  • Urban Facility Management
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Smart data analytics
  • Mobility and transportation
  • Energy systems and smart grid
  • Water and waste management technologies
  • Technologies for the health & well-being of residents
  • Interoperability of heterogeneous systems
  • Management and control platforms
  • Sustainable built environment

All contributions must be in IEEE conference format and must be submitted in electronic
form (PDF) on EasyChair. A link to the standard IEEE conference templates (MS Word or LaTeX) are available on the conference website.

  • Authors may submit regular papers for oral presentation or work in progress for poster presentation (4 pages). Authors of selected papers could be asked for an extension to 6 pages to be published in the conference proceedings.
  • All contributions will be peer-reviewed. Authors of regular papers that are not selected for oral presentation may be invited to present their contribution as a poster presentation.
  • At least one of the authors must register and attend the conference to present the work.

Registration costs

  • Student
    Early-bird registration: CHF 150
    Late registration: CHF 180
  • Non-student
    Early-bird registration: CHF 200
    Late registration: CHF 250

Early-bird registration: until 15 Semptember, 2021.
Registration form: link.

Important dates

  • Paper, Demo and work-in-progress submission: 31 May, 2021
  • Author notification: 1 July, 2021
  • Camera-ready paper: 1 August, 2021

Conference venue

The FTAL 2021 will be held at the Lugano East Campus.

Various hotels and restaurants are located within walking distance.

For any question, please do not hesitate to contact us at the following e-mail address: