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

Call for Paper

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.


  • Paper, Demo and work-in-progress submission: 25 April, 2021
  • Author notification: 1 June, 2021
  • Camera-ready paper: 1 July, 2021
  • Early-bird registration: 20 June-31 August 2021