Scientific Conference


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.



Within the realm of smart cities and regions, topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Mobility and transportation
  • Energy systems and smart grid
  • Water management technologies
  • Waste management technologies
  • Lighting technologies
  • Sustainable food supply chains
  • Smart buildings and infrastructure
  • Architecture
  • Nature based solutions
  • Future Work Environments
  • Cyber-security
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and wireless sensor networks
  • Technologies for the health & well-being of residents
  • Interoperability of heterogeneous systems
  • Smart data analytics
  • Management and control platforms
  • City and Science
  • Urban Facility Management
  • Social aspects of Smart Cities
  • Sustainable built environment
  • Building Information Management and facility management

Program Committee Conference 2021

BFH – Stefan Groesser,
OST – Lukas Schmid,
FHNW – Achim Geissler,
HES-SO – Elena Mugellini,
HSLU – Antonios Papaemmanouil,
HSLU – Eckart Zitzler,
OST – Susanne Kytzia,
SUPSI – Daniele Puccinelli,
ZHAW – Ranka Junge,
ZHAW – Antje Junghans,
FHGR – Simonne Bosiers,

Steering Committee Conference 2021

Emanuele Carpanzano (SUPSI), Chair
Oya Atalay Franck (ZHAW)
Olivier Naef (HESSO)
Viktor Sigrist (HSLU)
Falko Schlottig (FHNW)


Chair Program committee:
Elena Mugellini,

Chair organising committee:
Andrea Degiorgi-Wermelinger,