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Building Sustainable Communities

ITU Kaleidoscope conference, Kyoto, Japan, 22-25 April 2013

Building Sustainable Communities
− is the fifth in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences organized by ITU that aim to identify emerging developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) at an early stage to generate successful products and services through the development of international and open standards.

ICTs can be used as a catalyst for transforming life to meet the challenges of the new millennium, including global economic and financial crises, high unemployment rates, accessibility issues, global diseases, food availability and distribution, climate change, environmental disasters, energy consumption, transport systems, safety, security, and welfare. Sustainable communities will combine human-oriented technologies and human values.

To address these issues, and for a co-evolution of technology and sustainable communities, standards are indispensable. Developing these standards will require concerted global efforts by inter-sectoral stakeholders. Kaleidoscope 2013 helped to further such collaborations and highlight multidisciplinary aspects of future ICTs.

Accepted papers will be made available through the IEEE Xplore. A prize fund totaling $10,000 was awarded to the three best papers. Young Author Recognition certificates were also issued.

First best paper: “Sustaining life during the early stages of disaster relief with a Frugal Information System: Learning from the Great East Japan Earthquake” by Mihoko Sakurai and Jiro Kokuryo (Keio University, Japan); Richard Watson (University of Georgia, USA); and Chon Abraham (College of William and Mary, USA)

Second best paper: “Telebiometric Information Security and Safety Management.” Phillip H Griffin (Booz Allen Hamilton, USA)

Third best paper: “Innovation Management of Electrical Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Standards in the Sino-European Context” Martina Gerst, Xudong Gao (Tsinghua University, P.R. China)

Conference Proceedings (free download)
Conference papers available from IEEE Xplore
IEEE Communications Magazine (Jan 2014): Kaleidoscope special edition from page 174 New
Final Report 

Keynote speeches:
Deeply Programmable Network; Emerging Technologies for Network Virtualization and Software Defined Network (SDN)
- Akihiro Nakao (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Digital Library for Creative and Sustainable Society - Makoto Nagao (Kyoto University, Japan)

Programme and Side Events

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