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Reasoning about Smart City



Edward R. Griffor, Martin J. Burns, David A. Wollman, Marcello Balducinni, Claire Vishik, Michael Huth


Smart Cities are complex environments, comprising diverse cyber-physical systems (CPS), including Internet of Things (IoT). Smart Cities pose challenges of scale, integration, interoperability, sophisticated processes, governance, human elements. Trustworthiness (including safety, security, privacy, reliability and resilience) of these Smart Cities and their elements is critical for gaining broad adoption by the leadership and the public. The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its government, university and industry collaborators, have developed an approach to reasoning about CPS/IoT trustworthiness that can be applied to Smart Cities. The approach uses ontology and reasoning techniques, is based on the NIST Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems, and demonstrates how a greater understanding of the interdependencies between concerns (elements of the CPS Framework) can be achieved. To demonstrate capabilities of the approach in a short paper, we develop a public safety use case and show how reasoning can be used to analyze and validate the trustworthiness of elements of Smart Cities.
Conference Dates
June 18-19, 2018
Conference Location
Conference Title
4th IEEE Conference on Smart Computing


Cyber-Physical Systems, Reasoning, Ontology, Smart City


Griffor, E. , Burns, M. , Wollman, D. , Balducinni, M. , Vishik, C. and Huth, M. (2018), Reasoning about Smart City, 4th IEEE Conference on Smart Computing, Taormina, -1, [online], (Accessed June 13, 2024)


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Created July 31, 2018, Updated November 10, 2018