By 2050, 70% of the world population will be urbanized. The concept of “smart cities” has emerged in the last two decades in order to face acute shortages of land, spaces, water and food supply, and to provide sustainable solutions to housing development, urban transport and energy efficiency in highly populated areas.

Issues such as pollution monitoring, traffic fluidity, waste management, efficient energy distribution, infrastructures and storage spaces monitoring, citizen connectivity, urban farming will generate a massive amount of data that will need to be acquired, processed and transmitted at ultra high frequencies. Consequently the challenge for scientists and engineers, in particular in microwaves and far infra-red research, is to develop new technologies to answer the needs and complexity of the future so-called “smart cities” and this is the framework of this workshop.

More specifically, the french and singaporean communities that will meet on october 16th and 17th are carrying out research in the area of nanosystems for the next generation of sensor networks working at or close to terahertz frequencies.

Three families of applications are under consideration: ultra-high bit rate wireless communications, non-invasive penetrating imaging and spectroscopic analysis.

This workshop is now the opportunity for researchers from both countries to exchange recent results and to update the state of the art of these technologies. Moreover it is to build a collaborative research program.

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