Providing a global platform for researchers, policy makers and industry professionals to share relevant knowledge and examples from practice associated with new forms of rural development.
With over 40% of the world’s population now living in rural areas, there is global interest in research associated with the creation of “Smart Villages” to address the ever growing urban-rural divide. Smart Village research being undertaken in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne is exploring rural community development, practices and relevant policies with a focus on community-centric planning of affordable housing, infrastructure, sustainable development and growth, community empowerment and other issues related to the creation of Smart Villages.
About the conference
This will be a peer-reviewed conference with a scientific committee comprising global leaders and experts. Papers will be subject to a double-blind review before acceptance.
2-4 December 2019
The tentative schedule for the conference is now available here.
We are still awaiting confirmation from some participants so this may change.
Smart Villages Poster Competition
Will be run as part of the conference. Please click here for details on how to enter.
Smart Villages Lab (SVL)
The University of Melbourne
Abstract submission is now closed
Abstracts are currently under review, expect results shortly
Full paper submission: 23rd August 2019, please submit through COMS link here
Full paper acceptance: 30th September 2019
Camera ready paper: 1st November 2019
Prof Satyanarayana, Director, IIT Tirupati, India
"Rural construction and governance - opportunities and challenges"
Prof Koshy Varghese, IIT Madras, India
Topic to be confirmed
Dr Uddhab Bharali (Padma Shree)
"Small Scale Innovations for Smart Villages"
More to come...
Honourable Chief Minister of Assam and Honourable Finance Minister of Assam (TBA)
Registration fee (presenters)
- Early Bird Discount (until 30th September 2019): $300
- Full Price (from 1st October 2019): $350
- Student Price: $150 (student cards will be checked upon arrival and this would be strictly enforced)
- Local Student Price: $75 (Local students in India only)
Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara, Guwahati
Conference themes include, but are not limited to:
- Rural Housing
Housing affordability, low-cost housing, materials selection, energy and water solutions, sanitation, reusability and recycling of waste, skill development, environmental design, disaster resilience and other relevant topics.
- Rural Infrastructure
Construction and maintenance of roads and other forms of infrastructure, access to education and health care, provision of services, including energy, potable water, waste and sewage management, creation of public spaces, ICT applications and operations, and other related topics.
- Rural Economy
Building social capital, micro and community-led finance, income generation, farming support, crop selection and improvement, market access, pricing, various forms of tourism and other related topics.
Environmental, Social, and Economic sustainability.
- Smart Governance
ICT and data-driven solutions, machine learning applications, alternative forms of governance and other relevant topics.
COSVARD 2019 will be held in the city of Guwahati, in the North-Eastern Indian state of Assam. Guwahati is the capital of Assam and contains the famous “Kamakhya Temple”, as well as the world’s smallest habitable island “Umananda” and many sites of archaeological significance.
Assam is located in the Himalayan Valley, and has an abundance of pristine natural beauty. It is also the gateway to the seven sister states of North-East India and neighbouring countries. It is home to an incredible variety of wildlife, including the single-horned rhinoceros, as well as a very high concentration of Bengal Tigers.
It is also where Majuli Island, the world’s largest river island, is located within the mighty Brahmaputra River. Assam is famous for its tea plantations and silk. Assam’s emerging economy, and rapid modernisation is attracting not only people from other parts of India but also visitors from around the world. For more information on things to do in Assam click here or here.
Both venues are aware of the conference, and if you mention you are attending COSVARD 2019 they will offer a special rate.