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by Maria Pia Fanti
and Mengchu Zhou

T

he 2019 IEEE International
Conference on Systems, Man,
and Cybernetics (SMC 2019)
will be held 6-9 October 2019 in Bari,
one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Southern Italy. The Bari
region is nicknamed "Little California" for its nice weather. Bari's cuisine is mostly traditional Italian, one
where most dishes include local seafood and olive oil.
SMC 2019 is the flagship conference
of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMCS). It provides an
international forum for researchers
and practitioners to report updated
innovations and developments, summarize state-of-the-art technology, and
exchange ideas and advances in all
aspects of systems science and engineering, human-machine systems, and
cybernetics. Advances are important
in the creation of intelligent environments that involve technologies that
interact with humans to provide an
enriching experience and thereby improve one's quality of life.
A Closer Look at Bari
Bari is the capital city of the province
of Bari and the Apulia region, on the
Adriatic Sea in Italy. It is the second
most important economic center of
mainland Southern Italy after Naples,
and it is well known as a port and
university city as well as the city of
Saint Nicholas. The city has a population of approximately 320,475 on more
than 116 km2 (45 mi2) of land, while
the fast-growing urban area is home
to 653,028 inhabitants and emcompasses more than 203  km2 (78 mi2).
The metropolitan area is home to one
million people.
Bari is made up of four different
urban sections. To the north is the
closely built old town on the peninsula
between two modern harbors, with the
Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Svevo,
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in Bari, Italy

and the Cathedral of San Sabino
Modern residential zones sur(1035-1171). It also hosts the Hohenround the center of Bari. This is the
staufen Castle built for Frederick II,
result of chaotic development during
wh ich i s now a
the 1960s and 1970s
major nightlife disthat replaced the old
trict. To the south
suburbs that had deThe Bari region is
is the Murat quarter
veloped along roads
nicknamed "Little
(erected by Joachim
splaying outward
California" for its
Murat), the modern
from gates in the
nice weather.
heart of the city. It is
city walls. The outer
laid out on a rectansuburbs have develgular grid-plan with
oped rapidly during
a promenade on the sea and the major
the 1990s. The pace of life is domishopping district (the via Sparano and
nated by the rhythms of work, espevia Argiro).
cially commerce, its main source
Bari is home to two universities:
of wealth. Due to its focus on comthe University of Bari, which focuses
merce, there are shops and stores of
on the arts, sciences, mathematics,
every kind in Bari.
social sciences, literature, medicine,
Bari's cuisine, one of Italy's most
and law; and the Polytechnic Universitraditional and noteworthy, is based
ty of Bari, which is a state technologion three typical agricultural prodcal university that shapes architects,
ucts found within the surrounding
engineers, and industrial designers.
Puglia region, including wheat, olive
oil, and wine. Bari, being the capital
of an important fishing area, offers a
range of fresh fish and seafood, often
eaten raw. Octopus, sea urchins, and
mussels are heavily featured in many
eateries. Bari's most famous dish may
be the oven-baked patate riso e cozze
(potatoes with rice and mussels).
Bari and its province, not to mention
the Puglia region, have a range of notable wines including Primitivo, Castel del Monte, and Moscato di Trani.

SMC 2019 will be held 6-9
October 2019 in Bari, Italy.

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Regional Attractions
Bari is the capital of the Apulia
region. Also known as Le Puglie in
the plural form, this region comprises
many unique aspects. The "heel of
Italy's boot," Apulia is a charming
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