Isam Shahrour is a distinguished professor at Lille University in France. He is the founder and director of the SunRise smart city project, which consists of building a large-scale model of the smart city. He conducts various smart city projects with local authorities and companies. Shahrour has written more than 120 papers for journals and he is regularly invited to give academic and public keynotes on issues related to the smart city, sustainable city and resiliency.