International Conference on SMART CITY Innovation 2018 (ICSCI 2018) is one of the programs held with the support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Sustainable Higher Education Research Alliances (SHERA).

USAID SHERA collaborated with the Ministry of Research, Technology & Higher Education (Kemenristek DIKTI) to select five research focus area critical to Indonesia’s development and devine five Indonesian universities that will establish and host Centers for Collaborative Research (CCR) within the priority research area.

Scientific Modeling, Application, Research, and Training for City-Centered Inovation and Technology or (SMART CITY) is chosen as Urban Planning and Development Research Focus that is one of the fifth priority reasearch area.

In line with the SMART CITY CCR, the ICSCI 2018 aiming to encourage research groups, technical laboratories and individual research to use interdisciplinary approaches in their work, collaborate on a global scale, and create scientific and technological innovations as response to facing urban challenges, including the adoption of green technology, information technology in urban administration, services and governance; reliability of urban infrastructure; and the rapidly declining quality of life, health, and general wellbeing.