Victor M. LARIOS pursued his higher education degree programs at the ITESO University in Mexico (BSc in Electronics Engineering) and graduated in 1996. In 1997 he received his M.Sc. at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne in France and his Ph.D. in Informatics Engineering in 2001. In 2004 he was appointed as a Full Professor in the Information Systems Department at the University of Guadalajara (UDG).
Since April 2014, Dr. Victor M. Larios has been the funder and director of the Smart Cities Innovation Center (SCIC) at UDG. He led a group of researchers in Smart Cities and Information Technologies. The SCIC is a think-thank to help the government, industry, and other academic partners join efforts to improve life quality by using IT as the main transformation vehicle. His primary research interests are Smart Cities, IoT Distributed Systems, Networking, Multiagent Systems, and Data Visualization using Virtual Reality.
Dr. Larios published more than 70 papers in international refereed journals and conferences and published a Serious Games book. As a continuous activity, Dr. Larios collaborates in projects with the High Technology industry and government using design thinking and agile methodologies to accelerate technology transfer in living labs. As an entrepreneur, he is the founder and CIO of IDI Smart Cities, collaborating with Advion Solutions LTD from Finland. The main activities are market research and international projects supporting Latin American Countries and the European Union. More specifically, efforts are to introduce the Circular Economic Model as a sustainability component for the Mega-Cities and support scholarships to develop local talent.
As a volunteer, Dr. Larios is also a technical advisor for the Guadalajara Smart City project for the government and international NGOs such as IEEE. Victor M. Larios is a Senior Member at IEEE with 29 years of membership and the local leader of Guadalajara Core City at the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative since 2013. In 2019 he started to support the Internet of People (IoP) projects with Joel Myers, director of the IEEE IoT Smart Cities Vertical.