Courses

Summer school: Smart Cities

Smart Cities is a rapidly growing concept in both research and policy practice. It is viewed as a solution for cities to better cope with key societal challenges like energy transition, mobility and social innovation through extensive and effective use of big data and IT.

This, in turn, calls for new modes of – smart – governance, with the active involvement of a wide diversity of public, private and citizens’ organizations. In this Summer course, Smart Cities is being studied through three themes. First, we focus on Resources and Infrastructure (water, energy and mobility). Second, we focus the Digital City (Big and open data, geo informatics). And third, we analyze Social Innovation (new modes of governance and behavioral change).

What is the city but the people?William Shakespeare

Topics

Resources and Infrastructure

In this theme we consider the more literal meaning of infrastructure and focus mainly on the subjects of water and smart grids. Water and electricity, of course being both resources, are treated as infrastructure for the smart city. How does the urbanization impact the hydrological cycle? And what is the best water strategy for a smart city?

As the Dutch are known for their expertise in water management, examples from Holland are being treated and innovative ways of living with water are discussed. Secondly we are going to look at the rising need for (more) energy and all of the problems that emerge due to this. How should we upgrade our current energy infrastructure to keep up with the rising demand for energy? And what new ways are there to explore in the energy sector?

SESSIONS

Resilient Smart Cities

Dr. Jose Emmanuel Ramirez-Marquez (Stevens Institute of Technology, USA) &  Dr. Kris Lulofs (University of Twente)

Cities have grown to previously unimaginable size and continuously do so. As population pressure on urban areas increases, so does the pressure on water resources. One way of dealing with the anthropogenic problems associated with urbanisation is reformulating the design principles with which we approach infrastructural and landscape projects. Those principles should focus upon smarter utilisation of water, use of (eco-) system knowledge and multifunctional and resilient infrastructure. Thus, these design principles contribute to a smarter utilisation of water resources in cities. We will explore urban problem characteristics, infrastructure design approaches and management and governance aspects.

Future Energy: Smart Grids
Dr. Ir Vincent Bakker & Dr. Ir. Albert Molderink

Smart Grids - flexible and intelligent energy networks (e.g. electricity) are becoming much more realistic. One of its characteristics is that production, transportation, storage and consumption are continually being observed and coordinated. This requires new operating systems, both in the electricity system at large and user levels at home. While most renewable production is not flexible in their power supplies, at home the use of home automation is widely merging releasing potential for flexibility at the consumer side. This lecture offers a general introduction to future energy systems and the accompanying challenges. Students are also invited to practice with smart grid technology.

Smart Ways to Make Smart Cities Smarter

Prof. Dr. André Dorée & Dr. ir. Léon olde Scholtenhuis (University of Twente) - TBC

Life in the city depends on the proper functioning of vital infrastructures as water mains, energy systems, sewage disposal systems, road, rail and telecom networks. As cities develop these infrastructures need to be maintained and upgraded without disrupting the vital functions and city living. Future's cities need streamlined, non-invasive city engineering processes. This module addresses the challenges and the opportunities to deploy available and emerging technologies to make these infrastructure transitions as smooth and painless as possible.

Topic: Digital City


Living in the 21st century, one cannot escape the fact that information is everywhere. We can gain information from mobile phones, sensors, camera’s, you name it. But what can we do with all the available information?

All these big pieces of data, “big data”, can be combined to determine optimal strategies, for infrastructure for example, but can also increase the comfort of living in a smart city by using this data to help the inhabitants. Data can be analyzed to prevent catastrophes to happen, for example blackouts but also poses a big cybersecurity issue. Using big data and geo-processing, one can improve the lifestyle in a smart city. How does one go about this?

SESSIONS

These are a few example sessions:

Sensing Smart Cities
Prof.dr. Paul Havinga & dr. Nirvana Meratnia (University of Twente) - TBC

Information can be gathered from everywhere, for instance from your cellphone, car or even your watch/bracelet. There are also countless ways to use the information gathered from all sorts of sensors depending on the application. During the Summer School participants will be busy with collecting their own data and using this data to draw conclusions about their activity. What can you deduce from your behavior? And how does this compare to others?

Geo-Processing and Analytics for Smart Cities
Manuel Garcia Alvarez MSc. (University of Twente) - TBC

Smart Cities are bound up with geo-processing and analytics. Focussing on Smart City cases in Netherlands and Spain we highlight the role of geographic information as a proxy to understand urban dynamics, and the relevance of CEP to boost spatial-temporal analytics and decision making. It presents the opportunity to experiment with sensor data from Eindhoven and Santander, and the challenges for creating smart and innovative applications.

Topic: Social Innovation

One cannot create a smart city with only the technological aspect, (smart) governance is also of great importance. Governance cannot only encourage residents, but also companies to contribute to a smarter way of living. Rules can hence help people flourish and are there to both protect and facilitate. So finding a good balance between government & society and opportunity & risk is important to get the best out of our society.

This form of “smart governance” is not as easily realized and a lot of facts need to be taken into account. Also too much meddling can backfire and is of course not wanted. How do we create “smart rules” for Smart Cities?

SESSIONS

These are a few example sessions:

Smart Rules for Smart Cities

Prof . Dr. Michiel Heldeweg  (University of Twente) - TBC

Law is about the liberty and ability space to make people flourish. Smart legal rules can assist in making (people in) cities flourish in becoming and staying smart. Creating proper conditions to seek innovative opportunities that technology and governance can bring to urban societies. How can citizens, societal organizations, business organizations and (semi-) governments be allowed and enabled to act as 'innovative entrepreneurs' – separately, but also co-operatively? What shifts in legal power are necessary and what forms of self-organization are smart? This lecture focuses on smart examples, legal experimentation and design, especially as regards the legal challenge of smart sustainable cities.

Governing Smart Cities

Dr. Pieter-Jan Klok  (University of Twente) - TBC

Smart Cities are in need of smart governance. We will explore the different aspects of governing in a smart way: smart monitoring of characteristics of the city and its inhabitants, deciding in a smart way on how to react to the dynamic characteristics that become known as a result and smart interventions that change situations in a precise and efficient way. We will also explore the different roles of both public organisations and citizens in governance processes. These can range from ‘very active’ to ‘as little as possible’: the self-sustaining system as ultimate form of smart governance.

Course aim

  • Learn all about many aspects of Smart Cities, ranging from governing a smart city to maintaining the infrastructure in a smart city
  • Applying your knowledge from both technical and governance aspects to smart city development in group exercises
  • Work in multidisciplinary teams
  • Learn how you can contribute to smart city developmentsin your own enviroment

Course schedule

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CuriousU: Smart Cities

Day
Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Explore the campus
Time:20:00 - 22:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Explore the campus with your new friends.

Jogging around campus
Time:15:00 - 16:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both!

Jogging around campus
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both!

Sightseeing around campus
Time:16:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide.

Sightseeing around campus
Time:21:00 - 22:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide.

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Beyond the technology
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lean simulation game
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing a lean simulation game.

Lunch
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Ed Brinksma
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 14-08

Prof.dr. H. (Ed) Brinksma, our former university dean, will kick-off the first inspiration speach @CuriousU!

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Introduction & liquid democracy
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 14-08
Resilient Smart cities
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: J.E. Ramirez-Marquez
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 15-08

Dr. Ramirez-Marquez has been a researcher all his life with an interest in developing computational techniques to solve a variety of problems. His research efforts are currently focused on the reliability analysis and optimization of complex systems, the development of mathematical models for sensor networks operational effectiveness, the computational analysis of resilience and, the development of evolutionary optimization algorithms. He will give a talk about future trends in smart city research.

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Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Escape room & silent disco
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

During theis evening you can try to get out of an escape room. Next to this we will also have a silent disco. Do not forget to bring your headphones :)

Lunch: blind tasting & nitrogen ice cream
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can do a blind tasting and eat some nitrogen ice cream. There will also be piñata's and some sticks to smash them!

Resilient Smart cities
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 15-08
Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Smart grids for smart cities
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Beach volleyball party
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

Play some beach volleyball and dance to the music of Odem Ska and Reggae Band!

Lunch: happy as a child
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you can be a child again and hit each other with water pistols!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Bram Nauta
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 16-08

Bram Nauta is a professor in Electrical Engineering at the UT and he can tell you everything about chips and circuits. He invented the Nauta Circuit. This invention came to his mind while he was taking a swim. He quickly went out of the pool and asked for pen and paper. Nauta will talk about his invention.

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Dinner: BBQ
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

Bring along your flip-flops, because you'll have an amazing barbecue this evening.

Smart grids for smart cities
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 16-08
Grolsch Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 17-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment.

Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 17-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you'll get introduced to the courses that are being teached at the University of Twente.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Th. 17-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Parya Pasha Zadeh Monajjemi
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Th. 17-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Parya Pasha Zadeh Monajjemi over breakfast.


She is a Geoinformatics engineer specialized in spatial data management and GIS analysis with a keen interest in spatio-temporal analysis of movement data for understanding human behavior in the context of modern cities.

Dinner: Happy Italy
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 17-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Excursion: Smart city in practice
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 17-08
Excursion: Smart city in practice
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Th. 17-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Band night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

Baby blue is returning to CuriousU! Last year it was a big succes.

Lunch: Dutch olympics
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you'll do some typical Dutch games.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Lee Vinsel
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 18-08

Lee Vinsel is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He studied Philosophy and History of Technology. He will give a talk about maintenance and innovation in our current society. Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more.

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Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Geo processing and analytics for smart cities
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 18-08
Digital strategies in Hamburg, Berlin and Enschede
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 19-08

Have a breakfast first.

Free day / city trip etc.
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 19-08

This is your day off. You can e.g. do a city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

Pubquiz
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 19-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Practicing liquid democracy
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Movie night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Lunch: dancing
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a dancing workshop.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Cristina Zaga
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 20-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Cristina Zaga over breakfast. She is a reasearcher in the research group Research Group Human Media Interaction.  Her  research revolves around child-robot cooperative (pro-social) interactions during collaborative games/tasks. 

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Governing smart cities
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 20-08
Evaluation and closing
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Closing ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2017 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Lunch: labtour
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you can have a tour across all the labs on campus.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Llewelyn van Zyl
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 21-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Llewelyn van Zyl over breakfast. He is an industrial psychologist. He has a passion for online positive psychological interventions. Van Zyl is on top of his profession, working as a specialist and consultant, and is currently serving as president of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA).

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Smart ways to make smart cities smarter
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 21-08
Check-out
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 22-08

The last day. Check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 22-08

Have a breakfast first.

Course overview

  • Methods: Lectures, interactive workshops
  • Course level: Advanced BSC., MSc.
  • Target group: Students in their third Bachelor’s year, -entry level Master’s students and professionals with an interest in smart cities.
  • Course leader: Dr Maya van den Berg
  • Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school

Want to know more?

If you need to know more, we have information available about the fee & programme, an admission check, registration & payment, visa, accomodation and the terms & conditions.