Smart ways to get SMART cities SMARTER
This module addresses future's city engineering and management challenges and explores the smart non-invasive ways to build, maintain and operate processes in urban space.
Smart spaces refer to environments such as apartments, offices, museums, hospitals, schools, malls, university campuses, and outdoor areas that are enabled for cooperation of smart objects and systems, and for ubiquitous interaction with frequent and sporadic visitors. Prime business scenarios include smart retail environments and public areas providing better service to customers and citizens, and home and office environments making living and working more comfortable and efficient. In this module students will learn the principles, concepts and techniques required to create and evaluate smart spaces.
Futures: Imagining Tomorrow's World
“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving”.
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In the Smart Environments module students learn various techniques from different disciplines that are needed to invent, design and realize (a prototype of) a smart environment. It shows how developments in computer and sensor technology have led to smart systems. These systems, as found in e.g. ambient intelligence, urban sensing, crowd sourcing and wireless sensor networks, are networks of embedded computers, smart mobile phones and smart sensors that offer new and innovative services deemed impossible with traditional computers.
Since the start of the information technology about 50 years ago the world we live in shows a higher complexity and functionality. Nowadays also simple and cheap devices in our daily environments evolve rapidly in the sense that they become more versatile and more intelligent or “smarter”. A product or functional space is not anymore invented for a sole purpose but shows multifaceted interaction with users and other (sub)systems. These “smarter” environments and products all have in common that in order to operate properly at such high complexity, they have certain (mostly electronic and electrical engineering related) principles governing them. Understanding these basic principles is of crucial importance in understanding and developing such systems.
Regional Innovation and Smart Cities
Innovative regions are increasingly being seen as the engine that drives European economic development. In the project you will analyse the innovative power of a particular region and produce a brochure on the subject. There are many differences between the regions of the EU. The German state of Baden-Württemberg is far more innovative than the Italian region of Catania, for example, while in the Netherlands the province of Noord-Brabant is doing much better than the Twente region.
To be able to achieve complex public goals such as economic growth and social inclusion, the European Union and its member states need to wheel and deal with a wide range of public and private parties, such as local and regional governments, public agencies, companies, non-governmental organizations, universities and civil society organizations. You will be introduced to the dynamics of these multi-actor and multi-level governance processes in a European context. The guiding principle for Europe’s new regional innovation policy is ‘smart specialization’: regions will have to specialize in activities at which they excel, becoming better in the process. You will carry out an analysis aimed at helping your chosen region and a brochure to promote its strengths to the world.