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Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours per week...

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Introduction to Smart Urban Infrastructures and Smart Cities

‘Smart City’ is a notion that is widely, and sometimes not appropriately, used by urbanists across the globe. This week will help you to get a more clear understanding of this notion by using a rigorous conceptual framework, which is based on the systems theory. In this week, we will explain the concept of Smart Cities by reviewing different conceptual approaches to Smart Cities and discussing the pros and cons of each approach....
8 videos (Total 63 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Introduction to week 13m
Conceptualizing cities as complex socio-technical systems9m
What is digitalization?7m
General Implications of digitalization10m
Implications on digitalization on cities9m
Perspectives on Smart Cities7m
interview with Ms. Irene Compte Libera about Barcelona13m
6 readings
Introduction to the Smart Cities MOOC10m
Write an optional case study and win a prize!10m
Where to get help10m
Course discussions10m
Certificate10m
Reading 1 - Introduction to Smart Urban Infrastructures and Smart Cities10m
1 practice exercise
What did I learn in Block 1?30m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Smart Urban Energy Systems

Smart Energy Systems are one of the top priorities on the agenda of local governments, nation states and technology suppliers. In this week, we deep dive into the energy sector to explore some of the most important managerial considerations in the transition phase and operation of Smart Urban Energy Systems. ...
9 videos (Total 64 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
Conceptualization of Smart Urban Energy Systems8m
Interview with an Utility company (Dr. Corrodi, IWB Basel)5m
The infrastructure layer of smart urban energy systems6m
Interview with Prof. Mario Paolone10m
The services layer of smart urban energy systems6m
The data/digital layer of smart urban energy systems6m
Managerial and Policy takeaways6m
Interview with an Energy company (Dr. Bolke, Schneider Electric)12m
1 reading
Reading 2 - Smart Urban Energy Systems10m
1 practice exercise
What did I learn in Block 2?30m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Smart Urban Transportation Systems

Many Smart Transportation Technologies are already tested on the roads and in cities across the globe. Driverless vehicles as well as car and ride sharing solutions are not anymore futuristic visions for urban transportation systems; but realities that pose significant opportunities and threads for legacy urban transportation systems. In this week, we deep dive into the urban transportation sector and discuss some of the most important managerial considerations to facilitate the transition phase, and operation of Smart Urban Transportation Systems, thanks to availability of data. ...
7 videos (Total 51 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
Conceptualization of smart urban transportation systems5m
The "improve" pathway9m
Interview with a transportation company (Mr Schaefer, Siemens)10m
The "shift" pathway8m
Interview with a transportation operator (Ms. Leboucher, RATP)9m
Conditions for success6m
1 reading
Reading 3 - Smart Urban Transportation Systems10m
1 practice exercise
What did I learn in Block 3?30m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Towards Smart Cities: part 1

The transition of legacy cities to Smart Cities is not a spontaneous process. To get the transition process right, and to the benefit of citizens, cities have to adopt effective management and governance approaches to successfully deal with numerous complexities of this process. This week will help you to understand the most important factors in the transition phase of legacy cities to Smart cities and their managerial implications....
7 videos (Total 58 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
Transition in Socio-Technical systems13m
Interview with an urban service provider company (Dr. Staron, Veolia)7m
Data/Digital layer7m
Potential of the digital layer2m
Interview with Prof. Montero (UNED, Madrid)9m
Interview with Prof. Faltings (EPFL)13m
1 reading
Reading 4 - Towards Smart Cities part I10m
1 practice exercise
What did I learn in Block 4?30m
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By RSFeb 12th 2019

A great overview of the smart cities topic - covered a great deal of information in a short amount of time, and provided useful perspectives through which to think about critical issues.

By LYMar 13th 2018

Excellent overview on different aspects of smart urban infrastructure. Course creators made complex issues really easy to understand, even for absolute beginners.

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Matthias Finger

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EPFL, ITPP, MIR, IGLUS Lab

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