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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Smart Cities – Management of Smart Urban Infrastructures by École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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About the Course

Learn about Smart Cities within the context of management of urban infrastructures. The introduction of Smart urban technologies into legacy infrastructures has resulted in numerous challenges and opportunities for contemporary cities and will continue to do so. This course will help you to understand how to make the best of these smart technologies in your cities’ legacy infrastructures. Over the past few years, advances in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have significantly challenged the traditionally stable land scape of urban infrastructure service provision. This has resulted in increasing interest from both technology vendors and public authorities in the transition of cities towards so-called “Smart Cities”. Although such “Smart technologies” can provide immense opportunities for citizens and service providers alike, the ICTs often act as disruptive innovators of urban infrastructure service provision. In this MOOC, you will gain a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the Smart urban infrastructures, namely Smart urban transportation and Smart urban energy systems. Over the journey of this 5-week online course you will learn about the most important principles for the management of Smart urban infrastructures as well as the applications of these principles in the transportation and energy sectors. This course does not have any prerequisites. However, to take the most away from of this MOOC, we strongly encourage you to enroll in our other MOOC on the Management of Urban Infrastructures, which has been widely praised by learners. Through this course, you will: - Gain a deep understanding of the nature of disruptive innovations (smart technologies) in urban infrastructure systems; - Learn about state-of-the-art strategies for effectively managing the transition from legacy infrastructures to smart urban systems; - Study the management of the transition phase from legacy infrastructure systems to smart cities by supporting innovations while avoiding early lock-in; and - Understand potential applications of the materials learned in this course within the context of the management of smart urban transportation systems as well as smart urban energy systems....

Top reviews


Sep 14, 2020

Quite informative. Loved the way of instructions. It's a very simple English accent and I was able to grasp it even without subtitle. The handouts/reading material is more helpful to work on quizzes.


Nov 23, 2019

Very detailed and to the point course related to the smart city projects. Transition from ordinary urbanization to smart urbanization is accurately explained. Thank you sir for this course.

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By Mahmoud B T

Jan 24, 2018

High quality course/instructor/interviewees

By Najhely P C O

Jul 3, 2021

The explanations should be more dinamic.

By Pulkit H

May 5, 2020

It was an amazing learning experience.


May 1, 2020

Excellent learning and Course content.

By Md. N H

Jul 13, 2020

Good course. The exam were so hard,

By Maria I C

Mar 20, 2017

Very intesrting and well-developed

By Maryam A

Apr 2, 2020

Very organised and informative.

By Akash P

May 22, 2020

good course for the learners.

By Zoya A

Jun 30, 2021

Great course! Recommended.

By Sharon

Oct 28, 2019

Great Introductory course.

By Illia T

Sep 20, 2018

More practice less theory

By Teo M

Apr 12, 2022

very good overview

By Prashanth

Sep 18, 2020

Excellence course.

By Minjung K

Apr 30, 2019

Good reinforcement

By Dhananjay G

Jan 29, 2022

good Audit Course

By Salen K

Jun 30, 2022


By Bhavan K

Jun 16, 2020

good course

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By Selina M

Aug 6, 2021

The smart city concept is a very fluid one. The course and its instructor tried to summarize the challenges of implementation in an overarching framework. The lectures themselves were thus very abstract with a lot of terminology and definitions.

The documents contained the use cases, which were by far the most interesting and enlightening part of the course. Thoroughly enjoyed them. I wanted to learn more and fortunately the docs also contained references.

With the quizzes I discovered that I really didn't care that much about all those terms. In particular when"according to this MOOC" appeared.

The interviews with businesses contained hardly any usable info. Pity.

In conclusion. Learning about the strategies of different cities was a big win and would recommend the course for that only.

By Arun T

Mar 6, 2017

I have met part of my goals of taking this program. Thank you Prof. Mathias Finger. I would recommend it to be more data oriented like those case studies with specific examples so that it naturally converges to creating case study for a city at the end of the course as final project rather than optional study. Also, suggest to reduce discussions centred to challenges (the course has taken too much of time) and more towards different new services adopted by different cities to capture benefits/impact to the city GDP.

By Shamim R

Jul 7, 2021

I think for those whose study background is different from this MOOC it will give them ideas about what cities and smart cities are. How the present scenario presents us demanding for transition to cities to smart cities and what are the mechanisms that have enabled this, driven by the trends of digitalization that we see, hear so much. Through part by part it will discuss all the mechanisms, forces and all those transition challenges faced by urban managers and policymakers. 

By Tilo W

Jun 10, 2018

Positive: New insights are well summarized into separate categories providing good overviews. The smart city concept is put into context and provides a basic outline of knowledge to pertain to when talking about the topic.Negative: Boring lecturing, bad power point slides (in terms of modernity and structure), acted interviews.