Smart City


Units: 6


The course aims to give an overview of the concepts and real-life practices in the development, feasibility and sustainability of Smart Cities across the world. The course will focus on stages of Smart City development and the design of New Urban Systems for mobility, energy, communication, food,, living & working. We will explore how the design of these systems can be resilient, scalable, and reconfigurable. Smart City is defined as a city which makes use of integrated thinking, modern urban design and Information and Communication technologies to manage infrastructures more efficiently, offer services provided rationally, provide a higher quality of service to citizens, wherein all its players (citizens, local companies and local Government) interact with each other to evolve and improve their activity. This interoperability requires the support of smart networks and information system platforms that allow for transparency between citizens, operators and governments. The focus will be on the technology and information infrastructure requirements for smart cities and ways to measure success. We will develop frameworks to identify problems fit for Smart City consideration in view of the local socio-economic challenges, including the funding of such cross-functional projects. The course on "Smart Cities" will be a 6-credit course and would cover the following modules: 

A. What is Smartness? What are Smart cities? 

B. Policy and Funding Issues - Socio-economic issues 

C: Systems Thinking: Whole-brain approach for Integration of ideas 

D. Telecommunications & Sensors ? Networked infrastructure and collecting data from people and infrastructure 

E. Information Systems & Analytics ? Drawing the intelligence from urban operations and improving efficiencies 

F. Urban Design and Architecture: Sustainable growth of Cities. Using systems to understand city growth 

The course will include interactive lectures and a team project. Course delivery will be through a mix of interactive classroom sessions, guest lectures, case studies.

Learning Outcomes:

Learning objectives

  • The interdisciplinary course aims to give an overview of the concepts and practical examples in the development, feasibility and sustainability of Smart Cities across the world. It brings together concepts from Urban Design, Decision Sciences, Electronics (IoT, Sensors etc), Telecommunications, Public Policy, Standardizations and quality of life.