From Smart to Intelligent Cities - Concepts, Methods, Policy Framework

From Smart to Intelligent Cities - Concepts, Methods, Policy Framework

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

The concepts of Smart and Intelligent Cities constitute a breakthrough in contemporary urban development and planning theory and planning that have many things in common, but there are some salient differences. The Smart City notion has gained much popularity in the past years, but recently also the concept of Intelligent City – base on cognitive, learning and knowledge principles – has become en vogue. They prompted not also many debates but also many urban planning initiatives. By presenting the most prominent challenges of these concepts, participants will get an opportunity to understand and contribute to the challenges faced by modern cities and to explore more efficient solutions under policy framework.

The summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn and discuss about structures, actors, processes and challenges of regional and urban development in dialogue with international academic experts and practitioners. This will be achieved through lectures from leading academics and experts in the field.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

During the course, the participants will obtain a profound understanding of the substance and usefulness of the most important concepts in urban development, while they will also become part of a network of contacts with academics and practitioners working in the field. This will allow them to either orient their future studies or refresh and extend existing knowledge regarding modern urban planning and policy concepts.

At the end of the class the participant will be able to:

  • Evaluate the current socio-economic issues facing cities
  • Develop basic framework for analyzing the knowledge base of the latest achievements on the role of infrastructure, institutions and innovations for cities
  • Evaluate the fundamental smart city and intelligent city concepts
  • Develop a holistic perspective on Smart and Intelligent cities that takes an integrative approach towards complex problems leveraging big data analytics and strategies related to public policy

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • Upper-year undergraduates (with an interest in different aspects of urban and regional development)
  • Graduate students (with an interest in different aspects of urban and regional development)
  • Professionals with an interest in different aspects of urban and regional development
  • Students in other applied fields wishing to improve their knowledge in the field

EVALUATION

  • Participants are evaluated based on the assignment assigned to them on the second day of the Summer School.
  • Students wanting to acquire a mark equivalent to 6 ECTS have the opportunity to do so on the basis of a satisfactory take-home paper, to be written 15 days after the end of the Summer School.