2018 - Smart cities

2018 - Smart cities



The first International Summer School organized by the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Split was held June 18-22, 2018. and themed: “FROM SMART TO INTELLIGENT CITIES”. The Summer School presented the most prominent challenges of the concepts “Smart Cities” and “Intelligent Cities” while giving the participants an opportunity to understand and contribute to the challenges faced by modern cities and to explore more efficient solutions in modern urban development, at the same time becoming a part of a network of academics and practitioners working in the field.

The Summer School offered three courses on the topic “FROM SMART TO INTELLIGENT CITIES”:

COURSE 1: FROM SMART TO INTELLIGENT CITIES; CONCEPTS, METHODS, POLICY FRAMEWORK covered the broad field of smart cities with the following lectures:

  • Role of the Cities (prof. Andres Rodriguez-Pose)
  • Cities: a blessing or a curse for development (prof. Andres Rodriguez-Pose)
  • City size and economic development (prof. Andres Rodriguez-Pose)
  • Smart Cities in the New Urban World! Concepts (prof. Peter Nijkamp)
  • Field work preparation using open innovation framework (Vinko Muštra and Blanka Šimundić)
  • Intelligent Cities from an Economic Perspective (prof. Roberto  Camagni)
  • Creative  Firms  and Urban Heritage (prof. Peter Nijkamp)
  • Territorial capital and urban development policies (prof. Roberto Camagni)
  • A Flying Disc Analysis for High Performing Firms (Karima Kourtit)
  • Knowledge Policies for Smart Cities (prof. Peter Nijkamp)
  • Performance Measurement of Smart Global Cities (prof. Tomaz Ponce Dentinho)


COURSE 2: FROM SMART TO INTELLIGENT CITIES; CONCEPTS, METHODS, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION put more emphasis on digital technology as part of a smart city with the following lectures:

  • Role of the Cities (prof. Andres Rodriguez-Pose)
  • Cities: a blessing or a curse for development (prof. Andres Rodriguez-Pose)
  • City size and economic development (prof. Andres Rodriguez-Pose)
  • Smart Cities in the New Urban World! Concepts (prof. Peter Nijkamp)
  • Field work preparation using open innovation framework(ass. prof. Maja Ćukušić / ass. prof. Mario Jadrić)
  • Process mining to smart spaces: Perspectives and research challenges (prof. Jan Mendling)
  • Intelligent Visualizations in Future Policy Modelling (prof. Kawa Nazemi)
  • Data Analysis for eGovernance and eParticipation (prof. Kawa Nazemi)
  • Crowd sourcing for truth in a 'post-truth' world (prof. Dražen Prelec
  • Big data and smarturban destinations (Karima Kourtit)
  • Smart technologies for data-driven information systems modelling (ass. prof. Maja Ćukušić / ass. prof. Mario Jadrić)
  • Green and Smart Campuses in Metropolitan Capitals: the case of ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan (Rahman Shahhuseynli)


COURSE 3: FROM SMART TO INTELLIGENT CITIES; CONCEPTS, METHODS, TOURISM PERSPECTIVE tackled touristic perspective using following lectures:

  • Role of the Cities (prof. Andres Rodriguez-Pose)
  • Cities: a blessing or a curse for development (prof. Andres Rodriguez-Pose)
  • City size and economic development (prof. Andres Rodriguez-Pose)
  • Smart Cities in the New Urban World! Concepts (prof. Peter Nijkamp)
  • Field work preparation using open innovation framework  (prof. Lidija Petrić / ass. prof. Daniela Garbin Praničević)
  • The role of tourism in the processes of urban growth. Theoretical issues and the case of Rotterdam (NL); (prof. Jan van der Borg)
  • Creative  Firms  and Urban Heritage (prof. Peter Nijkamp)
  • Tourism in the cities of art. Theoretical considerations and the case of Venice (IT)  (prof. Jan van der Borg)
  • Management challenges in urban  tourism destinations (prof. Lidija Petrić)
  • Big data and smarturban destinations (Karima Kourtit)
  • Boosting innovations in urban tourism (ass. prof. Daniela Garbin Praničević)


LECTURERS at the first International Summer School "From Smart to Intelligent Cities"


Full professor of Urban Economics and of Economic Assessment of urban transformations, Politecnico di Milano and Decano (Dean) of the Faculty of Architecture and Society; he is the Director of the Research Unit on Regional and Urban Economics. Served as Head of the Department for Urban Affairs at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Rome, under the Prodi Government, 1997-98, and was Vice-president of the Group on Urban Affairs of the Territorial Development Service of OECD, Paris, 1998. Past President of the European Regional Science Association (2003-2005) and of the Italian Regional Science Association – AISRe (1990-93). He is the author of more than 150 international scientific publications and more than 100 national publications. He is President of the GREMI- Groupe de Recherche Européen sur le Milieux Innovateurs, located at Sorbonne University, since 1987.Has worked for the DG Regio of the EU, the OECD, the French DATAR, the Italian Ministers of Public Works and European Affairs, the ESPON project of the European Commission and for many Italian and European Regional and Urban Governments in the fields of innovation diffusion, regional development forecasting modelling, urban strategic planning, territorial impact assessment of EU policies, economic assessment of urban transformations.  In 2010 was awarded the Prize of the ERSA - European Regional Science Association / EIB - European Investment Bank and in 2008 the Prize of the Fondazione Confalonieri, Milan, for his studies in urban sustainable development.

Personal web page: http://www.abc.polimi.it/en/teaching-staff/CAMAGNI-ROBERTO


Tomaz Ponce Dentinho is the coordinator of the Group for Nature Conservation and Management at the Azores University, in Angra, Portugal, and member of the Research Centre for Applied Economics of the Atlantic based in Ponta Delgada. He is the promoter and coordinator of the Master on the Management of Nature Conservation and of the PhD on Interdisciplinary Management of the Landscape (joint PhD with the University of Évora and the Technical University of Lisbon. He is a lecturer on: economics (undergraduate); regional and urban economics (undergraduate, master and doctorate programmes), environmental economics (master), cost-benefit analysis (master) and agricultural economics (undergraduate). His research group, involving around ten researchers undertake studies on regional sustainable development, integrated water management, marine resources’ economics, agricultural economics and cost-benefit analysis. Since 2008, he chairs the Portuguese Association for Regional Development (www.apdr.pt). Since 2007 he is a member of the European Organizing Committee of the European Regional Science Association. Since 2010 he is a member of Council of the Regional Science Association International. He is Executive Director of the Regional Science Association International.


Daniela Garbin Pranicevic is an Associated Professor of Business Informatics at the Faculty of Economics, University of Split. Her research interests are focused on information and communication technology (ICT) appliance in tourism and hospitality, smart innovations, ICT projects management and knowledge management systems. She is the author of number of scientific and professional papers published in international journals, conference proceedings and book chapters.

She was involved in several research projects supported by Croatian Ministry of Science and Education and also she participated in international projects financed by ERASMUS+ and European Social Fund. She is member of International Federation for IT and Travel & Tourism, Croatian Society for Operational Research and  few other professional associations.

Personal web page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniela-garbin-pranicevic

Associate Prof. MARIO JADRIĆ

Mario Jadric is an Associate Professor at University of Split, Faculty of Economics. He holds a PhD from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics. He is the author of scientific papers on the topic of technological innovations, business processes improvement and user perception of new technologies. He teaches Business Process Simulation and Business Information Systems at undergraduate and graduate level and Computer Simulation at the PhD level. He participated in several international and national projects and is a member of the research team of MIS4SC project.

Personal web page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mjadric/


Karima Kourtit is post-doc researcher at KTH (with a double Ph.D. degree both in economics and geography (with distinction), with a profound interest in regional and urban topics. Her main research interest focuses on the emerging ‘New Urban World’. Her main scientific research is in the field of creative industries, urban development, cultural heritage, digital technology, and strategic performance management. Lately, she has been involved in the implementation of national and international research projects and initiatives.  Furthermore, she has been involved as a guest editor of several books and many international journals, and has published a wide array of scientific papers, articles, special issues of journals and edited volumes in the field of geography and the spatial sciences.

Associate Prof. MAJA ĆUKUŠIĆ

Maja Cukusic is an Associate Professor at University of Split, Faculty of Economics. She is the principal investigator and project manager of the research project MIS4SC (User-oriented process (re)design and information systems modelling – a case of smart city services). She has authored more than 40 scientific publications on business process management, usability and evaluation of information systems (interfaces) and in educational management. Within the framework of the research project (No. 177-0361994-1998) explored the usability and adaptability of the information system interface and tested different user-oriented system evaluation methods.

Personal web page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mcukusic/


Prof. Dr. Jan Mendling is a Full Professor with the Institute for Information Business at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU Vienna), Austria. His research interests include various topics in the area of business process management and information systems. He has published more than 250 research papers and articles, among others in ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, IEEE Transaction on Software Engineering, Information Systems, Data & Knowledge Engineering, and Decision Support Systems. He is member of the editorial board of seven international journals, member of the board of the Austrian Society for Process Management (http://prozesse.at), one of the founders of the Berlin BPM Community of Practice (http://www.bpmb.de), organizer of several academic events on process management, and member of the IEEE Task Force on Process Mining. His Ph.D. thesis has won the Heinz-Zemanek-Award of the Austrian Computer Society and the German Targion-Award for dissertations in the area of strategic information management.

Personal web page: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/infobiz/team/mendling/

Assistant Prof. VINKO MUŠTRA, PhD

Vinko Muštra is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Split with a profound interest in regional and urban topics. His main research interest is in the field of smart specialization, urban development, agglomeration economies and EU regional policy. He has been involved in the implementation of national and international research projects and initiatives. Also he has published a wide array of scientific papers and articles in the field of spatial sciences. Furthermore, he is Chairperson of the Organizing committee of the International Conference “Challenges of Europe”.


Prof. Dr. Kawa Nazemi is director of Information Science and full professor for Human-Computer Interaction and Visual Analytics in the department of Media at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, and adjunct lecturer at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany (with highest distinction), was awarded by the European Association for Artificial Intelligence and by the Academia Europaea with the Burgen Scholarship award. He has more than ten years research experience on user-centered design and intelligent and adaptive user-interfaces and visualization and was involved in various projects with a special focus on user-oriented and user adaptive approaches amongst others in the area of eGovernance and policy modelling.  He has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of human-computer interaction, Artificial Intelligence and visualizations.

Personal web page: http://kawa.nazemi.net


Emeritus Professor in regional and urban economics, and in economic geography at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. From 2009 until 2015, he was Honorary University Professor at the same university. He has been president of the governing board of the Netherlands Research Council (NWO) (2002-2009). He is also former president of the European Regional Science Association and of the Regional Science Association International. He is Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, and former vice-president of this organization. In 1996, Peter Nijkamp was awarded the most prestigious scientific prize in the Netherlands, the Spinoza award.

Personal web page: https://sbe.vu.nl/en/departments-and-institutes/spatial-economics/staff/p-nijkamp/index.aspx


Lidija Petrić is professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Split.  The basic areas of her scientific interest are: economics of tourism, the role of tourism in regional and urban development, destination strategic management and planning, visitor management strategies, cultural tourism. She wrote a number of scientific and professional papers, reviews, conference proceedings and scientific-professional studies. As a guest lecturer she attended professional conferences and seminars, postgraduate studies, as well as international conferences and seminars. As an expert she cooperated with international associations such as UNDP, GEF, WWF, UNEP, the public bodies from national to local level as well as non-governmental institutions, participating in and also coordinating a number of projects. She currently participates in several international projects financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). She is a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals as well as of scientific committees of several international conferences. She is a member of the International Association of Regional Economists of Europe - the European Regional Scientists Association and the Scientific Committee for Tourism at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Prof. ANDRES Rodriguez-Pose, PhD

Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics. He was the President of the Regional Science Association International, where he served also as Vice-President in 2014. He has also been Vice-President (2012-2013) and Secretary (2001-2005) of the European Regional Science Association. He is a regular advisor to numerous international organizations, including the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank, the Cities Alliance, the OECD, the International Labour Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Development Bank of Latin America. He is an editor of Economic Geography and sits on the editorial board of 30 other scholarly journals, including many of the leading international journals in economic geography, human geography, regional science, and management. He is the former holder of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant and the only social scientist to have been awarded the Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award.

Personal web page: http://personal.lse.ac.uk/rodrigu1/


Drazen Prelec is the Digital Equipment Corp. Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management and a Professor of Management Science and Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prelec holds appointments in the Department of Economics and in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. His research deals with the psychology and neuroscience of decision-making, including behavioural economics and neuroeconomics, risky choice, time discounting, self-control, and consumer behaviour. He works on both the development of normative decision theory and the exploration of the empirical failures of that theory, using behavioural and fMRI methods. A current project on “self-signalling” tries to understand the strange power of non-causal motivation—when individuals favour actions that are diagnostic of good outcomes, even though these actions have little or no causal force. Diagnostic motivation is real, and is probably essential for human self-control. Its cognitive and neural mechanisms are not well understood, however. A second “Bayesian truth serum” project deals with scoring systems for evaluating individual and collective judgment in knowledge domains where no external truth criterion is available. Examples would be long-range forecasts, political or historical inferences, and artistic or legal interpretations. Prelec is developing scoring systems that reward honest judgments and that can identify truth even when majority opinion is wrong. He was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows, and has received a number of distinguished research awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Prelec holds an AB in applied mathematics from Harvard College and a PhD in experimental psychology from Harvard University.

Personal web page: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-directory/detail/?id=41282


Dr. Rahman Shahhuseynli is a Founding Director, Office of International Affairs at the ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan.

Former Head of International Programs at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy as well as former lecturer at the Doshisha University, Institute for the Liberal Arts; Kyoto, Japan. He served as a Supervisor / Trainer at the Minoh City Office, Board of Education; Osaka, Japan, and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Nagoya University, Graduate School of International Development; Nagoya, Japan.

He was also a Research Fellow at the Osaka University, Centre for International Security Studies and Policy; Osaka, Japan as well as a Research Assistant at the METU, Graduate School of Political Science and Public Administration; Ankara, Turkey.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree received from the International Public Policy Osaka University, Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP); Japan. Assistant

Prof. Blanka Šimundić, PhD

Blanka Šimundić is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Split. She has experience in teaching and profound interest in tourism economics, and global perspectives of transport and tourism demand and supply. Her main scientific research is in the field of economic policy and development, EU regional policy and the economics of travel and tourism. She has also published scientific papers in the field of tourism demand, input-output analysis, economic development and smart specialisation. She has been involved in the development of national/regional/urban development strategies and national and international research projects.


Jan van der Borg is currently visiting professor in tourism management at the KU Leuven. He combines this position with a professorship in applied economics at the University Ca’Foscari of Venice. Moreover, he chairs the executive board of European Institute for Comparative Urban Research (EURICUR.). He frequently advises national and local governments and firms on issues regarding the economic importance of tourism, creativity and culture for local and regional economies and on regional tourism policies in particular. He teaches all over the world and is often invited as a key note speaker in international conferences. Moreover, he is a regular columnist for national and local newspapers, addressing themes such as regional development, regional policies and tourism management. Among the research topics that he is recently developing are: the concept of carrying capacity in mature destinations; the use of ICT in tourism development strategies; the creative economy; big- and open data and destination audits; visitor management strategies and smart destinations. Most of his publications deal with the economic aspects of tourism, with special attention to cultural tourism development and to the impact of tourism projects at the local and regional scale.