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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....
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Approx. 11 hours to complete

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

Subtitles: English, French, Persian...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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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....
Reading
8 videos (Total 63 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 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
Reading6 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
Quiz1 practice exercise
What did I learn in Block 1?30m
Week
2
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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. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 64 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 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
Reading1 reading
Reading 2 - Smart Urban Energy Systems10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
What did I learn in Block 2?30m
Week
3
Clock
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. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 51 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 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
Reading1 reading
Reading 3 - Smart Urban Transportation Systems10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
What did I learn in Block 3?30m
Week
4
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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....
Reading
7 videos (Total 58 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 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
Reading1 reading
Reading 4 - Towards Smart Cities part I10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
What did I learn in Block 4?30m
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Top Reviews

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.

By TCMar 12th 2018

This course is great. I like the way the course is structured and how the lecturers are able to articulate complex matters in a simple format.

Instructor

Matthias Finger

Professor
EPFL, ITPP, MIR, IGLUS Lab

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