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Over the past few years, advancements in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have significantly challenged the traditionally stable landscape of urban infrastructure services. The result is an increasing interest in the transitioning of cities towards so-called “smart cities” – an interest expressed both by technology vendors and public authorities. Although such “smart technologies” can provide immense opportunities for citizens and for 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 “smart urban infrastructures” as well as how these infrastructures can be managed in order to deliver desirable performance in cities. More precisely, throughout this 5-week MOOC you will learn about the most important principles for the management of smart urban infrastructures as well as about the application of these principles to two specific sectors, namely urban transportation and urban energy systems.

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Prerequisite

All passionate learners interested in Smart Cities are welcomed. The course does not have any pre-requisites. However, in order to make the best of this MOOC, we strongly encourage you to enroll in our previous MOOC on the Management of Urban Infrastructures, which has been widely appraised by learners.

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Syllabus

  • The nature of disruptive innovations (smart technologies) in urban infrastructure systems
  • State-of-the-art strategies that can be used for “smart infrastructure” solutions in cities, while effectively managing the transition from legacy infrastructures to smart systems
  • Management of the transition phase from legacy infrastructure systems to smart cities by supporting innovations while avoiding early lock-in
  • Applications for 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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École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, English: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) is a research university in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specialises in physical sciences and engineering.

One of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, the school was founded by the Swiss Federal Government with the stated mission to:

Educate engineers and scientists to the highest international standing
Be a national center of excellence in science and technology
Provide a hub for interaction between the scientific community and the industry
EPFL is considered one of the most prestigious universities in the world for engineering and sciences, ranking 17th overall and 10th in engineering in the 2015 QS World University Rankings; 34th overall and 12th in engineering in the 2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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