Living in Smart Cities

The purpose of any city is to continuously enhance the lives of its citizens. How do you measure quality of life?

Viewing Smart Cities from the Gender Perspective 

Women and men do not experience living, working and playing in a city the same way. Isn’t this reasonable? Why isn’t it discussed more? Please take this opportunity to share your research, projects and insights.

Transforming towards Digital Cities

Transforming a product or a service is one thing. Transforming whole cities is way more than a technology project. How do you manage the political processes? How do you guarantee that citizens are involved on eye-level? What is a city in the digital age?

Achieving Smart Cities through Projects

Projects are instruments that must deliver strategic value. What types of projects will they be and how will they be managed in cities where the continuous improvement of quality of life is the goal?

Being Mobile in Smart Cities 

Moving from here to there…what does that look like in a smart city for people, information and city services? How do eMobility and Automated Driving change our mobility? Will we share transportation more often with others? How will mobility patterns change?

Forming Digital Ecosystems

Viewing complexity with the concept of an ecosystem gives us a holistic perspective. Not only for nature and environment, but also for social ecosystems or economy. Digital solutions are not isolated in the future. To be sustainable, we need to think in terms of digital ecosystems.

Engineering Smart Cities 

Systems engineering merges the perspectives of technologies, processes and people. Smart cities are an example for complex socio-technical systems. So how will we engineer complex systems in future? How will we manage the complexity? What does this mean for our projects?

Securing Privacy in Smart Cities

Individual freedom is requiring privacy. In the digital world, privacy needs to be established, too. A smart city is vulnerable in this respect. How will we guarantee the privacy and freedom of the individual in the digital age? How will we keep ownership of our digital twins?

Ensuring Diversity in Smart Cities

How will the future city reflect our different ethnicities, religions and cultural interests?


Humanizing Smart Cities

Values drive choices. A modern city can be a gargantuan moloch. How can we turn them into places that serve humanity? People can choose. Forming urban ethics and values for the digital age is urgently required to take the right turn for the future cities. 

Urbanizing Sustainably

Sustainability is more than protecting nature. It is working with the end in mind. How can we steer such an enormous trend like urbanization into the right direction? Which tools and perspectives do we need? And how do we incorporate sustainability into the management of our smart city projects?

Training & Educating

We need to learn a lot. How can we implement live long learning for all citizens? How do we deal with learning and education in the digital age in our universities? What do we need to learn and how should we learn it?