IT for Smart Cities Unit

The objective of this unit is to support ICT tools development for smart cities at different stages of system development process including requirements engineering, data management, system design and implementation and evaluation.

Research areas

The main thematic areas covered under this unit will be urban governance including spatial analysis, public participation, smart mobility, public security and energy efficiency.

Smart urban goverance

The world is facing a potential increase in urbanisation that is expected to reach up to 80% in the near future. This urbanisation and its associated socio-economic and environmental impacts is one of the key drivers of change that challenges the sustainability of urban environments globally, placing significant pressure on public authorities to respond in mitigating and adapting to these challenges.

ICT information intelligence

ICT enabled information intelligence for urban governance offers significant new potential to simultaneously achieve more effective management of the complexity of the city and the engagement of citizens in defining their urban futures. ICT is a key driver of economic recovery and provides new opportunities to deal with future urbanisation challenges.

Consequently, smart cities are developing initiatives towards building a knowledge economy necessitating a transition from more static forms of ICT work to more dynamic forms of knowledge work.

New technologies

New ICT technologies for cities can leverage smart urban governance; dynamically respond to human mobility, public security, energy efficiency and can contribute to territorial impact assessment thereby facilitating decision making in urban governance.


Projects under these themes will address the creation of new methodologies, process models and applications using cloud computing, development of OGC compliant services and data management, sensor nets and crowd sourcing, visualisation, simulation and decision-making tools.

Recent and current projects

Past projects


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