Smart City

The Smart Cities Research Group pursues sustainability, livability, and social equity through technological and design innovation.

We take the particular perspective that cities are systems of systems, and that there are emerging opportunities to introduce digital nervous systems, intelligent responsiveness, and optimization at every level of system integration – from that of individual devices and appliances to that of buildings, and ultimately to that of complete cities and urban regions.

Furthermore, through cross-communication among digital nervous systems – for example those of a city’s mobility systems and its energy systems – it becomes possible to coordinate the operation of different systems to achieve significant efficiencies and sustainability benefits.

The research group is cross-disciplinary.