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Inria (French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation)

Technological challenges of participatory smart cities

Inria (French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation) via France Université Numerique


This cours is an archived course. It remains open to registrations although it is not facilitated by the course teachers: its contents are no longer updated and may therefore no longer be up to date. If you register, you can freely consult the read-only resources but all collaborative spaces are closed (forums, wiki and other collaborative exercises): you cannot interact with the teaching team or with other learners. Furthermore, no attestation of achievement will be delivered for this course.

About this course

The course is a high level introduction to the constituents of the smart cities’ digital infrastructures, from the network up to the software layers. The proposed survey highlights the technical aspects to be taken into account to create practical services and to develop smarter cities involving citizen participation. In particular, it will impart information on privacy and interoperability aspects.

The course allows you to:
  • understand what is a smart city and the digital technologies supporting it
  • identify the required skills to design, develop and deploy innovative services toward smarter cities
  • picture new digital services for the urban environment while capturing the technologies they rely on
  • apprehend the costs and impediments (both technological and societal) that may occur to deploy a new digital service in the city
  • investigate public participation in the development of smart cities and the technological and societal challenges that emerge from it.

Please NOTE that this course is the english version of "Défis technologiques des villes intelligentes participatives" course, initially published and run on FUN-MOOC in 2016 and 2017. The research field and the technologies presented have evolved since then, but the proposed overview remains useful. For some concepts, updated additional resources are proposed.


Course Syllabus

Module 1 :

Introduction: a perspective on smarter cities

Module 2 :

Network infrastructures for participatory urban systems

Module 3 :

Software infrastructures for participatory urban systems

Module 4 :

Cloud-based urban data management

Module 5 :

Privacy-preserving urban systems

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