September 4, 2020 8:30 - 10:00
The urban population of the world has grown quickly from 751 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018, and the 55% of the world’s population living today in city-based areas is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Indeed, a more agile, inclusive and safe “smart city” is the main challenge and a pressing need of next urbanisation strategies. The unprecedented availability of digital technologies and the almost unlimited mobile communication and mobile-based tools for information sharing are steadily and quickly changing our way of living. They allow for networking people, sensors and devices of all kinds for a better control of the city-based life as a whole, including services, mobility, pollution monitoring and many other aspects of our co-shared spaces and life.
This session will focus on the most innovative ideas and solutions that have been supported by the European Research Council for living in a safer and more efficient smart city offering a better quality of life. The continuous monitoring of essential infrastructures such as electric power systems and water distribution networks will be presented, together with a platform for real-time prediction and control of the road traffic, and a computer vision system for intelligent parking. The environmental monitoring carried out by citizens is also presented, as an example of participation of people for building smart cities.
Anna Grazia Mignani
European Research Council Executive Agency
Carlos Canudas de Wit
CNRS, GIPSA lab and Grenoble Traffic Lab, Grenoble
University of Cambridge
University of Cyprus, Dept Electrical and Computer Engineering and KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence