Fall 2018

With the development of computer technology, wearable devices, Internet of Things (IoT) etc, understanding smart community concepts and being able to analyze smart community/city cases is important for urban planners, managers and policymakers. What is a smart city? What is a smart community? Being smart is not just about technology; a city and a smart community enables better service delivery and quality of life for all of its residents. This seminar class will provide hands on experience for interested students in public policy, planning, administration, and others.
This seminar class first will introduce the smart community concept and analyze different smart community cases in the US and globally.  Each student will write one short memo on a smart city concept, and each student will write one longer memo/paper analyzing a specific city. Then, students will be split into teams. Each team will do a real world smart community project with an Austin entity.  Data will be provided by the entity and/or the instructors. The overall goals of this seminar class are:

  • To obtain basic knowledge of smart communities
  • To learn how to analyze and compare existing smart community projects.
  • To learn how to analyze smart community data using GIS and other related software.

 This seminar course is organized into two parts: 1) introduction to smart communities; 2) real world smart community team projects. During the first half of the semester, the course will provide a detailed introduction to smart communities and the current status and development. The instructors will invite planners, engineers, business leaders, government officials, and others, as guest speakers for specific topics. Students will compare and contrast different smart community cases across the world. In the second phase, students will learn how to analyze smart community data in team projects with Austin entities