The challenge is to create a harmonious new home, not just a collection of houses
There is hardly a topic at our university which is more complex than smart cities. In this field all twenty industrial and societal sectors merge together with all scientific disciplines and stakeholders. Furthermore, cities cannot be separated from their rural environments. We need to look at the total in an integral systemic way, from a visionary perspective.
The building sector is currently innovating at a fast pace, mainly because government has set disruptive goals on sustainability. The built environment is one of five pillars in the governmental program “The Netherlands circular in 2050”. Construction is responsible for fifty percent of the use of raw materials, forty percent of the energy consumption, thirty percent of the water consumption and 35 percent of the CO2-emission. The Dutch government has decided that in 2050, the entire (building) economy should be 100 percent circular. Now is the time for our university to cooperate with public and private parties to make this possible.
Because in developing smart cities ethical issues arise, it is of vital importance that public organizations like the university have an active role in shaping them. When you search for smart cities now on the internet, the only solutions you’ll find are in the hands of large companies like Google or Microsoft. That is scary. We should develop counterparts under public governance. When we develop data platforms at a university, they are open by nature. And we care about aspects like privacy, legal issues, trustworthiness, validity and reliability of data upfront.Read more
Our research lines
Smart Buildings & Hybrid Energy Systems
Buildings that improve quality of life Future cities will harbor smart buildings that generate more energy than they use, capture rain...
Smart Mobility: Moving People and Goods
Rethinking urban transport The aim of the Smart Mobility research theme is to develop mobility and logistics solutions that are safe, clean...
Smart Urban Space: Healthy Environments
Making place for health-promoting, sustainable urban areas The public domain of the city supplies a high number and quality of public...
Urban Data & Data Platforms
Combining data to manage resources To improve our ever growing cities in terms of sustainability, mobility, waste management, resilience...
Achieving social resilience through design Cities can only truly become smart when its citizens are actively involved in creating their own...
Enabling systemic transitions To transform the systems that provide essential services in a city such as energy, mobility and health,...
The goal of the Smart Cities Center is to establish dedicated programs and to develop new courses that meet the needs of our future engineers.
The Built Environment honors track offers several projects where students can work on topics closely related to smart cities, as they offer...
In the Master program Architecture, Building and Planning and the Smart Cities course, you will learn to encounter smart city developments...
PhD and PDEng candidates
For PhD students and PDEng students, there are several opportunities to get involved in Smart Cities research.
Brainport Smart District
Here, we are working hands-on toward a smarter, better, more sustainable, mor social, and more beautiful district.
The former Philips industrial complex in the “Strijp-S” neighbourhood is becoming a creative smart district. An innovative concept to clean...
At Eckart Vaartbroek district, energy-efficiency renovations will be carried out on the social housing stock that predominates in this area....
Defusing escalating behaviour through the use of interactive light scenarios.
Living lab TU/e
There are several living labs and student teams at the university with a focus on smart cities.