PADOVA SMART CITY
SMART CITIES PURSUE SUSTAINABILITY, LIVABILITY, AND SOCIAL EQUITY THROUGH TECHNOLOGICAL AND DESIGN INNOVATION
Start date: Feb. 2014 End date: May 2015
Partners: Municipality of Padova, Human Inspired Technology (HIT) Research Centre, University of Padova
HTLab Involved People: Angelo Cenedese, Marco Michielan, Luciano Gamberini
“Smart Cities pursue sustainability, livability, and social equity through technological and design innovation” (MIT research group): with this aim in mind we believe that urban analytics is a key step to understand our space and to realize smart services.
Specifically designed cyberphysical systems are used in conjunction with standard monitoring stations to sense and provide multilevel, heterogeneous and pervasive information. This information is put in relation through the time and geolocalization of the data and the physical communication and transportation networks of the city, acting like a biological nervous system.
Data-driven analysis highlights the behaviors that emerge from the interplay of human related activities and the natural phenomena.
To this aim we start from sensors embedded in the environment and heterogeneous measurements to build stochastic and graphical models (e.g. weigthed graphs, Hidden Markov models) to describe phenomena.
These are used:
– in the analysis phase to allow the interpretation of the data, the definition of metrics and the generation of information
– in the synthesis phase, to ease the decision process that define city policies.
Three areas of investigation are considered:
– Environmental monitoring (from pollution to public lighting)
– Public service control (e.g. bike sharing)
– Human related behavior analysis (e.g. traffic monitoring)