Smart cities have mostly been seen as cities where a variety of city functions such as transportation, communications, heating etc. are supported by new technology solutions, first and foremost ICTs. However, criticism has also been put forward emphasizing that smart city information technologies can be used for increased surveillance and manipulation of behavior. In this course, we will examine and discuss the potentials for improvement of city functions as well as the problems that increased registration and guided assistance may entail.

The course addresses PhD students from technical sciences as well as social sciences. It provides a critical analysis of technology solutions as well as knowledge on technology developments helping social science students to better understand the material foundations of smart city technologies. The technologies presented and analyzed in the course are new network technologies including 5G, Internet of Things, cloud computing and artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The approach taken in the course will be to examine the materiality of smart cities, meaning that technology solutions are not just seen as expressions of functions to be fulfilled but also are seen as material realities that have an influence on the developments of social behavior in a dialectic interplay.

The course will include the following topics:
• Smart city solutions for city functions
• Communication foundations for smart cities: scenarios, use cases, and communication-theoretic principles.
• Network technologies including 5G and IoT
• Cloud computing
• Artificial intelligence and machine learning
• Institutional analysis
• The concept of materiality
• Smart city standardization

Organiser/s: Reza Tadayoni, Čedomir Stefanović and Anders Henten
Lecturer(s): Reza Tadayoni, Čedomir Stefanović, Anders Henten and Sokol Kosta

ECTS for students:

18-20 November 2020 
Place: University, Copenhagen Campus,
18-19 November: A. C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen SV, room ACM15 (A) 2.0.004 
20 November: A. C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen SV, room ACM15(A) 0.090B

Deadline for registration:
 28 October 2020
Max. no. of participants: 20

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.