Management of Smart Cities Online Course: register now!

Learn about the principles of management of urban infrastructures in the era of Smart Cities thanks to the first “smart cities online course” offered on the Coursera platform. The introduction of Smart urban technologies into legacy infrastructures has already resulted and will continue to result in numerous challenges and opportunities. This course will help you to make the best out of the introduction of these smart technologies in your cities’ legacy infrastructures.

About this course:

Over the past few years, advancements in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have significantly challenged the traditionally stable landscape of urban infrastructure services provision. The result is an increasing interest in the transitioning of cities towards so-called “smart cities”- an interest expressed both by technology vendors and public authorities. Although such “smart technologies” can provide immense opportunities for citizens and for service providers alike, the ICTs often act as disruptive innovators of urban infrastructure service provision.

In this MOOC, you will gain a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with “smart urban infrastructures” as well as how these infrastructures can be managed in order to deliver desirable performance in cities. More precisely, throughout this 5-week MOOC you will learn about the most important principles for the management of smart urban infrastructures as well as about the application of these principles to two specific sectors, namely urban transportation and urban energy systems.

The course does not have any pre-requisites. However, in order to make the best of this MOOC, we strongly encourage you to enrol in our previous MOOC on the Management of Urban Infrastructures which has been widely appraised by learners.

Through this course, students will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of the nature of disruptive innovations (smart technologies) in urban infrastructure systems;
  • Learn about state-of-the-art strategies that are and can be used for “smart infrastructure” solutions in cities, while effectively managing the transition from legacy infrastructures to smart systems;
  • Learn about the management of the transition phase from legacy infrastructure systems to smart cities by supporting innovations while avoiding early lock-in; and
  • Understand the potential applications of the materials learned in this course, within the context of the management of “smart urban transportation systems” as well as “smart urban energy systems”.


Class workload:

2 hours / week

Who is this class for: 

The course is designed to cater to both students and professionals interested in the concept of smart cities, and who want to learn how to transform Smart City concepts into practice.

Created by:   

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, IGLUS initiative

Taught by:  

Professor Matthias Finger

Provided by:

Coursera Platform

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