Smart Cities

70% of the world population will liven in cities by 2050. Help tackle the challenge of sustainability.

Ritchie School's Smart City Research & Development

Smart Cities – The core strengths of the Ritchie School’s Smart Cities research and development is in smart electricity grids, materials and structures, unmanned systems, and environment/climate. Smart City research has a cross-disciplinary nature, i.e., it goes beyond the limits of a department and school, is in line with National Academy of Engineering grand challenges and is aligned with National Science Foundation big ideas.

The world is urbanizing. According to the World Health Organization, urban populations will increase to 70% of the total population worldwide by 2050.  This significant shift demands a more intelligent and better planned use of available resources of all types in urban environments, which has resulted in development of the concept of the Smart City.

A Smart City is defined as a city that monitors and integrates conditions of all of its critical infrastructures for better optimizing its resources, planning its preventive maintenance activities, and monitoring security aspects, while maximizing services to its citizens (U.S. Office of Scientific and Technical Information). More broadly, smart cities are the harbingers for trends in roboticization, autonomous vehicles, enhanced aging, and the sharing economy.  Cities across the globe are investing more time and effort into transforming themselves into the Smart Cities of the future.  

Denver and DU are at the forefront.

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Autonomous Vehicles

Enhanced Aging

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