The cities of the 21st century cannot be understood without understanding their progressive technological development. All the cities that wish to improve the lives of their citizens have the objective of promoting technological management. Many cities have already started this progress and have become true Smart Cities.

Smart cities base their progress on adapting their structures to new technologies. To make energy consumption less polluting, to make the mobility of its inhabitants more efficient and to ensure that there is continuous information available to citizens so that they can improve their habits and thus achieve a better quality of life.

The overall goal of Smart Cities is to achieve a more sustainable world. Extensive work has been done in the following fields in order to achieve city sustainability:

  • The reduction of polluting CO2 emissions through the manufacture of electric cars, traffic control or reduction of emissions in different industries.
  • Use of photovoltaic panels in buildings, traffic lights and signals.
  • Use of wind energy in different urban infrastructures.
  • Promotion of the use of bicycles, through the creation of bicycle lanes and the improvement of applications for the management of routes and electric bicycles.

Different factors are assessed to calculate the level of efficiency, all of these are fundamental for a smart city: technology, environment, mobility and transport, governance, international impact, capital and urban planning. In short, there are many small elements that make cities more efficient places.

The Master’s and Expert Degree in Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings offers its students the opportunity to acquire skills in the new technological paradigms that cities and buildings require in order to become sustainable.  Our goal is to train individuals who will make the new vision of cities become a reality and thus achieve great ecological, economic and social progress. To this end, we collaborate with IBM, a company that provides our students with the best possible resources and training.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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