The concept of an intelligent, connected and sustainable city is becoming more advanced, according to the Smart City Index 2019. Cities like Singapore, Zurich, Oslo and in Spain; Bilbao, Madrid or Barcelona are within the ranking that evaluates the level of development and strategies for better energy efficiency, mobility or environmental impact. The main aim of a smart city is to contribute to a better quality of life of all its inhabitants.

Smart cities are not developed on the whim. The current situation shows their importance and the difference that a smart city can make.  The multinational Toyota has designed a plan to build a reference city, Woven City on Mount Fuji, Japan. This city will become an experiment and new technologies will be implemented in its entire environment; using hydrogen fuel cells, roofs with photovoltaic panels, robotics for the construction of homes and for their internal functioning, all the vehicles that pass through the city will be totally autonomous and the houses will be sensitized. They will even replenish the refrigerator and will monitor the state of health of their occupants.


Projects like this one give us a global vision of what we can become as a society and how technology can contribute to its development, solving all types of problems and building a better world for all. To achieve this goal, we need professionals capable of designing and developing smart cities. To make this possible, we offer the Master’s Degree in Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, a degree focused on preparing specialists capable of leading smart city projects.

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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.