ICRI Sustainable Connected Cities Institute

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This institute is a collaboration between Intel, University College London and Imperial College Department of Computing. It is concerned with how to enable future cities to be more connected and sustainable. This will entail investigating, developing and deploying adaptive technologies that can optimize resource efficiency, and enable new services that support and enhance the quality of life of urban inhabitants and city visitors. There are many fundamental technical, social and urban challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed to accomplish this. Our approach is interdisciplinary, combining methods from computer science, the social sciences, interaction design and architecture to improve how cities are managed and maintained in order to ensure and enhance citizen well-being.

Guiding Principles

Our vision is to investigate, develop and deploy adaptive technologies that can optimize resource efficiency, and enable new services that support and enhance the quality of life of urban inhabitants and city visitors. There are many fundamental technical, social and urban challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed to accomplish this. From the outset, the ICRI will differentiate itself from other smart cities initiatives by incorporating the following core guiding principles into its research approach:

  1. Design for humans as part of the solution
  2. Build for the long term – design robustly for the imperfections of the real world
  3. Deliver the triple bottom line – economic, social and environmental value

 

Projects

To address these themes the ICRI has a number of projects that range from the entirely blue-skies research to much nearer term deployment and test beds. These are L3, CaaP, Harnessing the Invisible City, Enabling Connected Communities, Sustaining Sustainable Practices. These projects span all the ICRI partners, however the Imperial team are mostly involved with the following:

London Living Lab (L3)

City as a Platform (CaaP)

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