Digital Cities & Communities
Digital technology can help to create infrastructure with which to manage urbanisation, population growth, mobility, effects of climate change and transition to greater sustainability. By ‘monitoring citizens’ behaviour, smart cities could optimize urban planning and transport, and utility and community services such as waste collection and law enforcement. Smart cities should provide their own citizens safety and liveability, and interact optimally with surrounding rural communities. These and related societal challenges are addressed in programme line Digital Cities & Communities.
Academics that are working on finding solutions to societal challenges related to Digital Cities & Communities:
Frits Claassen is Associate Professor at the Operations Research and Logistics Group. My research aims to contribute particularly to the applicability of Operations Research (OR) models – and solution techniques in practice. My general research objective is to combine the strong elements of normative OR models (i.e. what practice ought to do) with descriptive decision-making (i.e. what practice actually does), such that models and solution approaches arise that provide for insights in what practice should, and actually can do.
Van Zoonen is academic director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Big Open and Linked Data (BOLD) Cities. Their agenda concerns the responsible application of data science for public values and the public good in urban environments. This involves anything from smart mobility solutions to data driven benefit systems. As a matter of principle, they collaborate with local government, creative professionals and citizen groups. They designed the SHARED values as a criterion for human centred information technology, and use this in their own research to assess if and how data science projects in the city serve the benefits of the city and its citizens.