The white paper on “Intelligence and Co-creation in Smart Specialisation Strategies” outlines some key conclusions from the Online S3 project, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission. The Online S3 project has produced an online platform composed of software applications and roadmaps that facilitate the design and implementation of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).
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Smart cities, which have been exhibiting some impressive technological breakthroughs in the last few years, are a very appealing target for investors, but, despite this, there seems to be a lack of funds focusing on smart cities, even though there a plenty of funds for investing in technology.
The University of Sheffield and its research center SEERC is offering one scholarship position for a PhD on “Hybrid Life Cycle Assessment of Functional Materials and Devices”. The scholarship includes: (1) A fee waiver offered by the University of Sheffield
The smart city paradigm was shaped in two decades at the turn of the century, between 1990 and 2010. The paper of Mora, Bolici and Deakin “The First Two Decades of Smart-City Research: A Bibliometric Analysis” reports on these first two decades of research on smart cities, examining the literature published between 1992 and 2012 by a bibliometric analysis.
Taking into consideration the 28 applications that have been developed throughout the Online S3 project and are related to the 6 phases of the RIS3 design-process, this report tries to reveal the existing information flows between them. The overall Online S3 Platform mechanism indicates that there is a complex underlying network that links these applications to each other, which is essential to better understand the overall added value of the Online S3 Platform. Given the fact that the abovementioned applications have been developed as standalone apps, further potentials of this platform include the development of an interoperability mode. This could provide the final missing links between the 28 applications, facilitating the information flows between them, giving the opportunity to policy-makers to design even more comprehensive RIS3 strategies. Analytical capabilities and public participation should be further enriched and expanded in that case, promoting the effectiveness of the implemented RIS3 strategies.
The article “Smart City Planning from an Evolutionary Perspective ” by N. Komninos, C. Kakderi, A. Panori and P. Tsarchopoulos was published in the Journal of Urban Technology and focuses on the parallel efforts and initiatives that have been made in the case of Thessaloniki to promote its vision to transform the city into a smart and sustainable place, including ICT solutions fostered by civic communities and individual developers. The study clearly shows that the strategy and actions guided by the vision for an open, global, smart, and resilient city, have been largely shaped by a series of opportunities that appeared gradually over the last few years, both at global and local levels.
The article “From Smart to Cognitive Cities: Intelligence and Urban Utopias ” by A. Psaltoglou was published in the 11th issue of Archidoct and discusses the relation between human intelligence and cities. Through briefly describing human intelligence and utopian thinking, it critically presents two current urban utopias, Smart and Cognitive cities and explores the role of technology as well as the concept of intelligence in both cases.