June 24–July 24, 2020
Academic Credits: 4
Application Deadline: May 1, 2020
Smart Cities 2020: Interface Design, Big Data, and Urban-tech Utilization
The unprecedented growth of population in cities over the last decades makes the smartification of cities an urgent topic, mutually embedding software development and urban planning. In a new economy of platforms which are ubiquitous, pervasive and subsidized, the digital is augmented in the physical world, from transportation to social interaction, pollution and food, stress and speed. While smart ecosystems co-evolve and turn urban life into digital life, we will emphasize the integration of urban data from different sources, and try to better frame and understand the human condition – considering economy, ecology, societal issues, and other aspects that impact and are affected by the accelerated pace of digitation.
The focus of our summer 2020 program will be on the design of human-technology interfaces, understanding the beliefs we constantly form and update regarding the surrounding artifacts, and the relationships we create with apps, bots, machines, and with other people. Pedestrian cognition, for example, is extremely affected by new modes of sensation, perception, behavioral intentions and actual behaviors. How will the endless bulks of interactions we experience in the city affect future behavioral patterns? The appropriation of the smart city by the citizens is a major component of urban-tech utilization.
First launched in Summer 2018, our Smart Cities Program welcomes top students from all over the world for a truly diverse classroom – from the US and Brazil through France and Germany to India and China, Macau, Vietnam and Australia. Students bring to the classroom their own Smart City experiences from the cities, towns, and environments in which they live, and apply their experiences to their new environment in Tel Aviv. We feature tours, workshops and lectures by start-ups and the high-tech industry, and visits to Tel Aviv municipality's various divisions and departments (Computing Division, Security Control Center & Municipal Situation Room; Transportation, Traffic Control and Traffic Lights Operation Center; Planning Department; and The Center for Environmental Education at Hiriya Recycling Park.
To see photos from past summers, please visit our program photo galleries!