June 29–July 30, 2020
Academic Credits: 4
This TAU International Summer Program will not take place during Summer 2020 due to the Coronavirus situation. Please check back later this fall for information on Summer 2021 Programs. We hope to see you next summer!
Smart Cities: Interface Design, Big Data, and Urban-Tech Utilization
The unprecedented growth of population in cities over the last decades - now combined with the aftermath of a global pandemic - makes the smartification of cities and the fusing together of technology and urban planning an urgent and essential topic. While urban life transforms increasingly into digital life, we will explore the integration of urban data from different sources, and try to better frame and understand the current human condition in relation to the cities in which we live, considering economic, ecological, and societal issues, as well as other aspects that impact and are affected by the accelerated pace of digitization.
The focus of our 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 interactions we experience in a 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!
Elva Yu, China
The Smart Cities program impressed me with its rich course content, inspiring field trips, amazing connections with local business and government, and most importantly, the immersion in Israeli culture. The program had an amazing support structure. The professors are knowledgeable and easy-going. I got to understand more about Israel sustainability, I made many friends and enjoyed the country. Academics, friendship, fun. Three good reasons to enroll.