AMS Annual overview 2016

Highlighting 2016’s projects, educational activities, collaborations, partnerships and achievements our annual report is up for downloading now.

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In many ways 2016 was a year of ‘firsts’ for the institute. In this second year of operation, we have seen the first series of project outcomes, leading to the first scientific publications and a number of solutions. After only two years of operations, we are making significant progress in creating a positive impact on the life of citizens through innovative metropolitan solutions. With the annual report 2016 we would like to share the projects, activities, educational programs, collaborations and partnerships we’ve been working on in 2016 with our growing network of business, societal partners, cities and citizens.

Research & Valorization

  • In 2016 AMS Institute continued to accelerate and build up its portfolio of research projects, one of the primary pillars of our organization. The average turnover of our research projects increased from €3.4M in 2015 to €5.4M in 2016
  • We intensified our focus on the selection of research projects, building them around three main themes at the core of urbanization challenges: Circular City, Vital City, Connected City
  • One project that truly sets the bar for cutting-edge research in 2016 is Roboat. This five-year AMS program with MIT as research lead, sets out to design and deploy the world’s first fleet of autonomous boats on Amsterdam’s canals

Education at the cornerstone of our institute

  • The preparations for our first master program Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (MSc MADE) are progressing steadily. Building upon the educational excellence of TU Delft and Wageningen University, we are developing a first-class educational program that actively connects to the institute’s scope, themes and challenges
  • We launched our first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) which truly lived up to its name, attracting almost 11,000 people from 165 countries. And we established our first formal international partnership agreements in Paris with businesses and scientific and educational institutes
  • It was a great pleasure to congratulate our first PhD candidate who successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on Spatial Data Science

Transforming data to value
In 2016 we started working with the Waag Society to establish a data stewardship system and the AMS Data Hub. The information collected during our research projects can be of great value for researchers, students, citizens, governmental parties and companies in metropolitan areas around the world, therefore we are developing a system that can adequately store, prepare and secure data for reuse.

Extending our cross-border collaborations
Many metropolitan problems – for example climate change – can only be solved from an international perspective. Our main focus for cross-border collaboration in 2016 was Paris. We successfully established multiple collaborations and formalized partnerships with both academic (University of Paris-Est) and private (SUEZ, La Fabrique de Cité, NUMA) institutes during the Dutch trade mission to Paris in March 2016.

Scientific Advisory Committee
In 2016 the first four members of our Scientific Advisory Committee were appointed. The Scientific Advisory Committee consists of high-level representatives from academia and practice, and will ensure a continuous, critical evaluation of the institute’s research program, PIs and RFs. In 2017 additional members will be appointed.

Principal Investigators
One of the driving forces in realizing our (international) ambitions are our Principal Investigators (PIs). Assisted by our Research Fellows (RFs) this excellent set of professors from MIT, TU Delft and Wageningen University & Research play a leading role in shaping our research, education and valorization portfolio. In September the term of our first 21 PIs came to an end. After a strict procedure conducted by the three universities, a group of 34 professors were (re)appointed as AMS PIs for the next two years.