Tech can improve the quality of life in the city and enhance sustainability, livability, plus citizen engagement and empowerment.

We research, develop and integrate advanced and novel ICT and data science technologies to improve the quality of life in the city and work on solving urban challenges.

Simultaneously we research the central values for society and citizens on topics arising from these new tools and technologies, such as autonomy, privacy, transparency, inclusiveness and empowerment.

REPAiR project

Building & Demolition waste in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area

SocialGlass

Using information from open source social media data

SocialGlass

Social media activity Sail

SocialGlass

Flows of people during Sail

The three main domains we focus on:

  1. ICT and data technologies for urban challenges
  2. Smart governance and citizen engagement
  3. User- and Citizen-Centric Design.

ICT & Data Technologies for Urban Challenges

Within the first domain, research, development and integration of these new technologies with dynamic sensor networks (AI, big data, open data, crowd sourcing and robotics) are performed to improve city operations and planning. It can help with collection, analysis and optimization of critical city operations and services to take care of roads or bridges, for instance.

Operating and maintaining infrastructure assets (e.g. roads, bridges, parks, public green, buildings, waterways, sewers, public lighting, parking places, sidewalks, waste collection). This domain also addresses the improvement of public safety for navigation or in crowds and overall livability. And it enables regulation and inspection of traffic, parking, housing and pollution. Making new, larger and diverse urban data sets accessible and easy to use affords improved the city and spatial planning process in terms of quality and cost.

Smart Governance & Citizen Engagement

The focus of citizen engagement and ultimately smart governance are made possible with new ICT technologies and tools that are the subject of this domain. Citizens in large groups can have a say in city operations and planning by crowdsourcing. More effective and adequate problem-solving from local government is possible. Citizens impact on policy and decision making is an important research and innovation topic. Where the public, private partners and citizens have diverse interests, the governments and organizations still oversee distribution of responsibility, authority and control.

User & Citizen-Centric Design

The domain of human-centric design explores the requirements for new ICT tools & technologies in terms of designed so that it truly benefits the end users and citizens and not only city or industrial stakeholders. Usually, new ICT with clear benefits for the city is implemented to improve city operations or services, yet the implications for the end-user and citizen are overlooked. Moreover, recent and strong concerns about the legitimacy and privacy of ICT tools and technologies collecting personal data become more relevant to research and design to integrate principles into these innovative approaches. Cities are to follow democratic principles when it comes to sharing personal data in the private and public domain to safeguard societal values.

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Responsible Sensing Lab

Responsible Urban Digitization

Technologies like smart sensors can help solve urban challenges. But when collecting data, what public values are involved? Our Responsible Sensor Lab explores how to integrate social values in the design of sensing systems in public space.

Event

Operationalizing Values |Mini-lecture

Responsible Urban Digitization

December 3 | 14.00-16.00h

Responsible Sensing Lab invites Professor Ibo van de Poel, who is an expert in the field of value-driven innovation. During a mini-lecture he talks about operationalizing values and weighing values and he shows how to work with the 'value hierarchy'.

News

Booklet: 4 Human Scan Car designs

Responsible Urban Digitization

This booklet provides a recap of our design sprint on how to make scan cars more "human".

News

Booklet: 4 Human Scan Car designs

Responsible Urban Digitization

This booklet provides a recap of our design sprint on how to make scan cars more "human".

Project

Urban Modeling in Higher Dimensions

Responsible Urban Digitization

Solving Amsterdam’s urban issues would benefit from one 3-D model with continuously updated information. However, scientists so far have matched unique data to their own simulating models. Research on one integrated solution is underway.

Project

BRIDE - A Smart Bridge

Responsible Urban Digitization

An interactive bridge that is equipped with sensory technology will help understand Amsterdam’s “cityness” better. Citizens can make the bridge their own and answer this big philosophical question by collecting data about activity, place and time.

News

Can tech make scan cars more human?

Responsible Urban Digitization

Exploring new tech, such as scan cars, helps to understand the complexity of Responsible Urban Digitization.

News

Can tech make scan cars more human?

Responsible Urban Digitization

Exploring new tech, such as scan cars, helps to understand the complexity of Responsible Urban Digitization.

News

Blog: surveillance systems rolling dice

Responsible Urban Digitization

In the smart city of tomorrow, we could fine 100% of all offences at virtually no extra effort. Yet a ‘robot government’ that never condones small transgressions seems to be in conflict with the ideal of a humanist smart city. How should we go about this?

Project

Responsible Sensing Lab

Responsible Urban Digitization

Technologies like smart sensors can help solve urban challenges. But when collecting data, what public values are involved? Our Responsible Sensor Lab explores how to integrate social values in the design of sensing systems in public space.

Project

Responsible Sensing Lab

Responsible Urban Digitization

Technologies like smart sensors can help solve urban challenges. But when collecting data, what public values are involved? Our Responsible Sensor Lab explores how to integrate social values in the design of sensing systems in public space.

Event

Operationalizing Values |Mini-lecture

Responsible Urban Digitization

December 3 | 14.00-16.00h

Responsible Sensing Lab invites Professor Ibo van de Poel, who is an expert in the field of value-driven innovation. During a mini-lecture he talks about operationalizing values and weighing values and he shows how to work with the 'value hierarchy'.

Event

Operationalizing Values |Mini-lecture

Responsible Urban Digitization

December 3 | 14.00-16.00h

Responsible Sensing Lab invites Professor Ibo van de Poel, who is an expert in the field of value-driven innovation. During a mini-lecture he talks about operationalizing values and weighing values and he shows how to work with the 'value hierarchy'.

Event

Operationalizing Values |Mini-lecture

Responsible Urban Digitization

December 3 | 14.00-16.00h

Responsible Sensing Lab invites Professor Ibo van de Poel, who is an expert in the field of value-driven innovation. During a mini-lecture he talks about operationalizing values and weighing values and he shows how to work with the 'value hierarchy'.

Event

Operationalizing Values |Mini-lecture

Responsible Urban Digitization

December 3 | 14.00-16.00h

Responsible Sensing Lab invites Professor Ibo van de Poel, who is an expert in the field of value-driven innovation. During a mini-lecture he talks about operationalizing values and weighing values and he shows how to work with the 'value hierarchy'.

News

Booklet: 4 Human Scan Car designs

Responsible Urban Digitization

This booklet provides a recap of our design sprint on how to make scan cars more "human".

Project

Urban Modeling in Higher Dimensions

Responsible Urban Digitization

Solving Amsterdam’s urban issues would benefit from one 3-D model with continuously updated information. However, scientists so far have matched unique data to their own simulating models. Research on one integrated solution is underway.

News

Booklet: 4 Human Scan Car designs

Responsible Urban Digitization

This booklet provides a recap of our design sprint on how to make scan cars more "human".

Project

Urban Modeling in Higher Dimensions

Responsible Urban Digitization

Solving Amsterdam’s urban issues would benefit from one 3-D model with continuously updated information. However, scientists so far have matched unique data to their own simulating models. Research on one integrated solution is underway.

Project

BRIDE - A Smart Bridge

Responsible Urban Digitization

An interactive bridge that is equipped with sensory technology will help understand Amsterdam’s “cityness” better. Citizens can make the bridge their own and answer this big philosophical question by collecting data about activity, place and time.

Project

BRIDE - A Smart Bridge

Responsible Urban Digitization

An interactive bridge that is equipped with sensory technology will help understand Amsterdam’s “cityness” better. Citizens can make the bridge their own and answer this big philosophical question by collecting data about activity, place and time.

Project

BRIDE - A Smart Bridge

Responsible Urban Digitization

An interactive bridge that is equipped with sensory technology will help understand Amsterdam’s “cityness” better. Citizens can make the bridge their own and answer this big philosophical question by collecting data about activity, place and time.

Project

BRIDE - A Smart Bridge

Responsible Urban Digitization

An interactive bridge that is equipped with sensory technology will help understand Amsterdam’s “cityness” better. Citizens can make the bridge their own and answer this big philosophical question by collecting data about activity, place and time.

News

Can tech make scan cars more human?

Responsible Urban Digitization

Exploring new tech, such as scan cars, helps to understand the complexity of Responsible Urban Digitization.

News

Can tech make scan cars more human?

Responsible Urban Digitization

Exploring new tech, such as scan cars, helps to understand the complexity of Responsible Urban Digitization.

News

Blog: surveillance systems rolling dice

Responsible Urban Digitization

In the smart city of tomorrow, we could fine 100% of all offences at virtually no extra effort. Yet a ‘robot government’ that never condones small transgressions seems to be in conflict with the ideal of a humanist smart city. How should we go about this?

News

Blog: surveillance systems rolling dice

Responsible Urban Digitization

In the smart city of tomorrow, we could fine 100% of all offences at virtually no extra effort. Yet a ‘robot government’ that never condones small transgressions seems to be in conflict with the ideal of a humanist smart city. How should we go about this?