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Description

Making cities “smarter” or transforming them into smart cities is the process of improving economic competitiveness and quality of life by implementing cyberinfrastructure technologies throughout a city. In an effort to launch a "smart city" research program at UTEP, UTEP researchers in civil engineering, electrical engineering, industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering, and computer science have formed a team with each member bringing a unique expertise in this area. The team is a collaboration with Dr. Victor Larios, Director of Smart Cities Innovation Center at Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, Dr. Miroslav Svitek, Dean of Faculty of Transportation Sciences at Czech Technical University, Czech Republic, Dr. Kaan Ozbay and Dr. Joe Chow at New York University, and Dr. Burcu Akinci and Dr. Mario Beges at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy.

Aspirations

To be a model for interdisciplinary, international collaboration that advance the knowledge of transforming cities into smart cities through joint research and education.

KEYWORDS

  1. Data science
  2. Energy
  3. Interdisciplinary collaborations
  4. Internet of things
  5. Quality of life
  6. Resiliency
  7. Sensor network
  8. smart cities
  9. Sustainability
  10. System of Systems

UTEP STRATEGIC AREAS

  1. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative
  2. Energy and Environment

COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Cheu, Kelvin
Advocate
Professor
Engineering - Civil Engineering
cross border transportation, freight and transportation logistics, intelligent transportation systems, smart cities., traffic engineering, transportation engineering, transportation planning, transportation-health

Gates, Ann
Advocate
Professor
Engineering - Computer Science
computing education, cyberinfrastructure, requirements engineering, Software Engineering, undergraduate research, Verification and Validation, workflows

Assistant Professor
Engineering - Computer Science
cyberinfrastructure, data exchange, data-to-model integration, ontology engineering, question answering, semantic web

Research Associate Professor
Engineering - Civil Engineering
Environmental Engineering., geophysics, GIS, gravity, magnetic, Remote Sensing, seismic, seismology, surveying, Transportation

Assistant Professor
Engineering - Computer Science
Cyber-physical systems, Data Analytics., Informatics, Software Engineering, SysML, UML

MEMBERS FROM PARTNER INSTITUTIONS

Carnegie Mellon University
University of Washington
New York University
New York University
Universidad de Guadalajara
Carnegie Mellon University
Czech Technical University
Czech Technical University
University of Guadalajara
University of Guadalajara
Czech Technical University
Universidad de Guadalajara

Related Efforts

Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Program on Smart Cities
UTEP Related Effort
Funding: Office of Research and Sponsored Projects Office at UTEP
Contact: Kelvin Cheu

This IDR proposal seeks seed funding to launch an innovative research program at UTEP in the interdisciplinary area of smart city. The objective of this IDR project is to identify technological issues and formulate a research agenda for an international smart city research program, with a view of submitting a proposal to seek funding at the national and international levels.

Atlantis Dual Masters Program
UTEP Related Effort
Funding: U.S. Dept. of Education and European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture
Contact: Kelvin Cheu

The project brings together a consortium three universities (The University of Texas at El Paso, U.S., Czech Technical University, Czech Republic, and University of Zilina, Slovak Republic) to implement the Dual Masters Degree Program in Transportation and Logistics Systems from 2010 to 2014. The goal is to have 24 U.S. and 24 E.U. students to participate in this international program. Students are expected to attend courses and conduct research in the U.S. university and two E.U. universities.

Global Sustainability Program
UTEP Related Effort
Contact: Carlos Ferregut

The Faculty Led Study Abroad program in Perú offers the opportunity for undergraduate UTEP and EPCC students to take a three credit UTEP elective course in Sustainable Engineering at the University of Piura in Perú. The program will be offered in Spanish by UTEP and UDEP faculty.

Connected Cities for Smart Mobility towards Accessible and Resilient Transportation (C2SMART)
UTEP Related Effort
Funding: This Center is funded by USDOT from 2017 to 2022 (5 years) as a Tier 1 University Transportation Center. C2SMART's Consortium Members are: New York University (lead), Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, University of Washington, University of Texas at El Paso, The City College of New York.
Contact: Kelvin Cheu

The research priority of C2SMART is “Improving Mobility of People and Goods” with a focus on “Smart Cities.” C2SMART’s mission is to build a solution-oriented research center that uses cities among its consortium members as a decentralized but comprehensive living laboratory. The Center will study a number of challenging transportation problems and field test novel solutions in close collaboration with end-users, city agencies, policy makers, private companies, and entrepreneurs.

Related Centers

Related Communities

"A Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Initiative for a Smart Cities Innovation Network"
External Resource
Document
Kelvin Cheu

This paper (accepted at the IEEE International Smart Cities conference) describes how researchers are developing a smart cities innovation network with an emphasis on smart city mobility, smart buildings, and smart bridges. The consortium is applying a semantic-based approach to address the initial challenge of building an effective interdisciplinary network of university researchers located in different parts of the world, in three cities with different sizes and stages of economic development.

Developing a Strong Technical Proposal for 100K
External Resource
Document
Kelvin Cheu

Powerpoint slides of presentation at the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Proposal Writing Workshop in Guadalajara on October 25, 2016

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