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Yale launches ‘Smart City Engineering with IoT’ course

January 12, 2024

Posted by: Magda Dabrowska

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The Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science has launched a new, forward-looking course, Smart City Engineering with IoT, in response to the burgeoning urbanisation trends in the U.S. and around the globe. With the urban population in the U.S. projected to reach 89% by 2050 and urban areas contributing significantly to the national GDP, the course aims to provide students with an understanding of the technological advancements driving the evolution of ‘smart cities’.

The course, created by Andrei Khurshudov, a lecturer in mechanical engineering and materials science and the director of IoT Analytics and Artificial Intelligence at Caterpillar Inc., delves into how smart cities leverage technology to gather data from diverse sources, including people, devices and infrastructure. The data is then used to enable informed decision-making and control.

The course provides a thorough examination of the technologies shaping modern and future smart cities, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud and edge computing, sensors and interconnected IoT devices.

One distinctive feature of this course is the mandatory thesis component titled ‘Smart City New Haven 2034.’ The project challenges students to utilise their knowledge and creativity to propose solutions in critical areas including smart roads, intelligent traffic control, efficient parking management, environmental sensors, e-governance, smart medicine, surveillance and safety, as well as privacy and data collection. The thesis requirement provides students with an opportunity to apply their learning and contribute innovative ideas to the field of smart cities.

The course is designed for both graduate and undergraduate students, providing an overview of the smart city concept, its strengths, weaknesses and its impact on society, including personal privacy concerns.

The student-composed thesis will be presented to the City of New Haven Mayor’s Office at the end of the semester to offer insights and forward-looking recommendations. The presentation will highlight the potential contributions of Yale students in shaping and impacting the future of urban living.

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