Smart Cities Master at University of Girona




The master’s programme is organised into two semesters:

1st Block On-site: From October 2018 to January 2019, on-site weekly courses.

2nd Block On-line: From February 2019 to September 2019, on-line development of the city project (February to April) and the master thesis (May to July). The city project practicum work includes visits to the city, one during the first week of February and another one during the last week of March. The master thesis is developed entirely on-line.

The COURSES module consists on 11 courses of 3 credits ECTS each that will be carried out during the first semester. This module requires face to face participation. Students will take the courses at The Montilivi Campus and Science and Technology Park that UdG has in Girona.

33 credits ECTS

During the second semester students don’t have to attend lectures. This period is devoted to work on the CITY PROJECT AND MASTER THESIS remotely. Supervisors from both the city and the master will be available to guide the students along the process.

27 credits ECTS

About the courses

All the courses and studies will be taught in English. Our lecturers speak Spanish, Catalan and English and they will have no problem in speaking in any of these languages but the courses official language will be English. From all the students that meet with the admission requirements, the master’s direction office will have the last word on the final candidate selection, taking into account their profiles, curriculum vitae and motivations for joining our study (maximum number of spots for the next course is 40).

If you are interested in doing a PhD after the master, our research group EASY offers PhD possibilities to our most valuable students which also share common research lines with us.


Urban Planning and ICT: Concepts and Initiatives (3 ECTS)

Recap on the different urban initiatives towards the Smart City: new urbanism (“smart code”), ruralism, fractal city, sustainable city, livable city, knowledge city, creative city, digital city, smart city. Smart City experiences in the new city and existing city. Case study on a planned city. Case study on a transformed city. Different methodologies for urban planning (systematization, standardization, etc.). Differences between urbanism and urban planning. Study of the concepts: planning 2.0, e-planning, web-based planning, etc.

Modeling, Simulation and Optimization (3 ECTS)

Urban simulation techniques (transport, mobility, energy, services, etc.): simulation of space-time dynamics, interaction in simulation models, complex systems modeling and simulation, information theory, complexity and stability of urban systems. Techniques to optimize urban resources (transport, mobility, energy, services, etc.): spatial optimization, route management and optimization, fleet management and optimization, traceability and logistics. traffic management, real time traffic management, eco-driving. Urban (public) transportation intelligent management, parking management and waste management.

The Measurement of Urban Smartness and Urban Sustainability (3 ECTS)

Smart cities build on the sustainable city: existing indicators for the measurement of urban sustainability and needed indicators for the measurement of urban smartness. Representation of the new metrics for the measurement of urban smartness: Neo-geography, Applied Geography, Geo-statistics and spatial simulation, spatial statistical models, space temporal modeling, collaborative mapping, Geo-tagging, Volunteered Geographic Information, ontologies for urban planning, City Gml, maps mash up, tangible maps and planning. Urban systems control: traffic, pollution, smart public watering, timers and programmers complemented with weather forecast, humidity data, etc. to adjust irrigation, etc. Smart environment: Air quality monitoring, water quality, noise, humidity, temperature, night light pollution among others.

Urban Visualization Techniques (3 ECTS)

Virtual reality and Modeling Techniques. Techniques description: remote sensing, 3D models and urban modeling in general, dynamic modeling, etc. Geo-visual analytics, geo-visualization, visual exploratory data analysis. Visualization and modeling of tracking data. Geographical Information Systems. Geo-localized representation and user maps: data mining representation, ubiquitous mobility representation, high software mobility activity, mobility maps (real time traffic, etc), mapping anonymous data (on urban flows, time patterns, etc.), mixing user maps with open data, deformed maps (maps in continuous deformation according to an specific criteria).

Data Analysis and Data Mining (3 ECTS)

Data Mining and Machine Learning Techniques: Generic module on Artificial Intelligence describing main Machine Learning and knowledge discovery techniques. Fuzzy and rough set, logics and reasoning and spatial extensions. Ontologies for spatial analysis. Spatial data analysis and exploitation: Spatial data mining and knowledge discovery. Spatial data warehouse and spatial OLAP (On Line Analytical Process). Spatial Decision Support Systems (DSS).

Distributed Software Architectures and Multiagent Systems (3 ECTS)

Distributed Software Architectures: services oriented architectures (SOA), event oriented architectures and complex event processing (CEP), multi-agent architectures. Multi-agent Systems: Generic module focused in the agent technology (multi-agent, representation trough agents, etc): urban prediction through agent technology, urban modeling through agent technology, urban simulation through agent technology, public participatory processes with agents, survey scalability with agents, etc.

Monitoring and Energy Efficiency (3 ECTS)

Urban monitoring and control techniques for efficient management of urban resources: Data acquisition in urban and distributed environments, monitoring strategies. Monitoring and control of distributed resources (gas, electrical power, water). Energy efficiency directives. Energy efficiency in buildings (certification, zero emissions, positive energy buildings). Procedures for energy management (ISO50001, procedures for measurement and verification). Energy monitoring techniques: smart grids, smart meters, communication infrastructures, energy efficiency management, active demand management. Technologies for efficient energy consumption (illumination, DHC, HVAC, distribution energy networks, etc.)

Communication and Information Infrastructures (3 ECTS)

Telecommunication networks: Technologies for telecommunication infrastructures, Wireless networks (Wireless LAN -WLAN-, Wi-Fi and HiperLAN -IEEE 802.11 -, Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks (WMAN), MDS, WiMAX, and HiperMAN, etc.), wireless access to public networks, virtual and corporative networks, TCP/IP architecture, internet services, multiservice networks, routing and quality of service resource management, privacy and security. Sensor networks: ZigBee, EnOcean; Personal area networks, Bluetooth, TransferJet, Ultra-wideband (UWB from WiMedia Alliance), web-sensors, etc.

Social Ubiquitous Technologies and Participation (3 ECTS)

Citizen-centric ubiquitous technologies: Hypermedia technologies, augmented reality, crowd sourcing. Social networks and public participation: e-participation, urban social networks, participation 2.0 (surveys, votes, polls), e-booking, e-payments. E-services and e-government. Infrastructure to support public services: public safety and emergencies, e-health (telemonitoring, telemedicine, teleassistance), e-education, e-administration. Open Government and Open Data: successful experiences, public-private data collaboration, data protection, data reliability and security.

New Urban Economics and City Marketing (3 ECTS)

New models and opportunities for urban business: Utility-based theory (based on probabilities of occurrence, can help to explain choices that seem to contradict the expected value criterion), Wikinomics, Socialnomics, WikiCities, Crowdfunding, Lean City, Outernet and shytech (how will change marketing in the future), the urban 4C’s: credit, confirmation, consideration, conversion (from “promise” to “project” for urban identity and urban image achievements), Economic dynamics for Smart Cities. Urban entrepreneurship: how to turn urban needs into business opportunities, urban innovation comes from citizens’ needs. Business Modeling applied to city-related entrepreneurial ideas.

Expert Seminars (3 ECTS)

Monothematics of expert knowledge.


City Project (12 ECTS)

The city project is a supervised practical work integrated inside the master’s structure as a subject carried out during the second half of the study. The city project consists on a training activity where the students apply the knowledge acquired during the first block courses to find solutions to real problems demanded by real cities. The city project practical experience has a duration of 3 months where the students, master advisors and city tutors work on-site and on-line with their projects (2 visits to the city during the 3-month period, one at the kick off and another in the mid-term). The project finishes with a document and oral presentation of the results obtained.

Master Thesis (12 ECTS)

The final master thesis is a supervised practical work integrated inside the master’s structure as a subject carried out during the second half of the study, immediately after the conclusion of the city project. This work pretends to be an initiation to the student’s research career or professional exercise where the students consolidate the acquired knowledge and demonstrate their capabilities in a particular field. Usually, the student continues the work carried out in their city projects to complete their master thesis. Therefore, the city project is extended from a research work point of view with more theoretical and analysis content, away from the innovation business solution frame where the city project is encased. The master thesis finishes with a document and oral presentation of the results obtained.

Final Workshop (3 ECTS)

City project presentation in an avant-garde research context. Sessions open to professionals with specific sessions for post-doc students. Particular assessment of the Master Thesis with external review process.