Smart Cities and Regions as connected Labs (STARS LAB )
The project is aiming to create multidisciplinary research platform for smart cities and regionsas connected Labs on the relationships between ICT- data- systems science and city-social science, with interface to regional and economic development, resilience and sustainability. The concept of city and region as a Lab is based on the availability of wide range of data sources such as infrastructure, citizens, public services and open data sources for research and experimentation. The analysis of this data provides valuable information for smart cities and regions development policies and strategies, for finding new technological smart cities solutions, for well-being of population, for cities-regions attractiveness for citizens and businesses, for societal security, resilience and sustainability. The cooperation between ICT- data- system and city-social science could lead to discoveries of new multidisciplinary research domains and topics which could be highly important for modern society. ICT systems are the mediators and interfaces between cities-regions infrastructures and society providing data, media and tools for its most vital and critical functions. The STARS Lab allows to get insight on new opportunities and risks intelligent ICT and big data offer to cities, regions and society. The connected STARS Lab could operate as research, testing, validation and training facility of Smart Cities-Regions and Data authorities, operators, developers. It provides remote access and sharing data, services and facilities for experimentation and research thus dramatically improving capabilities and cost efficiency, adding flexibility and scalability for Smart Cities and Regions development. The project is aiming to collect and to identify key challenges, priorities, complex problems in smart cities-regions strategies which are aiming to improve resilience, sustainability and economic development and which require multidisciplinary research efforts combined with the use of experimental research methods and platforms due to high complexity. It elaborates and analyses applicable information collection and social technologies, gathers and discuss relevant experiences and best practices in user research and related experimental methods and tools of Cites Labs. It sets up unified systematic approach to develop vision and new knowledge on relationships between ICT- data- systems science and city-social science with interface to Smart Cities and Regions resilience, sustainability, regional development. The project consolidates its findings into research platform for smart cities and regions as connected Labs, establishes international research forum and wide multidisciplinary network of universities, research institutions, smart cities and regions Labs and provide recommendation for international, inter-regional, regional and national programs.
The Project is organized in 6 trans-disciplinary working groups (WG), each one designed for gathering the best research and information available, collecting experiences, sharing knowledge and experiences on different aspects of the Lab.
WG1. Priorities and tools. The WG collect and identify key challenges and priorities in cities and regions development strategies to be addressed. It elaborates on applicable information collection tools and social technologies that could help to provide insight into complex social-technological processes for selected priorities and research topics. The WG is focused on interdisciplinary cooperation between social technologies, societal research, urban and regional science, practitioners communities (cities and regions). Participants: cities, regions, NGOs, authorities, social and city science research groups.
WG2. Repository of Lab facilities The WG establish repository of available Cites/Regions/System experimental platforms, Labs and analytic tools. It will discuss common interests, experiences and best practices including interfaces, architectures and connectivity solution for information and data exchange. The WG is focused on interdisciplinary research cooperation between ICT designers, experimental and user research communities. Participants: Projects and organizations - owners or operators of experimental facilities, test beds and Labs.
WG3. Systematic aspects and Data Science The WG provide unified systematic view on cities regional techno-social systems and will identify key systematic challenges and models corresponding to the priorities identified by WG1 which are feasible with experimental platform of the Lab WG2. The WG is focused on interdisciplinary research cooperation between system- complexity science, Data, urban and ICT science. Participants: Universities and research organizations, labs working on: complexity science and system research applicable to smart cities, Data science, ICT and urban science, cities and regions (validation and applications verification)
WG4. Conceptual reflection and Lab methodology WG provides room for reflection on methodological approaches and practice to understand the complex systematic relationships between societal city-regional needs on one side, functions and potentials on ICT- data- systems on the other, and investigate how Cities lab and usability methodology could be applied in Smart Cities and Regions as connected Labs (STARS) to address needs and interests of cities and regions (WG1). The WG is focused in interdisciplinary cooperation between usability research, system-complexity science and urban-region science. Participants: Cities and Living Labs, universities, regions and cities
WG5. Creating platform . The WG deals with design, research and operation of the Lab. Using the outcomes from Working Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4 this working group brings together challenges to the test for urban and regions authorities and research groups, social, system, complexity and ICT researchers, and will search for innovative answers for future development. The project analyze applicable Living Lab, user research methods, tools and consolidate its findings into research platform for smart cities and regions as connected Labs. Participants: Cities and Living Labs, cities and regions, urban and user science research groups
WG6. Networking and dissemination The WG is in charge of knowledge transfer, organizing workshops, young experts' platform, formulation of research perspectives and follow ups. The coordination in these six working groups will allow focusing on specific scientific questions and research. The WGs is sharing findings and short term scientific missions will allow a feedback from the involved experts and researchers. Different stakeholders and policy makers will be invited to share knowledge within the WGs. Participants: All WGs