Designing the future of intelligent cities

Working as Visiting Professor with the Connected Everyday Lab at TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Strategy and Innovation director Iskander Smit is establishing a research programme investigating how smart connected objects can play a role in improving cities, particularly in addressing the issue of air pollution.
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Connected objects in the city

Working as visiting professor with the Connected Everyday Lab at TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Strategy and Innovation director Iskander Smit is establishing a research programme investigating how smart connected objects can play a role in improving cities, particularly in addressing the issue of air pollution.

“A lot of discussions on smart cities are always about city structures and the understanding that a city is made by the diversity of people who live there,” Iskander says.

In the past years, open hardware tools and the creation of online data sharing platforms have fostered the design of low cost sensors that citizens can use to engage in environmental action. By collectively measuring and making sense of their environment, citizens can become aware of air pollution and avoid it.

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Machine Learning and IoT

With things becoming more intelligent through the developments in machine learning, the role of the things is changing. Things can become citizens too and work in concert with the people to make the city function.

With the rapid development of machine learning and the Internet of Things, Iskander is convinced that designers must shift their focus from the manifestation of products to designing rules and behaviours. More importantly, designers have a responsibility to consider the social and ethical implications, and standards of their work.

As part of his role, Iskander Smit will collaborate with the TU Delft’s Connected Everyday Lab, an interdisciplinary research group led by Prof. Elisa Giaccardi.

Design has some real new challenges now. Not only human-centered design, but users do design too by using things, and so we need to understand the new role of things.
Iskander Smit

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