One of the newest focus areas of the University of Miami's Center for Computational Science is a look at Smart Cities concepts. A "smart city" uses digital technologies to enhance areas ranging from quality of life and education to transportation and conservation of natural resources and energy use.
The essence of a "smart city" is a connected population, or a system of systems, all working in sync. UM's School of Architecture Dean and Professor Rodolphe el-Khoury, also the Center for Computational Science's Smart Cities Program director, is an expert on the "internet of things." He is an industry thought leader in designing and building physical objects, anything from a blanket to an entire city, to be responsive to its environment.
CCS provides services and training on Smart Cities concepts and uses tools such as the graphic below, developed by Postscapes, a web services company devoted to tracking the intersection of the physical and digital and "how this convergence will shape the ways we engage with each other and our built environment."
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View this explanatory graphic on Smart Cities by Postscapes.