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Co-developing a real Smart City: planning for future of living

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A comprehensive and unique course, comprising training workshops in three levels, using LEGO® Serious Play. Learn about smart city development in topic areas, system, process, data, people, and technology in an innovative way....

  • Level CPD
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City Centre
  • Award N/A
  • Start date October 2024
  • School School of Computing and Digital Technology
  • Faculty Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment

This course is:

Open to International Students


A comprehensive and unique course, comprising training workshops in three levels, using LEGO® Serious Play.

Learn about smart city development in topic areas, system, process, data, people, and technology in an innovative way. The course is benefited from LEGO® Serious Play methodology to maximise interaction among participants for conceptualisation, problem structuring, and facilitation of knowledge generation and sharing with metaphors and 3D design.

Why smart city development is necessary?

Liveability of the current fast growing cities depends upon our ability to address urbanisation issues such as traffic congestion, pollution, health, infrastructure, and waste management. In order to address these issues and for sustainable living in these fast-growing cities, changing the method of performing urban activities and functions is necessary, to provide agile and efficient services to the citizens in real-time. This can only be achieved by establishing a real inter-communication and seamless connection amongst all city sectors that create and deliver services.

Why should you attend this course?

Developing smart cities has been proposed as a response to urbanisation challenges and changing citizens needs in the city sectors, such as human health, transport, infrastructures and energy to improve liveability standards. Hence, in order to stay on top of this forward movement and prepare for the future of living in cities, you need to get yourself trained on the fundamentals and necessities of this urban innovation.

The training helps you comprehend the meaning of real smart city, its characteristics, and the requirements to develop it. The course also provides an assistance to identify the tendencies of smart city necessities and provides you with insights on the challenges, which may be faced during smart city development, as wells as, an overview of how to address them. You will an opportunity to bring specific challenges of your project into the course to be discussed and resolved.

Who should attend this course?

This Smart city training course is suitable to any one wish to learn smart cities agenda and the future of living. However, the professionals listed below will be greatly benefited:

  • Public Sector Professionals
  • Urban planners
  • City authorities / decision makers
  • Mayors
  • City councillors
  • Smart city consultants
  • Smart city advisors to the government/authorities
  • Government leaders involved with new urban innovations
  • Ministry leaders
  • Urban innovation managers
  • Policy makers
  • Public-private Partnerships professionals
  • Smart City project Managers
  • Researchers, Students and Practitioners in smart city related topics
  • Strategic Development Personnel
  • Solution providers for smart cities

Tutor description

The course will be delivered by Dr Vahid Javidroozi, who has worked over seven years in smart city subject, especially city systems integration and city process change topics. Dr Javidroozi is currently a Senior Research Fellow working on various smart city related research projects such as a business process-centric framework for smart cities, so-called "FABS". As a member of Socio-technical research group, he also supervises various PhD, MSc and BSc dissertation projects related to smart cities. Moreover, he teaches smart city and process change related modules of computing and engineering courses. Furthermore, he is committee member of various Journals and conferences such as Smart Systems, Devices, and Technologies, IEEE smart cities.

As a career academic, all the work he has done across systems engineering, smart city development, enterprise systems, and information systems contexts, link in one way or another on improving the integration of people, process, and technology to support well-being and enhance quality of life at all levels; as well as to inspire the community to broaden their knowledge of these domains.

Many insights from his existing research projects and industrial experiences will inform his teaching and training programmes in smart city domains with the relevant and up-to-date knowledge.

This course is open to International students.

Fees & How to Apply

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Course in Depth

Please read the Terms and Conditions before proceeding

The course is offered in three levels, which cover the following topics:

  • Basic (one-day course): necessity of urban innovation, the status of Smart City Development (SCD) in the world, conceptualisation of smart city using LEGO Serious Play (LSP), Requirements of SCD using LSP, city systems integration
  • Advanced (Three-day workshop training): Basic topics + SCD fundamentals, city as a system of systems, SCD challenges, city process change, city as an enterprise, SCD readiness assessment, SCD roadmap development.
  • Expert (five-day workshop training): Basic and advanced topics + city as a socio-technical system, people change, data integration, big data for SCD, IOT for SCD, addressing live SCD related challenges together based on attendees priorities.

The courses are full day events and there will be coffee breaks and lunch/networking sessions. Hence, the participants would have opportunities to meet and discuss their research, projects, etc. during the courses.


Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Facilities & Staff

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending over £400 million on new learning facilities. This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus.

As a student at the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you have access to networked laboratories equipped to industry standards and running the latest software, giving you the best possible introduction to the technologies you will encounter in the world of work.

Dedicated facilities are provided for systems analysis, computer networks, programming in a wide range of languages, artificial intelligence, modelling and visual programming, e-commerce and .net environments, and business intelligence, as well as supporting the application areas of mechatronics, games technology, electronics and computer forensics.

Our staff

Dr Vahid Javidroozi

Senior Research Fellow in Smart City Systems Engineering

Dr. Vahid Javidroozi is a Senior Research Fellow, currently working on various research projects and bids, including a business process-centric framework for smart cities, so-called "FABS", developed during his PhD research, by applying a combination of systems engineering, systems thinking, and critical realism principles; Governance for...

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