Co-developing a real Smart City: planning for future of living
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....
Studying with us in 2021/22
It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.
Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.
- Level Short Course
- Study mode Short Course
- Location City Centre
- Award N/A
- Start date TBC
- School School of Computing and Digital Technology
- Faculty Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment
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.
- 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.
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
- 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
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.
Fees & How to Apply
- UK students
- International students
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.
Facilities and Staff
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.
Here at Birmingham City University, the School of Computing and Digital Technology is equipped with a multitude of professional, dedicated equipment. With world-class facilities including: two film and television studios, four multi-track recording studios, post-production facilities, and several hundred multimedia stations.
We have cutting edge facilities available to support the course and research that goes on in the School, including the purpose-built Media Centre at The Parkside Building, DMT Lab and Cisco Academy at Millennium Point. We also have several PC and Apple Mac computing suites with the latest industry standard applications and tools for audio, video and multimedia application development and content creation.
As a student of the School of Computing and Digital Technology you will be able to take advantage of a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art technology and equipment to prepare you for working within industry. Our four fully digital, interconnected TV studios can be used within a variety of contexts, including audio-recording. Alongside this with have several broadcast-standard edit and dubbing suites.
Film and television
You will have access to four fully digital, interconnected TV studios, along with broadcast-standard edit and dubbing suites.
An Apple Mac sound lab, electronics and fully equipped multimedia labs are all part of the technology and multimedia experience on offer.
Sound and music
Discover the full range of studios, mix rooms, recording spaces and a vast range of recording equipment.
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 city process change, smart building, IOT for smart city, smart building, BPR for smart manufacturing, Real-Time Service Provisions in Urban Computing Environment, city process modelling, Global Partnership for Digital Transformation and sustainable cities, Educational process transformation during pandemic, and other research projects related to smart cities, Business Process Change (BPC), digital transformation, and systems integration.More about Vahid
- Please send all enquiries to Vahid.Javidroozi@bcu.ac.uk