Project

projectASCIMER (Assessing Smart City Initiatives for the Mediterranean Region) is a 3-year research project supported by the European Investment Bank under the EIB University Research Sponsorship Programme (EIBURS).

 

A lot of initiatives are being developed referred to as Smart City projects, however there is a lack of standardized metrics and methodologies to assess, prioritize, finance, implement, manage and replicate these kind of projects.

The overall goal of this research program is to develop a comprehensive framework to help public and private stakeholders to make informed decisions about Smart City investment strategies and to build skills to evaluate and prioritize these kinds of projects, including solving difficulties regarding deployment and transferability.

 

To sum up, the proposal will address the following objectives:

 

  • To define the Smart City concept and to understand how it can contribute to meeting urban development priorities:
  • To develop a methodology to assess and prioritize Smart City projects
  • To develop guidelines to implement and manage Smart City Projects
  • To Characterize Mediterranean City challenges and to develop a transferability strategy of Smart City projects. This objective will be part of the other three above

 

In order to achieve the objectives the project is structured in 3 Work Packages addressing each of the research objectives, as shown in the next chart

The research team –a multidisciplinary group of academics from UPM– will receive the external assistance of an Experts Reference Group (ERG) that have agreed to play an active role during the project.

 

The research work will be complemented and validated by conducting two Workshops and a Final Conference. These actions will add to other dissemination and formation events. The web page of the project (under construction) will provide continuous information on the project findings and feeding the discussion with international participation. These initiatives will allow reviewing advances, sharing visions and discussing preliminary outcomes. Participation will be fostered through online forums to increase visibility and obtain real‐time feedback. Besides, results will be disseminated in international conferences, congresses and scientific journals.

 

Finally, the findings of this Research Program will be summarized in the following documents:

Smart Cities Best Practices Guide and the Concept and Challenges Document

Smart City Projects Assessment Guidebook

Smart Cities Implementation and Governance Guidelines