“City of the Future” is an institutional initiative by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) aimed to fostering education, research, development and innovation in the field of City Sciences. Its goal is to leverage the enormous potential offered by UPM’s research teams to holistically address, through a multidisciplinary approach, the challenges of the City of the Future.
The initiative was born with the aim of dealing with one of the greatest challenges identified in modern societies: the harmonious and sustainable development of cities within the processes of urbanization and urban regeneration. In order to satisfy both the needs of the citizen and those of society together, there is a need to develop complex systems tackled from multidisciplinary focuses in which different areas of knowledge are required.
For a university such as UPM this multidisciplinary focus is essential in order to become the national and international reference public entity on aspects related to R&D&I relative to the analysis of the future of cities.
The “City of the future” has been approved by UPM as a research and teaching priority within the university. It is supported on a multidisciplinary team from different university groups and research centres that are working with a number of key private companies and governments in the Smart City domain.
This initiative is supported by educational program as well. The teaching and formation part is based on an international Master Degree offered by the UPM: Master in City Sciences. UPM is aware of the possibility of contributing to the development of new knowledge which may be later implemented and commercialized in the form of new products and services in the context of the city.
In the described generic framework, this institutional initiative of the UPM on “The City of the Future” has the following grand objectives:
initiative website: http://cityofthefuture-upm.com/