How can cities be developed intelligently, sustainably and efficiently and thus made worth living in?

The research partnership iCity: Intelligent city, one of ten innovation partnerships funded by the FH-Impuls programme, is dedicated to this question.

Scientists from the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences (HFT) are working in iCity together with around 46 partners from industry, politics and associations from the region to develop concepts for the city of the future.

The aim of iCity is to create highly efficient energy, building and mobility systems in urban districts: they are to be networked with each other using information and communication technologies (ICT) and operated efficiently and sustainably. In doing so, we also integrate ecological, economic and social aspects from the outset. Because we want to create holistic solutions.

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Dr. Dirk Pietruschka Managing Director iCity

The holistic claim of iCity leads to a broad range of topics - six fields of action with 20 sub-projects, including 3 explorative projects, 2 SME projects and one management project, are in the focus of the research and development activities. All competence centres of HFT research are involved.

Vision and Question

The vision of the iCity partnership is to make the city of the future liveable, intelligent and sustainable (LIS). The city of the future is increasingly digitally networked, uses resources efficiently, implements intelligent mobility concepts and ensures that its infrastructure is supplied with a high proportion of renewable energy via grid-bound infrastructure. In addition, it is characterized by its integrative, networked and flexible approach. In addition to these technical aspects, approaches for intelligent cities are increasingly human-centred, thus placing the well-being of the inhabitants and a better quality of life at the centre of developments.

A intelligent city is more than just a Smart City.

The essential part of intelligence consists not only in driving forward technical-ecological innovations, but also in systematically integrating social and economic aspects and developing user-centred solutions based on these. The iCity project therefore addresses all priority future tasks of the German High-Tech Strategy 2025.

In order to meet these challenges, innovations are needed whose development can only succeed through inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation involving research, business, administration, politics and civil society.


Through transdisciplinary cooperation between researchers at the HFT and key players from the practical side of the Stuttgart Metropolitan Region, innovative methods, services and products are being developed in 17 projects at the HFT and 3 SME projects, which make a visible contribution to the transformation of the urban energy system and sustainable urban development.  In the long term, new projects are initiated which have an effect that extends beyond the Stuttgart Metropolitan Region. A broad-based advisory board promotes multiplication and networking in key areas of politics, business, society and science.

The partnership is working to establish itself in the state as an innovation hub in the field of the liveable, intelligent and sustainable city (LIS city) of the future. The Innovation Hub conducts research on innovations and their inter- and transdisciplinary development in the context of sustainable urban development.



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Structure of the partnership

The partnership includes a project management under the leadership of the project director Dr. Dirk Pietruschka, a highly qualified advisory board, a steering committee and an internal steering committee consisting of the HFT president Prof. Katja Rade, the HFT vice-president for science and research Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Huep and the project director. In addition, the project is supported by a partnership spokesperson each from the HFT, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Huep, and from industry, Werner Steiner (Robert Bosch GmbH), who present their respective interests to the outside world in the spirit of the partnership.

The research activity focuses on methods, services and products for highly efficient energy, building and mobility systems in neighbourhoods that are intelligently networked by means of information and communication technologies in order to operate them efficiently, renewably, sustainably and in a socially acceptable manner.

The partnership has inspired a large number of follow-up projects dealing with research on the intelligent city. In the long term, the project will be transformed into a technically autonomous and politically independent body that acts as an interface between HFT research and the partner companies involved in the innovation process.

Overall, the LIN urban research topic will be transdisciplinarily defined by cross-competence networking and cooperation with partners from regional industry. The research results are published for public use.

Research at universities of applied sciences, strong universities of applied sciences - impulse for the region

01.01.2017 – 31.03.2021

Managing director

Dr. Dirk Pietruschka

Spokesperson Research
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Huep

Spokesperson Industry
Werner Steiner

iCity Management

Liveable, intelligent and sustainable city (LIN city), urban development, mobility, energy management and urban simulation, innovative neighbourhoods, buildings and infrastructure, Smart City, data platforms, data security, Innovation Hub, financing and acceptance, climate protection and climate adaption, participative processes, cooperatives


  • Project director HFT

           Dr. Dirk Pietruschka

  • Partnership spokesperson for science

           Prof. Dr.-Ing Wolfgang Huep

  • Partnership spokesman for the industry

           Werner Steiner (Robert Bosch GmbH)