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Science Week "Intelligent City" at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences

(14 - 17 September 2021)

By 2050, it is estimated that around 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities. Also, it is assumed that Germany's cities will be in short supply: climate adaptation, mobility, energy supply and housing shortages are among the major challenges that need to be solved in the upcoming decade. How can we work together to help developing our cities to be liveable, intelligent and sustainable in regard of the upcoming challenges? This is the core question of the "Smart City" science week at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences (HFT Stuttgart) from Tuesday, September 14th to Friday, September 17th, 2021.

Four events will address the next decades challenges:

September 15 to 17, 2021

international conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities (SDSC)

September 14 and 15, 2021

Energy, water and food for the cities of the future (results from the research project INSource)

September 14, 2021

Phase Change: Closing event and Kick off into the intensification phase of HFTs project iCity: Intelligent City together with corporate, municipal, and research partners

September 17, 2021

Mobility Day at HFT Stuttgart (embedded in First Stuttgart Mobility Day)

Highlights of the event (excerpt)



Keynote: Andrea Halmos, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG CONNECT, Technologies for Smart Communities: "Local digital twins and data ecosystem for smart and sustainable communities"
Wednesday, September 15th, 10:30 - 11:30

Keynote: Prof. Dr. Ursula Eicker, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Communities, Concordia University, Next-Generation Cities Institute: "Digital twins for decision making in next generation cities"

Mobility Day at HFT Stuttgart (embedded in First Stuttgart Mobility Day)
Friday, September 17th, 13:30 - 18:00



Brief information on the four events

September 15, 2021 10:00 - 17:00
September 16, 2021 10:00 - 17:00
September 17, 2021 10:00 - 17:00

The 6th International Conference SDSC will be hosted at HFT Stuttgart in cooperation with the Urban Data Management Society from 15.09. to 17.09.21. The focus will be on new approaches, technologies and practical experiences in the field of urban data management - including the interplay of 3D geoinformation systems (GIS) and virtual reality. The keynote will be given by Andrea Halmos on "Local digital twins and data ecosystem for smart and sustainable communities" (Wednesday, 15.09.21 from 11:00 to 12:30 am). Halmos is European Commission Policy Officer at DG CONNECT, Technologies for Smart Communities. The three-day conference is a hybrid event with participants in Stuttgart at HFT Stuttgart and a live stream for those who cannot be there. It will be held in accordance with pandemic regulations.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Volker Coors, HFT Stuttgart

Contact person coordination: Dr. Anja Ernst, E-Mail:

September 14, 2021 16:00 - 18:00
September 15, 2021 13:30 - 17:00

The international project IN-SOURCE has developed an urban 3D GIS-based modelling framework for the region xyz, which allows to configure and visualize alternative supply scenarios for food, water and energy. The goal is to allow for decentralized and increasingly autonomous supply build on integrated climate-neutral and sustainable infrastructures applicable in cities and regions of different sizes and densities within Europe and the USA. The symposium addresses the following questions: Increasing water scarcity, growing population, climate change - how does this affect the future supply of cities with energy, water and food? What dependencies exist here? And how must the course be set today to ensure a secure and sustainable supply in the future?

The IN-SOURCE project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the international Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative/Food-Water-Energy Nexus.

Scientific Management: Prof. Dr. Volker Coors, HFT Stuttgart

Contact person coordination: Ursula Pietzsch, E-Mail:

September 14, 2021 10:00 - 17:00

Worldwide, cities and metropolitan regions are confronted with new and complex structural and social challenges due to the megatrend-driven developments of recent years, most recently intensified by the ongoing Corona crisis.

In the course of the "Smart City" conference week, 14 September 2021 will be dedicated to iCity. In this context, the project participants will present the research results of the first phase as well as give an overview and insight into the planned research activities of the second phase.

The research project iCity: Intelligent City combines all research competences of HFT Institute of Applied Research with the know-how and experience of external partners. It develops solutions for the intelligent city of the future. The consortium exists of more than 20 HFT scientists and around 40 corporate and civil partners. The projects unique approach is based on the idea of a smart city being more than just "smart digitalization"; in the first place it must be liveable and also sustainable in order to qualify for being LIScity.

iCity is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supporting research projects at universities of applied science with strong research capabilities. On September 14th, iCity celebrates its phase change: closing event of build up phase and Kick off into the intensification phase with its corporate, municipal, and research partners.

Management: Dr. Dirk Pietruschka, HFT Stuttgart

Contact person coordination: Andreas Otte, E-Mail:

September 17, 2021 13:30 - 18:00

How does a mobility of the future look like? Climate neutrality can only be achieved if transport is designed to be low-emission and sustainable. This requires innovative concepts that reduce environmental pollution and sharing offers.

Citizens are invited to join the "Mobility Day" at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, which is being held as part of Stuttgart Mobility Week. There, they can expect exciting keynote speeches as well as activities and exhibitions - for example, test drives with e-scooters and the exhibition of innovative vehicles.

Direction: Prof. Dr. Lutz Gaspers, Speaker of the Competence Center Mobility and Transport (MoVe) and Prorector for Studies and Teaching at the HFT Stuttgart.

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