The “smart city” conversation has evolved. The dialogue now focuses on the intersections between technology-based problem solving, community engagement, social justice, and environmental responsibility. Today’s thriving city is an intelligent urban ecosystem, where technology enables new solutions for holistic, equitable, and sustainable change in our physical spaces, institutional spaces, and digital spaces.
At Vanderbilt, we have been working on this societally critical challenge through the CIVIC center. The CIVIC (City Innovation through the Vanderbilt initiative for Infrastructure Connectivity) center is a multidisciplinary group of academic researchers that works with communities and cities to develop solutions that emphasize social equity, technology and data science approaches. This collaboration is an extension of the earlier VISOR center established in 2016 as a partnership between the Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County and Vanderbilt University. VISOR worked on several Global Cities team challenge projects addressing issues centered on public transit, public emergency systems, and transportation. By working together, the team of researchers, Metro leaders, and socio-technical experts aims to incubate solutions that lead to wider economic and technological impact in the region.
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