ICRI-Cities stands for Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable and Connected Cities. The collaboration between Intel Labs Europe, UCL and Imperial is investigating how to enable future cities to be more connected and sustainable. The ICRI-Cities has recently joined the offices of the UCL Energy Institute at Central House, reports UCL.
The approach is described as interdisciplinary, “combining methods from computer science, the social sciences, interaction design and architecture to improve how cities are managed and maintained in order to ensure and enhance citizen well-being.”
Han Pham, of IRCI-Cities, writes:
The London Living Labs is intended to provide a variety of rapid and dynamic experimentation environments including schools, parks and inner city neighbourhoods in which we observe sustainability as a lifespan measured over years.
The London Living Labs unite advanced technologies such as heterogeneous wireless sensor networks incorporating gateways, aggregators and edge based computing with an ethnographically informed research approach coupled with design science. Together, this multi-layered, people-centric approach helps us to better understand and design for a range of scenarios and use cases with communities, city officials and stakeholders.
The team has been hard at work preparing to launch the first three projects of the Living Lab including: Hyde Park, Brixton and Enfield. These, and other, projects are beginning to roll out now continuing through the following year, so we invite you to join us in exploring how London Living Labs can help guide the design, connectedness and sustainability of future cities.
Areas to be studied include Enfield (air quality sensor networks to investigate improving traffic flow), Hyde Park (environmental challenges such extreme weather conditions), and Brixton (behavior change strategies).
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