Theme 5 - Technology development towards intelligent and sustainable cities


The growth of cities, the complexity of their functioning, and the expansion of the needs of the population make it necessary to move from the concept of city as urban areas to organized, interconnected and sustainable communities. This concept is in line with the idea of Intelligent Cities, in which information and communication technologies, such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems), BIM (Construction Information Modeling), data transmission systems, communication standards, wireless sensor networks (the Internet of things), processing of large volumes of data (Big Data), and cloud storage, contribute to the integration of its actors, subsystems and infrastructure, expanding the capacity for planning, managing and developing solutions. Smart Cities should: (1) be sustainable, using digital technology to reduce costs, and optimize resource consumption; (2) be inclusive and transparent, having direct channels of communication with citizens; (3) generate wealth, providing adequate infrastructure for job creation; (4) be made for citizens, using digital technology to improve people's quality of life, and give quick access to more efficient public services. Although current information and communication technologies allow the development of a wide range of products and services in various areas (government, health, entertainment, sciences, etc.), there are several obstacles to the implementation of Intelligent Cities, among them, the great volume and diversity of the data produced by different sources, requiring studies for their integration and interoperability, as well as the management and use of these various data, the obstacles on how to collect the data, share them and use them in the most diversified types of expected services in a smart city platform. Thus, the choice of the topic “Intelligent and Sustainable Cities” is due to its interdisciplinary character, and ability to congregate several areas of human knowledge. In addition, it is motivated by a demand from society for better living and working conditions in both urban and rural societies, and for this reason brings with it a major challenge to science in general. Advances in the sociological, anthropological and technological fields of knowledge need to converge in a harmonized and complementary way so that the final interweaving of these fields of knowledge results in propositions of solutions that are effectively adopted.


To train faculty members on the theme intelligent and sustainable cities.


This objective aims to promote the dissemination of knowledge in the area and the development of projects for applications of the new technologies in the national scenario, observing and considering, also, the respective social, environmental, energy and industrial impacts as a consequence of applications within a national reality. This objective aims to increase the international collaboration network of the teachers involved, as well as the skills to develop research projects worldwide.

Partner Countries

  • Norway 
  • Austria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States