Congratulations to Mary Griffiths who has been successful in being allocated funding from the Australian Smart Cities Consortium (ASCC) to conduct a research project on Connected Places and Smart Wayfinding for the Port Adelaide Centre.
The ASCC is a University of Adelaide initiative that aims to work with partners on city-scale solutions to complex challenges so that citizens and businesses capture the full benefits from urban informatics (insights from multiple, large datasets), the Internet of Things (IoT) and advances in technology.
Mary’s project will use a mixed methods approach that is conducted by an interdisciplinary team, supplemented and supported by computer sciences student project work for the design of app prototypes. The team will explore: What makes people consider that a place is attractive and navigable? How do they feel included and safe in connected places? Do the urban planners’ expectations match those of citizens, residents and visitors? What are user preferences in relation to the design of effective participation and navigational tools?
There are many other themes for research under the ASCC umbrella and other opportunities for research funding related to smart cities. These include that the DVCR has recently nominated smart cities as one possible priority area under the currently open Interdisciplinary Research Funding grants.
Those interested in learning more about the ASCC or in discussing potential opportunities for smart cities research can contact the Faculty’s Research Development Manager, Simon Ladd, in the first instance.
Watch the Smart Cities: what do you want from your city video here: