Smart Cities

Smart Cities

The quest to equip our cities for the future relies on developing better, more efficient materials and structures around important elements of energy, water, transport and sustainability. We develop new materials and structures that maintain and sustain living cities with links to other key areas including energy provision, water supply and digital services. Targeted areas for research growth in the civil infrastructure area at UNSW include transport as well as infrastructure "health" monitoring. We develop analytical decision support tools particularly around the topic of new technologies which transform travel behaviour and network optimisation capabilities.

We use a holistic approach to dealing with smart, sustainable and resilient cities of the future where not only technologies and systems have their place but also community well being, liveability and health.  All these factors should influence how we plan and design better cities as well as solving current problems in our over-taxed urban environments.  Our capabilities include:

  • Distributed energy generation and storage
  • Peak energy demand management and emergency response
  • Smart transport systems
  • Intelligent buildings
  • Health and liveability co-benefits
  • Regional planning and network design
  • Impact of technology on traveller behaviour
  • Real-time network optimisation
  • Transport analytics
  • Smart mobility
  • Autonomous vehicle technology
  • Inclusion of energy and emissions within systems planning
  • Safety and risk
  • Land usage forecasting
  • Health impacts of transport
  • Emerging transport data sources

Please find the following list of research capability statements in this area:

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of China's all granted domestic invention patents
More than
of China’s total foreign exports
of China’s entire GDP
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